Sofia the First
|Sofia the First|
|Created by||Craig Gerber|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||76 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Jamie Mitchell
Craig Gerber (co)
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Disney Television Animation
Toiion Animation Studios
TeamTO (since season 3)
|Distributor||Disney–ABC Domestic Television|
|Original network||Disney Junior|
|Original release||November 18, 2012– present|
|Related shows||Elena of Avalor|
Sofia the First is an American computer-animated television series that features a commoner joining the royal family as a princess. Ariel Winter voices Sofia, a young girl who becomes a princess when her mother, Miranda, marries her kingdom's ruler King Roland II. It features songs written by John Kavanaugh and Erica Rothschild and a musical score by Kevin Kliesch.
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, and then the series was renewed on January 8, 2014. 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.
On January 29, 2015, a spin-off series was announced titled Elena of Avalor. The series premiered July 22, 2016 on Disney Channel. In addition, a television movie is scheduled to premiere on November 20, 2016 titled Elena and The Secret of Avalor.
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.
Cast and characters
- Ariel Winter as Sofia
- Darcy Rose Byrnes as Princess Amber
- Zach Callison/Tyler Merna as Prince James
- Sara Ramirez as Queen Miranda
- Travis Willingham as King Roland II
- Jess Harnell as Cedric
- Wayne Brady as Clover
- Tim Gunn as Baileywick
- Meghan Strange as Robin
- Ashley Eckstein as Mia
|First aired||Last aired|
|Pilot||November 18, 2012|
|1||24||January 11, 2013||February 14, 2014|
|2||28||February 28, 2014||August 12, 2015|
|3||TBA||August 5, 2015||TBA|
In October 2012, Sofia was initially identified as Disney's first Latina princess when a producer spoke during a press tour. 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."  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."
Galdiz is based on Spain and Freezenberg is based on Scandinavia. The National Hispanic Media Coalition president/CEO interpreted Kanter's half-Spanish(-inspired) description of Sofia as her not qualifying as Latina.
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.
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- Andreeva, Nellie (March 5, 2013). "Disney Junior's 'Sofia The First' Renewed For Second Season". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
- 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.
- Hipes, Patrick. "'Sofia The First' & 'Doc McStuffins' Renewed At Disney Junior". Retrieved 2015-09-05.
- Evans, Greg (June 9, 2016). "Disney Channel Sets Premiere Date For 'Sofia' Spinoff 'Elena Of Avalor'". deadline.com. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
- 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.
- 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.
- Rodriguez, Cindy; Kanter, Nancy. "Disney producer 'misspoke': 'First Latina princess' isn't Latina". CNN. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
- Rodriguez, Cindy. "Backlash for Disney's first Latina princess". CNN. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
- 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.
- 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
- "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
- 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.