Set in an urban Pennsylvania neighborhood, this music-filled animated series introduces a young vampire girl, Vampirina (aka Vee), who’s just landed as the new kid in town after her family relocates from Transylvania. Vee faces the trials and tribulations of adjusting to unfamiliar surroundings and new human friends at school, but as she learns about them and vice versa, she ultimately comes to appreciate her unique individuality and her friends’, too.
The series’ story curriculum includes lessons about self-identity and consideration of others. Each episode features two 11-minute stories and includes original songs.
Naturally curious and upbeat, Vee isn’t much of the “blend in type.” She has a strong sense of self and realizes that while it may be easier to adapt to fit in with her peers, she doesn’t want to change to meet the expectations of others. With a little help from her family and her best friends, Poppy and Bridget, Vee will learn to celebrate the traits that make her unique.
Vee’s parents, Boris and Oxana Hauntley, are the proprietors of the local Scare B&B, a bed and breakfast for visiting ghouls and goblins. Though homesick for Transylvania, Oxana embraces her new role as B&B owner and is a calming presence for Vee in their new world. Boris has a zest for his new surroundings and is always on the lookout for the latest human trend to share with his wife and daughter.
Also along for the adventure is the Hauntley’s dog, Wolfie, who secretly has the ability to turn into a werewolf; a playful ghost named Demi, who has traveled with the family from Transylvania; and Vee’s cantankerous yet loyal gargoyle sidekick, Gregoria.
Additional characters include Poppy’s twin brother, Edgar, an aspiring filmmaker who’s obsessed with all things spooky and out of the ordinary; Poppy and Edgar’s mom, Edna, who has a sneaking suspicion that there’s something different about the Hauntleys; Vee’s school teacher, Mr. Gore; and Chef Remy Bones, the Scare B&B’s resident skeleton chef. Vee’s grandparents, Nanpire and Grandpop, also show up from time to time to check in on their family and learn about their new human traditions.
The “Vampirina” voice cast includes Isabella Crovetti (“Colony”) as Vampirina, James Van Der Beek (“Dawson’s Creek”) as Boris, Lauren Graham (“Gilmore Girls”) as Oxana, Wanda Sykes (ABC’s “black-ish”) as Gregoria, Patti LuPone (Broadway’s “Evita”) as Nanpire, Brian Stokes Mitchell (Broadway’s “Kiss Me, Kate”) as Grandpop, Mitchell Whitfield (“My Cousin Vinny”) as Demi, Jordan Alexa Davis (“Sofia the First”) as Poppy, ViviAnn Yee (“The Boss Baby”) as Bridget, Dee Bradley Baker (“Phineas and Ferb”) as Mr. Gore and Wolfie, Benji Risley (“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”) as Edgar, Cree Summer (“A Different World”) as Edna and Ian James Corlett (“Dinosaur Train”) as Chef Remy Bones.
Inspired by Disney Publishing’s popular children’s book series “Vampirina Ballerina,” written by Anne Marie Pace and illustrated by LeUyen Pham, the series is executive produced by Chris Nee and is co-executive produced by Norton Virgien (both of Disney Junior’s Peabody Award-winning “Doc McStuffins”). Nicky Phelan (“Octonauts”) serves as director. Broadway composers Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond (“The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes”) are the series’ songwriters and Layla Minoui (“Castle”) is composer. The series is produced by Academy Award-nominated animation studio Brown Bag Films in association with Disney Junior. It carries a TV-Y parental guideline.