Franny's Feet

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Franny's Feet
Genre Animation
Created by Cathy Moss
Susin Nielsen
Written by Nicole Demerse
Shelley Hoffman
Louise Moon
Cathy Moss
Robert Pincombe
Directed by Joanne Boreham
Voices of Phoebe McAuley
George Buza
Katherine Crimi
Theme music composer Amin Bhatia and Ari Posner
Country of origin Canada
United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 52
Production
Executive producer(s) Steven DeNure, Neil Court, Beth Stevenson
Producer(s) Elana Adair, John Mariella, Kym Hyde
Editor(s) Paul Hunter
Running time 30 minutes per episode
Production company(s) Decode Entertainment
Distributor WNET New York
Release
Original channel CBC (Canada)
Picture format 4:3
16:9
External links
Website
Production website

Franny's Feet is a Canadian–American animated series for children created by Cathy Moss and Susin Nielsen. The series was produced by DHX Media/Halifax Film in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The show follows the adventures of Frances "Franny" Fantootsie (a portmanteau of "fantasy" and "tootsie") as she tries on various pairs of shoes and travels to different places in the world. Its very first appearance was on Ask.com/television in September 2001.[citation needed] It later appeared on CBC Television on January 1, 2004,[citation needed] then began to air on Family the following September, and was introduced to PBS Kids Sprout in the United States July 8, 2006[1] and ran through April 8, 2010.[2]

Summary[edit]

Frances "Franny" Fantootsie visits with her Grandpa every day at his shoe repair shop in Vancouver. They like to talk about matters until a customer comes. The customer presents the problem shoes to Grandpa, and he gives the pair to Franny to place inside the shoe repair box. Franny tries on the footwear (either in her stocking feet or barefooted) and they take her to a magical place such as a Native American powwow in Wyoming, a sunny beach in Jamaica, or a high mountain in China. At the end of each episode, after Franny solves the problem in a magical place, she receives a treasure and adds it to her shoebox treasure keeper and solves her own problem. In the fourth season, Franny's clothes change into a costume based on where her imagination takes her (for example, a swimsuit in Jamaica, pioneer clothing for a pioneer-time farm, etc.). The opening has also been redone; the theme is the same and shows the same events as the first three seasons but the animation has been redone to show Franny in costume for the events, as opposed to her regular clothes. At the end of each show in seasons one and two on PBS Kids in the United States, comes Music Time with SteveSongs; in season three, it was Dot's Story Factory. In season four and onwards, it was "Who's That Dog?", a segment that shows a live-action child showing the viewers his/her dog and its special tricks.

The show is designed to teach children about the joys of exploring for the first time. It has been praised by critics in the United States and Canada and has been honored as an Outstanding Product of 2006 by iParenting Media Awards May 2011.

In 2009, a Franny's Feet movie called Franny's Feet: Arctic Antics was made on May 2011.

Cast[edit]

  • Phoebe McAuley as Franny
  • George Buza as Grandpa
  • Katherine Crimi as Lucy

Additional voices[edit]

Episodes[edit]

  • Note: This list is of the 30 minute episodes. Each 30 minute episodes is made up of two 15 minute episodes, each with their own opening.

Season 1 (2004–07)[edit]

  • 101 Jingle Dress/A Home for Herman
  • 102 The Colossal Fossil/Lighthouse Lily
  • 103 Pilot Project/Not Yeti
  • 104 Double Trouble/Bedtime for Bears
  • 105 Birds of a Feather/Yummy in My Tummy
  • 106 Paper Presents/You Bug Me
  • 107 Hop to It/Night Time
  • 108 Arctic Antics/Octopus's Garden
  • 109 Armadillo Allergy/Fowl Weather
  • 110 Say Jamaica/Pink Flamingos
  • 111 Reindeer to the Rescue/It's a Big Job
  • 112 Bright Idea/Iguana Play Paddleball
  • 113 Happy Halloween/Snowy Jamaica

Season 2 (2005–08)[edit]

  • 201 (14) Puppet Pals/Sweet Mystery
  • 202 (15) The Lonely Library/Wonderful Woolies
  • 203 (16) Paint Job /Visit to the Vet
  • 204 (17) Fancy Footwork/Mischievous Magpies
  • 205 (18) Shiver Me Timbers/Ride 'em Cowboy
  • 206 (19) Swamp Thing/Franny's Manners
  • 207 (20) Lost in Mexico/No Place Like Home
  • 208 (21) The Fais Do Do/A Stand Out Performance
  • 209 (22) Make Them Laugh/Bear Facts
  • 210 (23) Mount Do It Later/A Pony Tale
  • 211 (24) Egg Sitting/Bee Patient
  • 212 (25) Chez Lou Lou/Under the Sea
  • 213 (26) Long Stories/A Little Moose Music

Season 3 (2006–09)[edit]

  • 301 (27) Monkey Stuff/Small Is Beautiful
  • 302 (28) Jumbo Hi Jinx/Princess Tia
  • 303 (29) Whiz Kid/Best in Show
  • 304 (30) Season's Greetings/Opening Night Jitters
  • 305 (31) Granny Nanny Goat/Franny and Five-Pin
  • 306 (32) The Great Museum Caper/It's Snow Small Feat
  • 307 (33) Tunnel Vision/Greece Is the Word
  • 308 (34) Like Magic/Light in the Night
  • 309 (35) Nat The Yak/ The Big Race
  • 310 (36) Westward Ho/Messy Monkey
  • 311 (37) Scatterbrained Squirrel/What's So Funny?
  • 312 (38) A Pirate's Treasure/Game Over
  • 313 (39) Unhappy Hippo/Net Worth

Season 4 (2007–11)[edit]

  • 401 (40) Stargazing/Tower Power
  • 402 (41) Slippery Sandcastle/Butterfingers
  • 403 (42) Picture This/Sound Advice
  • 404 (43) Rainforest Games/Shake Those Beans
  • 405 (44) Flight of Fancy/Totem Trouble
  • 406 (45) Papa Penguin/Ballroom Bugaboo
  • 407 (46) Wedding Day Woe/A Perfect Fit
  • 408 (47) On Your Toes/It Figures
  • 409 (48) Iwi the Kiwi/Clothes Call
  • 410 (49) Lots of Space/Tulip Parade
  • 411 (50) Pandamonium/So to Speak
  • 412 (51) Sweet Talk/Old Friends, New Friends
  • 413 (52) Going Ape!/Halloween Harvest

See also[edit]

  • Mr Benn – 1970s BBC children's TV series with many similarities

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