Would You Consider "Elena And The Secret Of Avalor" An Elena Special Or A Sofia Special?

Would You Consider "Elena And The Secret Of Avalor" An Elena Special Or A Sofia Special?

  • Sofia Special

    Votes: 3 75.0%
  • Elena Special

    Votes: 1 25.0%

  • Total voters
    4

SweetShop209

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"Elena And The Secret Of Avalor" , the crossover between Sofia The First and Elena Of Avalor, is quite interesting in terms of marketing and production. Is it an more an Elena special or more a Sofia special? Let's look at the facts:

An Elena Special:

1. The special was explicitly marketed as an origin story for Elena.

2. When the song "My Time" was first shown as a music video, the marketing intentionally cut out the scenes involving Sofia and the royal family.

3. Since this was released a few months after the show began, they added in the framing device of Elena telling this as a story to Naomi, who otherwise doesn't appear in the special.

A Sofia Special:

1. Sofia managed to call back to the special quite a bit, unlike Elena, which barely alluded to it (though Craig Gerber said it was intentional so as to make Elena stand on her own). Likewise, outside of the framing device, Elena shows up halfway into the special.

2. The end credits are of that from Sofia The First. The writer, producer, and director credits are in the end credits, which Sofia did for the first 3 seasons, unlike Elena having them after the intro. Likewise, the special was animated Sofia's animation studio (Toiion Animation) rather than Elena's animation studio (Icon Studios).

3. This special is 66 minutes long. This would be carried over to the next 2 Sofia specials (The Mystic Isles and Forever Royal) but Elena wouldn't do this again until the series finale (Coronation Day).

What do you think?
 
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the_joker

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I'd say this is more of a Sofia special since it was produced for that show in the first place. I don't know if there were plans to make Elena of Avalor or some other spinoff, but since Elena wasn't a full-blown show when this was being produced, it has to at the very least work for Sofia.
 

SweetShop209

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Craig Gerber said in a now deleted interview how Elena was originally going to be a recurring character on Sofia The First before eventually deciding to give her a TV show.
 

Korra_Fan

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It is quite blatantly a Sofia the First special, even down to the animation style. They attached an opening and closing framing device scene with Naomi in order to make it an Elena special since they had wanted to rush Elena of Avalor out the gate before her intended debut in this Sofia special had the chance to air, which I think was a mistake as it lessens the impact. Just imagine you're a kid watching it as a new Sofia special and BAM! it opens up with a double homicide on-screen, and then gives us the tragic tale of a princess trapped in an amulet for over four decades while her kingdom suffered oppression, and at the end tops it all off with the revelation that her cousin was culpable in it all but lies about it and gets off scot-free. That'd stick with you, methinks!
 

SweetShop209

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I think the reason why they tried to market it as an Elena special is because of wanting her to stand on her own, given how a lot of marketing said that she's Disney's first Latina princess. Of course, this ignores how many of the articles announcing the series back in 2015 explicitly said that she originated from Sofia The First in some form or another. Even if Elena Of Avalor can stand on its own as a good show, that still shouldn't deny that Elena spun off from Sofia.
 

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