A new heroine is heading to the Disney Junior lineup. Mira, Royal Detective, an animated mystery-adventure series for preschoolers is coming to Disney Junior channels and programming blocks around the world in 2020. Set in the magical Indian-inspired land of Jalpur, the series follows the brave and resourceful Mira, a commoner who is appointed to the role of royal detective after solving a mystery that involves saving the kingdom’s young prince. The role of Mira will be voiced by 15-year-old newcomer Leela Ladnier. The announcement was made today by Joe D’Ambrosia, senior vice president, Original Programming, Disney Junior.
D’Ambrosia said, “We are eager to introduce kids and their families to the rich, diverse cultures and customs of India through Mira, a young girl who looks at things with her own unique lens to gain different perspectives and help others in her community. We hope that she will encourage our audience to actively engage with the inspiring world around them and appreciate the little details that make life extraordinary.”
As royal detective, Mira travels throughout the kingdom helping royals and commoners alike. Along with her friend Prince Neel, a talented inventor, creative cousin Priya, and comical mongoose sidekicks Mikku and Chikku, she will stop at nothing to solve a case, taking young viewers on adventures that highlight critical thinking and encourage deductive reasoning. Rooted in India’s vibrant heritage, each episode will weave authentic music, dance and customs into two 11-minutes stories.
In addition to Ladnier, the Mira, Royal Detective voice cast includes Freida Pinto as Queen Shanti, Hannah Simone as a young commoner named Pinky, Jameela Jamil as Mira’s Auntie Pushpa, Kal Penn, and Utkarsh Ambudkar as mongooses Mikku and Chikku, respectively.
Emmy Award-nominated Sascha Paladino is executive producer of the series, which was developed by Becca Topol. Sue Perotto and Dorothea Schoentag are supervising director and art director, respectively. IW Group’s Shagorika Ghosh is the series’ cultural consultant. Additional consultants include Bollywood dancer and choreographer Nakul Dev Mahajan and music producer Deepak Ramapriyan. Emmy Award nominees Matthew Tishler and Jeannie Lurie will write and produce original songs, and Amritha Vaz will serve as composer. The series is produced by Wild Canary in association with Disney Junior.
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