There’s a new girl detective in the Mouse House. Disney announced today that it has begun production on Mira, Royal Detective, an animated mystery adventure series for preschoolers slated to debut on Disney Junior channels and programming blocks around the world in 2020.
The series is set in the magical Indian-inspired land of Jalpur and 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 new toon is exec produced by Emmy-nominee Sascha Paladino (Miles from Tomorrowland) and developed by Becca Topol (Elena of Avalor) who also serves as story editor. Sue Perotto and Dorothea Schoentag (both of Phineas and Ferb) 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 (So You Think You Can Dance) and music producer Deepak Ramapriyan (Basmati Blues). Emmy Award nominees Matthew Tishler (Fancy Nancy) and Jeannie Lurie (The Muppets“) will write and produce original songs, and Amritha Vaz (Miss India America) will serve as composer. The series is produced by Wild Canary in association with Disney Junior.
Joe D’Ambrosia, Disney’ Junior’s senior VP of original program noted, “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.”
The voice cast also 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 Ambudkaras mongooses Mikku and Chikku, respectively; Aasif Mandvi as Mira’s father, Sahil; Sarita Choudhuryas Prince Neel’s Great-Aunt Rupa; Aparna Nancherla as Mira’s cousin Meena; Kamran Lucas as Prince Neel; Karan Brar as Prince Veer and Karan Soni as twins Ranjeet and Manjeet.