Ooh la la–c’est magnifique! That is how your kids will be reacting to Fancy Nancy on Disney Junior. Disney recently bought the rights to the New York Times bestselling book series by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser. And now the brand new animated comedy centers around six-year-old Nancy, a high-spirited young girl whose zest and enthusiasm for all that is exquisite. This is including but certainly not limited to language, nature, art, and color. She likes to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Fancy Nancy on Disney Junior
So who is Nancy? She is a girl who believes that MORE is ALWAYS better when it comes to being fancy. From her sense of style with her tiara to her fancy words, Nancy is determined to teach everyone about being fancy.
Based on the New York Times bestselling books by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, Disney Junior’s “Fancy Nancy” is an animated family comedy centered around six-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. Geared towards kids age 2-7, each episode contains humorous and heartfelt stories which highlight themes of self-expression, originality and love of family.
If you are wondering now that you’ve read all the books if the show will be all the same stories, don’t worry, that isn’t the case. All but 2 of the stories are original.
The music in Fancy Nancy is a highlight of the show. The voice actress that plays Nancy is Mia Sinclair Jenness, and she has recorded over 20 songs already. You may also recognize Alyson Hannigan and Rob Riggle as Nancy’s parents, Claire and Doug; Mia Sinclair Jenness as Nancy and Spencer Moss as sister JoJo – the recurring guest voice cast for season one includes Tony Award®-winner Christine Baranski as Mrs. Devine; George Wendt (“Cheers”) as Grandpa Clancy; Kal Penn (“Designated Survivor”) as Mr. Singh; Dana Heath (“WellieWishers”) as Nancy’s best friend Bree; Tatyana Ali (“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”) as Bree’s mom, Mrs. James; Ian Chen (“Fresh Off the Boat”) as Nancy’s cousin Jonathan; Chi McBride (“Hawaii Five-0”) as mailman Gus; Malachi Barton (“Stuck in the Middle”) as Nancy’s friend Lionel and Madison Pettis (“The Fosters”) as Brigitte.
While chatting with Executive Producer/Director Jamie Mitchell and Story Editor Krista Tucker, we learned that Disney has been interested in Fancy Nancy for 10 years!
One of the big questions was about the vocabulary used in the show. How important was that to Krista and what do they do to make fun yet authentic?
“So the vocabulary is a huge part of what we do. It is embedded in each one of our scripts where we have French words, fancy words. We work with a French consultant that is making sure that we are being correct with our usage of French. We are very committed to this and as a parent, it is very important to me”.
This opens the opportunity for kids learning a new language or to be interested in another country and/or culture.
“It just opens up another doorway and helps in peaking their interest.”
Disney Junior has ordered a second season of “Fancy Nancy” ahead of its series debut, FRIDAY, JULY 13 (11:00 A.M. EDT/PDT), on Disney Junior, DisneyNOW and Disney Junior VOD. Based on the New York Times bestselling book series by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, the animated family comedy centers around six-year-old Nancy, a high-spirited young girl whose zest and enthusiasm for all that is exquisite – including language, nature, art and color – transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. The announcement was made today by Nancy Kanter, executive vice president, Content and Creative Strategy, Disney Channels Worldwide and general manager, Disney Junior Worldwide.
Join in on all the fancy fun starting Friday, July 13th on Disney Junior, Video on Demand and DisneyNOW!
*Disney invited me to a press event that included a tea party to screen Fancy Nancy and share my thoughts with my readers. All opinions are my own.
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