Bonjour! That’s French for hello and a word from the language that Fancy Nancy loves speaking in her new television show on Disney Junior. Fancy Nancy is a book popular among both children and adults, written by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser.
It will premiere on Disney Junior July 13 and it will be great for children AND adults to watch. Since co-viewing is a huge part of children’s programming in general, and parents want to know and enjoy what their children are consuming. Even if we’re in another room preparing dinner, and working on a project. We want to be able to listen and discuss an episode to process it with our children.
Based on the New York Times best-selling books by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, the animated family comedy centers on 6-year-old Nancy, a girl who likes to be fancy in everything from her advanced vocabulary to her creative, elaborate attire. Excited to experience what the magnificent world has to offer, Nancy uses her ingenuity and imagination as she learns that while life doesn’t always go as planned, it’s important to celebrate the differences that make everyone unique.
We joined Executive Producer/Director Jamie Mitchell and Story Editor Krista Tucker for an afternoon tea party and a chance to chat about the new production, and what they are excited about, and what they hope children and families take from the new show.
5 Things to know about Disney Junior’s Fancy Nancy
- All of the stories are original. Well, all but two of the stories. It was done this way so that the show could grow and move in its own way. I believe this to be a great route to take because then if you DO know the stories, you can enjoy the newness of an old character as much as your children do.
- The families live in a cul-de-sac on purpose. Not only did they want to create a neighborhood that was realistic, but one that was safe, and also answered safety concerns that parents had about their children watching. Don’t tell me I’m the only person who points out issues with animation when watching it with my child!
- A french consultant is on board to make sure that the french words/vocabulary are being used properly, and in the right context. And there are quite a few words in french because Nancy is fancy!
- The animation process for Fancy Nancy is pretty intense, and that’s is partially due to our affinity for higher definition television. With every flaw visible, and more than 200 areas of hair on Nancy’s head, and individual strands on those areas, it’s important to get the animation right, and they do. The colors are vibrant, and the motions, and textures of the characters are beautiful.
- You’ll see conflict, and resolution. Nancy and her best friend Bree are main characters. Bree is just as strong willed as Nancy, and Bree won’t just let Nancy go about doing what she wants to do without challenging her character. They will argue, like young children do, and they will resolve those conflicts as well.
Disney Junior’s Fancy Nancy premieres July 13 at 11 EST on Disney Junior and the Disney NOW app. There’s also a complete line of Fancy Nancy toys that will be available on the same day as premier. JAKKS Pacific is offering the full line starting July 13 as well, and we got a sneak peek at them all after screening two of the episodes. So much exciting stuff happening this summer, and so many good memories can be made from viewing together.
Here’s a snippet for you to check out while you wait until the 13th. Until then au revoir! That’s french for goodbye!