Elena of Avalor, Disney's First Latina Princess Gets Her Own Book
Disney is gradually embracing a more diverse universe. Recently, animators gave their first Latina princess her own book.
The Book and Spin-Off Show
Elena of Avalor is the first Latina princess in the world of Disney. She first appeared on the Disney Junior show “Sophia The First.” Elena was provided with her own spin-off TV show and recent news revealed that she will also have her own book, which is set to launch on June 7, 2016.
The book was written by show creator Chris Gerber. There are not a lot of information about the book at the moment, although it will most likely be similar to the show, considering that both were made by the same person.
The story of Elena of Avalor begins a long time ago when her parents and kingdom of Avalor were removed by Shuriki, an evil sorceress. Elena mustered the courage to confront the sorceress to protect Princess Isabel (Jenna Ortega), her little sister, as well as her grandparents.
During their confrontation, Elena’s magical amulet pulled her within its enchanted jewel, which saved her life but kept her imprisoned inside. After a few decades, Princess Sofia of Enchancia found out about the truth and mystery of the amulet that she has been wearing since she became part of the royal family. Princess Sofia then ventures out to bring back Elena and help her return to her kingdom.
Aside from Ortega, Chris Parnell, Yvette Nicole Brown and Carlos Alazraqui will also the cast of the TV show “Elena of Avalor.” The three will voice a trio of Jaquins, which are magical flying creatures who give aid to Elena as she knows the ins and outs of ruling her kingdom. Aimee Carrero takes on the titular role of Princess Elena. Other cast members include Emiliano Diez, Christian Lanz, Julia Vera, Jillian Rose Reed, Jorge Diaz, Keith Ferguson, Joseph Haro and Joe Nunez.
A More Diverse Disney
Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Disney Junior Worldwide, said that their creative team has provided a universal story with themes that truly reflect the hopes and dreams of their diverse audience. She added that they are excited to use distinctive animation and visual design to showcase wonderful stories influenced by culture and traditions that Latino families grew up with.
“Elena of Avalor” will be produced by Disney Television Animation. Craig Gerber will serve as the executive producer.
“Elena of Avalor” is set to debut on Aug. 1. The book is expected to become available on June 7.