Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess
Disney Junior's animated television movie "Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess" introduces Sofia, Disney's first little girl princess, into its celebrated legacy of princess fairytales. A "Sofia the First" television series will debut in early 2013.
Set in the storybook world of Enchancia, the music-filled movie follows Sofia, an average girl whose life suddenly changes when her mother marries the king and she is whisked off to live in a castle with her mom, new step-father, King Roland II, and step-siblings, Amber and James. Along the way this ordinary girl learns to navigate the extraordinary life of royalty, and in the process makes everyone around her feel special.
Created for kids age 2-7 and their families, the stories in the movie and the upcoming series are designed to communicate positive messages and life lessons applicable to young children. While living in a captivating world of castles, wizards and flying horses, Sofia is a relatable peer-to-peer princess who is experiencing many of the same social situations as young viewers at home – learning how to fit in, making new friends and conquering new skills. In addition to her journey of discovering what it takes to be a true princess, she must learn how to adjust to life with her new blended family that includes her step-father, King Roland II and step-siblings, Amber and James, as well as make friends at her new school for princes and princesses, Royal Prep Academy.
Helping Sofia along the way are the three headmistresses of Royal Prep Academy - Fauna, Flora and Merryweather (the beloved fairies seen in Disney's classic "Sleeping Beauty"); the royal steward, Baileywick; and a group of cute woodland creatures led by the wise-talking rabbit Clover; as well as Cinderella, a classic Disney Princess, who makes a special visit to offer Sofia words of wisdom. However, not everyone is looking out for Sofia's best interests, including the bumbling royal sorcerer, Cedric, who takes an interest in Sofia only when he recognizes that her welcome gift from the King is the magical Amulet of Avalor. To no avail, Cedric is always looking for ways to trick Sofia into handing the special amulet over to him so that he can utilize the powers locked inside it to achieve his lifelong dream of taking over the kingdom of Enchancia.
As with many of the classic Disney movies, music plays an important role in "Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess" and the "Sofia the First" series. The movie features five original songs ranging in musical styles from contemporary pop in songs like "Rise and Shine" and ballads like "Not Ready To Be A Princess" to those with more of a traditional classic Disney feature film style like "Royal Prep" performed by Fauna, Flora and Merryweather; "True Sisters" performed by Sofia and Cinderella; and "A Little Bit of Food," a fun, upbeat song performed by Clover that uncovers the mystery of why woodland creatures have been hanging around princesses for years.
Starring as the voice of Sofia is Ariel Winter ("Modern Family"); Sara Ramirez ("Grey's Anatomy") is Queen Miranda; Wayne Brady ("Let's Make A Deal") is Clover; Tim Gunn ("Project Runway") is Baileywick; Darcy Rose Byrnes ("Desperate Housewives") is Amber; Zach Callison ("Land of the Lost") is James; Travis Willingham ("Ultimate Spider-Man") is King Roland II; Jess Harnell ("Doc McStuffins") is Cedric; Ashley Eckstein ("Star Wars: The Clone Wars") is Mia the Bluebird and Meghan Strange ("Special Agent Oso") is Robin. Disney Legend Russi Taylor (Minnie Mouse), Barbara Dirickson and Tress MacNeille (Daisy Duck), bring Fauna, Flora and Merryweather, respectively, to life. Jennifer Hale provides the voice of Cinderella.
The movie and series were developed by Craig Gerber ("Pixie Hollow Games") who also wrote the movie and serves as co-executive producer. Jamie Mitchell ("Special Agent Oso") is executive producer and director. John Kavanaugh ("Winnie The Pooh: Springtime with Roo") serves as songwriter/music director and Kevin Kliesch ("Tangled Ever After") is the composer. "Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess" is a production of Disney Television Animation. It carries a TV-Y parental guideline.