Franny's Feet



Girl's magical travels teach about other cultures.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Great vocabulary building elements as well as introductions to different global locations and cultures. Lots of pro-social lessons too, about treating others with respect, being helpful, kind, and honest.

Positive messages

The show incorporates people of various races and abilities, and cultural and physical differences are treated respectfully.

Positive role models

Franny's motivation for going on her magical journeys is always to help the customers who come into her grandfather's shop and she is intrepid and bold in her quest to do good. Her positive, supportive, and playful relationship with her grandfather is lovely to watch; and Grandpa Fantootsie's presence bookends each of her adventures, bringing the young viewer back down to earth comfortingly.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series exposes viewers to racial and cultural differences around the world and even thoughtfully touches on disabilities. Helping others is a central theme, and Franny and her new friends talk openly about their feelings. The show combines vocabulary development and global learning with age-appropriate storytelling.

What's the story?

In FRANNY'S FEET, 5-year-old Franny Fantootsie (voiced by Phoebe McAuley) slips on customers' shoes in her grandfather's repair shop and finds herself far from home on new adventures with new friends. Franny's destinations are determined by the types of shoes she dons: When a customer brings in his vacation sandals to be fixed, Franny ends up in Jamaica, dancing to the music of steel drums. Moccasins transport her to a powwow where she learns about the Native American culture. And a pair of zoris takes her to a Japanese tea ceremony. Franny often finds ways to help the new friends she meets solve problems, and the show even incorporates people with disabilities and draws thoughtful attention to them.

Is it any good?


This show offers kids wonderful storytelling and encourages cultural awareness, emotional expression, recycling, and experiencing new things. As Franny would say, the show is a "fran-tastic" choice for kid TV.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the places Franny visits. How are the people different from Franny? What does Franny find she has in common with them? Where have you encountered people who looked or spoke differently from you? Parents can also talk about sharing feelings with friends. What kinds of things make your friends sad? How do you help them feel better?

TV details

Cast:George Buza, Phoebe McAuley
Networks:PBS Kids, Sprout
Topics:Friendship, History
Character strengths:Empathy
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 14 years old Written bymkalv February 5, 2009


Horrible! Bad name! Bad animation! Bad show!
Kid, 11 years old December 8, 2012

First child review

The show is very interesting. I used to watch it when I was younger. I never knew it was still running until is saw it off the family channel website yay. But I don't have the channel *moany* oh. I like it either way. Is it still on channel 5 in the morning?
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written bySnoopylove87 February 16, 2013

Creepy Characters

Violence is more like scariness. Once your 3 year old looks at Franny and her obese grandpa, they will have nightmares.
What other families should know
Too much violence


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