“Tangled” is heading to the small screen. Based on the 2010 feature film from Walt Disney Animation Studios, the animated television series is slated to premiere on Disney Channel in 2017.
Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi will reprise their roles, voicing Rapunzel and Eugene, also known as Flynn Rider, respectively.
The series follows the success of Disney Channel’s 2012 “Tangled Ever After” short, which brought in five million total viewers.
The Disney Television Animation project reunites the movie’s composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater who will work on the series, which is being developed by exec producer Chris Sonnenburg (“Enchanted”), who will also serve as supervising director, and Shane Prigmore (“The Lego Movie”), who is co-exec producer and creator director.
“The genius of the original movie was its seamless blending of cinematic adventure, character-driven comedy and touching emotion. And we are fortunate to have several of the creative talent from that movie on board with this new production,” commented Gary Marsh, president and CCO of Disney Channels Worldwide. “With the addition of Chris and Shane as executive producers, we have the perfect team in place to create a series worthy of the original film.”
“Tangled” on Disney Channel is set between the events of the original film and the start of “Tangled Ever After.” The series follows the long-locked Rapunzel (Moore), as she acquaints herself with her parents, her kingdom and the people of Corona, and realizes there is much more she needs to learn before she can truly accept her royal destiny, causing her to put her crown and put her marriage on hold to seek out epic adventures, much to the dismay of her father, the King. Accompanying Rapunzel on her journey will be the charming bandit Eugene (Levi); the plucky chameleon sidekick, Pascal; the no-nonsense horse, Maximus; the Snuggly Duckling Pub Thugs; and newcomer Cassandra, a tough-as-nails handmaiden, who becomes Rapunzel’s confidant.
Jase Ricci (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) is the story editor on the “Tangled” series and Kevin Kliesch (“Tangled Ever After”) will serve as the score composer. Claire Keane (“Frozen,” “Tangled”) consulted on development of the series.
The “Tangled” series is the latest step in the Disney franchise, following the huge box office success. The Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominated film opened with $68.7 million and earned $200 million domestically and over $593 million globally. The original song “I See the Light,” recorded by Moore and Levi, also won a Grammy Award.
“Tangled” is also featured at Disney theme parks, and Rapunzel has become one of the top-selling Disney Princesses among Disney Store and Disney Publishing merchandise. The tale is being adapted for a stage show on Disney Magic cruise ship, set to premiere this November.