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Sofia the First is an American animated television series produced for Disney Channel. Jamie Mitchell is the Director and Executive Producer and Craig Gerber serves as Story Editor and Producer. The show follows the adventures of Sofia, played by Ariel Winter. Sofia becomes a princess when her mother, Miranda, marries King Roland II of Enchantia. The show features songs by John Kavanaugh and Erica Rothschild and a musical score by Kevin Kliesch.[4]

Sofia the First
Sofiathefirstlogo.png
Genre Fantasy
Adventure
Musical
Created by Craig Gerber[1]
Directed by
Voices of
Theme music composer Jeannie Lurie
Gabriel Mann
Opening theme Sofia The First! By: Ariel Winter
Ending theme Sofia The First (Instrumental)
Composer(s) Kevin Kliesch
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 90 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Jamie Mitchell
Craig Gerber (co)[1]
Running time approx. 22 minutes
Production company(s) Disney Television Animation[1]
Toiion Animation Studios[2]
TeamTO (since season 3)[3]
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original network Disney Junior[1]
Original release November 18, 2012 (2012-11-18) – present
Chronology
Related shows Elena of Avalor
Elena and the Secret of Avalor
External links
Official website disneyjunior.disney.com/sofia-the-first

Contents

HistoryEdit

The series pilot episode "Once Upon a Princess", premiered on November 18, 2012 on Disney Channel, featuring a cameo from Cinderella. The 3 good fairies from Sleeping Beauty also get introduced as teachers. The series itself premiered on January 11, 2013 on Disney Channel during its Disney Junior block. Disney Junior renewed Sofia the First for a second season on March 5, 2013,[5] and then the series was renewed on January 8, 2014.[6] The show's second double-length episode, The Floating Palace, aired on November 24, 2013, with an appearance from Ariel. The third double-length episode, The Curse of Princess Ivy, aired on November 23, 2014, featuring Rapunzel. On April 14, 2015, the series was renewed for a fourth season by Disney Junior.[7] Gerber clarified in December that it will begin in Spring and have 24 22-minute episodes plus 2 60-minute specials.[8]

On January 29, 2015, a spin-off series was announced titled Elena of Avalor. The series premiered on July 22, 2016 on Disney Channel. In addition, a television movie premiered on November 20, 2016 titled Elena and the Secret of Avalor, which featured characters from Sofia the First.[9][10]

PlotEdit

A young girl named Sofia and her mother Miranda lived a peasant life in the kingdom of Enchancia. One day, Sofia's mother marries King Roland II, which leads to her becoming a princess. As she adjusts to her new role, Sofia works to live amongst the royal family while having different adventures along the way. King Roland presents Sofia with a magical amulet, which, Sofia discovers, gives her the power to talk to animals and summon Disney princesses in the time of need.

Cast and charactersEdit

EpisodesEdit

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
Pilot November 18, 2012 (2012-11-18)
1 25 January 11, 2013 (2013-01-11) February 14, 2014 (2014-02-14)
2 30 February 28, 2014 (2014-02-28) August 12, 2015 (2015-08-12)
3 28 August 5, 2015 (2015-08-05) March 31, 2017 (2017-03-31)
4 24 April 28, 2017 (2017-04-28)[11] TBA

ReceptionEdit

In October 2012, Sofia was initially identified as Disney's first Latina princess when a producer spoke during a press tour.[12] A Disney Junior general manager 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." [13] 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, the place where Sofia was born."[14]

Galdiz is based on Spain[15] and Freezenberg is based on Scandinavia.[16] The National Hispanic Media Coalition president/CEO interpreted Kanter's half-Spanish(-inspired) description of Sofia as her not qualifying as Latina.[17]

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.[18]

Home Video releaseEdit

  • Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess DVD was released in March 25, 2013.
  • Sofia the First: Ready to Be a Princess DVD was released in September 17, 2013.
  • Sofia the First: The Floating Palace DVD was released in April 8, 2014.
  • Sofia the First: The Enchanted Feast DVD was released in August 5, 2014.
  • Sofia the First: Holiday in Enchancia DVD was released in November 4, 2014.
  • Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy DVD was released in February 24, 2015.
  • Sofia the First: Dear Sofia: A Royal Collection DVD was released in September 29, 2015.
  • Sofia the First: The Secret Library DVD was released in June 7, 2016.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Disney Jr's 'Sofia The First' Set To Debut January 11". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media, LLC. November 27, 2012. Retrieved February 18, 2016. 
  2. ^ http://www.toiion.com/html/eng_toiion_project_sofia.html
  3. ^ http://www.teamto.com/en/les-productions/princesse-sofia/
  4. ^ "Kevin Kliesch talks about composing the score for Disney Junior's "Sofia the First"". Media Mikes. 
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 5, 2013). "Disney Junior's 'Sofia The First' Renewed For Second Season". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  6. ^ Bibel, Sara (January 8, 2014). "'Sofia The First', 'Doc McStuffins' & 'Jake and the Neverland Pirates' Renewed by Disney Junior". TV by the Numbers. Disney Channel. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  7. ^ Hipes, Patrick. "'Sofia The First' & 'Doc McStuffins' Renewed At Disney Junior". Retrieved 2015-09-05. 
  8. ^ @_CraigGerber (4 December 2016). "@JMRollie 24 22-minute episodes and 2 60-minute specials." (Tweet). Archived from the original on 6 December 2016 – via Twitter. 
  9. ^ Evans, Greg (June 9, 2016). "Disney Channel Sets Premiere Date For 'Sofia' Spinoff 'Elena Of Avalor'". deadline.com. Retrieved June 30, 2016. 
  10. ^ Keller, Joel (October 11, 2016). "In Elena and the Secret of Avalor, Jane Fonda Plays Sorceress Who Imprisoned Elena". tvinsider.com. Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  11. ^ Cite error: The named reference season4 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  12. ^ Rome, Emily; Mitchell, Jamie (16 October 2012). "'Sofia the First': Disney's first Hispanic princess?". Entertainment Weekly. She is Latina, .. It's sort of a matter-of-fact situation rather than an overt thing. 
  13. ^ Rodriguez, Cindy; Kanter, Nancy. "Disney producer 'misspoke': 'First Latina princess' isn't Latina". CNN. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  14. ^ Rodriguez, Cindy. "Backlash for Disney's first Latina princess". CNN. Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  15. ^ Sieczkowski, Cavan; Kanter, Nancy (23 October 2012). "Princess Sofia Is Not Latina, Says Disney". Huffington Post. Sofia's mom comes from a fictitious land, Galdiz, which was inspired by Spain. 
  16. ^ Gicas, Peter; Gerber, Craig (22 October 2013). "Disney Backpedal? Mouse House Now Says New Princess Sofia Is Not Latina After Controversy Erupts". Eonline. a mixed-heritage princess in a fairy-tale world. Her mother is originally from an enchanted kingdom inspired by Spain (Galdiz) and her birth father hailed from an enchanted kingdom inspired by Scandinavia 
  17. ^ "Alex Nogales', NHMC President & CEO, Statement on "Sofia the First"". 23 October 2012. Yesterday we met with Nancy Kanter, Senior Vice President, Original Programming & General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide, to discuss Disney Junior's "Sofia the First." She shared that "Sofia the First" is in fact not a Latina 
  18. ^ 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. 

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