I learned just a couple of months ago that Fancy Nancy would be coming to Disney Junior this summer. Like many little girls, this was my daughter Leila’s first set of chapter books she’d read, so she was really excited about the series. Apparently, Disney has actually had an interest in bring this project to the forefront for over 10 years, so it’s a really big deal that it’s finally happening. Last month during our Ant-Man and the Wasp event, we got a special treat to screen the all new Fancy Nancy and sit down with Executive Producer/Director Jamie Mitchell and Story Editor Krista Tucker to learn more about the series and what parents can expect.
About Disney Junior’s Fancy Nancy
Fancy Nancy is based on the New York Times bestselling books by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, although, as we learned, the series only adapts 2 of the stories from the books and the rest are all original stories. It’s an animated series centered around a six-year-old girl named Nancy, who likes to be fancy in everything from her advanced vocabulary to her creative, elaborate attire.
From what I saw during the episode we screened, you’ll find instances where Nancy’s slightly over the top “fancy” ways quickly end up causing some unrest amongst her friends. I will be honest in saying that in the first 5 minutes of one of the episodes, I feared a little bit of mean girl stuff happening. However, I was really relieved to see how things played out and the lessons that were ultimately learned in the episode were actually really valuable for both kids and adults.
In fact, some of the themes you’ll find throughout the season include things like family first, creativity, embracing individuality, caring about your community and also fighting for what you believe in. These messages are so perfectly weaved into the storyline so they don’t come off as lecture or lesson so much as just an entertaining viewing experience.
Speaking of viewing experience, Fancy Nancy does an amazing job in terms of the graphic environment of the series. The intention was always to create it in a 3D or multidimensional experience so it would look like a real, but heightened reality. You’ll notice intense attention to detail in how the characters are drawn, how they move, the textures of the skin and hair, and many more elements. Fun fact: There are 236 areas of Fancy Nancy’s head that have strands of hair drawn in to create the most textured, realistic appearance you’d see in an animated series.
Age range of Fancy Nancy Viewers
Although older kids like my 9 y/0 Leila would probably want to watch the show for nostalgia, the show is actually designed for younger viewers perhaps up to about 6 or 7 years old. However, like many of the Disney Junior series, although it’s designed for kids, both Jamie Mitchell and Krista Tucker shared the sentiment that co-viewing is so important in a kids’ series and therefore, Fancy Nancy had to offer some entertainment value to parents and older viewers as well. I will have to say they achieved that as even I got excited to see how each episode would end.
Fancy Nancy debuts on Disney Junior today and I will have Leila check it out with us and share her thoughts on the series having read many of the books. I’m certain my 6 y/o will enjoy it though and I’m hoping it will also foster a desire for her to begin reading the books now as well. I’ll keep you all posted for sure!