Disney Channel orders 'Tangled' animated series; Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi to reprise roles
Hair ye! Hair ye! Disney Channel is going to extend the tale of Tangled with an animated show.
The network announced on Wednesday that it has commenced production on Tangled, a series about a princess with magical hair that is based on Disney’s 2010 big-screen animated hit of the same name—which, in turn, is based on the fairy tale of Rapunzel. Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi have signed on to reprise their roles as kidnapped princess Rapunzel and swashbuckling thief Eugene, a.k.a. Flynn Rider.
The last chapter in the Tangled story was revealed in 2012 with a short film called Tangled Ever After short film, which premiered in theaters in front of the 3-D re-release of Beauty and the Beast. It’s set on the wedding day of Rapunzel and Eugene. The TV show, which is slated to premiere in 2017, takes place after the movie but before the short film, and follows Rapunzel as she gets to know her parents, her kingdom, and the citizens of Corona. According to the press release: “Her irrepressible spirit and natural curiosity about the world drives her to the realization that there is so much more she needs to learn before she can truly accept her royal destiny. She boldly puts her crown and impending marriage on hold to seek out epic adventures, much to the dismay of the King who, after missing out on Rapunzel’s youth, must accept that his daughter is now an independent young woman.”
The show will feature familar faces such as Eugene, chameleon Pascal, horse Maximus, and the Snuggly Duckling Pub Thugs, as well as a new main character: Cassandra, a strong-willed handmaiden who also serves as Rapunzel’s confidant.
The duo responsible for the movie’s original score, composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater, also will serve as songwriters on the series, which was developed by executive producer Chris Sonnenburg (Enchanted) and co-executive producer Shane Prigmore (The Lego Movie).