American Dragon: Jake Long
|American Dragon: Jake Long|
|Created by||Jeff Goode|
|Written by||Billy Lincoln
|Voices of||Dante Basco
|Opening theme||"The Chosen One" 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|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||52 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Jeff Goode
|Producer(s)||Larry Johnson (Line producer)|
|Editor(s)||Dong Hun Oh|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Walt Disney Television Animation|
|Distributor||Buena Vista Television|
|Original network||Disney Channel
|Picture format||1080i (16:9) (HDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||January 21, 2005– September 1, 2007|
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.
Set in the New York City borough of Manhattan, this animated series tells the story of a happy-go-lucky 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 has to overcome obstacles to protect the magical creatures living in the city, but as his ordinary self, Jake Long has issues 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 witty, blunt, and sharp-tongued girl who is usually the most logical and mature of the group; and Arthur P. "Spud" Spudinski (Charlie Finn), who appears to be slow-witted but is actually a genius. When Jake 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) trains his grandson in the magical, mystical ways of the ancient dragons. Other characters include Jake's younger eight-year-old sister Haley (Amy Bruckner) (a nascent dragon), and Grandpa's cynical sidekick who's also Jake's pet and best friend, a magical Shar-Pei named Fu Dog (John DiMaggio).
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 21, 2005. After its cancellation, reruns continued to air from 2007 to 2010.
|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
Jake Long and his allies come to Hawaii in an episode of Lilo & Stitch: The Series entitled "Morpholomew" 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.
Although there are some unofficial DVDs available for sale online, the releases from Disney have yet to be announced.
- Attack of the Dark Dragon (DS) — released October 12, 2006
- Rise of the Huntsclan (GBA) — released October 12, 2006
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.
- American Dragon Book 1: The Dragon Hunter, ISBN 0-7868-1926-X — released April 1, 2004
- American Dragon Book 2: The Gnome Eater, ISBN 0-7868-1927-8 — released May 1, 2004
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