Franklin focuses on the eponymous growing young turtle who, as his television stories and books always begin, "could count by twos and tie his shoes".




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Series cast summary:
Noah Reid ...  Franklin Turtle / ... 41 episodes, 1997-2004
Leah Renee ...  Beaver 39 episodes, 1997-2004
Elizabeth Saunders ...  Mrs. Turtle 38 episodes, 1997-2004
Richard Newman ...  Mr. Turtle 36 episodes, 1997-2004
Luca Perlman Luca Perlman ...  Bear 26 episodes, 1998-2004
Arthur Anger Arthur Anger ...  Franklin (french) 26 episodes, 1999-2000
Kyle Fairlie Kyle Fairlie ...  Rabbit 23 episodes, 1997-2004
Shirley Douglas ...  Narrator 22 episodes, 1998-2000
Kristen Bone Kristen Bone ...  Snail 21 episodes, 1997-2004
Julie-Ann Dean Julie-Ann Dean ...  Harriet Turtle 21 episodes, 2004
Olivia Garratt Olivia Garratt ...  Goose 19 episodes, 1997-2004
Gil Filar Gil Filar ...  Fox 19 episodes, 1997-2000


The popular children's books, written by Paulette Bourgeois, come alive in this television series about a turtle named Franklin. Each episode has a story of Franklin and his friends. You'll meet his parents, Bear (his best friend), Goose, Beaver, Rabbit, Mr. Owl, Badger and Snail along with other animal friends. You will follow the adventures of Franklin as he learns about the world around him, and how to be an honest turtle with good character. Written by CindyH

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Franklin is the only one with a real name instead of an animal name, unlike all his friends having animal names, and even if he did, then his animal name would be "Turtle". See more »

Crazy Credits

The first 9 episodes all aired in 1997, however, episodes 1 to 3 have a 1998 copyright date in the credits, while the rest have a 1997 copyright date. See more »


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Franklin Theme
Written and Performed by Bruce Cockburn
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Really cute, fun, entertaining, and educational show

Wow! This is a really cute, fun, entertaining, and educational show. I said that because I watch this on Noggin with my 16-month-old nephew from time to time. It's hard to say which show on Noggin is the best. Still it's really cute, fun, entertaining, and educational. If you ask me, the writing is very good, and the animation is excellent. Before I wrap this up, I'd like to say that the people at Noggin really know how to reach a toddler's developing mind. Now, in conclusion, if you have children, nieces, or nephews, I strongly recommend this really cute, fun, entertaining, and educational show. I guarantee you that they will enjoy it.

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Release Date:

3 November 1997 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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