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[REVIEW] ‘Tangled: The Series: Queen for a Day’ DVD

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Tangled: The Series: Queen for a Day is a special episode of the Disney Channel series Tangled: The Series, which takes place after the events of Tangled but before the Tangled Ever After short.

I’ve seen most episodes of Tangled: The Series, but it’s not something I drop everything to sit down and watch every week. (Plus, It’s recently been moved to a Saturday morning time slot, which isn’t a time that I tend to watch TV.) Nevertheless, when I do catch an episode of Tangled: The Series, I always find it enjoyable, even if not very memorable. I especially liked the first episode, “Before Ever After,” which for some reason is considered a Disney Channel Original Movie although it’s really just a longer episode of the show.

“Queen for a Day” is pretty standard in terms of plot — the King and Queen of Corona leave the kingdom to celebrate their anniversary, and Rapunzel is left to rule in their absence. The setup does feel rushed, but that’s forgivable considering the episode (movie? mini-movie? mega-sode?) is less than an hour long. There is a handful of new songs from Disney Legend Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater here, but the only memorable one is “Let Me Make You Proud,” performed by Jeremy Jordan.

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Can we talk about Jeremy Jordan for a second? The dude is a powerhouse! His character, Varian, is only a supporting character in Tangled: The Series, but his role in “Queen for a Day” is arguably more interesting than even Rapunzel’s. One of my main frustrations with the show overall has been that several supporting characters who are not in the original film are introduced, but they seldom have anything to do. I feel like Cassandra, voiced by Eden Espinosa, could be a great character, but she just hasn’t proved it yet. She isn’t in “Queen for a Day” very much, and I wonder if the show would benefit from writing out her character and focusing more on Varian instead because it seems like the writers have more to work with for him, especially after what happens in this episode.

One of the biggest strengths of the show (and the film) is the relationship between Rapunzel and Eugene, and there are some great moments between them in “Queen for a Day.” I’m so glad that Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi have continued to voice these characters beyond the original film because they bring so much chemistry and humanity to Rapunzel and Eugene — you never get the sense that they’re “phoning it in” or just reading their lines in a recording booth somewhere. I don’t know how much longer Disney hopes Tangled: The Series will go, but I hope its able to keep the original cast because I don’t think it would be nearly as good as it is without them.

Overall, Tangled: The Series: Queen for a Day is an enjoyable continuation of the Tangled story. I think I actually prefer it over Before Ever After, and I would even say that it’s a step (or two) above most of Disney’s direct-to-video sequels. Even if you don’t watch the show on a regular basis, “Queen for a Day” is worth checking out if you’re a fan of Tangled and are interested in seeing more of those characters.

Purchase Tangled: The Series: Queen for a Day

Edited by: Hannah Wilkes

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About Angelo Thomas

Angelo Thomas is a writer, director, and pop culture enthusiast. In addition to writing for Rotoscopers, he writes for The Royal Blog of Oz and guest hosts The Royal Podcast of Oz. Angelo was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He is currently studying Film & Video in Columbus, Ohio at the Columbus College of Art & Design, where he has also worked as an assistant in Marketing & Communications. His favorite film of all time is The Wizard of Oz, which has influenced much of his personal and professional work. In terms of his love for animation, Tangled and Frozen aren't just great animated films in his opinion — they're some of the best films ever made. Angelo is always prepared to give and defend his opinions when it comes to film and animation, which he often does on social media. He can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr @imangelothomas.
  • Yellow

    Good review. I think this might be the best episode of the show so far. It felt the most cinematic to me because the visuals and score were at their best, plus the songs were pretty good. I agree that Rapunzel and Eugene’s relationship was a highlight here; I like how Rapunzel feels comfortable telling him about things that are troubling her, and he’s always there to support her.

  • Marielle

    This series is a gem. I usually can’t stand TV cartoons for long, but this one is just so charming. The humor is great and the art style is beautiful. It also captures the characters from the movie really well. It’s like the perfect movie-to-TV tie-in.

  • Mack

    I really thought this show would allow Menken to finally get his EGOT, but he really isn’t bringing his A-game to these songs.

    • Angelo Thomas

      I agree. He seems to be working on so many projects at once that he isn’t able to really give each one his full effort, which is disappointing because we know how great he can be.

  • Omg I had a BLAST with this ep!! And Varian really stole the show for me, I am beyond a huge Jeremy Jordan fan from seeing his Newsies movie and Supergirl and now this amazing ep and show!! I LOVE VARIAN!!!!

  • Hannah Wilkes

    I loved “Queen for a Day”! The music was amazing! Jeremy Jordan/Varian’s song was definitely my favorite part of the episode.

  • Juuchan17

    I FINALLY got a chance to watch this episode over the holiday… and it was somewhat predictable, but an obvious stand-out character has me intrigued with the remainder of the season.

    I’ve seen a few episodes of the series thus far (including “Before Ever After”), and I like how the newer series-only characters entangle (ha) themselves with the main cast from “Tangled”, most especially here. Having Eugene being actually active in this episode and Rapunzel in a REALLY uncomfortable situation really helps them grow more as characters, and I can really appreciate that… especially in a Disney cartoon that doesn’t talk down to its audience (I’m looking at you, Lion Guard).

    But yeah, Varian is the stand-out star of this episode, hands down. His character began as more of a fanboy (in my opinion) with a love for experimental science, and I won’t lie that I wanted to be annoyed with him at times. However, this episode really made his character someone to really watch out for as the main story gets closer to season finale territory. Also, he sings… and it is pretty great!

    Overall, THIS is probably one of Disney’s better movie-to-TV series yet, and it keeps getting better over time. I am looking forward to the rest of the season, especially with this gripping overarching storyline!