After more than 70 years in the limelight, adult-aged Disney princesses like Cinderella and Snow White are getting a preschool-aged counterpart. A new animated TV movie and series, aptly dubbed Sofia the First, will premiere next fall and in spring 2013, respectively, on Disney Channel and Disney Junior worldwide.
This is the first time a series has centered on a princess as a little girl, and as such, the stories are designed to communicate positive messages and life lessons that are applicable to toddlers. Stories are set in the storybook world of young Sofia, who starts out life as a regular girl but is whisked away to live as a princess after her mother marries the king.
Disney has said that while this ‘peer to peer princess’ will have plenty of pretty dresses and sparkly shoes, her stories will focus on inner, as opposed to outer, beauty.
The series was developed by Craig Gerber (Pixie Hollow Games), who also wrote the movie. Modern Family’s Ariel Winter will provide the voice of Sofia.