Disney fans and animation lovers rejoice: the 2010 modern fairy tale movie "Tangled" is coming to television. The show will pick up after the events of the film, as Rapunzel, who's finally down from that pesky tower, begins to experience life as a free woman for the first time. Though Rapunzel and her beau Eugene were married in the 2012 Disney short "Tangled Ever After," the "Tangled" series depicts their lives before the big day. As the press release explained, "She boldly puts her crown and impending marriage on hold to seek out epic adventures, much to the dismay of the King who, after missing out on Rapunzel's youth, must accept that his daughter is now an independent young woman." This sounds like one of the most feminist stories Disney has ever produced. We approve!
Just as exciting as the show's premise is its cast. Original stars Mandy Moore (Rapunzel) and Zachary Levi (Eugene) will return to voice their characters. Legendary songwriter Alan Menken, who penned the music for the "Tangled" film, will also be back to contribute songs. That's right, "Tangled" will be a musical just like the original film.
There are some new additions to the show, however. Rapunzel will get a new BFF (or, in fairy tale speak, a "handmaid"), named Cassandra, who has yet to be cast.
"Tangled" is set to premiere on the Disney Channel in 2017.