Disney Channel Lets Down Its Hair and Makes Tangled a TV Series

Animated show based on hit movie to debut in 2017

Rapunzel lost her long locks at the end of the film Tangled, but her Disney adventures have just begun.

Proving that it hasn't forgotten about its non-Frozen princess properties, Disney announced it is reviving the hit 2010 animated film as a new TV series set to debut on Disney Channel in 2017.

Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi, who voiced Rapunzel and Flynn Rider (also called Eugene) in the film, will return for the series—which is also called Tangled—as will the film's composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater, who will write new music for it. Other returning characters include Rapunzel's chameleon sidekick, Pascal, and horse Maximus.

The series will be set between the conclusion of the movie and the start of the 2012 short film Tangled Ever After in which Rapunzel and Flynn were married. The short had 5 million total viewers on Disney Channel, including 1.4 million adults ages 18 to 49. 

While Tangled, along with most of Disney's other animated films, has been overshadowed by the runaway success of 2013's Frozen (unsurprisingly, Disney is at work on a sequel), it was still a huge hit for the company, grossing more than $593 million worldwide. Creating a Tangled series will enable Disney to reinvigorate sales of merchandise—as Disney notes, Rapunzel is one of the most popular Disney princess characters across its licensed, Disney Store and Disney Publishing merchandise—while driving audiences to visit the show's characters at Disneyland, Disney World and other parks. 

"The genius of the original movie was its seamless blending of cinematic adventure, character-driven comedy and touching emotion," said Gary Marsh, president and COO of Disney Channels Worldwide. "And we are fortunate to have several of the creative talent from that movie on board with this new production. With the addition of Chris [Sonnenburg] and Shane [Prigmore] as executive producers, we have the perfect team in place to create a series worthy of the original film."