|Elena of Avalor|
|Created by||Craig Gerber|
|Based on||Sofia the First|
by Craig Gerber
|Theme music composer||John Kavanaugh|
|Opening theme||"Elena of Avalor"|
by Gaby Moreno
|Ending theme||"Elena of Avalor" (instrumental)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||77 (list of episodes)|
Genna Du Plessis
|Running time||24 min|
|Production company(s)||Disney Television Animation[a]|
|Picture format||720p (HDTV)|
|Audio format||5.1 surround sound|
|Original release||July 22, 2016 –|
August 23, 2020
Elena of Avalor is an American computer-animated adventure television series that premiered on Disney Channel on July 22, 2016, and moved to Disney Junior on July 14, 2018. The series features Aimee Carrero as the voice of Elena, a young Latina princess.
In July 2020, Disney announced that Elena of Avalor would end its run after three seasons. The series finale episode, "Graduation Day" aired on August 23, 2020.
Teen princess Elena Castillo Flores has saved her magical kingdom of Avalor from an evil sorceress and must now learn to rule as its crowned princess. Elena's adventures will lead her to understand that her new role requires thoughtfulness, resilience, and compassion, the traits of all truly great leaders. Since she is only 16 years old, she must follow the guidance of a Grand Council, composed of her grandparents, older cousin Chancellor Esteban, and a new friend, Naomi Turner. Elena also looks to her younger sister, Isabel, her friends, wizard Mateo, and Royal Guard lieutenant, Gabe, a spirit animal named Zuzo, and a trio of magical flying creatures called Jaquins for guidance and support.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||25||July 22, 2016||October 1, 2017|
|2||24||October 14, 2017||June 1, 2019|
|3||28||October 7, 2019||August 23, 2020|
The series' creator and executive producer Craig Gerber said: "It was very important to us that, since we were doing a show with a kingdom inspired by Latin American culture, that we get that right. Even though it's a fairytale world, there are things that feel very authentic." Story editor Silvia Olivias stated: "We have cultural consultants help us every step of the way. They read everything from the premise all the way through the final draft." On the show's music, Latin music consultant Rene Camacho said: "The styles of music we're using overall — it's all Latin-based, it's very festive." Consultant Diane Rodriguez stated that the series "has this visual element that's so evocative, it takes the look of the Latino culture, of the Americas, almost to another level." In June 2016, the music video for "My Time" was released. The series was renewed for a second season on August 11, 2016. The series was renewed for a third season on February 13, 2017. The second season premiered on October 14, 2017.
On September 17, 2019, it was announced that the third season would premiere on October 7, 2019.
The debut episode "First Day of Rule" was distributed on-demand on June 20, 2016 by Rogers TV in Canada. Disney scheduled the online release in the United States for July 1, 2016. An episode of the series aired as a sneak peek on Disney Channel in the UK and Ireland on July 15, 2016, and more episodes aired later in the year. A television movie titled Elena and the Secret of Avalor, which shows the origins of the series, premiered on November 20, 2016. The series' final episode, a one-hour special, "Elena of Avalor: Coronation Day" aired on August 23, 2020.
Home media is distributed by Disney.
|Season||Episodes||Years active||Release dates|
|1||25||2016–17||Volume 1: Ready to Rule (episodes 1-4): December 6, 2016|
Volume 2: Elena and the Secret of Avalor (episodes 5-8 + "Elena and the Secret of Avalor" (TV film): February 7, 2017
Volume 3: Celebrations to Remember (episodes 9, 11, 14, 16-18): September 12, 2017
Volume 4: Realm of the Jaquins ("Realm of the Jaquins"): August 7, 2018
|2||24||2017–19||Volume 4: Realm of the Jaquins ("Three Jaquins and a Princess" and "Shapeshifters"): August 7, 2018|
|5||2017||Volume 4: Realm of the Jaquins (All shorts): August 7, 2018|
|Volume 1: Ready to Rule (Region 1):|
Volume 2: Elena and the Secret of Avalor (Region 1):
'Jaquin mobile', and 'Music video: "My Time"'
Volume 3: Celebrations to Remember (Region 1):
|Season||Episodes||First aired||Last aired||Avg. viewers
|1||25||July 22, 2016||2.22||October 1, 2017||1.08||1.40||TBD|
|2||24||October 14, 2017||1.18||June 1, 2019||0.51||0.82||TBD|
|3||22||October 7, 2019||0.33||TBA||TBD||TBD||TBD|
Awards and nominations
|2017||Annie Awards||Best Animated TV/Broadcast for Children's Audience||Episode: "A Day to Remember"||Nominated|
|Writers Guild of America Awards||Animation||Craig Gerber (episode: "First Day of Rule")||Nominated|
|2018||NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television or Film)||Yvette Nicole Brown||Nominated|
|Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special||Jennifer Trujillo and Brian Mathias||Won|
|2019||46th Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Preschool Children's Animated Series||Nominated|
|Outstanding Performer in a Preschool Animated Program||Steve Buscemi, as Saloso||Nominated|
|Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special||Jennifer Trujillo||Won|
|Outstanding Sound Editing For A Preschool Animation Program||Nominated|
|Outstanding Music Direction And Composition||Nominated|
|Outstanding Original Song In A Children's Or Animated Program||"Fallin' Like a Rock"||Nominated|
|2020||Annie Awards||Best TV/Media- Preschool||"Changing of The Guard"||Nominated|
|NAMIC Vision Awards||Animation||Elena of Avalor||Won|
|2020||47th Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Special Class Animated Program||Craig Gerber , Silvia Olivas, Elliot Bour, Pilar Flynn for Elena of Avalor: The Magic Within||Nominated|
|Outstanding Directing for a Preschool Animated Program||Elliot Bour, Craig Gerber, Nathan Chew, Robb Pratt and Sam Riegel||Nominated|
|Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special||David Wright, Jennifer Trujillo and Tatiana Bull||Nominated|
|Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Preschool Animation Program||Melissa Ellis and Fil Brown||Won|
|Outstanding Sound Editing For A Preschool Animation Program||Robert Poole II, Robbi Smith, David Bonilla and J. Lampinen||Won|
|Outstanding Music Direction And Composition||Tony Morales||Nominated|
|Outstanding Original Song In A Children's, Young Adult Or Animated Program||John Kavanaugh, Craig Gerber and Jeffrey M. Howard for Movin' on Up: "Never Leave"||Nominated|
|Outstanding Writing for a Preschool Animated Program||Craig Gerber, Silvia Cardenas Olivas, Kate Kondell, Tom Rogers, Rachel Ruderman and Cameron Baity||Won|
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Current Season: 2 (24 episodes)
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Elena: Shuriki tried to strike me down, but the amulet saved my life, by pulling me inside it. Alacazar found the amulet and summoned his spirit animal Zuzo, who sent him on a journey to free me. It took a little longer than I'd hoped. Forty-one years. But one magical day, I was freed from the amulet.
- Elena of Avalor. Season 1. Episode 1. 5:00 minutes in.
Isabel: How can I sleep after being trapped in an enchanted painting for forty-one years? That's fourteen thousand nine hundred sixty-five days.
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