1. We are looking for a volunteer to help out with entering the DC and Marvel comics solicitations. If you are interested, please contact Harley.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Just in time for Halloween, enter for a chance to win a $50 Gift Card from FUN.com! Details here.
    Dismiss Notice

Disney's Sofia the First

Discussion in 'Disney/Pixar Forum' started by trance2009, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. trance2009

    trance2009 Fun to play with not to eat

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2010
    Messages:
    8,965
    Likes Received:
    44
    #1 trance2009, Dec 12, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 12, 2011
  2. honorableninja

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2009
    Messages:
    785
    Likes Received:
    1
    aurora a teacher? odd choice that seem more a role for belle out of all princesses.
     
  3. Tommy Lawson

    Tommy Lawson Moderator
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    May 23, 2002
    Messages:
    5,356
    Likes Received:
    114
  4. ShadowGUN

    ShadowGUN YES!YES!YES!

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2005
    Messages:
    11,335
    Likes Received:
    15
    So she is not a real Disney Princess then :confused:?
     
  5. Peter Paltridge

    Peter Paltridge Knows about rock people
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2003
    Messages:
    37,409
    Likes Received:
    190
    It's weird that it took this long for Disney to make any kind of show out of their hugely successful "Princess" merch. I can honestly see the kid catching on, as she's closer to the age of those watching -- they would identify with her more.

    And yet Mulan is despite no evidence. Go figure.
     
  6. Neo Ultra Mike

    Neo Ultra Mike Creeping Shadow of "15000"+ Posts

    Joined:
    May 18, 2006
    Messages:
    16,641
    Likes Received:
    320
    Yeah I'm with Peter: Despite some half attempted DTV specials they haven't really done much in the way of original animation content with the Disney Princesss line that connects all the princesses. So the most surprising thing is that it took this long. Well that and Sofia is actually getting her own movie. I wonder if it's another DTV or if it's an actual theatrical release. If it's the later then that actually means another new 2D disney animated movie is going to be in theathres and on that mark alone, Sofia should be watched so that part of Disney's brand dosen't die. At the very least I'm sure the series and toy line of Sophia will do well. And plus it's nice that they are focusing more about what makes up a princess instead of just becoming one. Yeah I doubt they'll get into the more political or even more hot button aspects of royality but it's defintley a step in the right direction for the princess brand.
     
  7. Ed Liu

    Ed Liu That's 'Cause I ATE IT!!!
    Staff Member Moderator Reporter

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2001
    Messages:
    14,527
    Likes Received:
    101
    Disney announced the Sofia the First pilot at the 2011 upfront. She seems to be making the rounds now because the series and movie is coming soon, though the NY Times is saying the "movie" is really the series pilot.

    Anyway, I think the delay in getting a new Princess character (even if she's not going to be part of the Disney Princess franchise) is anecdotal evidence that the management at Disney is taking animation seriously enough not to just keep shoveling known-marketable quantities out there. Disney Princesses makes Disney a ton of money every year ($4 billion, according to that NY Times article) and they used to exploit that with some really mediocre stuff.
     
  8. Light Lucario

    Light Lucario Moderator
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    May 11, 2007
    Messages:
    43,104
    Likes Received:
    713
    I think it sounds like a cute idea and I definitely can see a lot of kids getting into it due to how Sofia is closer to their age than the regular Disney princesses. I'm kind of surprising that Aurora is the teacher. Even though she is included as one of the Disney Princesses, I never thought she was that popular, especially when she's getting the teacher role when there are a couple of other Disney Princesses that would fit that role much better. Still, it sounds like it could be a fun.
     
  9. Dudley

    Dudley Moderator
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2003
    Messages:
    27,360
    Likes Received:
    365
    I hope other Disney princesses will make cameos (historical accuracy be darned). Belle can teach Sofia the importance of reading books.
     
  10. Peter Paltridge

    Peter Paltridge Knows about rock people
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2003
    Messages:
    37,409
    Likes Received:
    190
    Well, we already know Jasmine's teaching stint didn't go very well.
     
  11. Hordesman

    Hordesman slashor

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2004
    Messages:
    7,189
    Likes Received:
    5
    In the Disney context, a princess is a role model for kids who want a husband/ aka "Prince" when they grow up.
     
  12. AdamYJ

    AdamYJ The Saturday Morning Kid

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2003
    Messages:
    6,095
    Likes Received:
    1
    Maybe they're using Briar Rose (sorry, but I tend to go with the more folkloric names) because she's the princess that's had the least done with her. Every other princess has had a straight-to-video sequel or two, tv series appearances or other things of the sort. Other than a short video appearance, I don't think there's been much done with Sleeping Beauty.
     
  13. Tommy Lawson

    Tommy Lawson Moderator
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    May 23, 2002
    Messages:
    5,356
    Likes Received:
    114
    TV Guide has just posted a new video trailer for the premiere of Sofia the First this November on Disney Channel. The special is going to be called Once Upon a Princess. Right now, the article says the premiere date is Sunday, November 18, however considering that is weeks away at this point, and that the trailer itself only says "Coming This November," it is subject to change. The date does make sense, since Thanksgiving weekend, usually a low-rated weekend, starts on Thursday, November 22, and I doubt Disney would want to air it that weekend. Also, from Entertainment Weekly, there is artwork for a character named Baileywick.
     
  14. Dudley

    Dudley Moderator
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2003
    Messages:
    27,360
    Likes Received:
    365
    Considering how The Disney Princess is the most lucrative franchise based on licensed characters (as mentioned here), this should do exceptional in ratings!
     
  15. Tommy Lawson

    Tommy Lawson Moderator
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    May 23, 2002
    Messages:
    5,356
    Likes Received:
    114
    With the guest characters from other Disney Princess properties, I humorously like to think of the show as "It's like Gokaiger for Disney Princess fans." :) Nick and More now has a Disney Channel press release confirming Once Upon a Princess will air on Sunday, November 18, at 7:00 pm as a 1 hour special on Disney Channel.
     
  16. BonnieB21:-)

    BonnieB21:-) Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2011
    Messages:
    1,248
    Likes Received:
    1
    No Other Threads For Sofia The 1st?!!?

    I just happened to be flipping around and catch the first episode of Sofia The First. I actually liked it more than I thought I would. And I thought I wouldn't like it at all.

    The CGI is so much better than Green Lanten: TAS, Monster High movies, Monsters Vs. Aliens, and Kung Fu Panda: LoA. There's plenty of songs, a villain in Cedric the Magician, and a two parent family in a Disney animated program! If I didn't know any better. I'd swear that Sofia's mom was doomed and that her new blond step sister was going to become wicked. But since this is a preschool show, I doubt any of that will happen. And it's not ALL about putting on clothes, being popular, and having parties (even though there's a fair amount of that), it's more pro-social "being a princess means ruling others as you would want to be ruled" learning how to get along type morals and of course dealing with a blended family.

    I thought the use of Cinderella to teach a lesson about getting along with step siblings was very smart.

    Wayne Brady is the singing bunny rabbit, Ariel Winter from Modern Family is Sofia 1st., Jesse Harnell is Cedric and Tim Gunn is Baileywick.

    Anyone else watching Sofia The 1st.?
     
  17. PeppeRaskell1

    PeppeRaskell1 Peanutized!!!

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2001
    Messages:
    5,609
    Likes Received:
    2
    I watch the show from time to time. It's cute, and I was afraid when I first watched it, it would be a Princess of the Week kind of show with one of the many Disney Princesses showing up to help Sofia with a problem. "Mr. Cedric" (Sofia pronounces it SEE-drick) is a real schemer, but all his efforts to steal Sofia's amulet and take over the kingdom are, for the most part, doomed to Epic Fail because of his klutziness. And I like the rabbit's dragon girlfriend (saw her in the "Pet Fair" episode), she's a hoot.
     
  18. SaneMan

    SaneMan Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2012
    Messages:
    7,066
    Likes Received:
    262
    As far as girl-oriented pre-schooler shows go, this is a pretty good one
     
  19. Heeroyuy_Batman

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2007
    Messages:
    412
    Likes Received:
    4
    Considering what it is, I like the show. Though, I'm a bit surprised that only Cinderella has shown up so far. Then again, only seven episodes have been released thus far. I'll be very surprised if some of the other princes and princesses aren't connected to other Disney characters sometime in the future, particularly Prince Xander who could easily be related to Princess Jasmine or even be a descendent of her and Aladdin, which would be a savvy marketing tactic and a good way to increase interest in original characters.
     
  20. BonnieB21:-)

    BonnieB21:-) Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2011
    Messages:
    1,248
    Likes Received:
    1
    Disney Princesses Will Guest Star Eventually



    [​IMG]


    I found this Huffington Post article about the planning and production of the series.

    Jim Hill: Disney Junior's Novel Approach to Testing Sofia the First's Storybook World

    And in the weeks and months ahead, you should look for some real old-school Disney stars to make appearances on this new animated series. For -- just as Cinderella magically turned up to help Sofia in "Once Upon a Princess," the November 2012 TV movie that officially launched this series -- there are plans to have other Disney princesses periodically pop up to help this former commoner deal with her royal mistakes."But that's not going to be an every-week kind of thing," Kanter cautioned. "You're only going to see the classic Disney Princesses appear in an episode of Sofia the First if it's logical emotionally to have Aurora, Belle or Jasmine show up. We also want to make sure -- from a story point of view -- that this is the perfect moment for that particular Disney Princess to appear. More importantly, that her appearance doesn't then overshadow the rest of the show."

    Her magic pendant is supposed to grant her new powers as she does good deeds and curses if she does bad deeds. Plus it connects her to "The Princesses Of The Past" or in Tiana's case "Princesses Of Another Time". So that's how that's supposed to work.

    I'm a little surprised that Royal Prep teaches lite magic. What are the professional sorcerers and the fairies supposed to do if the royalty can do it all themselves? But since we live in a fairytale land, everyone gets pegasi.

    I have to quote the creator of the show for truth:


    My parents divorced when I was 8. My father remarried several years later and had a son with his new wife — which gave me a half-brother. However, I lived with a single mother, and for a while, with her boyfriend and his daughter. So I also had a de-facto stepsister for a time. Growing up in outer suburbia, I thought my family situation was unusual, but as I got older, I found that blended families were much more common. And typical childhood issues were often magnified when stepsiblings and parents came into the picture.
    So decades later, in trying to bring a modern perspective to an age-old fairy tale world, it suddenly occurred to me — what if Sofia wasn’t always a princess? What if she was a normal girl whose single mother married the King and she became a princess overnight? And what if the King already had two children, giving Sofia two step-siblings whom she had to get along with? Admittedly, step-sisters aren’t a new idea to fairy tales. Just ask Cinderella. But creating a blended royal family, with both a father and a mother present, did seem like a great way to tell fantastic stories that modern children could relate to. Plus, the character of Sofia could be a bold, curious, smart young girl who takes on the role of being a young princess like any child undertaking a new, exciting adventure. In a world where many young girls want to dress up as princesses, Sofia could serve as a positive role model, displaying traits and learning lessons that young girls (or boys) will retain long after they trade in their gowns for other costumes.
    When I tell people about Sofia the First, they are surprised I have two boys and no daughters. But that’s one of the things my children have taught me — stories resonate when there’s something they can relate to. My sons have both enjoyed hearing the Sofia stories and are looking forward to the show.
    “Why I Created Sofia the First” ​[/TD][/TR]










     

Share This Page

  • Find Toonzone on Facebook

  • Toonzone News

  • Site Updates

    Upcoming Premieres

  • Toonzone Fan Sites


Tac Anti Spam from Surrey Forum