When her mother marries the king, young villager Sofia must learn how to become a princess.
This animated movie will appeal to preschool girls, who will find it empowering that even princesses get nervous and don't always know what they're doing. They'll be especially delighted to see special guest star Cinderella, who has certainly had experience with mean stepsisters herself and who provides sage advice in learning how to live happily ever after.
Babies won't understand the drama that comes with the merging of two families but are likely to be drawn to the pastel animation and the warm tone of the movie. Two-year-olds will love the forest creatures who can always be counted on to help princesses in their times of need!
Preschoolers will relate to Sofia, who was a small-town girl before her mother married the king, and will follow her every move to see how she adjusts to her new life and the pranks her step-siblings play on her. Young viewers will get good advice from the new queen, who has taught her daughter that "a broken promise can never be glued back together" and from Cinderella, who admits that her only regret is that she didn't try harder to make amends with her stepsisters.
Most kids in this age group are past the junior princess stage although those on the younger end may still find it reassuring that even children living in palaces often have to deal with siblings who are royal pains.