[Via Disney Channel Press Release...]
Disney Junior's "Sofia the First," a fairytale about a little girl who becomes a princess, debuts in an illustrated storybook from Disney Publishing TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, in a DisneyJunior.com/Sofia online experience FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, in a digital EP album from Walt Disney Records TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 on iTunes and other digital retailers, and in an animated television movie event, "Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess," premiering SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 (7:00-8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel and THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (9:00-10:00 a.m., ET/PT) on the 24-hour channel Disney Junior. A "Sofia the First" series premieres in early 2013.
The "Sofia the First" experience on DisneyJunior.com/Sofia features a downloadable premiere party kit for "Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess" including invitations, recipe ideas and activity booklets.
Created for kids age 2-7 and their parents/caregivers, and starring the voices of Ariel Winter (ABC's "Modern Family"), Sara Ramirez (ABC's "Grey's Anatomy"), Wayne Brady ("Let's Make a Deal"), and Tim Gunn ("Project Runway"), "Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess" introduces Sofia, an average girl whose life suddenly transforms when her mother marries the king of Enchancia and she becomes a princess. Sofia soon discovers that looking like a princess isn't all that difficult, but displaying honesty, loyalty, courage, independence, compassion and grace is what makes one truly royal.
Ariel Winter performs in a music video of the song "Rise and Shine," debuting during the premiere telecast.
In keeping with the mother-daughter themes in the movie, Disney Channel stars Skai Jackson ("Jessie") and Mia Talerico ("Good Luck Charlie") and their moms will host a telecast Monday, November 19 (8:00 a.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. The movie also becomes available that day on WATCH Disney Junior, Disney Junior On Demand and DisneyJunior.com.
Celebrity mom Alison Sweeney ("The Biggest Loser") and her daughter will host a telecast Thursday, November 22 (7:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Junior.
The illustrated storybook Sofia the First, which introduces readers to the world of Sofia, was written by Catherine Hapka with illustrations by Grace Lee. It will be available from Disney Press, an imprint of Disney Publishing Worldwide, as a Book and eBook at retailers nationwide.
Disney Junior reflects the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney storytelling and Disney characters, both classic and contemporary. It invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for kids age 2-7. Disney Junior's series blend Disney's unparalleled storytelling and characters kids love deeply with learning, including early math, language skills, healthy eating and lifestyles, and social skills. Disney Junior launched in February 2011 with a daily programming block on Disney Channel. In its first year, Disney Junior posted the network's biggest yearly audience in the daypart in Total Viewers, Kids 2-5, Boys 2-5 and Women 18-49, increasing by double-digit margins among preschooler demographics over year-ago levels. On March 23, 2012 Disney Junior added a cable and satellite channel in the U.S. Disney Junior India launched in October 2012, bringing the total number of channels to 32 worldwide.