Another princess is being welcomed into the Disney Family. Sofia, Disney’s first Latina princess, will join the ranks of animated royalty this November in a TV movie entitled Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the TV movie will introduce Disney’s first Latina princess. Sofia will then star in her own TV series on both the Disney Channel and Disney Journey in 2013.
Fox News Latino reports that Disney isn’t promoting the princess’ ethnicity like they did for their 2009 princess Tiana. Disney used the fact that Tiana was its first black princess to promote the movie The Princess and the Frog. The company isn’t doing the the same for Sofia.
Joe D’Ambrosia, the vice president of Disney Junior’s original programming, said:
“We never actually call it out. When we go into schools [to talk to young students about the show], what I find fascinating is that every girl thinks that they’re Sofia.”
Sofia will be voiced by Modern Family’s Ariel Winter. Sofia The First: Once Upon A Princess will tell the story of how Sofia, who was born a commoner, becomes a royal princess after her mother marries King Roland II Of Enchancia.
Here’s a preview for the Disney movie.
Some bloggers have complained that Sofia doesn’t seem Hispanic enough while others have applauded Disney for creating a character that isn’t a stereotypical Latina.
What do you think? Will Sofia the Princess be a hit?