Monday, 23 February 2015

DVD Review - Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy

Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy
Voice Cast: Ariel Winter, Wayne Brady, Sara Ramirez, Travis Willingham, Darcy Rose Byrnes, Tim Gunn
Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Retail: $19.99
Running Time: 114 minutes
Rating: TV-Y
Buy Link: Amazon


Arriving on DVD tomorrow from Walt Disney Home Entertainment is the full-length adventure Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy. As an added bonus there are three additional episodes - The Amulet of Avalor, Princess Butterfly and The Emerald Key. Plus, it comes with a Free Color-Changing Necklace.

Sofia the First has been a big hit on Disney Junior ever since it debuted in 2013 (the pilot aired in the latter half of 2012). The series follows an eight-year-old named Sofia (voiced by Ariel Winter), whom becomes a princess when her mother marries King Roland II. She also becomes the step-sister to Princess Amber (voiced by Darcy Rose Byrnes) and Prince James (voiced by Zach Callison). The King gives her the mystical Amulet of Avalor, which gives her the ability to communicate with animals and lets her summon other Disney Princesses when needed.

The Curse of Princess Ivy marks the third television- movie (about 45 minutes) and centers on Princess Amber learning about Sofia's amulet. When Prince Amber steals the amulet, it unleashes a curse that summons the evil Princess Ivy (voiced by Anna Camp), who plans on taking the crown and turning the entire kingdom black-and-white! Princess Sofia and Princess Amber must team up with Tangled's Rapunzel (voiced by Mandy Moore) to retrieve the amulet and stop Princess Ivy.

The Amulet of Avalor (episode 14) finds the thief Cedric stealing the amulet and Princess Sofia is on the hunt to retrieve it. Princess Butterfly (episode 19) centers on Princess Amber asking Cedric to magically make her a butterfly costume for the All Hallows Eve costume ball, but the costume will not come off and it is up to Princess Sofia to save the day. An Emerald key from the kingdom of Hakalo washes up near the castle in The Emerald Key (episode 38) and it is up to Sofia to find the key's true owner.

Though I have seen advertisements for Sofia the First, this is the first time that I have watched the series. Being a fan of Tangled, I'm glad to see Rapunzel back, though her golden long hair makes a slight continuity problem. The computer-animation for the mini-movie looks great and the songs are very catchy. The additional three episodes are fun to watch too. Overall, Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy is an entertaining DVD that the entire family will enjoy watching.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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