Sofia the First is a 3D computer-animated television series that officially premiered with its first half-hour episode on January 11, 2013, and ended on August 21, 2018. The series pilot made its debut on Disney Channel on November 18, 2012 with a one-hour special.
The series stars Ariel Winter as the voice of Sofia, a young girl with a commoner's background on the verge of becoming a proper, royal princess. It greatly draws the themes of the Disney Princess franchise.
The series follows the adventures of Sofia, a young girl who becomes a princess overnight after her mother marries the king. Sofia tries her best to adapt to her new life being a princess and has her stepbrother and sister James and Amber to help her along with the headmistresses of the Royal Preparatory Academy Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather, the Three Good Fairies from Disney's classic Sleeping Beauty and, when Sofia is at her darkest hours, classic Disney Princesses such as Cinderella are there for her.
Sofia learns that looking like a princess isn't all that hard, but behaving as one must come from the heart. The stories focus on the idea that what makes a real princess is what's on the inside. The show highlights character qualities such as kindness, courage, generosity, loyalty, honesty and grace. Subjects such as sincerity and forgiveness are heavily focused on. She has the magical and incredibly powerful Amulet of Avalor that allows her to talk with animals and turn into a mermaid. However, her amulet is coveted by the sorcerer Cedric, who desires its tremendous magical power to take over the kingdom of Enchancia.
Some of the girls are named from jewels and precious gems like Amber, Ruby, and Jade.
Ten of the first eleven princesses have made a physical appearance on the show, the only one who never appeared being Pocahontas but was briefly alluded to in "The Secret Library". Anna and Elsa were referenced by Olaf and Winter, respectively.