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New details on the 'Tangled' TV series

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 Falls and 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.

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Concept art for Coraline by Shane Prigmore

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I was watching Coraline with some friends on Halloween. God, I love that movie. I wish I read the book, but I feel like it’s far too late. I did read Neil Gaman’s Stardust, however, and I don’t think the movie does it justice, though understandably there were a couple things removed to make it more accessible to a broader audience.