Disney Channel has formally
announced their upcoming show based on the hit movie, Tangled. News of the project first emerged when pictures emerged from
Disney Expo Brasil showing that a Rapunzel
series was set to air on Disney Junior in 2017. One of the movie’s
songwriters, Glenn Slater, later confirmed on Twitter that the show was in
development, and that he and Alan Menken were writing new songs for it. Now the
Disney Channel have put out a press release detailing the upcoming series.
As initially revealed, the
show will premiere in 2017, though it looks like it will air on the main Disney
Channel rather than on Disney Junior. Both Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi will be
returning to voice their characters from the film. Production has already begun
at Disney Television Animation, where it is being developed by Chris Sonnenburg
and Shane Prigmore.
Sonnenburg has worked as a
storyboard artist on shows such as Gravity Fallsand Futurama,
as well as creating inbetween animation for several Disney films. Prigmore has designed
characters for numerous projects, including How
to Train Your Dragon, Coraline,
and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. Claire Keane, who worked on the visual development of Tangled and Frozen, will serve as a consultant on the new series.
The new series will be set
after the events of the film, but before the short sequel Tangled Ever After, in which Rapunzel and Flynn get married. According
to the press release, the series will focus on Rapunzel’s adventures as she
gets used to life in Corona.
Realising that she has a lot to learn before she can properly take her place on
the throne, she decides to seek out adventures.
The new series will see many
characters from the original film return, including Rapunzel’s parents, Pascal
the chameleon, Maximus the horse, and the men of the Snuggly Duckling Pub. A
new character called Cassandra will also be introduced, who is described as a
“tough-as-nails handmaiden who becomes Rapunzel’s confidant”.
It is not yet known whether
the new series will be 2D or 3D. Disney have released a piece of concept art,
which you can see below.
As much as I love Jack and Tooth, I can’t accept them as a couple unless RotG went with Shane Prigmore’s character designs. Those designs make their relationship feel more genuine, instead of just colourful fluff.