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Disney Channel sets 'Tangled' animated series for 2017

'Tangled Ever After' animated series to hit Disney Channel in 2017

The Disney Channel is letting down its hair for a "Tangled" animated series in 2017.

The network announced production on "Tangled Ever After," based on the 2010 hit film, that is set between the end of the animated feature and the start of the eponymous 2012 short film.

"Tangled's" original voice stars, Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi, are set to return to Corona for a new batch of adventures.

The former pop star will be reprising her role as Rapunzel and the "Chuck" alum will voice her swashbuckling pal Eugene (a.ka. Flynn Rider). Plucky chameleon, Pascal, Maximus the horse and the Snuggly Duckling Pub Thugs will also appear in the series, along with newcomer Cassandra, a tough handmaiden who becomes Rapunzel's confidante.

Their new adventures unfold as the once tower-bound fairy-tale princess gets reacquainted with her parents and her new kingdom.

"Her irrepressible spirit and natural curiosity about the world drives her to the realization that there is so much more she needs to learn before she can truly accept her royal destiny," the synopsis said. "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." 

Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater are also set to return for the series, which will be produced by Disney Television Animation and was developed by animation veterans Chris Sonnenburg (Disney's "Enchanted") and Shane Prigmore ("The Lego Movie").

"Tangled" opened with $68.7 million when it hit theaters over Thanksgiving in 2010. The musical film went on to earn $200 million domestically and more than $593 million globally, the network said.

"I See Light," from the film's soundtrack, won a Grammy Award in 2011 and was nominated for an Oscar, while the film itself was nominated for a Golden Globe for animated film.

"The genius of the original movie was its seamless blending of cinematic adventure, character-driven comedy and touching emotion. And we are fortunate to have several of the creative talent from that movie on board with this new production,"  the network's president, Gary Marsh, said in a statement.

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