Vampirina

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Vampirina
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Genre
Created byChris Nee
Based onVampirina Ballerina
by Anne Marie Pace
Developed byJeny Quine
Voices ofIsabella Crovetti
Lauren Graham
James Van Der Beek
Mitchell Whitfield
Wanda Sykes
Ian James Corlett
Dee Bradley Baker
Jordan Alexa Davis
Amy Palant
Viviann Yee
Benji Risley
Cree Summer
Opening theme"Vampirina" theme by Isabella Cramp, Lauren Graham, and James Van Der Beek
Ending theme"Vampirina" theme (instrumental)
ComposerLayla Minoui
Country of originUnited States
Ireland
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes75 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersChris Nee
Cathal Gaffney
Darragh O'Connell
Norton Virgien
Chelsea Beyl
Marc E. Platt
ProducerNorton Virgien
Running time24 minutes (2x 12-minute segments)
Production companyBrown Bag Films
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original networkDisney Junior
Disney Channel
Original releaseOctober 1, 2017 (2017-10-01)
External links
Website

Vampirina is an Irish-American comedy horror computer-animated children's television series created by Chris Nee. Based on the Vampirina Ballerina series of books written by Anne Marie Pace and published by Disney-Hyperion, the series was announced in March 2016 and premiered on Disney Channel and Disney Junior on October 1, 2017. It features much of the staff that has worked on another program created by Nee, Doc McStuffins.[1]

Premise[edit]

Vampirina follows the story of Vampirina "Vee" Hauntley who becomes the new kid on the block after she and her family move from Transylvania to Pennsylvania to open a local bed and breakfast called the Scare B&B for visiting ghouls (including vampires[2]) and goblins. The Hauntley family have to learn to do things the "Pennsylvania way," especially when Vee is at school, all while keeping their monster lives a secret from humans so they don't scare them.

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Vampirina "Vee" Hauntley (voiced by Isabella Crovetti) [3] – A physically 8-year-old vampire, but biologically near 200 years old as stated in "Countess Vee". Unlike in the books, in the TV adaptation she and her family have blue skin and super-speed.[4] She is the lead singer and spookylele player of her band, the Ghoul Girls.
  • Boris and Oxana Hauntley (voiced by James Van Der Beek, and Lauren Graham, and voiced by Dan Green and Jules de Jongh respectively)[3] – Vee's parents who are the proprietors of the Scare B&B.
  • Demi (voiced by Mitchell Whitfield) – A blue ghost who lives with the Hauntleys. He is Vee and Gregoria's sidekick.
  • Gregoria[3] (voiced by Wanda Sykes) – A 473-year-old gargoyle who is Vee's sidekick.
  • Poppy Peepleson (voiced by Jordan Alexa Davis and Amy Palant) – Edna's daughter who is Vee's best friend. She is the first human who discovers Vee's true identity, but promises not to tell anyone. She's the drummer and the youngest of the Ghoul Girls. She is 8-years-old. In "Double Double Halloween Trouble", she and her family are revealed to be Hispanic. Her first name is probably chosen as a reference to Gothic author Billy Martin's pen name Poppy Z. Brite (cf. her brother's first name being that of Edgar Allan Poe).
  • Bridget (voiced by ViviAnn Yee) – A very shy and nervous girl who is another one of Vee's friends. She also soon discovers Vee's identity, and like Poppy, promises to keep it secret. She has a pet Sphynx cat named Miss Cuddlecakes. She's the bassist and the smartest of the Ghoul Girls. She is also 9-years-old. She is revealed to be partly Jewish in "Double Double Halloween Trouble".
  • Edgar Peepleson (voiced by Benji Risley) – Poppy's older twin brother who is a monster enthusiast and runs a vlog called "Weekly Weirdness". In the Season 2 finale episode "Ghoul Guides Save the Day!", he finally learns Vee's secret of her family being vampires, and the fact that monsters are actually real when he visits Vee's home town, Transylvania for the first time. However, just like Poppy and Bridget, he promises not to tell anyone. He is the percussionist and twin member of the Ghoul Girls. He is 8-years-old. Similarly to his sister, Edgar's first name is probably chosen as a reference to a Gothic author - namely Edgar Allan Poe.

Supporting[edit]

  • Chef Remy Bones (voiced by Ian James Corlett) – A skeleton who is the head chef of the Scare B&B. He speaks with a French accent.
  • Wolfie (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) – A purple dog who is the Hauntley's house pet. He can assume a werewolf-like form during a full moon or by drinking milk.
  • Edna Peepleson (voiced by Cree Summer)[3] – Poppy and Edgar's mom.

Recurring[edit]

  • Grandpop and Nanpire (voiced by Brian Stokes Mitchell and Patti LuPone respectively)[3] – Vee's grandparents.
  • Phoebe (voiced by Sanai Victoria) – A little witch who first appears in "The Little Witch".
  • Mr. Gore (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) – Vee's human school teacher.

Guests[edit]

  • Cosmina and Narccissa (voiced by Alex Ellis and Laraine Newman respectively) – Two 800-year old internet-using vampire sisters who were guests at the Scare B&B.
  • King Pepi (voiced by Andrew Rannells) – A mummy from Egypt.
  • Aunt Olga (voiced by Kari Wahlgren) – Vampirina's aunt, Nosy’s mother, Oxana’s sister and Boris’ sister-in-law.
  • Nosferatu "Nosy" (voiced by Kari Wahlgren) – Olga’s baby daughter and Vampirina's baby cousin.
  • Matilda (voiced by Lara Jill Miller) – A cuddly Snugglot monster.
  • Mr. Froufington (voiced by Phil LaMarr) – A foodie who visits the Scare B&B to try Oxana's food.
  • The Scream Girls – Vee's favorite goulish rock band.
    • FrankenStacy (voiced by Kaley Snider)
    • Creepy Caroline (voiced by Raini Rodriguez)
    • Ghastly Gayle (voiced by Gabriela Milo)
  • Buttons (voiced by Nika Futterman) – A blue Cuddle Monster.
  • Hornadette and Shriekia (voiced by Georgie Kidder and Debi Derryberry respectively) – A two-headed monster whose two heads are sisters.
  • Rusty Topsail (voiced by Christian Borle) – A ghost pirate.
  • Trevor Rider (voiced by Patrick Warburton) – A rodeo enthusiast and business mogul who sometimes helps with anything the Hauntleys need. He also has a soft side toward young kids like Vee.
  • Bob Bigfoot (voiced by Ethan Suplee) – An old friend of Boris who is often called "Uncle Bob" by Vee.
  • Poltergeist Pat (voiced by Adam DeVine) - An unscrupulous singer.
  • Frankenstein (voiced by Skylar Astin) - An old friend of Boris who tends to forget things.
  • Bride of Frankenstein (voiced by Anna Camp) - The girlfriend of Frankenstein who gets engaged to him.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonSegmentsEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
14925October 1, 2017 (2017-10-01)November 23, 2018 (2018-11-23)
24925December 7, 2018 (2018-12-07)April 10, 2020 (2020-04-10)
34925October 5, 2020 (2020-10-05)June 28, 2021 (2021-06-28)

Broadcast[edit]

Vampirina premiered on Sunday, October 1, 2017 in the United States with two back-to-back episodes simulcast on Disney Channel and Disney Junior. Of the first season's 15 episodes, 10 premiered within the month of October to tie into Halloween and were also placed on Disney Junior's streaming and video on demand venues.[5] In Canada, the show premiered on Disney Junior on October 7, 2017. In January 2018, a second season was announced by Disney, which premiered on December 7, 2018.[6] A third season was announced on September 7, 2018, which premiered on October 5, 2020.[7][8] Vampirina is broadcast in 115 countries and translated into 15 languages.[9]

Home media[edit]

DVD releases
Region Set title Seasons Aspect ratio Episode count Time length Release date
1 Vampirina: Volume 1: Meet The New Girl On The Block[10] 1 1.78:1 4 (half-hours) 92 minutes Oct 17, 2017
1 Vampirina: Ghoul Girls Rock! 6 (half-hours) 144 minutes Nov 6, 2018
1 Disney Junior Holiday 2 (half-hours) 143 minutes Oct 23, 2018

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Refs
2018 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program Nicky Phelan, Marten Jonmark, Ehud Landsberg, Matteo Ceccotti and Kristi Reed Nominated
Outstanding Main Title and Graphic Design Nicky Phelan, Stephen Robinson, Leigh Fieldhouse and Magnus Kråvik Nominated
Outstanding Writing in an Animated Preschool Program Chris Nee, Chelsea Beyl, Travis Braun and Jeffrey King Nominated
2019 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Preschool Animated Program Nominated
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Preschool Animated Program Otis Van Osten, Marcos Abrom, Jason Oliver, Eric Lewis, Goeun Lee Won
2020 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Preschool Children's Animated Series Chris Nee, Cathal Gaffney, Darragh O'Connell, Norton Virgien, Chelsea Beyl, Gillian Higgins, Colm Tyrrell, Lisa O'Connor, Erik Vignau, Nayanshi Shaw and Jeffrey King Nominated
Outstanding Original Song in a Children's, Young Adult or Animated Program Michael Kooman, Christopher Dimond and Chris Nee for The Vamp-Opera: “The Vamp Opera” Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steinberg, Brian (March 4, 2016). "Disney Junior Renews 'Lion Guard,' Orders 'Vampirina,' 'Puppy Dog Pals'". Variety. “Vampirina” is inspired by Disney Publishing’s popular children’s book series “Vampirina Ballerina,” and tells the story of a young vampire girl who becomes the new kid in town when her family moves from Transylvania to Pennsylvania. The show will be led by many of the executives behind “Doc McStuffins,”
  2. ^ "a ghoulish girl in the human world" in opening lyrics, a pair of vampires are the first guests
  3. ^ a b c d e "Lauren Graham to Voice a Vampire in Disney Junior Animated Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  4. ^ Hauntley, Vampirina. "Portrait of a Vampire". Vampirina. You really brought out the blue in my cheeks. (also "I may be blue with pointy teeth" in opening lyrics)
  5. ^ "Disney Junior's Vampirina to Debut on October 1". LaughingPlace.com. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  6. ^ Petaski, Denise (January 22, 2018). "'Vampirina' Renewed for Season 2 by Disney Junior". Deadline.com. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  7. ^ Kimberly Nordyke (September 7, 2018). "'Muppet Babies,' 'Vampirina,' 'Puppy Dog Pals' Renewed at Disney Junior (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 17, 2020.
  8. ^ Evans, Greg (September 28, 2020). "Disney Junior's 'Vampirina' Taps Broadway & TV For Season 3 Guest Star Line-Up: Audra McDonald, Christopher Jackson, Taran Killam, Mayim Bialik, Among Others".
  9. ^ "Listings - VAMPIRINA on DISNEY JUNIOR - TheFutonCritic.com". www.thefutoncritic.com.
  10. ^ "Amazon.com: Vampirina: Volume 1: Isabella Cramp, Lauren Graham, James van der Beek, Patti Lupone, Brain Stokes Mitchell, Wanda Sykes, Cree Summer: Movies & TV" Amazon.

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