Franny's Feet

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Girl's magical travels teach about other cultures.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 6 reviews

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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 & representations

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.

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Sexy stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Franny's Feet 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.

User Reviews

Parent of a 8 year old Written bynvcse2007 August 18, 2009

Learn how to express and show feelings.

It talks about feelings openly which I feel is important in today's society. Children need to lean about feelings and that it is OKAY to show them. really... Continue reading
Adult Written bySI Dad April 9, 2008

Franny's Feet is Toe-riffic!

This sweet show introduces younger children to multiculturalism, language, and social behaviour.
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... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bymkalv February 5, 2009

Boring!

Horrible! Bad name! Bad animation! Bad show!

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, Franny's Feet is a "fran-tastic" choice for kid TV.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the places Franny visits in Franny's Feet. 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?

  • How does Franny demonstrate empathy on Franny's Feet? Why is this an important character strength?

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