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Disney Gets ‘Tangled’ Up In Television

Starting in 2017, Disney’s popular retelling of the Brothers Grimm’s Rapunzel fairy tale comes to life as a new animated TV series.

Production has begun at Disney Television Animation, said Gary Marsh, president of Disney Channels Worldwide, which will air the show reuniting the acclaimed animated feature’s co-stars Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi, as well composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater.

The series is being developed by two respected industry vets: feature animator Chris Sonnenburg, who most recently has been boarding on Gravity Falls and Futurama, and Shane Prigmore, who has designed characters on projects as diverse as The Boxtrolls, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, and Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Sonnenburg will do double duty as exec producer and supervising director, while Prigmore will exec produce and creative direct the show.

The studio hasn’t revealed if the series will be 2D or CGI, but the publicity artwork released by Disney today is drawn, and considering Disney TV’s current Toon Boom pipeline and Prigmore’s well regarded character design skills, all signs point to a 2D series.

“The genius of the original movie was its seamless blending of cinematic adventure, character-driven comedy and touching emotion,” Marsh said in a Disney Channel press release. “We are fortunate to have several of the creative talent from that movie on board with this new production. 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.”

The animated series will take place between the 2010 feature and the 2012 short Tangled Ever After, which centered on the wedding of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider. In this series though, Rapunzel puts that marriage, and her ascension to the crown, on hold so the couple can continue adventuring with their slick chameleon Pascal and awesome steed Maximus. New characters include Cassandra — a “tough-as-nails handmaiden who becomes Rapunzel’s confidant,” according to Disney — who will likely also find that frying pans make great weapons.

Tangled and Frozen artist Claire Keane served as a consultant on the animated series. Other key figures in the production include Jase Ricci (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) serving as story editor and Kevin Kliesch (Tangled Ever After) as score composer.

It’s not exactly Tangled 2, which failed to get off the ground because “her hair was gone,” but it still sounds as if the TV show might tide over fans of the Tangled film franchise until a feature sequel finally arrives.

Concept art for the "Tangled" TV series released by Disney Channel.
Concept art for the “Tangled” TV series released by Disney Channel.
  • Trinosaur

    The question is, if this takes place between the feature film and the short film, will Rapunzel still have her long hair? Or will they show her with her short hair?

    I don’t see why not having long blonde hair makes her less… desirable as a character…?

    • Kyle_Maloney

      Because what’s the first thing you think of when you hear the name rapunzel? Its the hair. Doing a tv series without her long hair would be like doing a little mermaid show without Ariel as a mermaid.

  • aquapyro

    Cool can’t wait. Rapunzel and Flynn were the most dynamic couple since Aladdin and Jasmine. So let’s get hyped!!

  • Mermaid Warrior

    Yeah, I’m also wondering about the hair thing. Are they just gonna bring it back without addressing it, or does it only show up as part of a super powered mode, or what?

    Anyway. Disney used to do lots of TV shows based off their animated films. I’m pretty surprised they didn’t try this kind of thing again years ago. The show sounds like it could be interesting, so I’ll probably give it a shot. I always thought Tangled was a lot better than people gave it credit for, and Rapunzel and Eugene/Flynn (will the series call him Flynn or Eugene?) are really fun characters.

    Twenty bucks says this is going to be the start of Disney going back to making lots of TV spin-offs of their movies again. The tween sitcom trend looks like it’s slowly dying.

  • Mateus

    Why does she need any kind of sequel? She doesn’t.

  • Riley Taskman

    Tangled was the last Disney movie I fully enjoyed. I’m interested in what this new series brings, but that Cassandra character is already bringing up a red flag.

  • Inkan1969

    Disney has to straighten out its policy of airing new episodes first. The huge irregularity of new episode premieres is ridiculous.

    • Ice cream squared

      I know right I’m still itching for more star vs. the forces of evil and gravity falls I hate it when networks spread the new episodes for so far a part it has annoying consequences. Most of the people I know are surprised when I say Spongebob makes new episodes

      • Barrett

        I totally gave up on trying to figure out TV schedules. I just set my DVR to record all new airings, then check in every few weeks to see what accumulated. Check online episode guides to see which episode titles are in which order. The only show I even bother trying to see new eps as they air is Gravity Falls, and that’s frustration enough. Have any of these kids networks heard of the concept of “seasons?”

  • Ravlic

    Because otherwise she’s just another human being without anything special going for her. Well, aside from being another princess. We clearly need more princesses.

  • posted

    same reason you wouldn’t see a hulk movie if bruce never turned into the hulk.

  • Metlow Rovenstein

    I haven’t seen the film based on this upcoming TV series, but it’s nice to see that Disney is making a cartoon for Disney Channel (that will hopefully stay there).

    • KLA

      It’s a pretty fun movie. If you like cartoony slapstick comedy while still having well-developed characters and a more modern while still remaining traditional take on the princess genre, I recommend it.

      • Gerry

        Tangled made me fall head over heels in love with Disney all over again. It was everything I wanted in a movie. The characters were super likable. The story was solid and a ton of fun. It was funny, the music was catchy without being stupid and the animation/general art direction was beautiful.

        But then Frozen happened… me and Disney are seeing other people now.

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  • Ice cream squared

    This sounds Great I loved the movie and it having some of the same writers is a bonus .The Art with the article looks great too.

  • KnickKnackMyWack

    If Rapunzel and Flynn have their respective voice actors from the movie, I’ll at least check this out. If not then I’ll probably give it a pass.