By Cindy Y. Rodriguez, CNN
(CNN) – Move over Pocahontas and Mulan. Sofia está aquí.
Disney’s first Latina princess, featured in the movie “Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess,” has received backlash as well as support from media outlets, especially the Latino community. Is Disney’s new princess a milestone for Latinos or a culturally irrelevant character?
Disney’s spokeswoman provided a recent statement to CNN to help clarify what exactly makes “Princess Sofia” Latina:
“The range of characters in ‘Sofia the First’ – and the actors who play them – are a reflection of Disney’s commitment to diverse, multicultural and inclusive storytelling, and the wonderful early reaction to ‘Sofia’ affirms that commitment. In the story, Sofia’s mother, Queen Miranda, was born in a fictitious land, Galdiz, a place with Latin influences. Miranda met Sofia’s father, Birk Balthazar, who hailed from the kingdom of Freezenberg, and together they moved to Enchancia, where Sofia was born.”
“Sofia the First” is a television movie and series set to debut November 18 on the Disney Channel and Disney Junior, aimed at children ages 2-7.