Cinderella’s fairy godmothers Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather will appear as the headmistresses of Royal Prep, the academy that Sofia, along with other princes and princesses, attends. It introduces Sofia, a little girl with a commoner’s background until her mother (played by Sara Ramirez from Grey’s Anatomy) marries the King and suddenly she is royalty. With the help of the three familiar fairies in charge of the Royal Training Academy — Flora, Fauna and Merryweather of Disney’s classic “Sleeping Beauty” and, on occasion, classic Disney Princess characters including Cinderella, Aurora, Snow White and Ariel — Sofia learns that looking like a princess isn’t all that hard but behaving like one must come from the heart.
Sofia will wear plenty of pretty dresses and sparkly shoes, but the stories will focus on the idea that what makes a real princess is what’s on the inside. The show will highlight character qualities such as kindness, generosity, loyalty, honesty and grace. She has a magic amulet that allows her to talk with animals.
The first lessons were great ones, taught in slight hand. The scenes were quick witted and smart twists on everything we have heard in fairy tales. It also appears to be a great vehicle to revisit the Princesses that we know.