Jake and the Never Land Pirates
|Jake and the Never Land Pirates|
|Created by||Bobs Gannaway|
|Directed by||Howy Parkins|
|Voices of||Sean Ryan Fox
Cameron Boyce (season 2-4)
Colin Ford (season 1-2)
Madison Pettis (Seasons 1-3)
Jonathan Morgan Heit (Seasons 1-3)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3 (4 ordered)|
|No. of episodes||84 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Rob LaDuca|
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Disney Television Animation
Mercury Filmworks (animation production)
|Distributor||Disney–ABC Domestic Television|
|Original channel||Disney Junior|
|Original run||February 14, 2011– present|
Jake and the Never Land Pirates is an Annie Award-winning musical and interactive animated television series shown on Disney Junior. It is based on Disney's Peter Pan franchise, which in turn is based on the famous book and play by British author J.M. Barrie. It is the first Disney Junior original show following the switch from Playhouse Disney. It stars Sean Ryan Fox, Megan Richie, Jadon Sand, David Arquette, Corey Burton, Jeff Bennett and Loren Hoskins. The titular character Jake was previously voiced by Colin Ford, and then later by Cameron Boyce, and now Sean Ryan Fox, while Izzy was voiced for the first three seasons by Madison Pettis and Cubby was voiced by Jonathan Morgan Heit. The series is created by Disney veteran Bobs Gannaway, whose works include another Disney Junior series, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and films such as Secret of the Wings, The Pirate Fairy, and Planes: Fire and Rescue.
The series focuses on a band of young pirates consisting of Jake, Izzy, Cubby and their parrot Skully, who continuously spend their days competing against Captain Hook and Mr. Smee for treasure. They are often accompanied by several characters including their living pirate ship, Bucky, and their mermaid friend, Marina.
The series is a critical and commercial success, receiving high praise from critics and fans for its educational, yet entertaining format. The series is currently in its third season which premiered on January 3, 2014. On January 8, 2014, Disney ordered a fourth season of Jake and the Never Land Pirates.
At the American International Toy Fair in New York City, Disney announced a film based on the series, premiered on September 19, 2012, entitled Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Bucky's Great Race. The film was later downgraded to a special episode renamed Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky.
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The show revolves around a group of three children; Jake, Izzy and Cubby (two boys and a girl) who are pirates in Never Land (vs. Peter Pan's Neverland), looking for treasure. Their main obstacles are Captain Hook, Smee, and Tick-Tock the Crocodile from Disney's Peter Pan franchise. Captain Hook usually sees Jake and his crew doing something fun and steals it from them, and Jake and his crew have to get it back. After they succeed, Jake and his crew count their gold doubloons (which they receive after solving puzzles, or "pirate problems") and put them in their treasure chest known as the "Team Treasure Chest".
The first season of the series followed more "playful" conflicts, such as Jake and the crew getting their basketball back from Captain Hook, or Jake and the crew taking back their stolen skateboard. The second season gave a larger scale to the adventure in the show, now having the characters find a lost city of gold, and an ancient pirate pyramid.
Almost every episode contains two eleven-minute animated segments, followed by a live-action song by the Never Land Pirate Band. The singing characters "Sharky" and "Bones" appear in both animated and live action forms.
- Voiced by: Colin Ford (Episodes 1–36, 38–40 and 56), Cameron Boyce (Episodes 37 and 41–59), Sean Ryan Fox (Ep. 60–present), Riley Thomas Stewart (understudy, Jake's Buccaneer Blast)
- Jake is the protagonist of the series and leader of the Never Land Pirates. He has a wooden sword, which was given to him by Peter Pan. He is Captain Hook's main pirate rival. His catchphrase is, "Yo ho, let's go!"
- Voiced by: Madison Pettis (Seasons 1–3 through Battle for the Book), Megan Richie (Season 4–present)
- Izzy is the only girl pirate in the group and acts as second-in-command to Jake. She has a small sack of pixie dust, which was given to her by the fairies (Tinker Bell and her friends). The team uses the pixie dust only for emergencies. However, there had been episodes when pixie dust is not used at all especially in "No Returns". Her catchphrase is "Yay hey, no way!"
- Voiced by: Jonathan Morgan Heit (Season 1–3), Jadon Sand (Season 4–present)
- Cubby is the youngest of the group with his catchphrase, "Aw, coconuts!" He has the map of Never Land. Cubby is not a member of the "Lost Boys", despite the fact he physically resembles the Cubby of the group. Cubby's personality is rather timid and he is not very confident in himself. Sometimes, he can be clumsy.
- Voiced by: David Arquette (Speaking) and Loren Hoskins (Singing)
- Skully is a small, green parrot who acts like a guardian to the team. He is usually shown wearing a black bandanna with white skulls on it. He keeps a lookout for Captain Hook and Mr. Smee.
- Captain James Hook
- Voiced by: Corey Burton
- Captain Hook is Never Land's resident pirate captain and the main antagonist of the series. Commander of the galleon "The Jolly Roger". Legendary for his cruelty to his enemies as well as his own men, Captain Hook has trouble holding onto a permanent crew. In fact, at the moment, he only has three members of crew, the rest of his crew was never seen or appeared in the show. He speaks with an English accent.
- Mr. Smee
- Voiced by: Jeff Bennett
- Mr. Smee is Captain Hook's "left-hand man", first mate, and the secondary antagonist of the series, but he usually appreciates Jake and his crew's help.
- Sharky and Bones
- Voiced by: Loren Hoskins and Kevin Hendrickson (singing)/Jeff Bennett (speaking)
- Sharky and Bones are members of Captain Hook's pirate crew. They usually spend time performing musical numbers rather than advancing the plot, acting as troubadours. Live action versions appear at the end of the show and they perform an original song.
- Marina the Mermaid
- Voiced by: Ariel Winter
- A young mermaid who lives in the ocean around Never Land with the rest of her people. Unlike some of her sisters, who tend to be snobbish, selfish, vain and downright cruel, Marina is sweet, gentle and kind to the young pirates. She often shows them the secrets of the Never Sea she finds. Marina and Izzy are very close friends, and may even be the same age. Marina also has a little sister named Stormy, and has a crush on Jake.
- Tick-Tock the Crocodile
- Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker
- The very same crocodile that devoured Captain Hook's left hand after Peter Pan cuts it off in a sword fight some years ago. Tick-Tock loved the taste of Captain Hook's hand so well that he has followed the Jolly Roger ever since, licking his chops as he imagines the rest of his meal. And he also swallowed an alarm clock that goes tick-tock to warn Captain Hook.
- Russi Taylor - Never Bird - A former sidekick of Captain Hook whom she soon betrays and joins forces with Jake and his crew.
- Loren Hoskins - Sandy the Starfish - Marina the Mermaid's singing pet starfish with the ability to heal with a special song.
- Tori Spelling - Pirate Princess Patricia - A legendary pirate who was cursed and shipwrecked in a hidden grotto but was later rescued by Jake and his crew.
- Lisa Loeb - Winger - Skully's close friend who reveals to be the princess of the Sky Bird Kingdom.
- Adam West - Wise Old Parrot - An aged scarlet macaw and ruler of the Sky Bird Kingdom.
- Sharon Osbourne - Mama Hook - Captain Hook's mother.
- Jane Kaczmarek - Red Jessica - A swashbuckling pirate with whom Captain Hook falls in love.
- Josh Duhamel - Captain Flynn - A pirate who became stranded on the Never Land desert with his ship The Barracuda but rescued by Jake and the Never Land Pirates.
- Adam Wylie - Peter Pan - Captain Hook's nemesis and the leader of Never Land (specifically the "Lost Boys", who never appeared in the show). He has been mentioned numerous times throughout the series, and made an appearance in the special episodes "Peter Pan Returns", "Jake Saves Bucky", "Never Land Rescue" and "Battle for the Book".
- Allisyn Ashley Arm - Stormy - Marina's lazy, yet, well-meaning younger sister. She may or may not have feelings for Cubby.
- Carol Kane - Sea Witch - An evil witch who wants to turn the Pirate Princess into gold, but when Izzy stops her, she later turns into a good witch.
- Tiffani Thiessen - Misty the Wonderful Witch - A good witch who tends to be the Pirate Princess' neighbor.
- Jerry O'Connell - Pip the Pirate Genie - A genie who used to resided in a ship-in-the-bottle.
- Rhys Darby - Percy the Penguin - A penguin who Jake and his crew help to get his group to their colony.
- Teri Hatcher – Beatrice Le Beak - A sneaky pirate who steals things from Captain Hook.
- Dee Bradley Baker - Various Animals of Neverland
- Leigh-Allyn Baker as Queen Coralie - Mermaid ruler of Neptune City
- Jack McBrayer as Pirate Mummy
- Bill Farmer as TBA
- Mae Whitman as Tinker Bell Speaking and Singing Voice
- Tim Whitnall as Captain Ander - A pirate who seems to be Welsh in appearance.
- Maia Mitchell as Wendy Darling - Wendy appears in "Battle for the Book".
- Elliot Reeve as John Darling - John appears in "Battle for the Book".
- Colby Mulgrew as Michael Darling - Michael appears in "Battle for the Book".
The show's musical elements are handled by Loren Hoskins and Kevin Hendrickson, who were emailed by the show's creator Bobs Gannaway, asking if they would be interested in creating songs for the show. According to Hoskins, Gannaway "just wanted good music to listen to while he was writing the pilot". Gannaway searched "pirate music for kids" online and found his way to Captain Bogg and Salty, listening to their songs while working on the script. He introduced the band to Jay Stutler, vice president of music at Disney Television Animation. "We're in charge of creating every note of music for the show. We create the underscore. We sit in the studio and record the background music that comes in and out." The music for the show has been praised for being enjoyable for both the children, and the adult caretakers. A soundtrack, featuring songs from the show, was released September 20, 2011.
The series has gained critical acclaim among critics and fans. A review in Variety called it "part video game, part interactive cartoon, part advertisement for 'Peter Pan' merchandise". The Los Angeles Times gave a mixed review of the show's portrayal of Captain Hook compared to the classic Peter Pan, stating that the character "has been laundered — reasonably enough, yet sadly as well — into a shell of his former self, too silly to be frightening, not even a decent bully, just a kind of (much) older boy who wants to steal your toys." Common Sense Media rated it "on" for ages 3 and older, praising the educational content, role models, and especially the messages of the show, and expressing only mild concern about the moderate violence. As the flagship of the newly launched Disney Junior channel, the series was rated the most-watched program among boys ages 2–5 during its first few weeks on the air, with 2.9 million viewers, including 1.1 million ages 2–5, and over 600,000 women ages 18–49 (presumed to be mothers and other caregivers). On July 27, the series was awarded #2 of the Best TV Shows 2011 list.
The character Jake has too received positive reviews. The character has been thought of as a "classic Disney character", lovable and entertaining addition. He has quickly become an icon at Disney's Hollywood Studios from the popular Disney Junior Live as well as being added on the park's entrance drawings. The atmosphere character can be seen at the Hollywood And Vine character breakfast and the Animation courtyard, while at Disney California Adventure, Jake can be found on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood Land.
Awards and nominations
|Annie Award||Best Animated TV Production - Preschool||Won|
|Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role - Young Actor (Colin Ford)||Won|
|Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series||Nominated|
The series airs worldwide on Disney Junior. It premiered on May 6, 2011 in Canada, on May 7, 2011 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, on May 29, 2011 in Australia and New Zealand, on June 1, 2011 in South Africa, on July 4, 2011 in India, on July 11, 2011 in Southeast Asia, and on April 29, 2013 in Zimbabwe.
Upon the initial release of the series onwards, there has been a high demand for toys, games, and other merchandise from the show. At the American International Toy Fair in New York City, Disney announced a line of toys to be released in the summer of 2012. On May 24, 2012, app Jake's Never Land Pirate School is released on the iPad and Android devices.
The first DVD Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Yo Ho, Mateys Away!, was released on September 27, 2011. A second DVD featuring the special Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Peter Pan Returns, was released April 3, 2012. The third DVD Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky, was released on October 16, 2012. The fourth DVD entitled Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Never Land Rescue was released on November 19, 2013. The fifth DVD, Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Battle for the Book was released on January 6, 2015.
On July 27, 2012, Disney announced a spin-off series of the show centering Skully. The show is entitled Playing With Skully, and is a collection of short cartoons that aired on September 19, 2012. Another short series entitled Jake's Never Land Pirate School premiered on November 26, 2012. The third spin-off, Mama Hook Knows Best! premiered on September 29, 2013 starring Sharon Osbourne as Mama Hook. The fourth spin-off entitled, Jake's Buccaneer Blast premiered on October 26, 2014 as the first Lego Duplo adventure.
- 'Jake and the Never Land Pirates' Season Three to Debut January 3 on Disney Channel
- 'Sofia the First', 'Doc McStiffins' and 'Jake and the Never Land Pirates' Renewed By Disney Channel
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- Official website
- Jake and the Never Land Pirates at the Internet Movie Database
- Jake And The Never Land Pirates at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- Disney Channel information on Jake and the Never Land Pirates
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