Disney Junior's Sofia the First to Introduce, Spin Off Latina Princess

Disney Junior ElenaDisney Junior’s hit animated series Sofia the First will introduce Elena of Avalor, a 16-year-old princess who hails from a kingdom inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore — and then will be spun off into her own series, it was announced Thursday.

Aimee Carrero of ABC Family’s Young & Hungry will voice Elena, who makes her Sofia debut in 2016.

“What excites us most,” Disney Junior Worldwide EVP Nancy Kanter said in a statement, “is the chance to use distinctive animation and visual design to tell wonderful stories influenced by culture and traditions that are familiar to the worldwide population of Hispanic and Latino families and reflect the interests and aspirations of all children as told through a classic fairy tale.”

Princess Elena’s fairytale tale, simply told: In the course of protecting her family from the evil sorceress Shuriki, Elena was pulled into and imprisoned inside an enchanted amulet. Decades later, Princess Sofia discovers the truth about the amulet she has worn since joining her own royal family and sets out to restore Elena to human form and help her return to Avalor. There, Elena’s magical sidekicks will include Mateo, a wizard-in-training, and Skylar, a flying creature.

The spinoff Elena of Avalor, premiering in 2016, will be presented in 25 languages on Disney Junior channels and daily programming blocks for kids age 2-7 on Disney Channels, among other platforms, in 154 countries around the world.

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  1. Fx says:

    Should’ve been named Maria or Juana just for the sake of the silly stereotype.

    • David4 says:

      Maria the Second. ;)

    • Daya says:

      I wouldn’t necessarily call it a “silly stereotype”. Maria means Mary, as in the mother of the Christian god. Since a majority of Latinos are Catholic (last I knew), they would WANT to call their daughters after “La Virgen”.

      (Can’t be any worse than our upswing in “Isabella” during the Twilight craze!)

  2. Fred says:

    She looks like Jasmine

  3. Christina says:

    And at first I thought that was Jasmine in a fancy red dress..
    I wonder if the amulet after setting the new princess free will still allow Sofia to talk to animals? [asking for a friend, ok? ;)]

  4. Tara says:

    Um She looks just like Jasmine…

  5. EspoLady says:

    I think the fact people think she looks like Jasmine speaks to the fact that there are very few dark skinned princesses or heroines in cartoons.
    They both have long dark hair – but Jasmine’s is black, outlined with blue, Elena’s is dark brown.
    That and their darker skin tone and brown eyes are really bthe only main similarities I see. Jasmine’s eyes have dramatic kohl liner with a cat eye effect, Elena has a fresh faced look, her eyebrows are much smaller than Jasmine’s, and the don’t have the same nose.
    Find a close up shot of the above picture – then find a Disney Princess group shot. There are quite a few that have a large bright eyed, tiny nosed heart faced look. In my opinion. Elena more closely resembles Rapunzel and Ana, than she does Jasmine. If all the princesses had the same skin tone, eye color, hair color/style and outfit… I think you’d find there is a lot of similarities between a lot of the princesses. These 2 just have similar skin.

  6. This is great and all, but why couldn’t they make a movie first then follow up with a TV series.