December 12, 2011

Disney’s Newest Princess to Debut in 2012

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Disney will introduce the first non-adult princess in an animated television movie and series, Sofia the First, premiering in fall 2012 on Disney Channel and Disney Junior channels around the world.  While Disney princess fairytales have been enchanting audiences for more than 70 years, this is the first time a series has centered around a princess as a little girl.  The stories and learning messages are designed for children 2-7 and to communicate positive messages and life lessons that are applicable to preschool-aged children.

Sofia the First stories are set in the storybook world of young Sofia who starts out life as a regular girl. When her mom marries the king, she is whisked off to a glamorous, but sometimes confusing, castle world of royalty, pomp and new step-siblings, Amber and James.  Sofia the First will include appearances by Fauna, Flora and Merryweather (fairies seen in Disney’s classic “Sleeping Beauty”) as the headmistresses 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. Sofia the First is not slated to be part of the ‘Disney Princess’ line (although that remains to be seen based on popularity).

In announcing the series, 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.”

Providing the voice of Sofia is Ariel Winter (ABC’s “Modern Family”).  Also highlighting the voice cast is 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 actors providing the voices of King Roland, Amber and James will be announced soon.

The series is being 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.

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Joel Henchar December 18, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Someone (or many someones) may have mentioned this to you by now, but Disney’s first non-adult princess was probably the often overlooked Princess Eilonwy from their 1985 feature The Black Cauldron. It really is a shame, because she is a very interesting character.

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