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Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure
Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure logo.png
Genre Adventure
Comedy
Fantasy
Mystery
Developed by Chris Sonnenburg & Shane Prigmore
Voices of
Theme music composer Gabe Moffat
Composer(s)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 60 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Chris Sonnenburg
Producer(s) Joe Crowley
Running time 22-66 minutes
Production company(s) Disney Television Animation
Release
Original network Disney Channel
Picture format HDTV 720p
Audio format 5.1 surround sound
Original release March 10, 2017 (2017-03-10) – March 1, 2020 (2020-03-01)
Chronology
Preceded by Tangled
Followed by Tangled Ever After

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.

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.

Plot

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.

Characters

  • 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 becoming the host of the all-powerful Moonstone before reforming at the end of season 3.
  • Pascal and Maximus (Dee Bradley Baker)
    • Pascal is Rapunzel's pet chameleon. His backstory is revealed in Episode 11 "Pascal's Story".
    • Maximus is a white stallion said to have the nose of a bloodhound. He is originally owned by the Captain of the Guard and later by Eugene.
  • 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.
  • 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 thug 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.
  • 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.
    • Tara Fitzgerald as Zhan Tiri's demonic form.

Episodes

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
Film March 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)
1 21 March 24, 2017 (2017-03-24) January 13, 2018 (2018-01-13)
2 21 June 24, 2018 (2018-06-24) April 14, 2019 (2019-04-14)
3 17 October 7, 2019 (2019-10-07) March 1, 2020 (2020-03-01)

Production

Tangled - The Series logo
The original logo for the series

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+.

Release

Broadcast

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."

Home media

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

Ratings

Viewership and ratings per season of Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure
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 January 13, 2018 (2018-01-13) 0.96 1.00
2 21 June 24, 2018 (2018-06-24) 0.67 April 14, 2019 (2019-04-14) 0.35 N/A
3 17 October 7, 2019 (2019-10-07) 0.29 March 1, 2020 (2020-03-01) 0.47 0.31

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2018 Annie Award Best Animated Television/Broadcast
Production for Children
Episode: "Queen for a Day" Nominated
Best Animated Special Production Disney Television Animation
(for Tangled: Before Ever After)
Nominated
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
Outstanding Achievement for Directing
in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
Tom Caulfield, Stephen Sandoval
(for Tangled: Before Ever After)
Nominated
Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual in Animation Tom Caulfield Won
Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special 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
Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production Alan Menken,
Glenn Slater,
Kevin Kliesch
Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special Julia Pleasants and Sara Jane Sherman Nominated
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation production design and background design 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) Nominated
Best Character Animation
in TV/Media
Juliane Martin (for Rapunzel and The Great Tree) Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Writing for an Animated Program Jase Ricci
Ricky Roxburgh
Won
Outstanding Directing for an Animated Program Tom Caulfield
Shane Zalvin
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
Nominated
Outstanding Music Direction and Compostion Kevin Kliesch Nominated
Outstanding Original Song in a Children's, Young Adult or Animated Program Alan Menken
Glenn Slater for Rapunzel and the Great Tree: "Waiting in the Wings"
Won
Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special Julia Pleasants
David H. Wright III
Sara Jane Sherman
Nominated
Outstanding Main Title for an Animated Program Chris Sonnenburg
Bryan Deemer
Jezreel Carlos
Claire Keane
Won
Outstanding Editing for an Animated Program Tony Rocco
Kevin Locarro
John Royer
Louis Russell
Nominated

Unproduced comic spin-off

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.

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