Rapunzel is back! For fans of Disney’s 2010 animated film Tangled, it’s been a long wait. While sequels have been announced for other animated hits like Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph, there’s been no word on a Tangled follow-up. Well, wait no more — a sequel television series is coming to Disney Channel in 2017.
Tangled: The Series
The new show will take place immediately following the end of the original film. Here’s the official description for Tangled: The Series:
“Tangled: The 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.”
First Trailer for Tangled: The Series
And here’s the first official trailer, courtesy of Disney Channel:
Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi will reprise their roles as Rapunzel and Flynn Rider for the new series. They’ll be joined by Ashley Judd and Clancy Brown as Rapunzel’s parents, Queen Arianna and King Frederic. Broadway star Eden Espinosa will voice Rapunzel’s handmaiden, Cassandra.
In addition, composer Alan Menken will return to compose new songs for Tangled: The Series, along with lyricist Glenn Slater.
Tangled Ever After
Of course, there already was one follow-up to Tangled. In 2012, Disney released the short film Tangled Ever After. It played in theaters before the 3D re-release of Beauty and the Beast. The film takes place on Rapunzel and Eugene’s wedding day. Pascal and Maximus are serving as ring bearers, but when they lose the rings things quickly get out of control.
Tangled: The Series will take place after the events of the original Tangled movie, but before the events of Tangled Ever After. What’s interesting, though, is that Rapunzel still has her short brown haircut in Tangled Ever After. In this first trailer for Tangled: The Series, it appears that Rapunzel’s hair has actually grown back! So there must be some explanation for why she decides to cut it again before her wedding.
Producer Roy Conli revealed in 2014 that the Tangled production team had actually been “heavily pushed” to make a sequel film. Rapunzel’s hair was their sticking point, though. She had already cut her hair by the end of the first film. How do you make another movie about Rapunzel if she no longer has her famous locks? It’s interesting to see that the television series production team has solved that problem by simply bringing the hair back.
Another Disney Television Sequel
Tangled isn’t the only recent Disney animated film to get a small-screen sequel. Disney XD is also developing Big Hero 6: The Series for January 2017. Like Tangled: The Series, the new show will take place immediately after the end of the original movie. It’s expected that the film’s voice cast will return, as well.