Suddenly They See the Light: Disney Develops Tangled Animated Series

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We’re not in Arendelle anymore, but instead we’re going back to that other pre-Frozen princess, Rapunzel, as Disney announces their plans for a Tangled animated series.

Per Entertainment Weekly earlier today:

The TV show, which is slated to premiere in 2017, takes place after the movie but before the short film, and follows Rapunzel as she gets to know her parents, her kingdom, and the citizens of Corona. According to the press release: “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.”

tangled-animated-seriesThis image was attached to the EW article, and I hope this is the style of the Tangled animated series. It’s very similar to Mary Blair (my favorite Disney artist ever) and would add new whims into the show. Whatever the case for style, Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi will reprise their roles, which makes this show gearing toward perfection. Disney’s done some good animated series from their movies (Winnie the Pooh) and some terrible ones (The New Adventures of the Little Mermaid, and the lets-not-talk-about-tv puppet version of the movie), but this seems like it could be great.

Although Disney’s making a ton on merchandise money on Frozen, they haven’t forgot how popular Tangled was, especially for the adult audience. In November 2015, guests aboard Disney Cruise Line will be treated to Tangled: The Musical, an all-new stage show with three new songs by Alan Menken, elaborate costumes, and more.

Yeah, I can’t wait for this show! Move over Elsa, Rapunzel’s coming back.



Bri is the founder and co-editor of What the Fangirl. She loves chai lattes, Disney and fairy tales.

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