On the day its new Disney Junior series, ‘Sofia the First,’ launches, Disney has also released Sofia the First: Story Theater for Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices.
The app contains two modes: the first is an interactive storybook, a retelling of the Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess movie which is narrated by Sofia (Ariel Winter) and features audio clips from the movie as well as dozens of individual animations.
The other mode is the theater mode in which the user chooses multiple ‘cutout’ elements such as main characters, backdrops, props and even background music. Once each of the elements is chosen, the user is able to press the record button and record an audio track (dialogue) while moving the elements around the backdrop. After halting recording, the ‘production’ can be played back and even saved for later enjoyment.
The innovative theater mode appears to work well, although there was a bit of a learning curve. For example, though the backdrop consists of just a small portion of the stage, the theater mode records only elements that are in front of it. This actually means that you are able to keep props and characters out of view until desired. Also, characters are abnormally large against the backdrop by default (and props are small), but they can be resized with the usual pinch to zoom, as well as rotated. The resize and rotate functions even work while recording, allowing for some interesting use of perspective and overall weirdness. The app’s description even boasts multi-touch to allow friends to work together to move multiple characters at once.
For more information or to purchase ‘Sofia the First: Story Theater,’ click here.
As for the original televised film itself, it will be available to own on Disney DVD with special Royal Sing-Along mode on March 5, 2013 and is now available for pre-order. The DVD is set to include bonuses such as a ‘Princess in Training Activity Kit’ featuring stickers and tiaras.
After the successful debut of the Disney Channel Original Movie, Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess (available on DVD March 5, 2013), the new series debuts tomorrow morning on Disney Channel.
For the first episode, titled ‘Just One of the Princes,’ Sofia strives to become the first princess to earn a spot on her school’s flying derby team and although paired with the overly-anxious horse Minimus (voiced by ‘Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet), she learns to believe in herself and proves that a princess can do anything she sets her mind to.
Disney Junior has provided us with stills (including an behind-the-scenes image of Eric Stonestreet recording) from the episode as well as a couple of clips, embedded below.
This episode of Disney Junior’s ‘Sofia The First’ debuts Friday, January 11 at 9:30 am ET/PT on Disney Channel and will re-air on Disney Junior at 5:30 pm ET/PT.
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To all the subjects of the Tri-Kingdom area, let it be it known that Disney Junior’s ‘Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess’ will make its television debut on November 18 at 7:00 pm and now, thanks to the Disney Channel, we have a couple of clips from the special to share with you.
In the first clip, Sofia (voiced by Ariel Winter) is introduced to her new bedroom in the castle by the royal steward, Baileywick (voiced by Tim Gunn). Used to sharing a small room with her mother, Sofia can’t believe her eyes at her new luck:
In this next clip, Clover (voiced by Wayne Brady) explains to Sofia — in song — why it is that small, furry woodland creatures are so eager to help out the princesses with their chores throughout the years.
Created for kids age 2-7 and their parents/caregivers, and starring the voices of Ariel Winter, Sara Ramirez, Wayne Brady and Tim Gunn, Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess introduces Sofia, an average girl whose life suddenly transforms when her mother marries the king of Enchancia and she becomes a princess. Sofia soon discovers that looking like a princess isn’t all that difficult, but displaying honesty, loyalty, courage, independence, compassion and grace is what makes one truly royal.
With nearly a month to go before the movie premiere of ‘Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess’ on November 18, leading into a full fledged series to begin in spring, Disney Store has begun making some merchandise available online.
The movie/series follows the adventures of Sofia (voiced by ‘Modern Family’s’ Ariel Winter) as she adapts to becoming a princess after her mother, Queen Miranda (Sara Ramirez) weds King Roland II of Enchancia and gains an instant family in the form of twin step-siblings James and Amber (who is the eldest by seven minutes). Enrolled at Royal Prep (with headmistresses Flora, Fauna and Merryweather), Sofia must learn what it takes to become a princess, all the while dealing with the jealousy of step-sister Amber, the evil-doings of the sorcerer Cedric (and his pet raven Wormwood) and keeping the secret that she can talk with animals thanks to the Amulet of Avalor presented to her by the King. Inside the castle, Sofia’s best friend is a rabbit named Clover (voiced by Wayne Brady) while her best friends she moved away from are Ruby and Jade. Also appearing on the series is Baileywick, the royal steward (voiced by Tim Gunn) as well as occasional surprise visits from classic Disney princesses such as Cinderella.