American Dragon: Jake Long

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American Dragon: Jake Long
American Dragon - Jake Long (title card).jpg
Genre Animation
Action-adventure
Fantasy
Kids[1]
Created by Jeff Goode
Written by Billy Lincoln
Kat Green
Michael Gurley
Directed by
  • Chul Kang
  • Chul Hee Han
  • Kyung Sub Jung
  • Kyung Yeon Kim
Voices of Dante Basco
Keone Young
John DiMaggio
Amy Bruckner
Miss Kittie
Charlie Finn
Mae Whitman
Jeff Bennett
Lauren Tom
Opening theme "American Dragon" performed by Mavin and The Jonas Brothers
Composer(s) Kat Green (season 1)
Billy Lincoln (season 1)
Adam Berry (season 2)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 52 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Jeff Goode
Eddie Guzelian
Matt Negrete
Christian Roman
Producer(s) Larry Johnson (Line producer)
Editor(s) Dong Hun Oh
Running time 22 minutes (25 minutes including commercials)
Production company(s) Walt Disney Television Animation
Distributor Buena Vista Television
Release
Original channel Disney Channel
Picture format 1080i (16:9) (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release January 21, 2005 (2005-01-21) – September 1, 2007 (2007-09-01)
External links
Website

American Dragon: Jake Long is an American animated television series. It was produced by Walt Disney Television Animation and created by Jeff Goode. It premiered on Disney Channel on January 21, 2005 and ended on September 1, 2007.[2]

Premise[edit]

The Huntsman and Huntsgirl in the second season.

Set in the New York City borough of Manhattan, this animated series tells the story of thirteen-year-old Chinese-American Jake Long (voiced by Dante Basco), who must balance ordinary adolescent transformation with the power and ability to change into a dragon. When he eventually unlocks his full potential and turns into the American Dragon, he will overcome obstacles to protect the magical creatures living in the city, but as his ordinary self, Jake Long has trouble with his crush on his schoolmate Rose (Mae Whitman) who, unbeknownst to Jake, has a dark, magical secret of her own. She is a natural dragon slayer known as the Huntsgirl, a member of the Huntsclan that slay dragons. The leader of the Huntsclan is the Huntsman (Jeff Bennett).

Jake navigates the city with fellow skateboarders Trixie Carter (Miss Kittie), a sassy, vivacious, and judgmental girl who is usually the most level-headed and responsible of the group; and Arthur P. "Spud" Spudinski (Charlie Finn), who appears to be slow-witted but is actually a genius, and when he gets home, it is to an extended family: Jonathan (Jeff Bennett), a businessman dad originally from the Midwest who is unaware that he is married into a family of dragons from his Chinese wife named Susan (Lauren Tom). Jake's maternal grandfather Lao Shi (Keone Young) who recently immigrated to train his grandson in the magical, mystical ways of the ancient dragons, younger seven-year-old sister Haley (Amy Bruckner) (a nascent dragon), and Grandpa's gruff sidekick, a magical Shar-Pei named Fu Dog (John DiMaggio).

Production[edit]

American Dragon: Jake Long was created by Jeff Goode. Disney Channel ordered an initial twenty-one 30 minute episodes for the first season, and the series premiered on January 4, 2005. After its cancellation, reruns continued to air from 2007 to 2010.

The series was syndicated to Toon Disney on February 2006. When Toon Disney was converted to Disney XD, the series was carried over and aired from 2009 to 2012.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Season premiere Season finale
1 21 January 21, 2005 January 29, 2006
2 31 June 10, 2006 September 1, 2007

Crossover with Lilo & Stitch[edit]

Jake Long and his allies come to Hawaii in an episode of Lilo & Stitch: The Series entitled "Morpholemew" to investigate one of Jumba's experiments, while Lilo enters a skateboarding competition in an attempt to impress her crush. Meanwhile he and Stitch team up to stop Gantu and rescue the experiment.

DVD releases[edit]

Although there are some unofficial DVDs available for sale online, the releases from Disney are currently unprepared.

Other Media[edit]

Video games[edit]

Two video games based on the show were produced, one for Nintendo DS and one for Game Boy Advance.

Books[edit]

Jeff Goode has written two children's books about American Dragon which were released in 2003 and 2004 - before the initial TV show started airing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ American Dragon: Jake Long - Metacritic.com
  2. ^ Matt Negrete. "Awwww man!". amdrag.blogspot.com. 

External links[edit]