Tangled (franchise)

Tangled is a Disney media franchise started by the 2010 American animated feature Tangled, which was directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard from a screenplay by Dan Fogelman and produced by Roy Conli, with songs by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. Glen Keane, John Lasseter and Aimee Scribner served as the film's executive producers. The original film was loosely based on the German fairy tale "Rapunzel" in the collection of folk tales published by the Brothers Grimm.

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Created byNathan Greno
Byron Howard
Dan Fogelman
Roy Conli
John Lasseter
Original workRapunzel fairy tale
by Brothers Grimm
Films and television
Film(s)Tangled (2010)
Short film(s)Tangled Ever After (2012)
Animated seriesRapunzel's Tangled Adventure (2017–2020)
Television film(s)Tangled: Before Ever After (2017)
Theatrical presentations
Musical(s)Tangled: The Musical
Video game(s)
Soundtrack(s)Tangled (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2010)
Original music
* Work where this franchise's characters or settings appeared as part of a crossover.

The franchise consists of a feature film, a video game, a short sequel, a stage musical, and a television series, as well as a television film.

Film and televisionEdit

Tangled (2010 film)Edit

Tangled is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Loosely based on the German fairy tale "Rapunzel" in the collection of folk tales published by the Brothers Grimm, it is the 50th Disney animated feature film. Featuring the voices of Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi,[1] the film tells the story of a lost, young princess with long magical hair who yearns to leave her secluded tower. Against her mother's wishes, she accepts the aid of a handsome intruder to take her out into the world which she has never seen. Composer Alan Menken, who had worked on prior Disney animated features, returned to score Tangled.

Tangled Ever After (2012 Short film)Edit

Disney released a short sequel named Tangled Ever After in theaters in early 2012. The plot revolves around Rapunzel and Eugene's wedding day and about Pascal and Maximus losing the wedding rings and bringing them back.

Tangled: Before Ever After (2017 TV film)Edit

The television sequel Tangled: Before Ever After, set between the events of Tangled and Tangled Ever After, was released on March 10, 2017.[2] Tangled: Before Ever After doubled as a pilot for Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure.

Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure (2017 TV series)Edit

A television series based on the film premiered on Disney Channel on March 24, 2017, entitled Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure.[3] The series takes place between the events of original film and the 2012 short Tangled Ever After, with Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi reprising their roles.[4]


Tangled the Musical
Stage musical logo
MusicAlan Menken
by Nathan Greno
Byron Howard
PremiereNovember 11, 2015: Disney Magic

A stage musical adaptation of the film premiered on board the Disney Magic of the Disney Cruise Line on November 11, 2015, featuring three new songs by Menken and Slater. The show is one hour long, forty minutes shorter than the movie. The new songs are "Flower of Gold" (about the flower) and "Wanted Man" (Eugene's backstory) and "When She Returns" during the festival.[5]


Video gamesEdit

A video game based on the film was released on November 23, 2010 for two Nintendo consoles, Nintendo DS and Wii, as well as for the PC platform by Disney Interactive Studios.[6]

The figure of Rapunzel is available for the Disney Infinity video game series,[7] and is compatible with all three editions.

A world based on Tangled, "Kingdom of Corona", made its debut in the Kingdom Hearts series in the game, Kingdom Hearts III.[8]

Cancelled spin-offEdit

Shortly following the series finale of Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure, series' storyboard artist Kaitlyn Ritter revealed that she and Anna Lencioni had pitched an idea for a spin-off focusing on Varian titled Varian and the Seven Kingdoms. The series saw Varian learning that his mother, Ulla, was an alchemist and sets out on a journey to search for her after discovering her almanac. He teams up with three other young heroes named Princess Nuru, Yong and Hugo to learn the seven alchemical stages of transformation and collect a totem for each so as to be reunited with his mother while also evading her former partner Donella who wants the totems for herself. Varian would have also encountered his long lost cousins who shared his scientific fascinations.[9] Storylines would have revolved around Hugo being a hired agent of Donella who later turns on her and Ulla revealed to be the villain of the series with Varian trying to turn her good based on his own personal experience. According to Ritter, while Disney was enthusiastic with the project and even received 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 even suggested changing Varian to a completely original character so as to be an original brand, but Ritter and Lencioni refused.[10]

Cast and charactersEdit

Characters Film Short film Television film Television series
Tangled Tangled Ever After Tangled: Before Ever After Tangled: The Series Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure
Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
Rapunzel Mandy Moore Mandy Moore Mandy Moore Mandy Moore
Delaney Rose Stein
Ivy George
Eugene "Flynn Rider" Fitzherbert Zachary Levi Zachary Levi
Sean Giambrone
Pascal Uncredited voice Dee Bradley Baker
Maximus Uncredited voice Nathan Greno
Mother Gothel Donna Murphy Photograph Donna Murphy
Sideburns Stabbington Ron Perlman Nathan Greno Ron Perlman Ron Perlman
Brian Hull
Patchy Stabbington Ron Perlman
Captain of the Guards M. C. Gainey M. C. Gainey M. C. Gainey
Queen Arianna Silent Kari Wahlgren Julie Bowen
King Frederic Silent Clancy Brown
Cassandra Eden Espinosa


  1. ^ The Walt Disney Studios. "The Walt Disney Studios Rolls Out Slate of 10 New Animated Motion Pictures Through 2012" (Press release). PR Newswire. Archived from the original on June 25, 2010. Retrieved November 23, 2010.
  2. ^ Snetiker, Marc (January 14, 2017). "Rapunzel grows her hair back in Tangled sequel trailer". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  3. ^ Iannucci, Rebecca (June 3, 2015). "Disney Channel Making Tangled Series; Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi to Star". TVLine. TVLine Media, LLC. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
  4. ^ "TV-Cap: TANGLED: BEFORE EVER AFTER Adds Ashley Judd and Many Others Nerdist". Nerdist. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  5. ^ Tribou, Richard (November 15, 2015). "'Tangled' takes center stage aboard Disney Magic". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
  6. ^ "Disney Tangled: The Video Game Release Information for Wii". GameFAQs.com. Retrieved December 5, 2010.
  7. ^ Molina, Brett (November 20, 2013). "'Disney Infinity' to introduce Princesses". USA Today. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  8. ^ Riendeau, Danielle (June 16, 2015). "Watch the Kingdom Hearts 3 gameplay trailer". Polygon. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  9. ^ Ritter, Kaitlyn (April 14, 2020). "Tumblr Post". Tumblr.
  10. ^ "Kaitlyn Ritter Talks Directing Monsters At Work: Following Dreams". YouTube. Wotso's Magical World. July 20, 2020.

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