Trivia / Sofia the First

  • Actor Allusion: Travis Willingham voices a king; he previously voiced a character who had an ambition to become one.
  • 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 invariably 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.
  • 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, subtle morals that aren't thrown at the viewers, and doesn't talk down to kids like many other Disney Junior shows. This has also led to fans older than the target audience watching the show as well!
  • 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 Oona.
  • 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 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 two voices (Zach Callison and Tyler Merna), Prince Xandar has gone through four (Maxim Knight, Karan Brar, Cade Sutton and Nathaniel Semsen).
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