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'Mad Men' star Kiernan Shipka lends her voice to 'Sofia the First' -- EXCLUSIVE

In this Sunday’s Sofia the First primetime special, Princess Sofia (Modern Family‘s Ariel Winter) will make a very special new friend: Sally Draper.

Okay, not really. But Sofia’s new pal Oona the mermaid is voiced by a familiar TV presence — Kiernan Shipka, best known for playing Don Draper’s increasingly angsty daughter on Mad Men. Sofia meets Oona while on vacation with her family. (The royals get away from it all by heading to their floating palace on the sea. As you do.) After helping out Oona, Sofia finds that she’s sprouted a mermaid tale of her own — setting the stage for a new adventure that will include a special appearance by Ariel, the Little Mermaid herself. (Attention, all Disney obsessives: Ariel’s iconic voice is performed by original voice actress Jodi Benson.)

Catch a glimpse at Sofia and Oona in the clip below. Sofia the First: The Floating Palace airs Sunday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m.on Disney Junior.

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Disney's 'Sofia the First' meets Princess Belle -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

Princesses helping princesses, y’all. Through the magic of song!

In this Friday’s episode of Sofia the First, the title character finds herself in a royal pickle after being struck by a mysterious curse. (The hex comes after Sofia brags to her friends — life lessons, anyone?) There’s only one person who can help the pint-size princess break the spell: bookish Belle, a.k.a. the Beauty of Beauty and the Beast.

Sure, it’s a little jarring to see the classic heroine rendered in computer animation. But isn’t more Belle always a good thing?
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Viola Davis stops by 'Sofia the First' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

It seems even Academy Award-nominated actresses have a little Disney princess in them.

Viola Davis will voice a character in two episodes of Disney Junior’s hit Sofia the First, the network announced today. She’ll play Sofia’s Buttercup troop leader Helen Hanshaw in tomorrow’s episode, and will also be seen later this season as mom to Sofia’s friend Ruby. Tomorrow, King Roland insists Baileywick (voiced by Tim Gunn) assist Sofia on her Buttercup troop outing. Sofia puts her Buttercup skills to use to prove that even princesses are capable of doing things for themselves.

Check out an exclusive photo of Davis’ character — alongside Baileywick — below:

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'Sofia the First' creator talks making TV from a dad's perspective

People aren’t shocked to hear that Sofia the First creator and executive producer Craig Gerber has two young children. They are, however, “constantly surprised” to learn that those kids are sons (3 and 5 years old) rather than daughters — though to Gerber, that shouldn’t matter. Being a father has had an indelible effect on his creative process; read on to see how his experience has shaped Disney Jr.’s hit show. As for how the Gerber clan plans to celebrate this weekend’s holiday? “You’d have to ask my family,” he told EW with a laugh. “It shouldn’t surprise most dads to know that I’ll probably be the last to know what the plans are for Father’s Day.”

As told by: Craig Gerber

Disney Jr. was looking to do a show about a young princess, but they hadn’t figured out the right characters or story yet. So they approached me to see if I had any ideas. Even though I only had one son at the time, I was very interested in creating a show that I could enjoy with my children, and that would also be informative for my son. I just had to figure out a great story that girls — and boys — would enjoy watching.

Looking at my son and what he was going through at school with his friends, I noticed that both boys and girls enjoyed role playing — pretending to be other people or other creatures. I saw girls playing with pretend swords, and I saw boys dressing up like princesses in preschool. And it occurred to me that a fantasy world appeals to kids of all ages, and both genders. The secret for Sofia was to create a show that had a fantastic world with a lot of adventure and fun and friends.

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Ellie Kemper brings her special brand of perk to 'Sofia the First': VIDEO

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We’ve seen her as an office receptionist and a bridesmaid but have you Ellie Kemper as a small fire-breathing blue dragon? Kemper plays Crackle the dragon, a recurring role, on Disney Junior’s Sofia the First on Friday, March 15 (9:30a.m. ET/PT). In this episode, Kemper’s extremely energetic little dragon shows a special affection for Sofia’s rabbit sidekick Clover (voiced by Wayne Brady), who gets entered into a pet contest.

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'Sofia the First' talks gender equality in premiere episode: EXCLUSIVE VIDEO AND PHOTOS

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Following a stellar franchise launch last year with a hit TV movie, the Disney Channel’s new series Sofia the First is set to debut next week with an episode about guess what: gender equality. In the premiere episode, “Just One of the Princes” (Friday, January 11 at 9:30 a.m., ET/PT), Sofia wants to become the first princess to earn a spot on her school’s flying derby team. Even though she’s paired with the overly-anxious horse Minimus (voiced by Ariel Winter’s “Modern Family” co-star Eric Stonestreet), Sofia learns to believe in herself and proves that a princess can do anything she sets her mind to.

In the video below the boys and girls of Enchancia give her the lay of the land when she shows up to try out.

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'Sofia the First' TV series: Disney Channel premiere date is...

Want to offer Disney’s newest princess a royal welcome? Just set your DVRs for Friday, Jan. 11, when the animated series Sofia the First premieres on Disney Channel and Disney Junior. The first episode airs at 9:30 a.m. ET on the former and 5:30 p.m. ET on the latter.

Audiences first met Sofia earlier this month, when her TV movie bowed to impressive ratings. READ FULL STORY

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