DVD REVIEW: Sofia the First: The Floating Palace @ 16 April 2014 06:12 PM

This is the third collection of episodes from the Disney Junior TV series. First was Once Upon a Princess (with Cinderella), second was Learning to Be a Princess (with Jasmine) and now The Floating Palace features an appearance by Ariel (voiced and sung by the wonderful Jodi Benson).

There are two kinds of Disney Junior series, educational (of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse variety that encourage participation) and more story-driven ones like Sofia the First. I tend to prefer the latter, more linear plotting. Sofia is a fine example, with some fine songs by John Kavanaugh, too.

The Floating Palace (Season 1, Episode 22) 49 minutes
Original Air Date: November 24, 2013
This is a double-length show in which Sofia (voiced by Modern Family's Ariel Winter) becomes a mermaid and and Cedric (Jess Harnell) tries to steal a magic comb from Oona (Mad Men's Keirnan Shipka). Very much at the high quality of a direct-to-video Disney movie.
Song: "Here in Merway Cove," a big band/"Under the Sea"-type production number, sung by Benson and the Cast and "The Love We Share."

Tri-Kingdom Picnic (Season 1, Episode 10)
May 17, 2013
At annual games, a friendly competition between three kingdoms,  James (Zach Callison) learns how to be a good winner and a good loser.
Song: The Picnic of the Year" Sung by the Cast

Finding Clover (Season 1, Episode 13) 23 minutes
June 28, 2013
Thinking Sofia no longer needs him, Clover fills in as a magician's rabbit.
Song: "Why Did I Go?" Sung by Brady and Winter.
Make Way for Miss Nettle (Season 1, Episode 16) 23 minutes
August 23, 2013
Wanting to be "more magnificent than Maleficent," an egotistical fairy (Megan Mulally) schemes to steal the magic book from Flora, Fauna and Merryweather.
Song: "Make Way for Miss Nettle" Sung by Mulally.

As a bonus gift, this DVD package comes with two knitted bracelets with images of the sea woven into the design.

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