Disney has optioned Fancy Nancy (that's fancy for purchased the rights) with plans to make a television movie and series based on the hugely popular books by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser. Fancy Nancy will hit the little screen in 2017 on Disney Junior.
The television version of Fancy Nancy will bring her adventures to life and be geared towards 2 to 7 year olds. In addition to the television rights, Disney will create related role-play items and other consumer products licensed by Disney Consumer Products. In other words, when the TV movie and series launch we can expect to find Fancy Nancy in Disney stores, too.
Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide, said, “Children have been captivated by Fancy Nancy’s wit and irrepressible spirit for a decade, and we are very eager to give her an even bigger stage on which to perform.”
“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Disney Junior to bring Fancy Nancy to the small screen and to the next generation of fans. As we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of this bestselling series, it’s exciting to see our beloved character making her TV debut," said Susan Katz, President and Publisher, HarperCollins Children’s Books.
Over the past ten years, O'Connor and Preiss Glasser have written more than 60 Fancy Nancy titles and sold more than 28 million books. Given her extreme popularity and captivating character, it's easy to understand why it makes sense for Disney to bring her to television. But, it begs the question: is this really a good thing for Fancy Nancy fans? Is there something special about the books that will get lost on the screen? Will kids forego the books in favor of watching the movie and series?
What do you think, mamas? Are you excited about the Fancy Nancy TV series? Or are the stories better left to the pages of books?