Hooray! It looks like Rapunzel and Flynn will continue their “tangled” adventure. Yes, you read right – Disney Channel is going to extend the tale of “Tangled” with an animated show based on the 2010 feature film from Walt Disney Animation Studios.
The animated series is to premiere in 2017 with Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi signed on to reprise their roles as Rapunzel and Eugene, also known as Flynn Rider, respectively.
President and chief creative officer of Disney Channels Worldwide, Gary Marsh commented in a statement:
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. 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 set between the events of the feature film and the start of the 2012 short film “Tangled Ever After”.
The animated series will develop as Rapunzel acquaints herself with her parents, her kingdom and the people of Corona. As soon as she realises that there is so much more she needs to master before she can truly accept her royal destiny, she stoutly puts her crown and upcoming marriage on hold to go on epic ventures, much to the dismay of the king, who realises that he must accept the fact that Rapunzel is a grown-up independent girl after missing out on her youth.
Accompanying Rapunzel on her journey will be Eugene; 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 bosom friend.
Chris Sonnenberg, from Disney’s “Enchanted” will serve as executive producer and supervising director while Shane Prigmore from “The LEGO Movie” as co-executive producer and creative director. Jase Ricci, who previously scripted “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is on board as the story editor. Known for her work on “Frozen” and “Tangled” as animation supervisor on the feature film, artist Claire Keane has supervised the development of the series. Lastly, Kevin Kliesch from “Tangled Ever After” will serve as score composer.
The film will feature music by Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater, who wrote the score for the feature film.
In other news, “Tangled” is just one of the recent brand Disney is resuscitating as the company has a new “Duck Tales” cartoon in progress as well as a “Lion King” sequel series featuring the son of Simba and Nala 😉