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Disney Announces New ‘Sofia the First’ Primetime Special

‘Sofia The First: The Curse of Princess Ivy’ features a special appearance by Rapunzel, voiced by Mandy Moore, who reprises her role from Disney's ‘Tangled.’

Amber discovers Sofia's amulet is magical and takes it without permission, inadvertently summoning an evil princess, Ivy, who's set on taking over Enchancia, in Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy, a primetime special of Disney Junior's Emmy-winning series, premiering Sunday, November 23 (7:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. The high-stakes adventure features a special appearance by Rapunzel, voiced by Mandy Moore, who reprises her role from Disney's Tangled. Film, television and Broadway actress Anna Camp guest stars as the nefarious Princess Ivy, along with her Pitch Perfect co-star John Michael Higgins as the self-appointed leader of an all-dragon a capella group, and Oliver Platt (The West Wing) as Enchancia's oldest-living dragon, Everburn.

A full-length preview of Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy and a new game based on the special will debut on and the WATCH Disney Junior app for smartphones and tablets beginning Monday, November 10.

Leading up to the special's television premiere week of Monday, November 17 – Sunday, November 23 (8:30 a.m., ET/PT), Disney Channel will air Sofia the First episodes featuring Disney Princesses Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Jasmine and Mulan. Also debuting are new "I Am A Princess" interstitials featuring stories from Disney movies, including Frozen and The Little Mermaid, told through the eyes of children.

Disney Junior's Sofia the First is the all-time record holder for the top two cable TV telecasts for Kids 2-5. 2014 to date, it is TV's #1 series in Girls 2-5 and the #1 preschool series in Total Viewers and Women 18-49.

The series was developed by Craig Gerber who also serves as executive producer and story editor. Jamie Mitchell is executive producer and director. John Kavanaugh serves as songwriter/music director, and Kevin Kliesch is the composer. Sofia the First is a production of Disney Television Animation. 

Disney Junior reflects the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney storytelling and Disney characters, both classic and contemporary. It invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for kids age 2-7. Disney Junior's series blend Disney's unparalleled storytelling and characters kids love deeply with learning, including early math, language skills, healthy eating and lifestyles, and social skills. In the U.S., Disney Junior is a daily programming block on Disney Channel and a 24-hour channel. There are 34 Disney Junior channels in 25 languages around the world.

Source: Disney

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.