An animated TV series based on the hit Disney feature Tangled has begun production for a 2017 premiere on Disney Channels worldwide.
Voice actors Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi will return as Rapunzel and Eugene (a.k.a. Flynn Rider) for the series, which also will reunite Disney Legend and Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater.
Produced by Disney Television Animation, the series was developed by animation veterans Chris Sonnenburg (Disney’s Enchanted) and Shane Prigmore (The LEGO Movie).
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. 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.
Sonnenberg is the executive producer and supervising director and Prigmore is co-executive producer and creative director. Jase Ricci (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) is story editor. Celebrated artist Claire Keane (Frozen, Tangled), daughter of Disney Legend Glen Keane, who was animation supervisor on the feature film, consulted on development of the series. Emmy Award-winning Kevin Kliesch (Tangled Ever After) will serve as score composer.