Disney recently announced a new show for the kiddos called Mira, Royal Detective. While a new show on its own may not seem like a hugely major gigantic deal, this one is a first! Read on for what makes this new Disney Junior show so important.

Mira, Royal Detective is Disney’s first television series that’s entirely inspired by the customs and culture of India. The series, —perfect for the preschool set—follows the titular character of Mira and her adventures. Each 22-minute animated episode also includes plenty of authentic Indian music and dance elements.

Set in Jalpur, a fictional Indian-inspired land, the show features the courageous young detective, her family and a cast of characters. The voice cast includes 15-year-old newcomer Leela Ladnier, along with many more well-known actors of Indian and East Asian descent including Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), Hannah Simone (FOX’s New Girl), Kal Penn (Harold & Kumar), Jameela Jamil (NBC’s The Good Place), Utkarsh Ambudkar (The Mindy Project) and Aparna Nancherla (Netflix’s BoJack Horseman).

Disney Junior vice president Joe D’Ambrosia said in a statement, “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.”

The series will debut on Disney Junior channels in 2020.

—Erica Loop



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