Sofia the First

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Sofia the First
Series ,Logo.jpg
FormatAnimated series
Created byCraig Gerber
Directed byJamie Mitchell[1]
Voices ofAriel Winter
Wayne Brady
Sara Ramirez
Travis Willingham
Darcy Rose Byrnes
Jess Harnell
Tim Gunn
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes52 (26 aired)
Production
Executive producer(s)Jamie Mitchell
Production company(s)Disney Television Animation
Disney Junior Originals
Broadcast
Original channelDisney Junior
Original runNovember 18, 2012 (2012-11-18) – present
External links
Official Website
 
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Sofia the First
Series ,Logo.jpg
FormatAnimated series
Created byCraig Gerber
Directed byJamie Mitchell[1]
Voices ofAriel Winter
Wayne Brady
Sara Ramirez
Travis Willingham
Darcy Rose Byrnes
Jess Harnell
Tim Gunn
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes52 (26 aired)
Production
Executive producer(s)Jamie Mitchell
Production company(s)Disney Television Animation
Disney Junior Originals
Broadcast
Original channelDisney Junior
Original runNovember 18, 2012 (2012-11-18) – present
External links
Official Website

Sofia the First is a computer-animated television series that incorporates characters from the Disney Princess franchise. The series stars Ariel Winter as Sofia, a young girl who becomes a princess when her mother, Miranda, marries King Roland II of the kingdom of Enchancia.

The series' two-part pilot episode, "Once Upon a Princess" premiered on November 18, 2012. The series itself premiered on January 11, 2013 on Disney Channel and Disney Junior. On March 5, 2013, Disney Junior renewed Sofia the First for a second season.[2] On January 8, 2014, Disney Junior renewed Sofia the First for a third season.[3]

Synopsis[edit]

Season One[edit]

Sofia must learn more about being a Princess and, on occasion, classic Disney Princess characters including Cinderella, Jasmine, Belle, Aurora, Ariel and several others appear to help give her advice. Sofia will wear plenty of pretty sparkly and colorful gowns and shoes, but the stories will focus on the idea that what makes a real princess is what's on the inside. The series will highlight character qualities such as kindness, generosity, loyalty, honesty, and grace.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(in millions)
1-2"Once Upon a Princess"Jamie MitchellCraig GerberNovember 18, 2012 (2012-11-18)

The pilot movie introduces Sofia and how she has to adjust to royal life after her mother marries King Roland II. With the help of Flora, Fauna and Merryweather from Sleeping Beauty, who are now in charge of the Royal Preparatory Academy, Sofia learns that looking like a princess is not all that hard, but behaving like one must come from the heart. She has the incredibly powerful magical Amulet of Avalor that grants her the ability to talk to and understand animals and summon her princess friends (The Disney Princesses from the previous films) in case she needs help with something, but the amulet is coveted by the evil sorcerer Cedric who wants its great magical power so he can use it to take over the kingdom as King Cedric the Great.

Special Princess Guest: Cinderella from the 1950 film Cinderella 
3"Just One of the Princes"Jamie MitchellCraig GerberJanuary 11, 2013 (2013-01-11)
Sofia strives to become the first Princess to earn a spot on her school's flying derby team. 
4"The Big Sleepover"Jamie MitchellErica RothschildJanuary 18, 2013 (2013-01-18)
Sofia invites her two best friends, Jade and Ruby, over to the castle for her first royal sleepover, but many things go wrong and Sofia fears it has been messed up. Meanwhile, Cedric attempts to swipe Sofia's magic amulet during a puppet show and magic act. 
5"Let the Good Times Troll"Jamie MitchellDoug CooneyJanuary 25, 2013 (2013-01-25)
Sofia befriends a clan of trolls and learns a lesson about judging others. 
6"Cedric's Apprentice"Jamie MitchellCraig GerberFebruary 1, 2013 (2013-02-01)
In need of practice for her upcoming magic test, Sofia volunteers to be an apprentice to Cedric who finds a perfect opportunity to get her amulet. 
7"A Royal Mess"Jamie MitchellLaurie Israel & Rachel RudermanFebruary 8, 2013 (2013-02-08)
When the Golden Wing Circus arrives on its annual basis, James is determined to go, but while performing a juggling trick, breaks the glass window his father is intending to show his wife as a gift, and is afraid he will be punished by being suspended from going. A lesson is learned about lying and telling the truth. 
8"The Shy Princess"Jamie MitchellErica RothschildFebruary 22, 2013 (2013-02-22)
When Sofia is paired with a shy and quiet princess named Vivian to work on a class project, she discovers that Vivian's shyness disappears when she sings a song and plays the mandolin. 
9"Blue Ribbon Bunny"Jamie MitchellCraig GerberMarch 15, 2013 (2013-03-15)
Sofia learns a lesson in friendship as she enters Clover in the Village Fair pet contest. 
10"The Princess Test"Jamie MitchellLaurie Israel & Rachel RudermanApril 12, 2013 (2013-04-12)
Sofia learns to help others in need. 
11"Baileywick's Day Off"Jamie MitchellDoug CooneyApril 26, 2013 (2013-04-26)
Baileywick's celebrates his birthday with his brother Nigel. 
12"Tri-Kingdom Picnic"Jamie MitchellLaurie Israel & Rachel RudermanMay 17, 2013 (2013-05-17)
It's the Tri-Kingdom picnic for the kingdoms of Enchancia, Weiling, and Kaldune - and James really wants to win the Golden Chalice given to whichever of the teams from each kingdom wins the most games. Unfortunately, Sofia discovers that James is being a bad sport. 
13"The Little Witch"Jamie MitchellErica RothschildMay 31, 2013 (2013-05-31)
Sofia meets a witch named Lucinda in the village who has no friends and is hexing the village children. Sofia attempts to correct Lucinda's problematic behavior so she can be invited to a birthday party. 
14"Two to Tangu"Jamie MitchellErica RothschildJune 14, 2013 (2013-06-14)

Sofia and Amber visit the Kingdom of Tangu, and meet a very special kind of carpet. Unfortunately, Sofia and Amber got lost and must find a way to get to Tangu, but they get there with help from Jasmine.

Special Princess Guest: Jasmine from the 1992 film Aladdin 
15"Finding Clover"Jamie MitchellCraig Gerber & Doug CooneyJune 28, 2013 (2013-06-28)
Clover feels left out when Sofia has many new tasks to do and can't spend much time with him. Clover then decides to join a traveling magic act, but finds having a friend is better. Meanwhile, Sofia, her bird friends, Minimus, and Crackle search for him. 
16"The Amulet of Avalor"Jamie MitchellLaurie Israel & Rachel RudermanJuly 12, 2013 (2013-07-12)
When Sofia loses her magical amulet, she loses the power to understand her animal friends. Sofia must find her amulet before Cedric does. 
17"The Buttercups"Jamie MitchellDoug CooneyAugust 2, 2013 (2013-08-02)
Sofia uses Buttercup's skills to prove that princesses can do things themselves. 
18"Make Way for Miss Nettle"Jamie MitchellErica RothschildAugust 23, 2013 (2013-08-23)
A new fairy schoolteacher Miss Nettle arrives at Royal Prep. 
19"The Amulet and the Anthem"Jamie MitchellMatt BorenSeptember 13, 2013 (2013-09-13)

Sofia brags about being chosen to sing the Enchancian Anthem and the annual Harvest Festival. Unfortunately, her amulet puts a curse on her, causing her to croak like a frog. Sofia must find a way to break the curse before her big performance, but with help from Belle, she lets Jade and Ruby sing the anthem with her.

Special Princess Guest: Belle from the 1991 film Beauty and the Beast 
20"Tea for Too Many"Jamie MitchellDoug CooneySeptember 27, 2013 (2013-09-27)
Sofia hosts a Royal Prep tea party. 
21"Princess Butterfly"Jamie MitchellErica RothschildOctober 11, 2013 (2013-10-11)

Amber uses a magic spell to one up Sofia's costume to win a contest.

NOTE: A Halloween episode 
22"Great Aunt-Venture"Jamie MitchellCarter CrockerOctober 25, 2013 (2013-10-25)
Sofia spends the day with her Aunt Tilly. Then, the two must venture to the Horrid Hills to retrieve a basket of apples from a Wombeast so that apple pie can be made for the royal banquet. 
23"The Baker King"Jamie MitchellLaurie Israel & Rachel RudermanNovember 8, 2013 (2013-11-08)
King Roland finds an enchanted mirror in the castle attic, then, unaware of the mirror's magical properties, makes a wish for a simple life as a village baker. When his wish is granted, Sofia attempts to show him how important it is for him to be king again. 
24-25"The Floating Palace"Jamie MitchellCraig GerberNovember 24, 2013 (2013-11-24)

Sofia's family go on a royal vacation. While they're there, Sofia befriends a mermaid named Oona, who is kidnapped by Cedric.

Special Princess Guest: Ariel from the 1989 film the Little Mermaid 
26"Holiday in Enchancia"Jamie MitchellCraig GerberDecember 1, 2013 (2013-12-01)

A storm keeps King Roland from arriving home for the holidays. So it is up to Sofia and her family to find him.

NOTE: A Christmas episode

Special Princess Guest: Aurora from the 1959 film Sleeping Beauty 

Season Two[edit]

There will be a second season coming soon. It will consist of twenty-six episodes. It will come around January.

Cast[edit]

Crew[edit]

Reception[edit]

In October 2012, Sofia was mistakenly identified as Disney's first Latina princess when a producer misspoke during a press tour. A Disney Junior executive later clarified that "...Sofia is a fairytale girl who lives in a fairytale world. All our characters come from fantasy lands that may reflect elements of various cultures and ethnicities but none are meant to specifically represent those real world cultures." [4] In actuality, Sofia has a mixed fairy-tale heritage. As a Disney spokeswoman elaborated, "...Sofia's mother, Queen Miranda, was born in a fictitious land, Galdiz, a place with Latin influences. Miranda met Sofia's father, Birk Balthazar, who hailed from the kingdom of Freezenberg, and together they moved to Enchancia, where Sofia was born." [5]

Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess premiered on Disney Channel on November 18, 2012, garnering 8.17 million viewers (when the Live+7 ratings were tabulated), which made it the #1 cable TV telecast of all time for Kids 2-5 and Girls 2-5. It also set a record for the #1 preschool cable TV telecast ever in Total Viewers and for Adults 18-49.[6]

Merchandise[edit]

A range of Sofia the First merchandise has been launched by the Disney Store in the US, including costumes, books, toy figures, and homeware.[7] Products have also been launched in the UK.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sofia the First". 'www.bcdb.com, May 13, 2013
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 5, 2013). "Disney Junior's 'Sofia The First' Renewed For Second Season". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2014/01/08/sofia-the-first-doc-mcstuffins-jake-and-the-neverland-pirates-renewed-by-disney-junior/227813/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Tvbythenumbers+%28TVbytheNumbers%29&utm_content=FaceBook
  4. ^ Rodriguez, Cindy. "Disney producer 'misspoke': 'First Latina princess' isn't Latina". CNN. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ Rodriguez, Cindy. "Backlash for Disney's first Latina princess". CNN. Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda. "Disney Channel's 'Sofia the First' Crowned #1 Cable TV Telecast Ever in Kids 2-5". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sofia The First". Disney Store. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Sofia the First". characterworld.uk.com. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 

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