Sofia the First: The Stars Behind Disney’s Little Girl PrincessPilar Clark
Scratch that. She thinks she is Sofia.
Hey, you have to love a four year old’s confidence, bolstered infinitely by identifying so closely with Disney’s first ever little girl princess.
Eleventy mabillion viewings of Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess plus twenty gazillion more of Sofia the First, the animated series’ first episode have definitely helped. Available for free download for more than a week on iTunes, the official premiere will air on January 11 on the Disney Channel at 9:30-10 a.m. ET/PT and Disney Junior at 5:30-6 p.m. ET/PT.
Glitter will be flung no doubt as my Sofia wannabe acts out the entire show decked out in her Sofia dress, slippers, tiara and amulet. Yes, it’s become a thing.
Some backstory: Set in Enchancia, Sofia and her mother Miranda live happily as commoners. One day, King Roland II happens by Miranda’s shop – she’s a cobbler – to buy a pair of fancy-schmancy slippers, and the two fall in love over buckles and calf leather. Something like that anyway.
Soon afterward, Miranda and King Roland tie the knot, and Sofia moves into the castle to live with her new stepfather and step-siblings, Amber and James. Sofia has no idea how to be a princess, nor does she really want to learn. But, oh ho! She needn’t worry since there are plenty of princess classes at the local Royal Prep Academy, headmistressed by none other than Flora, Fauna and Merryweather. Yes, the very same fairies from Disney’s 1959 classic, Sleeping Beauty. Then there’s the woodland creatures. They talk, sing, dance and are ready and willing to offer Sofia sage advice… in exchange for food.
Very kid-friendly, no?
Featuring voice performances by Modern Family’s Ariel Winter, Grey’s Anatomy’s Sara Ramirez, Project Runway’s Tim Gunn, and Wayne Brady, Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess was reported as the top cable telecast among kids 2-5 in the past five years averaging 1.5 million viewers.
Looks like the reluctant little princess is here to stay. Based on these quotes from the cast, it’s not hard to see why.
Ariel Winter as Sofia the First 1 of 4"I really like that Sofia is a caring, sweet, intelligent little girl who really just aims to help people. I think that she is the perfect example of what a princess should be." - Ariel Winter
Sara Ramirez as Miranda 2 of 4"Sofia and her mom have a beautiful relationship and what I love is that they are going through a transition together. Throughout the series, you see the two of them sort of figuring things out together and Queen Miranda being the example for her daughter and I think that's really lovely. Having a single mother marrying a king and raising a blended family, and all the themes of fitting in and becoming a princess, but understanding that just because you have material things doesn't make you better than anyone else. All of those are the things that attracted me to this role." - Sara Ramirez
Tim Gunn as Baileywick, Royal Steward 3 of 4"'Sofia the First' in my view is a kind of morality tale. It's a feel-good story about good qualities of character and the fact that they pay off." - Tim Gunn
Wayne Brady as Sofia’s rabbit pal Clover 4 of 4"I'm a big kid so I watch Disney Channel and Disney Junior. I have a 9-year-old daughter and I take care of my 4-year-old niece sometimes, so we all watch together and that's what first attracted me to playing the role of Clover in 'Sofia the First.' As a dad, I can appreciate when a little girl is sweet and curious and when she's just trying the best that she can and I think that's what Sofia does. She just wants everything to be right for everyone." - Wayne Brady
Photo credit (all): Disney Junior