So Tangled is one of my favorite Disney movies and since I’m utter Disney trash, I needed to see what the T.V. show was all about. Tangled: The Series was getting many positive reviews much to my surprise, but trust me when I say that it is well deserved. I was a bit hesitant that it wouldn’t include the themes of the movie that I loved, but I was proven wrong. This T.V. show has the best balance of humor, character growth, an interesting plot and well developed relationships. Tangled: The Series also gave me major Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra (AKA the most iconic animated T.V. shows of all time) nostalgia. In general, this show was truly a pleasant surprise and I could absolutely see it moving on to become a great T.V. show. Also, yes I am aware it’s a children’s cartoon, but I could care less about the intended audience.
Spoiler Free Review:
The T.V. show takes place in the two year time period between the movie Tangled and Rapunzel and Eugene’s marriage in the short film, Tangeld Ever After. There is a movie that takes place before the first episode of the show called Before Ever After which explains how Rapunzel got back her blonde hair which you can watch if you like. I didn’t watch it yet and I still understood what was going on so I don’t think it’s necessary. Essentially, Rapunzel touches these mysterious black rocks that have been popping up all throughout Corona and it turns her hair back into blonde and it’s basically indestructible.
The show is a lot lighter than the movie, so there isn’t too much intensity at this point in the story. The plot does appear to be kind of self explanatory and predictable, but just wait it out until the end and there’s definitely more to the storyline than you think . In particular, the ending to Season 1 was a cliffhanger and it automatically reminded of Avatar: The Last Airbender. I definitely think the plot can only get better from here and although majority of the episodes aren’t focused entirely on the plot, I imagine Season 2 is going to have more plot driven episodes.
Rapunzel absolutely stays true to her character and don’t worry, she is played by Mandy Moore who voiced her in the movie (Every character from the movie pretty much has the same voice actor). She is still “a naive princess who makes horrible decisions,” but she also has her bad-ass moments as well. Eugene is still arrogant and sarcastic and everything we love about Eugene Fitzherbert. The romance is present, but it’s definitely not the main focus of the story. I actually really loved how Eugene and Rapunzel’s relationship was done. While they did have a lot of chemistry in the movie, they fell in love in three days which I know is pretty long according to Disney, but I wasn’t sure about the portrayal in the show. Eugene is seriously the most supportive boyfriend which is a rarity in it of itself. He always knows when to give Rapunzel space and they actually have a healthy relationship with communication. Shocker, I know.
Cassandra is a new character that is introduced who is Rapunzel’s handmaiden, close confidante and best friend (next to Pascal of course ;). I know a few people didn’t like how Cassandra seemed to be coming between Rapunzel and Eugene. But I think it was more so Cassndra and Eugene outside of Rapunzel and Eugene’s relationship. Cassandra does represent the tough female character archetype but I loved her character, nonetheless. She’s bad-ass and clever (and I totally headcanon her as a lesbian) and doesn’t take anyone’s shit. Definitely a combination of Korra and Asami if you liked Legend of Korra. It’s always important for me to see female friendships and Rapunzel and Cassandra have an incredible relationship.
I’m not going to say too much about the villian since he’s not necessarily your typical antagonist, but I can absolutely see him getting a redemption arc and becoming a morally grey charcter. Overall, I really loved Tangeld: The Series. I will definitely be watching season 2 and for a Disney show (since Disney T.V. is not the same as it once was), I was duly impressed. Also, the soundtrack is really great, specifically Ready As I’ll Ever Be (I need more of Zachary Levi’s singing) Again, if you like Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra, would absolutely recommend watching.