As we covered previously “Tangled: Before Ever After” is set between the events of the feature film and the start of the 2012 short film, “Tangled Ever After.” Premiering in 2017 on Disney Channels around the world, the series unfolds as Rapunzel acquaints herself with her parents, her kingdom and the people of Corona. Along with a new piece of concept art (above), we’re now learning the long list of stars who will lend their voices to the show.
Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi return to voice the two main characters for “Tangled: Before Ever After.” Reprising their roles from the feature film are Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”) and Paul F. Tompkins (“Anchorman”) as Big Nose and Shorty, members of the Snuggly Duckling Pub Thugs; and M.C. Gainey (“Lost”) as Captain of the Guards.
Also joining the series are: Ashley Judd (“Divergent”) as Rapunzel’s mother Queen Arianna; Broadway star Eden Espinosa (“Wicked”) as Rapunzel’s handmaiden and confidant, Cassandra; comedian Jeff Ross (“The Wedding Ringer”) as Hook Hand’s brother Hook Foot; and Richard Kind (“Inside Out”) as Uncle Monty; Sean Hayes (“Will & Grace”) as Pete the Guard; Peter MacNicol (“Ally McBeal”) as Nigel the Advisor; Clancy Brown (“The Shawshank Redemption”) as Rapunzel’s father King Frederic; Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (“Lost”) as blacksmith Xavier; Diedrich Bader (“The Drew Carey Show”) as Stan the Guard; Charles Halford (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) as Pub Thug Vladimir; Steve Blum (Disney XD’s “Star Wars Rebels”) as Pub Thug Attila Buckethead; James Monroe Iglehart (Broadway’s “Aladdin”) as Eugene’s friend Lance Strongbow; Jeremy Jordan (“Supergirl”) as teen alchemist Varian; and Jonathan Banks (“Breaking Bad”) as Quirin, Varian’s father.
That’s quite a list for any show. I”m most excited to see a trio of Broadway veterans with Disney ties joining the cast. Before Eden Espinosa hit the big time on Broadway, she was a performer at Disneyland in many of my favorite shows (Hunchback, Animazement, Pocahontas). Jeremy Jordan performed in “Newsies” and James Monroe Iglehart, of course, owns the great white way as The Genie in Disney’s “Aladdin” musical.
Produced by Disney Television Animation, “Tangled: Before Ever After” was developed by animation veterans Chris Sonnenburg (Disney’s “Enchanted”) and Shane Prigmore (“The Lego Movie”). Sonnenburg serves as executive producer and supervising director; Benjamin Balistreri (“How to Train Your Dragon”) is supervising producer; Jase Ricci (Disney XD’s “Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”) is story editor; and Alan Bodner (“The Iron Giant”) is art director. The series will feature music by Academy Award-winning Disney Legend Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater. Emmy Award-winning Kevin Kliesch (“Tangled Ever After”) will serve as score composer. Celebrated artist Claire Keane (“Frozen,” “Tangled”), daughter of Disney Legend Glen Keane, who was animation supervisor on the feature film, is contributing design work and consulting on the series.
2017 is shaping up to be a great year for Disney animated TV series.