I kept trying to hold back the tears as I watched the new “Legendary” video from Disney Channel. Sitting in a room full of moms and kids, invited to a sneak peak of the Fall Season for Andi Mack, Raven’s Home and the new Coop and Cami Ask the World I felt silly crying, but I just couldn’t help myself. My ten year old daughter was watching it with me, and this was an epic moment for girls around the world and for her. I’m a true believer in Geena Davis’ message that if “she can see it, she can be it.” What our kids watch in media today affects how they see themselves and their potential. Disney recognizes this in everything that they do. They have been at the helm of the diversity and inclusion movement, spearheading messages of positivity and possibility, and leading the way in showing young girls so many options for who and how they can be. Thank you Disney! As a young girl, I never saw anything like this on television. Like my Asian friends who sobbed in theaters next to their children watching Crazy Rich Asians, I sobbed next to my daughter as the girls in the Legendary videos sang and about living up to your potential.
The underlying message of the video is girls working together to accomplish more. Not one stereotypical “mean girl” in the group. This is about togetherness. We see the girls in various scenes around school running for student office, leading an athletic team, accomplishing something in robotics / science and coming together to make it all happen.
The video features a diverse group of Disney actors including (in alphabetical order) Meg Donnelly (“ZOMBIES,” ABC’s “American Housewife”), Madison Hu (“Bizaardvark”), Sky Katz (“Raven’s Home”), DeVore Ledridge (“Bizaardvark”), Peyton Elizabeth Lee (“Andi Mack”), Kayla Maisonet, (“Stuck in the Middle”), Jenna Ortega (“Stuck in the Middle”), Sophie Pollono (“Fast Layne”), Dara Renee’ (“Freaky Friday”), Navia Robinson (“Raven’s Home”), Olivia Rodrigo (“Bizaardvark”), Sofia Rosinsky (“Fast Layne”), Kylee Russell (“ZOMBIES”), Olivia Sanabia (“Coop & Cami Ask the World”), Ruby Rose Turner (“Coop & Cami Ask the World”), Sofia Wylie (“Andi Mack”) and Cozi Zuehlsdorff (“Freaky Friday”).
Made for Kids and Tweens age 6-14, “Legendary” encompasses the spirit of camaraderie and delivers the powerful message that when girls and young women support each other and work together, nothing is out of reach. This initiative further amplifies Disney Channel’s brand promises: “Express Yourself,” “Believe in Yourself” and “Celebrate Your Friends and Family.”