Franklin and Friends premieres March 4 on Treehouse

franklinFrom a media release:


  • Kids Can Press releases 25th anniversary edition of Franklin in the Dark and re-releases 12 classic Franklin stories on February 1
  • Treehouse premieres new Nelvana-produced CGI-animated series Franklin and Friends on Friday, March 4 at 6 p.m. ET

Corus Entertainment’s Kids Can Press, Nelvana Studio and Treehouse are pleased to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Franklin, one of the world’s most adored preschool characters, with the release of a special edition of Franklin in the Dark, the re-release of 12 classic Franklin stories – available in stores today – and the Treehouse premiere of the new CGI-animated series Franklin and Friends on Friday, March 4 at 6 p.m. ET.

Twenty-five years ago, Franklin conquered his fear of the dark with the help of a night-light. Since the 1986 publication of Franklin in the Dark, Franklin has brightened story time for millions of children worldwide with over 65 million books sold in more than 30 languages. To mark the 25th anniversary of this popular little turtle, Kids Can Press is releasing a special, large-format edition of Franklin in the Dark. Available in Canadian stores beginning today, this special 25th anniversary edition offers never-before-seen archival material, including an excerpt of the first manuscript and a selection of original sketches. The anniversary will also be recognized with the re-release of 12 classic Franklin stories including titles such as Franklin Goes to School, Franklin and the Thunderstorm, Franklin Rides a Bike and Franklin and the Tooth Fairy. For more information please visit

Nelvana Studio and Treehouse will mark the anniversary celebrations with the launch of Franklin and Friends, a new CGI-animated series with Franklin as the undisputed star of the show. In this Canadian original production, Franklin is filled with passion for Woodland, his family and friends. Franklin isn’t perfect however, but he is working on it and his daily adventures encourage kids to be curious about the world. Featuring an ensemble of characters including, Bear, Fox, Rabbit, Beaver, Goose, Snail, and introducing quirky Aunt T, the stories of Franklin and Friends feature special themes including fun mysteries, Woodland events and outdoor activities.

In episode one, Franklin and Friends: Franklin and the Gecko Games/Franklin’s All Ears, premiering on Friday, March 4 at 6 p.m. (r) Saturday, March 5 at 9 a.m. and Sunday, March 6 at 9:30 a.m. ET, both Franklin and Beaver want to look after the Nature Nut’s pet gecko, Gordon. So, Goose creates the Gecko Games to find out who would be the best pet-sitter. Beaver is disappointed when she loses, so Franklin abdicates his win to her. Then, Franklin and Snail overhear their friends talking about a party – but with no balloons, no music and no yummy treats! When they find out that there is no party, Snail and Franklin throw a party for everyone else instead.

Beginning on Tuesday, February 15, viewers can immerse themselves in the world of Franklin and Friends online by visiting Fans will find games, activities, as well as show and character information. The site will also feature fan-submitted artwork and exclusive stills from the show.


5 thoughts on “Franklin and Friends premieres March 4 on Treehouse”

  1. I am pleased to hear that Franklin is returning with new episodes. It is our daughter’s favourite show and one I don’t mind her watching because of Franklin’s interactions with his parents, something missing from many other children’s shows. I hope his parents return for CGI treatment because this is an important part of the show and I would be disappointed if they were not included in this new show.

  2. A little disappointing that the CGI version of franklin is not of the same quality in terms of the story writing quality in comparison to the original series…Kassandra mentioned (in a posting above)the point about the interaction with Franklin and his parents in the original, that point alone is one of the many reasons I thought franklin was an impotant show in terms of addtional modeling (outside of the modeling my wife and I implement on a daily basis)for our little one. This one of the few series we are okay with our daughter watching when it come to T.V. but, the new CGI version is very “watered down” in content and very little parent/Franklin interaction in this new version…I think we’ll stick with the original.

  3. the characters don’t give much eye contact isn’t the cartoon suppose to be a children’s friendly show???

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