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Tuesday, June 27 2017 10:51

Disney's VAMPIRINA Gets a Voice Cast...

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One of our most-anticipated new animated series' makes its debut this fall, and that's VAMPIRINA - from Doc McStuffins creator Chris Nee. Today Disney hit The Rock Father™ with news that James Van Der Beek ("Dawson's Creek," What Would Diplo Do?") and Lauren Graham ("Gilmore Girls") will voice the roles of Vampirina's parents, Boris and Oxana Hauntley. Twelve-year-old Isabella Crovetti ("Colony") stars as the voice of Vampirina (aka Vee), a lovable young vampire girl, who is facing the joys and trials of being the new kid in town when her family moves from Transylvania to Pennsylvania. The series will debut on Disney Channel, Disney Junior and the Disney NOW App.

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The recurring guest voice cast includes Tony-award winning Broadway performers Patti LuPone ("Evita") and Brian Stokes Mitchell ("Kiss Me, Kate") as Vee's grandparents, Nanpire and Grandpop, and Wanda Sykes (ABC's "Black-ish") as Vampirina's cantankerous yet loyal gargoyle sidekick Gregoria.

Featuring music by Broadway composers Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond ("The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes"), the series will include original songs in each episode performed by the talented voice cast. Van Der Beek, Graham and Crovetti perform the series' theme song. 

Bonus: Check out your first-look at the new VAMPIRINA toy line from Just Play!

Set in an urban Pennsylvania neighborhood, "Vampirina" is centered around Vee as she settles into her new surroundings, including making friends and attending 

Excited to experience everything that the human world has to offer, Vee will learn that while it may be easier to blend in with her peers, it's important to celebrate the differences that make everyone unique. Always by her side, Vee's mom and dad are also adapting to their new life as proprietors of the local Scare B&B, a bed and breakfast for visiting ghouls and goblins.

Rounding out the voice cast are: Mitchell Whitfield ("My Cousin Vinny") as playful ghost, Demi; Jordan Alexa Davis ("Sofia the First") as Vee's best friend and next-door neighbor, Poppy; ViviAnn Yee ("The Boss Baby") as another one of Vee's close friends, Bridget; Dee Bradley Baker ("Phineas and Ferb") as Vee's teacher, Mr. Gore, and the Hauntley's dog, Wolfie; Benji Risley ("If You Give a Mouse a Cookie") as Poppy's twin brother, Edgar; Cree Summer ("A Different World") as Poppy and Edgar's mom, Edna; and Ian James Corlett ("Dinosaur Train") as Chef Remy Bones, the Scare B&B's comedic skeleton chef.

Inspired by Disney Publishing's popular children's book series "Vampirina Ballerina," the show brings together many of the key creative team behind Disney Junior's Peabody Award-winning animated series "Doc McStuffins," including executive producer Chris Nee and co-executive producer Norton Virgien. Nicky Phelan ("Octonauts") serves as director. The series is produced by Academy Award®-nominated animation studio Brown Bag Films in association with Disney Junior. 

Stay tuned for more news in the months ahead!

James Zahn

James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance.  Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.

As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, a writer for the Netflix #StreamTeam, and serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. Current special projects include promotional campaigns for PJ Masks (eOne/Disney Junior) and Beat Bugs (Netflix). 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for Napalm Records' PRODUCT OF HATE.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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