Disney Junior’s Latina Princess Animated TV Show Coming in 2016
Disney Junior Gives the World Princess Elena de Avalor
No truer words were uttered at the Golden Globes by Gina Rodriguez as she accepted her Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy (Jane the Virgin) when she said that U.S. Latinos are “…a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes”. U.S. Latinos have long waited for the portrayal of heroes and princess stories as we. The world is ready -- has long been ready, for the first Latina princess. Disney Junior Worldwide timing of the announcement of Elena de Avalor could not be better.
Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide made the official announcement that Disney Junior is in production on the animated TV show Elena de Avalor which is scheduled to premiere in 2016.Elena de Avalor, the character will first be introduced in a special episode of Disney Junior's hit series Sofia the First. That exciting story arc will usher in the launch of Elena of Avalor, a production of Disney Television Animation. The
At the heart of Elena of Avalor the animated TV series, is Princess Elena de Avalor. The role of 16 year-old Princess Elena, the bold, caring, funny and clever ascendant to the throne in the fairytale kingdom of Avalor, will be voiced by Aimee Carrero (ABC Family's Young & Hungry). Princess Elena who is inspired by the diverse Latin cultures and folklore, is a confident and compassionate teenager in an enchanted fairytale kingdom of Avalor.
"Our creative team has delivered a universal story with themes that authentically reflect the hopes and dreams of our diverse audience," Kanter said. "What excites us most 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."
A very important member of the creative team is Silvia Cardenas Olivas (Moesha, The Brothers Garcia), an alumna of the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s Television Writers Program, who is on board as the story editor.
As with all Disney Junior programming, Elena of Avalor stories will be guided by an established curriculum that nurtures multiple areas of child development: physical, emotional, social and cognitive; thinking and creative skills, as well as moral and ethical development. Created for kids age 2-7 and their families, the stories are designed to communicate positive messages and life lessons that are applicable to young children about leadership, resilience, diversity, compassion and the importance of family and family traditions.
The series 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. On television alone, its estimated daily reach will be over 207 million households.
Princess Elena's journey began long ago when her parents and kingdom were taken from her by the evil sorceress, Shuriki. Elena bravely faced the sorceress to protect her little sister, Princess Isabel, and grandparents but in the process, her magical amulet pulled her inside its enchanted jewel, saving her life but imprisoning her at the same time. Decades later, Princess Sofia of Enchancia discovers the truth about the amulet she has worn since joining her royal family and sets out to restore Elena to her human form and help her return to the kingdom of Avalor.
While Elena is the rightful heir to the throne, she is only age 16 so she will rule Avalor with the help of a Grand Council comprised of her Grandfather Tito, Grandmother Cici and Royal Advisor, Duke Esteban.
With some magical friends by her side – Mateo, a wizard-in-training, and Skylar, a magical flying creature – Princess Elena's further adventures will lead her to understand that her new role requires thoughtfulness, resilience and compassion, the traits of all truly great leaders.
Elena of Avalor is executive-produced by Craig Gerber (of the Emmy Award-nominated Sofia the First). Silvia Cardenas Olivas, and Elliot M. Bour (The Little Engine That Could) is the supervising director. The series' cultural advisors are Doris Sommer, Harvard University professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Spanish; and Marcela Davison Aviles, Managing Director and Executive Producer, El Camino Project, an international Latino arts initiative.
The series is a spin-off of Sofia the First which has delivered the two highest rated telecasts in cable TV history among Kids 2-5 and Girls 2-5, and the #2 preschooler cable TV telecast ever in Total Viewers, Adults 18-40 and Women 18-49.
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