Disney announced 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.
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.
Mira will be voiced by 15-year-old Leela Ladnier. In addition to Ladnier, the "Mira, Royal Detective" voice cast includes Freida Pinto ("The Path") as Queen Shanti; Hannah Simone ("New Girl") as a young commoner named Pinky; Jameela Jamil ("The Good Place") as Mira's Auntie Pushpa; KaI Penn ("Designated Survivor") and Utkarsh Ambudkar ("The Mindy Project") as mongooses Mikku and Chikku, respectively; Aasif Mandvi ("Shut Eye") as Mira's father, Sahil; Sarita Choudhury (“Homeland") as Prince Neel's Great-Aunt Rupa; Aparna Nancherla ("BoJack Horseman") as Mira's cousin Meena; Kamran Lucas (Disney's "Mech-X4") as Prince Neel; Karan Brar (Disney Channel's BUNK'D") as Prince Veer; Karan Soni (“Deadpool”) as twins Ranjeet and Manjeet; Sarayu Blue ("I Feel Bad") as the palace tailor; Parvesh Cheena (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend") and Sonal Shah ("Scrubs") as bandits, Manish and Poonam, respectively; and newcomer Roshni Edwards as Mira's cousin Priya.
Emmy Award-nominated Sascha Paladino ("Miles from Tomorrowland“) is executive producer of the series, which was 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 NakuI 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.
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