Sofia the First
By Emily Ashby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Spunky, well-rounded princess celebrates individuality.
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive examples of self-esteem, friendship, and compassion. Kids see the characters cope with insecurities, new challenges, and ill-meaning peers, all with self-affirming results and good messages about growing up.
Strong messages about self-confidence, embracing change, and staying true to your values. Kids see Sofia learning to fit in among the royals, but she's not afraid to stand out from the crowd when her feelings contradict tradition. Sofia learns a new lesson in each day, always relating to a positive personality trait like compassion, honesty, or perseverance. The story centers on a happy blended family.
Positive Role Models
Sofia doesn't balk at taking a stand on what's important to her, even if that means that she seems different from all the other princes and princesses, and her willingness to do so often has a positive influence on those around her. Some of her peers are standoffish and snooty, but she follows her heart rather than them, and her actions sway their opinions about "proper" princess behavior. Sofia always turns to a parent or trusted friend for advice when she's struggling with a decision.
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Guest appearances from classic Disney princesses (Ariel, Jasmine, Belle) and other characters bring other movies to mind.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sofia the First is a TV series that follows Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess and tells the story of young Sofia, newly minted princess who's trying to adapt to her new life as a royal. Kids will love the show's spunky heroine and her amusing adventures, and parents will appreciate that the characters illustrate positive traits like loyalty, honesty, and friendship in stories well suited for their young audience. Sofia's experiences inspire viewers to celebrate their own unique qualities as she does, even when it means that she stands out in a crowd. Guest appearances by recognizable princesses like Belle and Jasmine might inspire kids' interest in Disney's other royal stories, making this series a possible gateway into other Disney offerings.
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What's the Story?
In SOFIA THE FIRST, young Sofia (voiced by Ariel Winter) is learning the ropes now that she's an official part of the royal family. When her mother, Miranda (Sara Ramirez), married King Roland II (Travis Willingham), Sofia became a princess overnight, but the transition isn't without its ups and downs. Fortunately she has loving parents, two new stepsiblings, and a collection of woodland friends to help her find her way, not to mention surprise visits from more experienced princesses like Jasmine and Ariel. With their help, Sofia learns that being royal isn't about fancy dresses and parties; it's about being a good friend, caring for others, and always doing what's right.
Is It Any Good?
This engaging series does everything right with a talented voice cast (including guests like Eric Stonestreet, Bonnie Hunt, and Jeffrey Tambor), lively original music, sharp writing, and crisp animation that brings to life darling Sofia and a well-rounded supporting cast. The stories are inspired by coming-of-age woes young kids will understand like trying to fit in with new friends, and the messages about self image, perseverance, and compassion won't miss their mark with your younger kids.
Sofia the First improves on its popular feature-length predecessor, presenting viewers with a more complete heroine in its precocious young star who gracefully balances royal expectations with her efforts to bring her own individuality to the princess role. In so doing, she teaches her friends and kids at home about the joys of overcoming new challenges and inspires the belief that if you're true to yourself and embrace your individuality, then there's no limit to what you can do.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how Sofia meets her challenges. Who gives her good advice when she needs it? How does talking about her troubles with others help guide her decisions? Does she always make the right decision the first time? How does she learn from her mistakes in Sofia the First?
How does Sofia compare to some of the grown-up Disney princesses? What are her best qualities? In what ways does she challenge stereotypes about princesses? What comes of her breaking from traditions?
Kids: What are your favorite qualities about yourself? Do they ever make you feel different from your friends? Does this ever seem like a bad thing? How would the world differ if there was more similarity in how we look and act?
How do the characters in Sofia the First demonstrate compassion and perseverance? Why are these important character strengths?
- Premiere date: November 18, 2012
- Cast: Ariel Winter, Sara Ramirez, Travis Willingham
- Networks: Disney Channel, Disney Junior
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Brothers and Sisters, Fairy Tales, Great Girl Role Models
- Character Strengths: Compassion, Perseverance
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Last updated: February 18, 2023
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