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Parents need to know that Tangled: The Series follows the feature-length film and the TV show Tangled: Before Ever After, continuing the story of Rapunzel as she adjusts to her new role as princess of Corona. In this tale, she and her friends team up to discover the secrets behind her magical hair, which necessitates her breaking rules her father instituted to keep her safe. There's much romantic chemistry between her and her betrothed, and they're often seen hugging, holding hands, and kissing. Some moments can be frightening as mysterious people emerge from the shadows or the characters face one kind of peril or another, and a sinister presence from Rapunzel's past lurks in her dreams. Because Rapunzel's mystery unfolds over many episodes, very young kids might not have the attention span to see it through. That said, the characters' adventures are always fun, even for stand-alone viewing.
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What's the story?
After an encounter with a mysterious growing rock regenerates Rapunzel's (voiced by Mandy Moore) magical golden locks, she's determined to discover the reason behind them in TANGLED: THE SERIES. Together with her loyal lady-in-waiting, Cassandra (Eden Espinosa); her boyfriend, Eugene (Zachary Levi); and a somewhat starstruck young alchemy expert named Varian (Jeremy Jordan), Rapunzel sets out to learn more about her past, her destiny, and her fabled golden hair before she steps into her royal role in Corona.
Is it any good?
Fans who can't get enough of this exuberant princess will love these continued adventures in and around Rapunzel's home kingdom of Corona. She's entirely the same person who stole hearts in Tangled with her appealing naïveté and optimism, and she keeps them even as she's thrust back into a mystery of magical proportions regarding her inexplicable (and now indestructible, by the way) hair. Her chemistry with Eugene continues to know no bounds, even with the somewhat meddlesome presence of Cassandra, who harbors a strong dislike of Rapunzel's devoted boyfriend. The addition of Flynn Rider-devotee Varian is not an unwelcome change, and he offers plenty of laughs in his fanboy admiration for Eugene's alter ego.
Rapunzel's spunk continues to make her a favorite among princess fans, and that won't change with this fun series. But because the mystery of her hair evolves over time and multiple episodes and, thus, there's no conclusive result at an episode's end, it's better suited for a slightly older audience than the enamored tots. That said, the content in Tangled: The Series is consistent with previous productions, making it good family fare.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why Rapunzel is so motivated to learn the mystery of her hair in Tangled: The Series. How are we influenced by our pasts? Why is it sometimes difficult to put to rest questions without answers?
How does Rapunzel cope with being the peacemaker between Eugene and Cassandra? Have you ever had to play that role? How do moments of adversity such as these make us better friends and stronger people?
- Premiere date: March 24, 2017
- Cast: Zachary Levi, Mandy Moore, Eden Espinosa
- Network: Disney Channel
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Great Girl Role Models
- Character Strengths: Courage
- TV rating: TV-Y7
- Available on: Streaming
- Award: Common Sense Seal
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