Trivia / Sofia the First

  • Actor Allusion:
  • Adored by the Network: Strangely averted - the show is aired three times a day on the channel, but is the highest-rated show on the block, sometimes gaining ratings on par with primetime programming.
  • Billing Displacement: Sara Ramirez (the voice of Queen Miranda) is often listed before Ariel Winter in the end credits of each episode they take part in, even though Winter plays the title character. It also happens in the credits for "Sofia The Second," in which Miranda does not appear at all. It's subverted in later episodes.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: Sofia is the most profitable out of Disney Junior's brands. Likely due to the fact it has well developed plots and characters, morals that are either subtle or played with, and doesn't talk down to kids like many other shows. This has also led to fans older than the target audience watching the show as well!
  • Casting Gag: In the Japanese dub, Queen Miranda's voice actress (Mayuno Yasokawa) already voiced another woman named Miranda, at least in the TV adaptation of the manga.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: The Japanese dub use this at ridiculous extremes with the Disney Princesses, as a side-effect of Role Reprisal:
    • Belle is voiced by singer Eri Ito.
    • Merida is voiced by AKB48's Yuko Oshima.
    • Rapunzel is voiced by Idol Singer Shouko Nakagawa.
    • Tiana is voiced by singer Honoka Suzuki.
    • Snow White is probably is the most extreme case of all of them. Excluding the aforementioned Eri Ito, Snow White is voiced by actress Natsue Washizu, who did the second dubbed version of the film (excluding another one dubbed in the 50s) and her official one since 1980, almost three decades later at (at 2016) 68 years old, compared with the other reprising princesses.
    • In a non-Disney Princess example, Mia is voiced by singer Miki Fujimoto.
    • And in a non-Disney Princess and non-Japanese example, Shuriki in Elena And The Secret Of Avalor is voiced by Jane Fonda (like her dad in Once Upon a Time in the West, it's one of the few times she's played a villain).
  • Crossdressing Voices: The show usually has boys voiced by boys and girls voiced by girls like Ariel Winter as Sofia and Zach Callison and Tyler Merna as James. However, the episode "Two Princesses And A Baby" has actress Julie Dolan voicing a baby James.
  • Edited for Syndication: The Japanese version of the show is part of a package show called Disney Sunday, which includes Sofia the First, a short Disney cartoon, and special end credits which show a preview of the next episode.
  • The Merch: A number of plush toys have been made available, as well as a book version of the pilot film, with two different books that are adaptations of television stories available for pre-order. A special edition of the Once Upon a Princess book is available exclusively at Target stores. The toys include Sofia herself, her animal friends, an amulet necklace and a figurine set. Somewhat, surprisingly, the one thing that apparently isn't being banked on as a cash cow is the pilot film. It was given numerous airings on Disney Channel and the Disney Junior sub-network, and has been widely made freely available to view online, along with music videos of the songs from it.
  • Name's the Same: Oona isn't the first mermaid on a preschool show named that.
  • Non-Singing Voice: Mostly averted, but Lea Salonga subbed for Ming-Na Wen and Linda Larkin as the singing voices of Mulan and Jasmine (as in their debut movies and several other pieces of official Disney media). Tami Tappan was meant to stand in for Jennifer Hale as Cinderella, but in the end Mrs. Hale did her own singing.
    • Also a plot point in "The Silent Knight" - heroic Sir Bartleby is attracted to Great Aunt Tilly but never talks because he sounds like a squeakier version of Lois Griffin, so a plan is hatched for him to lipsync to another knight who sings like an angel. It doesn't work, but Tilly eventually considers him whizbang even with his real voice.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Merida, voiced by Kelly Macdonald in the movie, is voiced by Ruth Connell in "The Secret Library."
    • In "The Buttercups," Buttercup troop leader Helen Hanshaw is voiced by Viola Davis; in "Buttercup Amber" she's voiced by Dawnn Lewis.
    • While James has had three voices (Zach Callison, Tyler Merna, and Nicolas Cantu), Prince Xandar has gone through four (Maxim Knight, Karan Brar, Cade Sutton and Nathaniel Semsen.)
    • Prince Hugo is voiced by Colin Ford in "Just One Of The Princes" and by Grayson Hunter Goss in his future appearances.
    • Ruby was voiced by Fiona Bishop in the pilot film "Sofia The First: Once Upon A Princess", but is voiced by Diamond White in the series proper.
    • Belle from Beauty and the Beast is voiced by Paige O' Hara, but is voiced by Julie Nathanson in "The Amulet And The Anthem".
    • In "Mom's The Word," Tracey Ullman voices Lucinda's mother Marla; on her next appearance in "Cauldronation Day" she's voiced by Laraine Newman (Ullman donned a Fake American accent for Marla).
    • Production example: Kelly Ward was the voice director for the pilot movie "Once Upon A Princess" before Sam Riegel took over as the main voice director for the series.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • The episode "The Bad Dragon" has the character Crispy torment Crackle and fooling Vivian into thinking she's bad. His voice actor is Mick Wingert, who usually plays characters who are much more heroic, or at least have some redeeming qualities, even in this series.
    • Clancy Brown voices the noble Constable Miles.
    • This trope comes into play with the episode "Sofia The Second", with Ariel Winter voicing the evil clone Sofia accidentally conjured up. The real Sofia is perfectly in type for her.
    • We have Jennifer Hale reprising Cinderella and voicing a few castle maids, characters who are much more reserved in personality in stark contrast to her action girl roles.
    • Tania Gunadi voices Miss Elodie who, will still a good person, is an adult and a reasonable authority figure. She usually voices young Genki girls with a bit of a rebellious streak, and/or shows tomboy tendencies.
  • Role Reprisal: With the show's connections to various Disney projects, many of the actors who currently portray certain characters return to voicing them, including:
    • Jennifer Hale as Cinderella
    • Barbara Dirickson, Russi Taylor, and Tress Mac Neille as Flora, Fauna, and Merriwether
    • Linda Larkin and Lea Salonga as Jasmine's speaking and singing voice respectively
    • Jodi Benson as Ariel
    • Ming Na Wen and Lea Salonga as Mulan's speaking and singing voice
    • Mandy Moore as Rapunzel
    • Anika Noni Rose as Tiana
    • Josh Gad as Olaf
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Fiona Bishop voices Princess Zoey and Buttercup twins Meg and Peg.
    • Russi Taylor voices Cedric's mother and reprises her role as Fauna from Sleeping Beauty.
    • Jim Cummings voiced Goodwin (Cedric's father), Professor Popov (a teacher), and Wormwood (Cedric's pet Raven).
  • Voices in One Room: It's subverted here. According to Craig Gerber , the cast members usually record their parts separately. However, for many key scenes, the key actors for those scenes are often brought in to record together if schedules work out.
  • Word of God: The Creator of the show often answers questions of the fans on his twitter.
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