It’s Gilmore Girls meets Dawson’s Creek on Disney Junior’s newest show, Vampirina.
The animated series — which is inspired by the Vampirina Ballerina book series by Anne Marie Pace — will see Lauren Graham and James Van Der Beek (a.k.a. Lorelai Gilmore and Dawson Leery) voice Oaxana and Boris Hauntley, the parents of the show’s titular character Vampirina.
As for the young protagonist (better known to her friends as “Vee”), she’ll be dealing with having to be the new kid in town and at her school after her family moves from Transylvania to Pennsylvania to open a local Scare B&B, a bed and breakfast for visiting ghouls and goblins (see the whole family below). Isabella Crovetti (Colony) will voice the character as she experiences the human world and learns to celebrate the differences that make each person special. Lucky for her, she’ll have some help from best friend (and next-door neighbor) Poppy (Sofia the First‘s Jordan Alexa Davis), and close pal Bridget (The Boss Baby‘s ViviAnn Yee).
Also lending their voices to the show will be recurring guest stars and Tony Award winners Patti LuPone (War Paint) and Brian Stokes Michell (Kiss Me, Kate), who play Vee’s grandparents Nanpire and Grandpop, while black-ish‘s Wanda Sykes will voice Vampirina’s gargoyle sidekick Gregoria.
The cast also includes Mitchell Whitfield (My Cousin Vinny) as a ghost named Demi, Dee Bradley Baker (Phineas and Ferb) as the girls’ 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 (Voltron: Legendary Defender) as Poppy and Edgar’s mom Edna, and Ian James Corlett (Dinosaur Train) as Chef Remy Bones, the Scare B&B’s skeleton chef.
Doc McStuffins‘ Chris Nee will executive producer with Norton Virgien serving as co-executive producer on the series, while Octonauts‘ Nicky Phelan will direct.
Vampirina will premiere on Disney Channel, Disney Junior, and the Disney NOW app this fall.