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.
Disney Junior has quietly launched a microsite at sofiathefirst.com in anticipation of its first original Disney princess, ‘Sofia the First.’ An original movie is set to premiere on November 18, 2012 at 7 pm ET on Disney Channel, to be followed by a series commencing in spring 2013.
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.
Produced by Disney Television Animation, the series was developed by Craig Gerber (Pixie Hollow Games) who also wrote the movie. Jamie Mitchell (‘Special Agent Oso’) serves as both Executive Producer and Director on the series. Gerber is Co-Executive Producer and serves as the Story Editor.