Last Friday, the Disney Channel premiered Tangled: Before Ever After, the pilot to the upcoming Tangled: The Series.
And…I don’t like it.
Now, the animation was lovely (a good substitute for the first film’s computer animation) and the songs were nice (it is Alan Menken), but…I had this nagging feeling that I’ve seen the same story before.
Basically, Rapunzel has to adjust to her new life as a princess. She has to get used to overprotective parents, royal duties and customs, and having security around her at all times. She doesn’t really like her new life, and just wants to be free.
Gee, haven’t heard that story before! Except, you know, every other Disney Princess movie ever made. It’s BORING.
I got to be honest, I don’t see why there needs to be a Tangled series. I do love the first movie, but I think it wrapped up pretty well. We know she marries Eugene, we know she becomes a great and beloved queen, we know that she is on good terms with her parents. Why do we need a whole series to show how she got to that point? Especially a full SEVEN YEARS after the first movie?
Now to be fair, in the series, Rapunzel’s magical blonde hair does grow back and she wants to know why. That is an interesting topic, knowing more about the source of Rapunzel’s powers and how it will affect her life (if her hair and tears have the power to heal, does this mean Rapunzel will never get sick and injured? how long will she live?) but I don’t think it warrants an entire series.
I think more than anything, this show is meant to appeal to little kids and hardcore Tangled fans. I’m more of a casual fan of Tangled, so this is probably not for me.
On the other hand, the Big Hero 6 TV series IS for me, and it’s already been renewed for a second season!
Disney…has placed an early order for a second season of the highly anticipated Big Hero 6 The Series ahead of its official premiere this fall. Based on Disney Animation’s Academy Award-winning feature adaptation of the Marvel comics, the Big Hero 6 show is executive produced by Emmy winners Mark McCorkle, Bob Schooley and Nick Filippi (the Kim Possible team). The announcement was made by SVP of Programming and General Manager for Disney XD, Marc Buhaj.
“Mark, Bob and Nick have delivered a dynamic adventure series that follows the Big Hero 6 superhero team, led by audience favorites Hiro and Baymax,” said Buhaj. “We are honored to have the opportunity to further expand the elaborate world and engaging characters of Big Hero 6 The Series with this early second season order.”
Produced by Disney Television Animation, the series picks up immediately after the events of the movie, and continuing the adventures of 14-year-old tech genius Hiro (voiced by Ryan Potter) and his compassionate, cutting-edge robot Baymax (Scott Adsit). Along with their friends Wasabi (Khary Payton), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez), Go Go (Jamie Chung) and Fred (Brooks Wheelan), they form the legendary superhero team Big Hero 6 and embark on high-tech adventures as they protect their city from an array of scientifically enhanced villains … all while Hiro faces daunting academic challenges and social trials as the new prodigy at San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. (x)
I am beyond excited. The fact that it’s by the same people behind Kim Possible and premiering on Disney X D and not, say Disney Junior (which would mean it’s for a more older audience) reassures me.
I should mention though, that every BH6 fan I’ve talked to in real life really wants a sequel (not just a series). So, let’s hope this show will give Disney the push to make one. But I’m definitely looking forward to this show!
As a side note, you know how the iconic yellow dress in the 2017 remake of Beauty and the Beast looks kind of ugly? Well apparently it was a byproduct of trying to make Belle a “modern, feminist heroine”. Umm, Belle already was that. Don’t mess this up.