Disney Channel has begun production on the animated series Tangled based on the blockbuster animated film. Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi will be reprising their roles, providing the voices of Rapunzel and Eugene/Flynn Rider, and composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater are also returning to work on the series’ music. Chris Sonnenburg (Enchanted) and Shane Prigmore (The LEGO Movie) developed the series and are executive producing. In addition, Sonnenburg will be handling supervising director duties while Prigmore is the show’s creative director.
“The genius of the original movie was its seamless blending of cinematic adventure, character-driven comedy and touching emotion,” stated Gary Marsh, President and Chief Creative Officer, Disney Channels Worldwide. “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.”
Disney Channel is targeting a 2017 premiere of the new family-friendly series.
The Plot: Set between the events of the feature film and the start of the 2012 short film, Tangled Ever After, the animated series unfolds as Rapunzel acquaints herself with her parents, her kingdom and the people of Corona. 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. 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 confidant.
-By Rebecca Murray
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