Sunday, June 9, 2013

On The Air: Sofia The First (2012-3)

It's time to meet the newest----and youngest----of Disney's Princesses.

Sofia The First launched with a pilot movie in November, with the series following in January. Not surprisingly, its quick rise in popularity has resulted in a renewal for a 2nd season just 2 months after the series started.

Sofia (Ariel Winter, Modern Family) has been thrust into royalty after her mother married a King. As she quickly finds out, her rise in status lends itself to the predictable jealousy & resentment, as we'll see in this sample clip:

To better welcome Sofia into the family, the producers have seen to it that every other Disney Princess from Cinderella all the way to Jasmine (from Aladdin) takes a turn in mentoring. A clever bit of stunt casting sees Tim Gunn (Project Runway, "The Smurfs") as the voice of the butler, Baileywicke. The series airs on Disney Junior as well as the Disney Channel proper as part of a DJ sampler block.

Rating: A.

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