TV Movie Premieres in 2012; Series Launches in 2013 with
Ariel Winter, Sara Ramirez, Wayne Brady and Tim Gunn among Voice Cast
Have you ever thought about the fact that until now all Disney Princesses: Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel have all been adults? I really hadn’t thought about it at all until now when I learned about a new program coming to Disney and Disney Junior.
In Fall 2012, Disney will introduce a little girl princess “Sofia the First” to its legacy of princess fairytales in an animated television movie and series (launches in2013), on Disney Channel and Disney Junior channels around the world. This will be the first time, in Disney’s history more than 70 years, a series has centered around a princess as a little girl. The program is designed for preschool-aged children and aims to communicate positive messages and life lessons. On a bit of a selfish note, I think Disney had my daughter in mind when they created this program. Of course I’m kidding but I’m really excited to see this it sounds perfect for young girls like my 3 year old daughter.
“Sofia the First” stories are set in the storybook world where young Sofia starts out life as a regular girl. Then after her mom marries the king, she becomes a part of a glamorous, but often confusing, castle world of royalty, pomp and new step-siblings, Amber and James. Fauna, Flora and Merryweather (Fairies from “Sleeping Beauty”) are in charge of Royal Prep, the academy that Sofia, along with other princes and princesses, attends. Special event appearances will be made by classic characters including Cinderella and other Disney Princesses.
Ariel Winter (ABC’s “Modern Family”) is the voice of Sofia. Additional vocal talent includes Sara Ramirez (ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”) as Queen Miranda; Wayne Brady (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?) as Clover, a wise-talking Rabbit; and Tim Gunn (ABC’s “The Revolution,” “Project Runway”) as Baileywick, the family’s Royal Steward.
The series was developed by Craig Gerber (“Pixie Hollow Games”) who also wrote the movie. Jamie Mitchell (“Special Agent Oso”) serves as both Executive Producer and Director on the series. The series and movie are productions of Disney Television Animation.
Nancy Kanter, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide, said, “In Sofia, we have a ‘peer to peer princess,’ a relatable girl experiencing the same social issues as our young viewers – learning how to fit in, making new friends, conquering new skills and building sibling relationships.” She continued, “Although Sofia will have plenty of pretty dresses and sparkly shoes, our stories will show Sofia, and our viewers, that what makes a real princess is what’s inside, not what’s outside. That the inner character of kindness, generosity, loyalty, honesty and grace make you special, not the dress you wear.”
Doesn’t that sound great? A program that will engage and teach the “princess” in your life important life lessons while also keeping them enchanted with the style of a princess. I’m so excited and can’t wait to watch and share this with McKenzie!