The Cutlet is a big fan of the show Sofia the First.
For those not familiar with the show, it is produced by Disney and tells the story of a young girl named Sofia who lived with her (presumably widowed) mother in a village in the medieval kingdom of Enchancia.
One day, the king of Enchancia falls in love with Sofia’s mother. The two get married, and Sofia becomes a princess. The show chronicles her adventures as she deals with her new life and her attempts to learn how to be a true princess.
Many of the show’s episodes hinge around Sofia’s necklace – The (supposedly) very powerful Amulet of Avalor. The necklace’s powers aren’t clearly defined, but it has the ability to summon any princess from anywhere or anytime to help Sofia when she’s in need.
It’s basically the Disney Princess version of the State Farm jingle.
It’s also basically an excuse to have the other Disney Princesses show up as special guest stars from time to time. For instance, last night, we watched the new Christmas episode which featured Tiana from “The Princess and the Frog.”
Note: Actually, it wasn’t really a “Christmas” episode, as they called the holiday “Wassalia.” Are we really at a point where we can’t even have a Christmas episode on a children’s television show? Would people really be offended because the characters are celebrating “Christmas” and not some made up holiday which seems to be identical?
Some of the Princesses have been quite helpful when they showed up to help Sofia, while I felt that others barely made an impression. So I decided to rank them in terms of their usefulness.
In case you were curious, Elsa from Frozen has yet to make an appearance. I’m kind of thankful about that, because once Elsa shows up (There’s only a 100% chance that this eventually happens), the Cutlet’s head might literally explode from excitement. At the very least, she’ll want to watch the episode about 1,000 times.
And yes, there was a time in my life when I would have been horrified thinking that I’d be writing an analysis of a television show designed for pre-teen girls. These days, I think nothing of it.
Here are my rankings in order from least useful to most useful:
They brought out Sleeping Beauty for their first
Christmas Wassalia episode, which made it seem like a big deal, but Aurora really didn’t do anything. She just showed up with some animals around her and Sofia realized that her animal friends might be able to help her.
Then again, Aurora was pretty useless in her movie, so what else should I have expected? Maybe she could have told Sofia, “Just wait around. Eventually a man will come and help you.”
Ariel’s decision-making ability is notoriously bad, so we probably shouldn’t have expected her to contribute much. I’m half-surprised she didn’t advise Sofia to cut a deal with the evil sorcerer.
This episode was painfully difficult to watch with the Cutlet the first time around. It was an hour-long episode, and you know they’re not going to bring out the special guest star until near the end.
Unfortunately, the Cutlet didn’t realize this. So she spent most of the show asking, “When is Ariel going to come?”
Cinderella appeared in the pilot movie for the series, and she got a big musical number. This makes her appearance seem important, but honestly, I think Cinderella may have been there more for her own benefit rather than Sofia’s.
Cinderella sings about how she didn’t get along with her step-family and she regrets this for some reason. She advises Sofia to make an attempt to get along with her own step-sister Amber.
It all seems to make sense, especially when Sofia and Amber are able to team up and save the kingdom from the latest crisis which has befallen it. But maybe Cinderella should have kept her advice to herself.
First of all, Cinderella’s step-family was horrible, and it’s not like she didn’t try to get along with them. And as it turns out, Amber is kind of awful too.
Amber is a spoiled brat, and in many of the episodes, she causes some sort of trouble that Sofia needs to fix. If Cinderella really wanted to give some good advice, she’d tell Sofia to stop being a pushover and stand up to her bratty step-sister.
In one episode, Sofia becomes a bit too full of herself, and the amulet curses her so that she croaks like a frog when she speaks. (Yes, if the person wearing it doesn’t behave well, the amulet will curse them. This thing has a dark side.) When Belle is summoned, she tells Sofia that she needs to be more proactive in undoing the curse.
Her advice was actually fairly obvious, and I think Belle could have been used much better. Maybe Sofia could have encountered and become scared of some sort of monster who was actually friendly. Belle could have taught her that sometimes “Beasts” are actually beautiful inside.
(Oh great. I’m realize I’m like one step away from writing Sofia fan fiction.)
A new sorceress appears in the kingdom, and everyone seems quite charmed by her. Everyone, that is, except Sofia. Sofia feels like something is wrong with the sorceress and doesn’t quite trust her.
Snow White arrives and tells her that distrust is good. Once upon a time, Snow White’s evil stepmother disguised herself as a seemingly innocent peddler woman. Had Snow White been less trusting, she might have avoided a lot of trouble.
Much like Cinderella before her, it feels like Snow White might be projecting some of her own issues onto Sofia here. Don’t trust anyone! And if a stranger appears, you should automatically assume that they’re evil!
Naturally, Snow White was correct, and the sorceress turned out to be an evil fairy in disguise. Which means that Sofia is set up for a lifetime of paranoia.
Tiana teaches Sofia that the best gifts don’t always cost a lot of money. Sometimes, the best gifts are ones that come from the heart.
This was a much better lesson than the one we learned in Tiana’s movie. As far as I can tell, the moral of “The Princess and the Frog” is: It doesn’t matter how hard you work. You’re not going to succeed until you marry a rich man who can buy you what you want.
The girls are stuck down a pit, so Rapunzel appears to let them climb out using her hair. That seems pretty helpful, right?
The problem is, based on the dialogue, this appearance takes place after the movie Tangled. And yet, Rapunzel is shown with her long blonde hair. As I’m sure you all know (Mostly because anyone unfamiliar with these movies probably stopped reading a while ago), Rapunzel’s hair was cut off (and become brown) at the end of the movie.
I’m willing to look past that continuity error because Rapunzel basically tells Amber to stop being such a bitch, and it was well past time that somebody said that to her.
Sofia and Amber need to figure out how to ride a magic carpet. Jasmine – who has experience in such things – shows up to teach them.
This was so logical that I’m kind of surprised it actually happened.
The girls have been taught that they’re not as brave or capable as the boys. The boys inevitably get in trouble, and have to be rescued. Mulan shows up to tell them that women are just as capable of bravery and heroism as men.
This is both a positive message for girls and consistent with Mulan’s character from the movie. Hence, I consider her appearance to be the best.
Fans (or perhaps more appropriately, parents of fans) of the show – do you agree or disagree with these rankings? Was I too hard on Aurora?
Feel free to share your own opinion. Meanwhile, I’m going to go look in the mirror and ask myself if I really just wrote over 1200 words about Sofia the First.