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Elena of Avalor

Elena of Avalor
Elena of Avalor logo.png
Genre Adventure
Created by Craig Gerber
Based on Sofia the First
by Craig Gerber
Voices of
Theme music composer John Kavanaugh & Craig Gerber
Opening theme Elena of Avalor
by Gaby Moreno
Ending theme Elena of Avalor (instrumental)
Composer(s) Tony Morales
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 18 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Craig Gerber
  • Jamie Mitchell
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Disney Television Animation
Release
Original network Disney Channel
Original release July 22, 2016 (2016-07-22) – present
External links
Website lol.disney.com/characters/elena-of-avalor
Production
website
www.disneyabcpress.com/disneychannel/shows/11836/

Elena of Avalor is an American computer-animated television series that premiered on Disney Channel on July 22, 2016. The series is about a Latina princess and her family and takes place in the same continuity as Disney Junior's Sofia the First.

Plot

Teen princess Elena Castillo Flores[1] has saved her magical kingdom of Avalor from an evil sorceress and must now learn to rule as its crowned princess. Elena's adventures will lead her to understand that her new role requires thoughtfulness, resilience, and compassion, the traits of all truly great leaders. Since she is only physically 16 years old, she must follow the guidance of a Grand Council composed of her grandparents, older cousin Chancellor Esteban, and a new friend, Naomi Turner. Elena also looks to her younger sister, Isabel, her friends, wizard Mateo, and Royal Guard lieutenant, Gabe, a spirit animal named Zuzo, and a trio of magical flying creatures called Jaquins for guidance and support.

Characters

  • Princess Elena (Aimee Carrero) is the 16-year-old[2] crowned princess of Avalor. She has difficulty taking advice and often does things she wants to do without listening to others. When she was trapped inside a magical amulet, she gained the ability to use magic when holding her royal scepter and she can also see spirit animals.
  • Princess Isabel (Jenna Ortega) is the younger sister of Elena who is also an inventor. Both are the daughters of the deceased King Raul and Queen Lucia.
  • Zuzo (Keith Ferguson) is mysterious and wily spirit fox that acts as a link between the human and spirit worlds. In "A Day to Remember", it is shown that Elena can call him by saying his name three times.
  • Naomi (Jillian Rose Reed) is girl who is Elena's best friend, the daughter of Captain Turner, and a member of Elena's Grand Council.
  • Skylar (Carlos Alazraqui) is a fun-loving male Jaquin.
  • Migs (Chris Parnell) is a practical male Jaquin.
  • Luna (Yvette Nicole Brown) is a loud and brash female Jaquin.
  • Gabe (Jorge Diaz) is Elena's friend and rising star of the Royal Guard, which he joined on the day that Elena became crown princess.
  • Mateo (Joseph Haro) is a wizard-in-training and Alacazar's grandson who is another one of Elena's close friends.
  • Chancellor Esteban (Christian Lanz) is Elena and Isabel's boastful maternal cousin and Chancellor of Avalor who is part of Elena's Grand Council. His mother was the sister of Queen Lucia and they were the daughters of Luisa and Francisco. Unaware to anyone, he secretly helped Shuriki invade Avalor, and he desperately desires to keep this secret out of fear of being rejected by his family.
  • Higgins (Mikey Kelley) is a member of Avalor's royal guard, and regularly serves as Chancellor Esteban's personal assistant and confidante.
  • Armando (Joe Nunez) is a frazzled castle servant who helps Elena on her journey to the throne.
  • Francisco (Emiliano Díez) is Elena, Isabel, and Esteban's maternal grandfather. He is part of Elena's Grand Council.
  • Captain Turner (Rich Sommer) is the harbor master and Naomi's father.
  • Doña Paloma (Constance Marie) is magister of the trading guild, she is described by Esteban as the most important leader in Avalor. In "Navidad", it is revealed that Doña Paloma owns an emporium.
  • Luisa (Julia Vera) is Elena, Isabel, and Esteban's maternal grandmother. She is part of Elena's Grand Council.
  • Carmen (Justina Machado)
  • Jiku (Lucas Grabeel)
  • Marlena (Gaby Moreno)

Production

The series' creator and executive producer Craig Gerber said: "It was very important to us that, since we were doing a show with a kingdom inspired by Latin American culture, that we get that right. Even though it's a fairytale world, there are things that feel very authentic." Story editor Silvia Olivias stated: "We have cultural consultants help us every step of the way. They read everything from the premise all the way through the final draft." On the show's music, Latin music consultant Rene Camacho said: "The styles of music we're using overall — it's all Latin-based, it's very festive." Consultant Diane Rodriguez stated that the series "has this visual element that's so evocative, it takes the look of the Latino culture, of the Americas, almost to another level."[3] On July 18, 2016, the music video for "My Time" was released via cable on-demand services.[citation needed] The series was renewed for a second season on August 11, 2016.[4] The series was renewed for a third season on February 13, 2017[5]

Episodes

No. Title [6][7] Directed by Written by Original air date [6][7] Prod.
code [6][8]
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 "First Day of Rule" Elliot M. Bour Craig Gerber July 22, 2016 (2016-07-22) 101 2.22[9]
Song: "Ready to Rule" sung by Elena and Francisco
2 "Model Sister" Elliot M. Bour
  • Craig Gerber
  • Becca Topol
July 22, 2016 (2016-07-22) 102 2.22[9]

Guest star: George Takei as King Toshi of Satu

Song: "Sister Time" sung by Elena and Isabel
3 "All Heated Up" Elliot M. Bour Tom Rogers July 29, 2016 (2016-07-29) 103 1.23[10]

Guest star: Tituss Burgess as Charoca

Song: "Blow My Top" sung by Charoca and Elena
4 "Island of Youth" Nathan Chew Becca Topol August 12, 2016 (2016-08-12) 104 1.73[11]

Guest stars: Anthony Avila as Young Esteban, Desmond Gerber as Baby Esteban

Songs: "Avalorian Lullaby" sung by Elena, "Avalor Birthday Song" sung by Isabel and Francisco
5 "Spellbound" Robb Pratt Tom Rogers August 26, 2016 (2016-08-26) 105 1.26[12]

Guest star: Héctor Elizondo as Fiero

Song: "The Magic Within You" sung by Elena
6 "Prince Too Charming" Nathan Chew Mercedes Valle September 16, 2016 (2016-09-16) 107 1.14[13]

Guest stars: Tyler Posey as Prince Alonso, Anthony Mendez as King Juan Ramón, Jason LaShea as Yacalli

Song: "Feel Free to Have Fun" sung by Elena and Prince Alonso
7 "Finders Leapers" Nathan Chew Silvia Olivas September 23, 2016 (2016-09-23) 106 1.43[14]

Guest star: Grey Griffin as Dr. Mendoza

Song: "Someone Special" sung by Naomi
8 "Royal Retreat" Robb Pratt Becca Topol September 30, 2016 (2016-09-30) 108 1.23[15]

Guest stars: Jess Harnell as King Hector, Jeff Bennett as King Lars

Song: "To Be In My Club" sung by King Hector
9 "A Day to Remember" Elliot M. Bour Silvia Olivas October 16, 2016 (2016-10-16) 109 1.38[16]
Song: "Festival of Love" sung by Elena
10 "The Scepter of Light" Robb Pratt Story by : Tom Rogers
Teleplay by : Mercedes Valle
November 4, 2016 (2016-11-04) 110 1.20[17]
Song: "The Gift of Night" sung by Orizaba
11 "Navidad" Nathan Chew Craig Gerber December 9, 2016 (2016-12-09) 111 1.71[18]
Songs: "The Way We Do Navidad" sung by Marlena, Naomi, Julio, and Cristina, "Let Love Light the Way" sung by Elena, Gabe, and the Avalorans
12 "Olaball" Nathan Chew Tom Rogers February 25, 2017 (2017-02-25) 114 1.76[19]
Song: "Play It Your Way", sung by Gabe and Elena
13 "Flight of the Jaquins" Robb Pratt Becca Topol March 4, 2017 (2017-03-04) 115 1.49[20]

Guest star: Jess Harnell as Chief Zephyr

Song: "The Bros Are Back", sung by Skylar and Nico
14 "Crystal in the Rough" Nathan Chew Mercedes Valle March 11, 2017 (2017-03-11) 112 1.82[21]

Guest star: Odette Annable as Señorita Marisol

Song: "Fix Anything", sung by Elena and Isabel
15 "The Princess Knight" Nathan Chew Becca Topol March 18, 2017 (2017-03-18) TBA 1.45[22]

Guest star: Bob Joles as Lord Elrod

Song: "Steppin' Up", sung by Elena
16 "Captain Turner Returns" Nathan Chew Kaita Mpambara April 8, 2017 (2017-04-08) 117 1.44[23]

Guest star: Julie Nathanson as Scarlett Turner

Song: "Home for Good", sung by Naomi and Elena
17 "King of the Carnaval" Robb Pratt Tom Rogers April 22, 2017 (2017-04-22) 116 1.50[24]
Song: "Something I Would Never Do", sung by Esteban
18 "My Fair Naomi" Robb Pratt Maria Escobedo May 6, 2017 (2017-05-06) 119 1.23[25]
Song: "The Bright Light of the Ball", sung by Naomi and Esteban
19 "Spirit Monkey Business"[26] TBA TBA June 30, 2017 (2017-06-30) TBA TBD
20 "Wizard-in-Training"[27] TBA TBA July 21, 2017 (2017-07-21) TBA TBD

Ratings

Season Episodes First aired Last aired Avg. viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 18 July 22, 2016 (2016-07-22) 2.22[9] TBA TBD 1.52

Broadcast

The debut episode "First Day of Rule" was distributed on-demand on June 20, 2016 by Rogers TV in Canada.[citation needed] Disney scheduled the online release in the United States for July 1, 2016.[28] An episode of the series aired as a sneak peek on Disney Channel in the UK and Ireland on July 15, 2016, and more episodes aired later in the year.[29][30] A television movie titled Elena and the Secret of Avalor, which shows the origins of the series, premiered on November 20, 2016.[31][32][33]

Home media

Home media is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

DVD releases
Title Release Date Episodes Additional Features
Elena of Avalor: Ready to Rule[34] December 6, 2016
  • "First Day of Rule" (Season 1 Episode 1)
  • "Model Sister" (Season 1 Episode 2)
  • "All Heated Up" (Season 1 Episode 3)
  • "Island of Youth" (Season 1 Episode 4)
Projection scepter
Elena and the Secret of Avalor: The Magic Within[35] February 7, 2017
  • Elena and the Secret of Avalor (Television movie)
  • "Spellbound" (Season 1, Episode 5)
  • "Finders Leapers" (Season 1, Episode 7)
  • "Prince Too Charming" (Season 1, Episode 6)
  • "Royal Retreat" (Season 1 Episode 8)
  • Jaquin mobile
  • Music video: "My Time"

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2017 Annie Awards Best Animated TV/Broadcast for Children's Audience Episode: "A Day to Remember" Nominated
Writers Guild of America Awards Animation Craig Gerber (episode: "First Day of Rule") Nominated

References

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  2. ^ "First Day of Rule". Elena of Avalor. Season 1. Episode 1. But you did not age, mija. Technically, you're still sixteen. 
  3. ^ Maeve McDermott (July 12, 2016). "How Disney Brought Elena of Avalor's Latin Heritage to Life". USA Today. Retrieved July 14, 2016. 
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  33. ^ Elena of Avalor. Season 1. Episode 1. 5:00 minutes in. Isabel: How can I sleep after being trapped in an enchanted painting for forty-one years? That's fourteen thousand nine hundred sixty-five days. 
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