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Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure

Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure, originally titled Tangled: The Series for its first season, is an American animated television series developed by Chris Sonnenburg and Shane Prigmore, and produced by Disney Television Animation. It premiered on Disney Channel as a Disney Channel Original Movie titled Tangled: Before Ever After on March 10, 2017. Its regular episodes premiered on March 24, 2017. The series is based on the 2010 film Tangled and features the returning voices of Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi, alongside Eden Espinosa, Clancy Brown, Julie Bowen, James Monroe Iglehart, Jeff Ross, Paul F. Tompkins, and Jeremy Jordan.

Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure
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Also known asTangled: The Series (season 1) 
GenreAdventure
Comedy
Mystery
Based onTangled
Developed byChris Sonnenburg & Shane Prigmore
Voices of
Theme music composerGabe Moffat
Opening theme"Wind in My Hair"
by Mandy Moore
Ending theme"More of Me"
by Natasha Bedingfield
Composer(s)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes52 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Chris Sonnenburg
Producer(s)Joe Crowley
Running time23 and 44 minutes
Production company(s)Disney Television Animation
Release
Original networkDisney Channel
Picture format720p (HDTV)
Audio format5.1 surround sound
Original releaseMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10) –
present (present)
Chronology
Preceded byTangled Ever After
External links
Website
Production website

In February 2017, ahead of the series premiere, the series was renewed for a second season, which premiered on June 24, 2018. In May 2018, ahead of the premiere of the series' second season, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a third season, which premiered on October 7, 2019.[1]

PlotEdit

After escaping Mother Gothel and reuniting with her birth parents, King Frederic and Queen Arianna of Corona, Princess Rapunzel adjusts to life as their daughter and begins to have different misadventures with her boyfriend Eugene Fitzherbert, Pascal the chameleon, Maximus the horse, and her new handmaiden Cassandra, to uncover the mystery of her 70-foot long blonde hair's return and its new mystical abilities.

The second season centers around Rapunzel, Eugene and Cassandra's journey accompanied by Lance, Hook Foot, and Shorty to solve the mystery of the black rock spikes and reveal Rapunzel's connection to them. They are also aided by the mysterious sword-wielding Adira who hails from the Dark Kingdom, from where the mystical rock spikes originated. As her journey continues, the barefoot princess learns that the outside world isn't all fun and games.

In the third season, Rapunzel and the group return to Corona where Rapunzel assumes the role of temporary queen and must find the strength inside herself to protect her home and loved ones as she and her friends face new challenges that threaten the kingdom. However, Rapunzel must also come to terms with Cassandra's recent betrayal, live with the fact that her closest friend and confidante has now become one of her most dangerous of enemies and prepare herself for the future.

CharactersEdit

MainEdit

  • Princess Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) is the long-lost Princess of Corona. She tries her best to become a good future queen, even though her naive ways often get her into trouble. Rapunzel continues to gain experience all while still adjusting to her newfound life as a princess and getting to know her family and subjects. In Season 1, Rapunzel seeks answers regarding the return of her hair and her connection with the mysterious Black Rocks that have begun to sprout since the night her hair returned. In Season 2, she leaves Corona to follow the Black Rocks as they lead her towards her destiny in the Dark Kingdom. In Season 3, Rapunzel returns to Corona and assumes the role of the temporary queen when her parents gain amnesia.
  • Eugene Fitzherbert (Zachary Levi), whose previous alias was Flynn Rider, is an orphaned reformed thief and Princess Rapunzel's boyfriend. After giving up his thieving ways, Eugene finds his place in Corona and becomes a royal guard instructor while strengthening the relationship between him and Rapunzel and growing closer towards his future-in-laws. In Season 2, Eugene joins Rapunzel on her journey to follow the Black Rocks.. In Season 3, after returning to Corona, Eugene continues to help and support Rapunzel with her new duties, including dealing with Cassandra's betrayal.
  • Cassandra (Eden Espinosa) is the adopted daughter of the Captain of the Guards and was formerly Princess Rapunzel's best friend and lady-in-waiting. In Season 2, Cassandra joins Rapunzel on her journey to follow the path of the Black Rocks, but ultimately turns against Rapunzel by stealing and merging with the all-powerful Moonstone. In Season 3, Cassandra becomes the main antagonist.
  • King Frederic (Clancy Brown) is the King of Corona and Rapunzel's overprotective, yet loving, father. Since the night she was taken, he naturally fears and dislikes any kind of magic and due to this, Frederic greatly fears for Rapunzel's safety and forbids her from leaving Corona without his consent, which occasionally causes issues between them. However, as the first season progresses, he slowly comes to accept that Rapunzel is now an independent young woman and by the end of the season, gives his daughter his blessings to leave Corona to follow the Black Rocks and explore the outside world. In Rapunzel's Return", it is revealed his memory has been erased.
  • Queen Arianna (Julie Bowen) is the Queen of Corona and Princess Rapunzel's birth mother. As an early coronation present, she had given her daughter a journal to fill its pages with her own adventures, encouraging her to find her own destiny. In "Rapunzel's Return", it is revealed her memory has been erased.
  • Lance Strongbow (James Monroe Iglehart)[1] is Eugene's childhood best friend and former partner-in-crime from his younger thieving days. In "The Return of Strongbow, Lance reappears in Eugene's life and tries to persuade him to return to his former life as a thief, but instead reforms and becomes a member of the group.
  • Hook Foot (Jeff Ross)[2] is the hook-footed younger brother of Hook Hand. Hook Foot takes the place of his brother who is on a world tour as a concert pianist. He joins Rapunzel and Eugene on their adventures in Season 2, but leaves the series in "The Brothers Hook", to join his brother as a dancer on his world tour.
  • Shorty (Paul F. Tompkins)[1] is a short, old, and crazy thug. Shorty joins Rapunzel and Eugene on their adventures in Season 2.
  • Varian (Jeremy Jordan)[1] is a clumsy but smart, young alchemist who uses his alchemy and inventions to help others, but often finds his inventions cause more harm than good. In season 1, Varian begins to aid Rapunzel but later becomes the main antagonist.

RecurringEdit

  • Pascal and Maximus (Dee Bradley Baker)
    • Pascal is a chameleon who is the pet and best friend of Rapunzel whose backstory is revealed in Episode 11 Pascal's Story.
    • Maximus is a white stallion with the nose of a bloodhound. He is originally owned by the Captain of the Guards and later by Eugene.
  • Fidella is Cassandra's horse and Maximus's love interest.
  • Ruddiger is Varian's pet raccoon.
  • Corona Royal Guards are servants of King Frederic.
    • The Captain (M.C. Gainey) is the leader of the Royal Guards and Cassandra's adopted father.
    • Pete (Sean Hayes) is a member of the Royal Guards.
    • Stan (Diedrich Bader) is a member of the Royal Guards.
  • The Pub Thugs are a bunch of thugs that hang out at the Snuggly Duckling pub, who were befriended by Rapunzel and Eugene.
    • Big Nose (Jeffrey Tambor) is a big-nosed thug that is the romantic of the thugs.
    • Vladimir (Charles Halford) is a thug in a bull-horned helmet that is the strongest of the thugs. He was previously voiced by Richard Kiel in the movie.
    • Attila Buckethead (Steve Blum) is a thug in a full metal helmet whose passion is baking. He becomes Monty's assistant in One Angry Princess. He was previously voiced by Byron Howard in the movie.
    • Ulf is a thug who seeks to become a professional mime. In accordance with his profession, he never speaks.
  • Nigel (Peter MacNicol) is King Frederic's adviser.
  • Xavier (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) is a blacksmith who appears to be well-versed with Corona's history.
  • Quirin (Jonathan Banks) is Varian's disapproving father.
  • Kiera (Vivian Vencer), formerly known as "Angry," is an angry black-haired young orphan and thief whom Eugene and Lance convinced to change her ways in Big Brothers of Corona. Though she was known as "Angry" during the first two seasons, the episode Who's Afraid of The Big Bad Wolf? reveals her true name is Kiera.
  • Catalina (Ruby Jay), formerly known as "Red," is a quiet young, red-haired orphan who is both Kiera's best friend and partner in crime, being the closest thing Kiera has to a sister. Though she was known as "Red" during the first two seasons, in the episode Who's Afraid of The Big Bad Wolf? where she becomes a victim of the werewolf curse, her real name is revealed to be Catalina.
  • Uncle Monty (Richard Kind) is an elderly shopkeeper who sells sweets. He is on friendly terms with everyone except Rapunzel due to personal issues. However in season 3, he starts warming up to her.
  • Old Lady Crowley (Pat Carroll, seasons 1-2, Susanne Blakeslee, season 3) is a grumpy old lady never known to smile. Eugene calls her Scowley Crowley.
  • Feldspar (Zachary Levi) is the local cobbler of Corona. Levi does an impression of comedian Ed Wynn for the character.
  • Adira (Kelly Hu) is a mysterious and fierce warrior. Debuting at the end of the Season 1 finale in a cameo, she appears as a supporting character and mysterious ally throughout Season 2.
  • King Edmund (Bruce Campbell) is the ruler of the Dark Kingdom and Eugene's long-lost father.

SupportingEdit

  • Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy) is the deceased adoptive mother of Rapunzel who abducted her as an infant due to her golden hair's unique healing abilities, which she then hoarded for herself to maintain her youth and beauty. She aged into dust at the end of the original movie. She is first seen in one of Rapunzel's nightmares shortly after her 70-foot golden hair mysteriously grew back and gained new mystical abilities. In Season 3, it's revealed that Gothel is indeed Cassandra's birth mother, but abandoned her on the night she kidnapped the newborn princess.
  • Lady Caine (Laura Benanti) is the main antagonist of Tangled: Before Ever After and the first half of the first season. She returns in Max's Enemy where her horse Axel breaks her out of prison without any suspicion, as he intentionally became part of the royal guard. However, Maximus has suspected Axel all along and stops the two. She returned in Max and Eugene in Peril on the High Seas.
  • The Stabbington brothers (Ron Perlman) are the former partners-in-crime of Eugene, whom he betrayed in his thieving days as Flynn Rider. They had worked with Mother Gothel to get Rapunzel back to avenge themselves on Eugene, but were captured by the royal guards soon after. They first appeared in Cassandra v. Eugene where they use the "game" created by Rapunzel to escape from their cell and capture Eugene and Cassandra. They returned in Max and Eugene in Peril on the High Seas and Return of The King
  • Andrew (Dean Winters) is the leader of the Separatists of Saporia who is dedicated to destroying the kingdom of Corona. He returns in Rapunzel's Return where he and his team took over Corona alongside Varian.
  • Willow (Jane Krakowski) is Queen Arianna's estranged younger sister who arrives unexpectedly on Arianna's birthday. As a birthday present, she gives Arianna a small creature with a green rattle that she must keep at all times lest it reproduce asexually and go on a rampage.
  • Ruth (Danielle Brooks) is a bitter ghost who was able to pass on to the afterlife with Rapunzel and the Snuggly Duckling gang's participation in one of her lost melodies.
  • The Baron (Lance Henriksen) is an enemy of Eugene's and the main antagonist of Beyond the Corona Walls. He has a pet venomous Kai spider.
  • Anthony (Gideon Emery), nicknamed the "Weasel," is a subordinate of the Baron.
  • Stalyan (Yvonne Strahovski) is the Baron's daughter and Eugene's former girlfriend and fiancee whom he left at the altar. She returns in The Eye of Pincosta.
  • Vex (Britt Robertson) is a girl who demanded money for her services but changed her ways and became Quaid's deputy after the latter defeated the Collector in his rematch.
  • Captain Quaid the Blade (Reg E. Cathey) is the sheriff of Vardaros who became a beekeeper after he met his match until he met Rapunzel and came out of retirement. Quaid was Cathey's final role before his death.
  • Vigor the Visionary (Dee Bradley Baker) is a psychic chimp who is ultimately revealed to contain the spirit of Lord Demanitus himself.
  • Madame Canardist (Carol Kane) is an old gypsy woman who is Vigor's keeper and agent.
  • Calliope (Natalie Palamides) is the Keeper of the Spire’s apprentice who is a talented illusionist.
  • Hector (Kim Coates) is a sadistic member of the Brotherhood that safeguard the Moonstone from outsiders.
  • Hook Hand (Brad Garrett) is Hook Foot's big brother from the original movie. In the beginning of the series, he has left Corona on world tour to live out his dream as a concert pianist and has since become very famous and successful. In Season 2, Hook Hand reunites with Rapunzel and her friends when they attend one of his concerts and reunites with Hook Foot.
  • The Enchanted Girl (Jennifer Veal) is a blue spirit-like being who takes the form of a little girl that convinces Cassandra to take the Moonstone.
  • Lord Demanitus (Timothy Dalton) is a legendary scientist who researched the Sundrop and the Moonstone. While Demanitus surfaced during the events of Lost and Found to help Rapunzel acquire the last part of his research, it was temporary with his mind permanently subverted within his vessel.
  • Zhan Tiri (Tara Fitzgerald)[1] is a demon warlock from another reality who was mentioned in numerous legends that include him causing an all-consuming blizzard that threatens Corona when at its weakest and corrupting the Great Tree into his personal fortress before he was sealed back into his dimension by Lord Demanitus. Zhan Tiri's spectral servants Sugracha and Tromulus the Eternal both sought to bring their master back on Earth.

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
FilmMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
121March 24, 2017 (2017-03-24)January 13, 2018 (2018-01-13)
221June 24, 2018 (2018-06-24)April 14, 2019 (2019-04-14)
3TBAOctober 7, 2019 (2019-10-07)TBA

ProductionEdit

 
The original logo for the series

On June 3, 2015, Disney Channel announced that the series was in development.[3] On February 15, 2017, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season ahead of the series premiere.[4] The series features new songs from Alan Menken, who wrote and scored the songs for the original movie, and Glenn Slater.[5]

On May 31, 2018, it was announced that the second season would premiere on June 24, 2018, and that the series had also been renewed for a third season. Additionally, it was also announced that the series would be re-titled as Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure.[6]

Despite the name of the series being changed prior to the release of the second season, both the first and second season of the series are listed as Tangled: The Series on Disney+.

ReleaseEdit

Home mediaEdit

Tangled: Before Ever After and the first four Tangled: Short Cuts were released on DVD on April 11, 2017.[7] Tangled: Queen for a Day was released on DVD on December 12, 2017.[8]

RatingsEdit

Season Episodes First aired Last aired Avg. viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 21 March 24, 2017 (2017-03-24) 1.30[9] January 13, 2018 (2018-01-13) 0.96[10] 1.00
2 21 June 24, 2018 (2018-06-24) 0.67[11] April 14, 2019 (2019-04-14) 0.35[12] 0.47
3 TBA October 7, 2019 (2019-10-07) 0.29[13] TBA TBD TBD

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2018 Annie Award Best Animated Television/Broadcast
Production for Children
Episode: "Queen for a Day" Nominated [14]
Outstanding Achievement for Character Design
in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
Shane Prigmore, Bobby Pontillas,
Taylor Krahenbuhl, Mayumi Nose
(for Tangled: Before Ever After)
Nominated [15]
Outstanding Achievement for Directing
in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
Tom Caulfield, Stephen Sandoval
(for Tangled: Before Ever After)
Nominated [16]
Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual in Animation Tom Caulfield Won
Outstanding Casting for an Animated Special or Series Julia Pleasants, Sara Jane Sherman Nominated
Outstanding Music Direction or Composition Kevin Kliesch Nominated
2019 Annie Award Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation
in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
Juliane Martin (for "King Pascal") Nominated
Outstanding Achievement for Character Design
in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
Amanda Jolly (for "Freebird") Won
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure Nominated
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure Tied
2020 Annie Award Best Production Design
in TV/Media
Alan Bodner, Brian Woods, Steven Nicodemus, Laura Price, Leonard Robledo (for Rapunzel and The Great Tree) Pending
Best Character Animation
in TV/Media
Juliane Martin (for Rapunzel and The Great Tree) Pending

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Season Three of Disney Channel's "Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure" Premieres Monday, Oct. 7". The Futon Critic. September 6, 2019.
  2. ^ "RAPUNZEL'S TANGLED ADVENTURE: FACT SHEET". March 4, 2019. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  3. ^ Elizabeth Wagmeister (June 3, 2015). "Tangled Animated TV Series Based on Film Coming to Disney Channel". Variety. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  4. ^ Liz Calvario (February 15, 2017). "Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure Gets Early Season 2 Renewal at Disney Channel". Deadline. Retrieved March 18, 2017.
  5. ^ Max Evry (March 8, 2016). "Tangled: Before Ever After Adds Ashley Judd, Jeffrey Tambor & More". Coming Soon. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  6. ^ Kimberly Nordyke (May 31, 2018). "Tangled, Starring Mandy Moore, Renewed at Disney Channel with New Name". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  7. ^ Mercedes Milligan (March 29, 2017). "Tangled Before Ever After Arrives on DVD April 11". Animation Magazine. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  8. ^ "Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure: Queen for a Day". Entertainment One: The Planner. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  9. ^ Mitch Metcalf (March 27, 2017). "Top 150 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.24.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  10. ^ Mitch Metcalf (January 17, 2018). "Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 1.13.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  11. ^ Mitch Metcalf (June 26, 2018). "Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 6.24.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  12. ^ "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.14.2019 | Showbuzz Daily". www.showbuzzdaily.com. Retrieved 2019-04-17.
  13. ^ Mitch Metcalf (October 7, 2019). "Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.7.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  14. ^ "Nominees: Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production for Children". Annie Awards. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  15. ^ "Nominees: Outstanding Achievement for Character Design in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production". Annie Awards. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  16. ^ "Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production". Annie Awards. Retrieved January 6, 2018.

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