Disney Junior has announced the voice cast for its animated series Mira, Royal Detective which will premiere in the U.S. on 20 March, Friday, at 11:00 am EDT/PDT on Disney Channel and 7:00 pm EDT/PDT on Disney Junior.
Disney Channel India will also be showing a sneak-peek on the same day, followed by the premiere on 22 March, Sunday. Set in the magical Indian-inspired land of Jalpur, Mira, Royal Detective introduces a brave and resourceful girl Mira, a commoner who is appointed as the royal detective by the queen. Following its premiere in the U.S. and India, the series will be rolled out worldwide in an estimated 160 countries on Disney Channel and Disney Junior platforms globally.
Mira, Royal Detective, which has already been greenlit for a second season, stars a notable voice cast with the likes of Freida Pinto, Kal Penn, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Hannah Simone, Jameela Jamil, Aparna Nancherla, Aasif Mandvi, Karan Soni, Maulik Pancholy, Sarayu Blue and Sarita Choudhury. Newcomer Leela Ladnier stars as the voice of Mira, alongside additional cast members Roshni Edwards, Kamran Lucas, Karan Brar, Parvesh Cheena and Sonal Shah. Set in a fairyland inspired by the cultures and customs of India, Mira, Royal Detective has an all-star cast of South Asian actors.
Created for kids aged two to seven and their families, Mira, Royal Detective centres around Mira, who along with her friend Prince Neel, creative cousin Priya, and comical mongoose sidekicks Mikku and Chikku, set out on mystery-solving adventures that highlight critical thinking and encourage deductive reasoning for young viewers.
Each episode is comprised of two 11-minute stories that celebrate the cultures and customs of India by incorporating authentic food, fashion, language and art. Reflecting their importance in Indian culture, music and dance play an integral role in Mira, Royal Detective, with each episode featuring at least one original song and dance number that showcases the diversity of the culture.
Joining the previously announced cast in recurring and guest star roles are Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory), Danny Pudi (DuckTales), Iqbal Theba (Glee), Sunita Mani (GLOW), Karen David (Fear the Walking Dead), Rizwan Manji (Perfect Harmony), Hari Kondabolu (Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell), Nardeep Khurmi (Jane the Virgin), Aarti Sequeira (The Next Food Network Star), Avantika Vandanapu (Diary of a Future President), Julian Zane (Doc McStuffins), Brian George (The Big Bang Theory), Sakina Jaffrey (House of Cards) and Madhur Jaffrey (I Feel Bad).
A music video featuring a mash-up of the series’ main title song and Mira’s song, We’re on the Case, will debut on 21 February, on DisneyMusicVevo and in the DisneyNOW app. In conjunction with the series premiere 20 March, Walt Disney Records will release a digital soundtrack with 20 songs from the series, and the DisneyNOW app will debut a hidden object game in which players are invited to help Mira solve mysteries by following a trail of clues in an immersive 3D environment. Additional extensions for the series will continue to roll out later this year.
In advance of the series premiere, Disney Parks, Experiences & Products will debut a product line by Just Play at the 2020 American International Toy Fair. Featuring dolls, role-play products, figures, playset and more, the line is set to release Fall 2020.