8:00am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
Jeffrey Tambor, Ashley Judd Join Disney Channel's Animated Rapunzel Series 'Tangled'
Disney Channel has recruited several actors to voice roles in its upcoming animated series Tangled: Before Ever After, based on Walt Disney Animation Studios' 2010 hit movie about Rapunzel and Eugene (aka Flynn Rider).
Joining the original movie's stars Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi in the series are Ashley Judd as Rapunzel's mother, Queen Arianna; Broadway star Eden Espinosa (Wicked) as Rapunzel's handmaiden and confidant, Cassandra; comedian Jeff Ross as Hook Hand's brother Hook Foot; and Richard Kind as Uncle Monty.
Reprising their roles from the feature film are Jeffrey Tambor 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 cast are Sean Hayes 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 SHIELD) 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.
Tangled: Before Ever After, which will premiere in 2017 on Disney Channels around the world, is set between the events of the feature film and the start of the 2012 short film Tangled Ever After. The series, which also will reunite Disney veteran and Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater, unfolds as Rapunzel acquaints herself with her parents, her kingdom and the people of Corona.
Produced by Disney Television Animation, the series was developed by animation veterans Chris Sonnenburg (Disney's Enchanted) and Shane Prigmore (The Lego Movie).
Debuting over Thanksgiving in 2010, Tangled opened with $68.7 million and went on to earn $200 million domestically and more than $593 million globally, becoming one of Walt Disney Animation Studios' biggest releases of all time. It was nominated for Golden Globe and Critics Choice awards for best animated film as well as best song for "I See the Light," which won a Grammy Award and was nominated for an Oscar.