REVIEW – Sofia The First: Once Upon A Princess DVD

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Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess DVD
Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess

  • DVD Release Date: March 5, 2013
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Run Time: 48 minutes
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • List price $19.99


Ariel Winter (ABC TV’s “Modern Family”) as Sofia
Sara Ramirez (ABC TVs “Grey’s Anatomy”) as Queen Miranda
Wayne Brady (TV’s “Let’s Make A Deal”) as Clover
Tim Gunn (TV’s “Project Runway”) as Baileywick

When Sofia’s mom marries the king, she’s whisked off to the castle, where she learns what it means to be a true princess. In addition to learning how to fit in with her new family including her step-father, King Roland II, and step-siblings, Amber and James, Sofia quickly discovers that looking like a princess isn’t all that difficult, but possessing the characteristics of a true princess – honesty, loyalty, courage, independence, compassion and grace – is what makes one truly royal. While living in a captivating world of castles, wizards and flying horses, Sofia is a relatable peer-to-peer princess who is experiencing many of the same social situations as young viewers at home – learning how to fit in, making new friends and conquering new skills. Helping her in her journey are the three headmistresses of Royal Prep Academy – Fauna, Flora and Merryweather (the beloved fairies seen in Disney’s classic “Sleeping Beauty”); the royal steward, Baileywick; and a group of cute woodland creatures including a rabbit named Clover; as well as Cinderella, a classic Disney Princess, who makes a special visit to offer Sofia words of wisdom.


I received a copy of Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess for review. I’ll admit that I hadn’t before seen the television show, though my daughter had watched a couple of episodes and loved it. I thought it was a bit young for her at 8 years old, but I was pleasantly surprised by how well it related to her age. Sofia finds herself in a completely new life than what she is used to and struggles to find herself in a new home and family. However, she soon learns that her behavior is what makes her truly a princess and she learns to become friends with her new step-sister. I love how the creators incorporated an all-time Disney favorite, Cinderella, into the movie to teach young Sofia how important family is. This was the perfect surprise to round out this adorable movie that is sure to delight young girls of all ages (and their moms!)

Here’s a clip called Princess Suite.


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