YMMV / Franklin

  • Adaptation Displacement: While the books are widely known and highly regarded, many more are familiar with the animated series and films. "There were CD-ROMs? There were music CDs?? There were theatrical musical plays??? There were video games?!"
  • Angst? What Angst?: Although Bear was just as close to Otter as Franklin was, he doesn't seem upset or fazed all that much after she moves away while Franklin does not take it well. (Then again, maybe he is a bit relieved that she isn't around anymore.) Actually, Bear doesn't seem to get fazed at all much like his friends. He can be stoic, frivolous, or even hedonistic but when it comes to dishonesty or things that change his personal routine (suddenly being a big brother or getting homesick during a sleepover) is when he becomes emotional.
  • Awesome Art: Sure, the CGI series looks great, the films are beautiful, and the original series remains the most well-known with great animation, but what goes unappreciated are the books themselves. Brenda Clark, the illustrator, drew each page carefully by hand and it would take nearly over a year to complete a book drawing by herself! The backgrounds are beautifully detailed, the colors are breathtaking, and the character design is brilliant and adorable. Compare the animated series to the original books and look at how detailed the animals' fur are. She truly deserves more credit than we give her.
  • Character Rerailment: This affects Franklin himself in Franklin and Friends at the start of an episode; right after one that contains a Snap Back or an Aesop Amnesia that affected him.
  • Counterpart Comparison:
    • The franchise as a whole can be seen as the Canadian version of Arthur since it’s a Slice of Life children’s show in a World of Funny Animals, as well as characters like Franklin, Bear, and Beaver can be compared to Arthur, Buster, and Muffy respectively. As the creator of Arthur, Marc Brown, is male, and the creator of Franklin, Paulette Bourgeois, is female, this franchise can be seen as the Distaff Counterpart of Arthur, as Franklin has a more innocent and feminine tone to it.
    • Franklin and Bear to Steven and Connie, oddly. Franklin is the only reptile among the cast of mammals, as well as having a completely unique name unlike other animals being A Dog Named "Dog". Steven is the only Gem not named after a real gem. Bear and Connie are the very close best friends who both have mothers which happen to be doctors and there are episodes where they visit the hospital where their mothers work. They both share a deep friendship that practically borders on Puppy Love.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The show is equally popular in America as it is in it's home country Canada, thanks in part to it being broadcasted on Nick Jr.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Moe: By far, the most lovable characters are Franklin, Bear, Snail, Badger, Goose, Rabbit, Harriet, and Beatrice. You just want to give them all a big hug!
  • Most Annoying Sound: Be prepared to hear Franklin's "Hup! Hup! Hup!" jump sound many, many times when playing the games.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The theme song, and the various musical cues that play every so often.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: The games are passable at best, but the PS2 game is pretty decent with Scenery Porn, accurate models of the characters (likely even better than the Franklin and Friends models), great music, and it helps that the mini-games give it a bit of Replay Value. note 
  • Older Than They Think: Many more are familiar with the Nelvana adaptation that aired in the 90's and believe that was the beginning of Franklin. They are shocked to learn that it was based on a book series that goes as far back as 1986! (Before the internet existed!) Without computers, the writer used a typewriter and the illustrator painted all of the pages by hand, and does it look beautiful!
  • Periphery Demographic: Parents who have seen the show with their children and enjoyed it; those who have grown up with the series; and a loyal core who appreciates it for any number of reasons.
  • Playing Against Type: Richard Newman is mainly known for being utterly despicable or really hammy villains, grumpy beings, or, as stated above, Rhinox (who then became the Brainwashed and Crazy Tankor). In this series, he's voicing a kind-hearted, loving, and easygoing father.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Despite its target audience, Franklin and Franklin and Friends averts this for the most part. Occasionally however, some episodes just end up being a bit too sweet.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • Some people don't like Franklin and Friends simply because it's CG.
    • Fans complain that Bear wearing an unexplained flamboyant blue vest makes him look “gay”. Another complaint is that he doesn't need it since no one else wears clothing.
  • Uncanny Valley: According to the less charitable fans of the series; Franklin and Friends is like a detailed Ratatoing.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion:
    • Considering almost no character has any Tertiary Sexual Characteristics, and they all have Species Surnames, the only way to really tell what gender a character is sometimes is by their voice. Considering most of the younger male characters are voiced by women, it's hard to tell sometimes.
    • Actually, most of the younger male characters were voiced by young boys.
    • And before you bring it up, yes, Snail is the biggest offender. Snail is a boy but voiced by a woman.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure! Beautiful and vivid colors with Scenery Porn and former Disney animators were hired for the animation. It's definitely the best animation Franklin has ever had before they made the jump to CGI.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Well, Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure comes into mind. Lets see here... Granny's home, parents, and items were scorched to oblivion? Granny herself falling terminally ill before her seventieth birthday? Snail being treated as an eagle-hatchling snack? (With implications that he would have been devoured if it weren't for Franklin and Samantha to save him) Yeah. This movie seems to be aiming for Franklin's Periphery Demographic.
  • The Woobie:
    • If it's possible for an inanimate object to qualify, then how about the treefort? Depending on whether or not you consider Franklin and Friends an Alternate Continuity, the kids are now on their third treefort. The first one was blown down by a stiff wind in the original series in "Franklin Plays it Safe." A new one was built, and this one (possibly) was knocked down (along with the tree that it was in) by a fierce storm in "Franklin Sees a Storm" on Franklin and Friends. One really begins to wonder just what's up with treeforts in Franklin's world. (As an amusing sidenote, Franklin / Franklin and Friends airs on a network called "Treehouse TV" in Canada.)
    • Poor, poor Snail. He is a snail and therefore can’t travel to places quickly, which is why he leaves days early just so that he can get to school or somewhere on time. In "Hurry Up, Franklin", because the other animals were much quicker than him, none of them noticed Snail slithering on the road until Franklin, a turtle, noticed Snail crying because no one else saw him and he won’t be able to make it to Bear’s birthday party on time. There's also the fact that he often tends to end up in the middle of conflicts between Franklin and Bear and sometimes feels left out, such as Franklin and the Green Knight.
    • Badger. An adorable and shy girl who suffers from cerebral palsy and therefore needs crutches to help her walk around. Thankfully, everyone gets along with her and they enjoy being with her, but still, a disabled child in a Sugar Bowl show like this can be jarring and quite depressing. (It's likely that due to parents and children finding her depressing, she was removed from Franklin and Friends and is never mentioned again.)
    • Bear. He is just way too sweet on Franklin, even when he doesn’t deserve it, so when Franklin gets angry at him, he defends Franklin and is unreasonably nice to him. Also, he holds honesty and trustworthiness so dear to him that he gets angry at Franklin when he lies or can’t keep a secret. Considering that most of his friends (Franklin, Beaver, and Fox) aren’t always honest or noble, it must be hard for Bear to find someone like him or even someone to trust.
    • Franklin himself. Episodes like "Franklin's Bad Day" is just cruel and makes him a Butt Monkey when he is already in a bad mood because he dearly misses his friend Otter. "Franklin Goes to Day Camp" where he and Bear meet Possum but ends up being ignored and then punished by the coach many times for minor offenses. His day was ruined and he was practically cheated on. "Franklin's Valentines" has Franklin losing his valentine cards on the way to school and breaks down when he can't find them. "Franklin's New Hat" has him wearing a gaudy hat his sister Harriet made just to keep her happy. Unfortunately it turns out to be a burden to him until he tells his sister that it has many other uses. (This show kind of likes to make Franklin a Butt Monkey for the sake of a plot...)

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