Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure
Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure (known as Tangled: The Series during 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|
|Also known as||Tangled: The Series (season 1)|
by Dan Fogelman
|Developed by||Chris Sonnenburg & Shane Prigmore|
|Theme music composer||Gabe Moffat|
|Opening theme||"Wind in My Hair"|
by Mandy Moore
|Ending theme||"More of Me"|
by Natasha Bedingfield
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||60 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer||Chris Sonnenburg|
|Running time||22-66 minutes|
|Production company||Disney Television Animation|
|Original network||Disney Channel|
|Picture format||HDTV 720p|
|Audio format||5.1 surround sound|
|Original release||March 10, 2017 –|
March 1, 2020
|Followed by||Tangled Ever After|
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 and final season, which premiered on October 7, 2019, and concluded on March 1, 2020.
Six months after escaping Mother Gothel and reuniting with her birth parents, King Frederic and Queen Arianna of Corona, Princess Rapunzel is unable to properly adjust due to her father's constant protection. When she and her handmaiden Cassandra sneak out of the castle, they come upon some magical black rock spikes that magically restores Rapunzel's long blonde hair as they, Eugene Fitzherbert, Pascal the chameleon, Maximus the horse and a young alchemist Varian uncover the mystery of her hair's return and its connection to the black rocks growing around Corona. Eventually, Rapunzel learns that Sundrop Flower's power resides in her with the black rocks directing her to the Dark Kingdom.
The second season centers around Rapunzel's group traveling to the Dark Kingdom while accompanied by Lance, Hook Foot, and Shorty and joined by the mysterious sword-wielding Adira of the Dark Kingdom. The group soon learn that the rocks are created by the Sundrop's counterpart: The Moonstone Opal. During the journey, Rapunzel learns the origins of the Sundrop and Moonstone as two halves of an ancient power seeking to be rejoined while sought by a demon called Zhan Tiri, whose evil is mentioned in Corona's legends. Zhan Tiri returns to the physical world as a spirit and manipulates Cassandra into taking the Moonstone and turn on Rapunzel, setting up the third season as Rapunzel copes with Cassandra's betrayal while forced to become acting queen of Corona.
- Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) is the long-lost Princess of Corona who adjusts to her new life after escaping her captor, Gothel.
- Eugene (Zachary Levi), formerly Flynn Rider, is a reformed thief. Eugene marries Rapunzel and finds his place in Corona as a royal guard instructor and later sets off with Rapunzel on her adventure.he is later revealed to be the son of King Edmund and prince of the dark kingdom.
- Cassandra (Eden Espinosa) is the adopted daughter of the Captain of the Guards. She is Rapunzel's best friend and lady-in-waiting until she learns that her birth mother is the late Gothel herself. She is manipulated by the evil demon Zhan Tiri to turn on Rapunzel by wielding the all-powerful Moonstone before reforming at the end of season 3.
- Pascal and Maximus (Dee Bradley Baker)
- King Frederic (Clancy Brown) is the King of Corona and Rapunzel's overprotective yet loving father.
- Queen Arianna (Julie Bowen) is the Queen of Corona and Princess Rapunzel's birth mother.
- The Captain of the Guards (M. C. Gainey) is the head of the Corona royal guard and adoptive father of Cassandra.
- Lance Strongbow (James Monroe Iglehart) is Eugene's childhood best friend and former partner-in-crime from his thieving days. He adopts Kiera and Catalina at the end of "Plus Est En Vous".
- Hook Foot (Jeff Ross) is the hook-footed younger brother of Hook Hand. He accompanies Rapunzel on her adventure in Season 2 until "The Brothers Hook" to go on a world tour with his brother.
- Shorty (Paul F. Tompkins) is a crazy drunk who joins Rapunzel and Eugene on their adventures in Season 2.
- Varian (Jeremy Jordan) is a clumsy but smart, young alchemist who uses his skills to help others. Later on in the series he becomes an antagonist but reforms in the Season 3 premiere episode "Rapunzel's Return". At the end of "Plus Est En Vous", he becomes the Royal Engineer and is finally able to give Corona hot water which is something that he wanted to do to in the first episode of season one.
- Angry and Red (Vivian Vencer and Ruby Jay) are a pair of young former thieves who appear as minor characters, later as major characters and revealed that their true names are Kiera and Catalina.
- Quirin (Jonathan Banks) is leader of the small village of Old Corona and Varian's father.
- Adira (Kelly Hu) is a mysterious warrior who serves as Rapunzel's guide to the source of the black rocks.
- King Edmund (Bruce Campbell) is the King of Dark Kingdom who keeping the Moonstone Opal for save the world and Eugene's long-lost father.
- Hector (Kim Coates) is a most dangerous and sadistic member of the Brotherhood. He is antagonist at the special "Rapunzel and the Great Tree".
- Lord Demanitus (Timothy Dalton) is an ancient engineer and inventor who lived in ancient Corona when the Sundrop Flower and Moonstone Opal descended from the heavens.
- Zhan Tiri (Jennifer Veal) is an ancient and powerful demon sorceress from another reality who serves as the series' main antagonist. She personally appears in a child-like form to manipulate Cassandra in season 3 after acting through her minions in the first two seasons. She is vanquished in the season 3 finale.
|First aired||Last aired|
|Film||March 10, 2017|
|1||21||March 24, 2017||January 13, 2018|
|2||21||June 24, 2018||April 14, 2019|
|3||17||October 7, 2019||March 1, 2020|
On June 3, 2015, Disney Channel announced that the series was in development. On February 15, 2017, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season ahead of the series premiere. The series features new songs from Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. Menken previously scored the original film, while he and Slater wrote the film's songs.
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 Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure.
Despite the name of the series being changed prior to the release of the second season, all seasons of the series are listed as Tangled: The Series then Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure on Disney+.
On March 10, 2017, Tangled began airing on the Disney Channel. It was titled Tangled: The Series for its first season. On May 21, Tangled began airing on the Disney Channel in Southeast Asia. Then on September 12 of the same year, it began airing on the Disney Channel for Latin America. Also in 2017 it aired as part of the Disney Channel Saturday morning block, then named "Get Animated."
|Season||Episodes||First aired||Last aired||Avg. viewers|
|1||21||March 24, 2017||1.30||January 13, 2018||0.96||1.00|
|2||21||June 24, 2018||0.67||April 14, 2019||0.35||0.45|
|3||17||October 7, 2019||0.29||March 1, 2020||0.47||0.31|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2018||Annie Award||Best Animated Television/Broadcast||Episode: "Queen for a Day"||Nominated|||
|Production for Children|
|Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Individual in Animation||Tom Caulfield||Won|
|Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special||Julia Pleasants||Nominated|
|Sara Jane Sherman|
|Outstanding Music Direction or Composition||Kevin Kliesch||Nominated|
|2019||Annie Award||Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production||Juliane Martin[a]||Nominated|
|Outstanding Achievement for Character Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production||Amanda Jolly[b]||Won|
|Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production||Alan Menken,||Nominated|
|Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special||Julia Pleasants||Nominated|
|Sara Jane Sherman|
|Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation||production design and background design||Tied|
|2020||Annie Award||Best Production Design in TV/Media[c]||Alan Bodner||Nominated|||
|Best Character Animation in TV/Media||Juliane Martin[d]||Nominated|||
|Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Writing for an Animated Program||Jase Ricci||Won|||
|Outstanding Directing for an Animated Program||Tom Caulfield||Nominated|||
|Mary Elizabeth McGlynn|
|Outstanding Music Direction and Composition||Kevin Kliesch||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Original Song in a Children's, Young Adult or Animated Program[e]||Alan Menken||Won|||
|Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special||Julia Pleasants||Nominated|||
|David H. Wright III|
|Sara Jane Sherman|
|Outstanding Main Title for an Animated Program||Chris Sonnenburg||Won|||
|Outstanding Editing for an Animated Program||Tony Rocco||Nominated|||
Unproduced comic spin-offEdit
Storyboard artists for the series, Kaitlyn Ritter and Anna Lencioni, pitched an idea for a comic spin-off focusing on Varian titled Varian and the Seven Kingdoms, which saw Varian teaming up with new friends to discover the seven alchemical transformations. According to Ritter, while Disney was enthusiastic with the project and gave support and encouragement, they ultimately passed as they felt that a series that focused on a Rapunzel-related character without Rapunzel would be risky. Disney suggested changing Varian to a completely original character so as to be an original brand, but Ritter and Lencioni refused.
Reviews of the show varied. Klaudia Amenábar of The Mary Sue described the show positively, stating that it has "relatable themes" for Millennials and those in Generation Z, focusing on topics like emotional abuse, trauma, deciding who you are, friendship, and creating relationships. Amenábar also argued that Rapunzel's friend, Cassandra "Cass" is "extremely gay-coded sword lesbian...[a] badass Sword Lesbian... [with] sheer gay energy." She further talked about the "healthy and supportive masculinity" of Eugene, called it more Millennial sitcom than anything else, and stated that it parses out "uniquely adult issues for kids." Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media made a similar argument, although she focused on whether was appealing to kids and families. She noted that there is romantic chemistry between Rapunzel and Eugene, the prevalence of frightening moments, and argued that kids of a younger age may not have "the attention span to see it through," while praising the fun character adventures. Furthermore, she stated that series is episodic, better suited "for a slightly older audience" and is good "family fare." On the other hand, Ian Goodwillie of CBR criticized that the series is aimed at kids, deviates from the fairy tale, has an overbearing king, said it deviates "from the animated movie it's based on" while following a classic good vs. evil conflict, disliked the evil demon which is the villain. Even so, he praised that the same actors who voiced Eugene and Rapunzel in the movie came back for the series, called the series fun, said that the movie set a strong foundation for the series, stated that the series had an interesting story, and loved two minor characters (Pascal and Maximus).
- for "King Pascal"
- for "Freebird"
- for "Rapunzel and The Great Tree"
- for "Rapunzel and The Great Tree"
- for Rapunzel and the Great Tree: "Waiting in the Wings"
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