Da Jammies

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Da Jammies
Genre
Created by

Aulsondro “Novelist” Hamilton

William “Dolla” Chapman II
Developed by
  • Ralph Farquhar
Written by
Directed by
  • Tyree Dillihay
  • Ralph Farqhar
Voices of
Theme music composer
Opening theme "Here We Come!"
Ending theme "Here We Come!" (instrumental)
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Executive producer(s)


Producer(s)
Cinematography
Running time 22 minutes (regular episodes only)
Production company(s)
  • Toon Farm Animation LLC.
  • Gama Entertainment
  • Cosmic Toast
Distributor Netflix
Release
Original network Netflix
Original release August 31, 2015 – present
External links
Website
Production website

Da Jammies is an American animated musical television series that first aired on August 31, 2016, and currently airs on Netflix[1] created by Aulsondro "Novelist" Hamilton and William "Dolla" Chapman II. From Homelessness, to Bullying, to Self-Awareness, to Obesity, Da Jammies cover some of the issues that the kids of today face. The underlying premise of the show is "unity" and "doing it together". The series is filled with sing-along melodies with age-appropriate lyrics for the kids.

Da Jammies is executive-produced by Real Husbands of Hollywood Executive Producer Ralph Farquhar along with the creators Aulsondro "Novelist" Hamilton and William "Dolla" Chapman II. The series is directed by Emmy-nominated Tyree Dillihay[2] and Ron Myrick and also features some of today's urban stars from Darius McCrary to Alisa Reyes, Dani Nicolet, Kurtis Blow, Buddy Lewis, Emcee N.I.C.E., William "Dolla" Chapman II aka D.B.I., Tiny Lister Jr., Kel Mitchell, James Avery[3]. and more... the series features, vibrant, expressive 3D animation and also features groundbreaking music, choreography and fashion never before seen in an animated TV series.[citation needed]

Premise[edit]

Da Jammies centers around a group of kids that are friends who attend a performing arts school where they struggle to balance real-life issues with their dreams of making it as entertainers. The co-leader "Dolla" (William "Dolla" Chapman II) is known as the "quick tempered, rapping, dancer", who believes that Da Jammies do not practice enough and seems to have a short fuse with his bandmates. However that is all balanced out with the co-leader of the group "Novelist" (Aulsondro "Novelist" Hamilton) the "peace keeping, rapping best friend" who always have a solution for the crews success. The rest of the members of Da Jammies are "Momo" (Alisa Reyes) the "one with the universe" earthy poet with a bubbly personality, then there's "LaLa" (Dani Nicolet) the "Singing Diva" who believes in no one but herself that can sometimes be very rude and unapologetic without realizing it. Then there is "Seven" (Anderson Johnson Jr.) the "soulful crooner" that is alway trying to be helpful and has two loves in his life, "LaLa" and food.

Everyday Da Jammies take on issues that plagues the youth, from "Homelessness", to "Bullying", to "Self-Awareness", to "Obesity"and the real meaning of friends and more, the underlying premise of the show is "unity" and "doing it together" although their non-talented nemesis "The Battlebrats" whose leaders "Mike Fresh" (Kel Mitchell) and "Smalls" (Shane Tsurugi) are constantly seeking ways to out do "Da Jammies" and most time failing.

Cast and characters[edit]

Principal cast[edit]

Character Voice Crew Description Attribute
Dolla William "Dolla" Chapman II Co-Leader of Da Jammies Dolla, is the passion of Da Jammies, A fiery tempered rapper/break dancer. His musical heroes are Ludacris & Usher. Rapper/Break Dancer
Novelist Aulsondro "Novelist" Hamilton Co-Leader of Da Jammies Novelist is a high energy talented rapper. His musical heroes are Jay Z and Redman. Rapper & The Peacekeeper
LaLa Dani Nicolet Da Jammies LaLa is a supremely vain, talented and confident R&B singer. Her musical heroes are Rihanna, Brandy and Beyonce. Singing Diva
Momo Alisa Reyes (Season 1) Marieve Herington (Season 2) Da Jammies Her creative heroes are Nikki Giovanni,Nina Simone and Tracey Chapman. Singing Poet
Seven Anderson Johnson (Season 1) Da Jammies Soulful Singer

Secondary cast[edit]

  • Einny (voiced by Shane Tsurugi)

RESIDENT GENIUS
Einny is not only the resident genius with an IQ of 300, he is the king of gadgets. He chose to forgo college and remain a kid, he told his mother and father he knows he's smart but that he wanted to grow up normal. He became friends with Da Jammies and started inventing things from rockets, to time traveling machine to space ships. You name it, and Einny can build it although it may have a few mechanical errors.

THE MUSICAL HAS BEEN
Cransberry is an extremely short, money hungry, jealous principal that exploits the kids talents for his own profitable gain. Whether its taking a portion of all proceeds that Da Jammies and or others make while performing at the school to creating side hustles. Principal Cransberry was once an old school R&B singer that never made it past his first record. He knows the kids equal money, so he does everything he can to make a profit off of them.

ALL WORLD SECURITY GUARD
Klondell is like the resident uncle to the kids that attend school although he serves as a security guard for both the school and the local mall. Klondell believes the kids of the day are beyond stupid as they are stuck on gadgets and technology, he wants it like it use to be.

Da Jammies Nemesis[edit]

The Battlebrats[edit]

NON-TALENTED HOT HEAD
Mike Fresh comes from an affluent family that allows him to much get whatever he wants. He wants to rap but he is not good at it and stays jealous of "Dolla", he does whatever he want to on a daily basis and a part of his everyday routine is coming up with ways to sabotage Dolla which includes "Da Jammies".

  • Smalls (voiced by Shane Tsurugi)

The Rapping Japanese
Smalls, comes from an affluent family as well, that allows him to much get whatever he wants. He loves to rap and raps sometimes in Japanese and English. His dad is a well to do music executive that doesn't know his son is pretty amazing. Mike Fresh and Smalls are best friends that are constantly endangering themselves.

Additional characters[edit]

Casting[edit]

Image Award winner Eileen Mack Knight[4] was in charge of casting for Da Jammies; her notable shows are The Proud Family, Just Jordan, The Bernie Mac Show, Martin, Wendy Wu and more.

Episodes[edit]

Seasons Episodes U.S. first air date U.S. last air date Network
Da Jammies episodes (Season 1) [5] 1.1–1.4 and 1.6 August 31, 2015 Netflix
Seasons Episodes Canada first air date Canada last air date Network
Da Jammies episodes (Season 2) 1.1–1.5 and 1.13 TBA TBA
Episode Title Synopsis Characters in episode
1.1 Mall in the Family [6] Da Jammies befriend an annoying kid (Motor City Jay) who wants to be a member of the group when he allows them to use his mall apartment to rehearse for a concert to raise money for a class trip to Washington D.C. Da Jammies' mischievous behavior in the mall gets Motor City Jay and his mom kicked out of the mall. When Motor City Jay reveals that he and his mom have relocated to an amusement park, Da Jammies realize that he's actually homeless. Da Jammies convince Principal Cransberry to use the money from their concert to pay for a new home for Motor City Jay and his mom. Da Jammies, Motor City J, Principal Cransberry, LaLa's Mother & Novelist Mother
1.2 3:10 [7] When Novelist finds himself challenged to an after school fight by the school bully (Horace), he goes underground and discovers a whole new world of kids who've been hiding underground because of their fear of being bullied. Novelist finally confronts his fears and challenges Horace to a duel which winds up being a freestyle rap battle on the M-I-C. Da Jammies, Big Horace, Little Horace, Shamus, Mike Fresh, Smalls, Einny, Klondell, Ms. Randall the Detention Teacher
1.3 Cello[8] Da Jammies discover that nothing in MoMo's life is as it seems. Not only is she wealthy, she's an incredible cello player. MoMo reveals that she's under pressure by her parents to perform at a huge benefit concert which prevents her from rehearsing with Da Jammies. Dolla abruptly fires MoMo from the group and holds auditions to replace her. Da Jammies ultimately decide to support MoMo who turns her Cello performance into a Hip-Hop Spoken Word declaration of who she really is. Da Jammies, Einny, Covington, Helicopter Security, Irish Girl, Jamaican Girl, The Pretty Girl
1.4 Old School[9] Principal Cransberry announces that the Ridgecrest School of the Performing Arts is having an Old School competition and the winner will star in their very own Badidas shoe commercial. The only problem is Da Jammies have no idea what "Old School" is. The kids luck up and discover a hidden message on the Krash Groove soundtrack album that leads them to the Old School, a magical place where they are met by old school hip-hop artists Crazy Craze, The Real Rosanne and Kurtis Flow. Da Jammies learn from the true old school legends what the real old school is all about. Da Jammies, Principal Cransberry, Mike Fresh, Smalls, Einny, Big Daddy Candy Cane, Kurtis Flow, Crazy Craze and The Real Rosanne
1.5 Birds Tail Da Jammies go to the circus and Seven gets chosen to participate in a magic trick with Seymour the Magnificent, a parrot who doesn't speak. Seven discovers that he actually understands the parrot's squawking. Seven rescues Seymour from the circus after the parrot tells him he is being held against his wishes. When Seven brings Seymour into Dolla's tree house, Seymour quickly stirs up tension between the members of the group by telling lies to Seven about the other Jammies. TBA
1.6 Will The Real Dolla[10] When Dolla joins the basketball team to impress the girl of his dreams (Angelique), he's torn between playing in the basketball game and performing with Da Jammies. Einny bails Dolla out by creating a Dolla robot to perform with Da Jammies while he plays basketball to secure his sweetheart. Dolla is shocked when Angelique ditches the game to watch Da Jammies perform. Meanwhile, Da Jammies are thrilled to have Dolla (Dolla Robot) in the group, especially since he's been really nice to them—much nicer than (the real Dolla). Dolla is infuriated to find out that not only has the Dolla Robot taken his place in the group, Angelique also has a crush on him. Da Jammies, Einny, Angelique, Robot Dolla
1.7 Da Fab Five Da Jammies go to Einny for help after they lose to the Battle Brats in pick-up game of basketball. Einny gives them some special basketball shoes that will help them jump higher and run faster. Seven mistakenly pushes a button on the back of the shoes that sends an electrical pulse through all of Da Jammies and suddenly they discover they have Super Powers. TBA
1.8 The Head Wizard Da Jammies are rehearsing a school production of "The Wizard of Oz." Lala is playing the lead Dorothy and is acting like a selfish diva until Seven is accidentally dropped on her head and she's propelled into the fantasy world of "Da Cove" where she has to learn kindness and humility before she is allowed to return home. TBA
1.9 You're In The Game Once again, Novelist and Dolla find themselves science fair partners. Novelist, however, fails to pull his weight because he has become hooked on the video game "Dodge It." In fact, he plays it so much that he finds himself trapped inside the game. TBA
1.10 No Gut, No Glory! The school is having its first Sadie Hawkins Day Dance, where the girls chase the boy they want to take to the dance. Seven is excited because he plans to let Lala catch him. Of course his plan doesn't work and when he overhears Lala telling Novelist she would never go out with a "big boy" he goes to Einny for help. Einny gives him a box of "No Gut" candy bars that transforms Seven to an irresistible ten. TBA
1.11 Love Song Da Jammies arch rivals, the Battle Brats, get a new lead singer who sings love songs propelling them to the most popular band at school. Da Jammies realize that they will have to write some love songs too if they expect to regain their number one status. The only problem is they don't know anything about love. Desperate, Da Jammies go to Seven's uncle, "The Love Man", to teach them how to write love songs. TBA
1.12 Election Dolla, Novelist and Lark the cheerleader find themselves in a tie for school president and Seven is the only undecided vote. TBA
1.13 OMG Principal Cransberry bans talking on cell phones, texting or emailing while students are at school forcing the Jammies to come up with a new way to communicate, that only kids can hear. TBA

Reception[edit]

Da Jammies received mixed but favorable reviews upon its debut. Forbes magazine called it "Fame" meets "Josie and The Pussycats".[11] Soul Train deemed it a "First of its kind 3D animated series that combines hip-hop music, dance and fashion".[12] The show received 3 out of 5 stars on Common Sense Media [13]

As of 2016, Da Jammies is streaming in 14 countries on Netflix[14] Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, India, Ireland, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, UK and USA.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stream Netflix's 3D Hip-Hop Animated Series 'Da Jammies' (WATCH) - EURweb". eurweb.com. September 11, 2015. Retrieved December 26, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Tyree Dillihay - Television Academy". emmys.com. Retrieved December 26, 2016. 
  3. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0043041/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
  4. ^ "Eileen Mack Knight". imdb.com. Retrieved December 26, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Da Jammies". January 1, 2000. Retrieved December 26, 2016 – via IMDb. 
  6. ^ "Mall in the Family". January 1, 2000. Retrieved December 26, 2016 – via IMDb. 
  7. ^ "3:10". January 1, 2000. Retrieved December 26, 2016 – via IMDb. 
  8. ^ "Cello". January 1, 2000. Retrieved December 26, 2016 – via IMDb. 
  9. ^ "Old School". January 1, 2000. Retrieved December 26, 2016 – via IMDb. 
  10. ^ ""Da Jammies" Will the Real Dolla... (????)". imdb.com. Retrieved December 26, 2016. 
  11. ^ Newman, Heather (September 1, 2015). "Netflix's New Arrivals For September: Goodbye 'Lost Boys,' Hello 'Monster Squad'!". Forbes.com. Retrieved December 26, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Q&A: 'Da Jammies' Creators Aulsondro "Novelist" Hamilton & William "Dolla" Chapman". soultrain.com. November 4, 2015. Retrieved December 26, 2016. 
  13. ^ Emily Ashby (January 26, 2016). "Da Jammies - TV Review". commonsensemedia.org. Retrieved December 26, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Da Jammies (2015) on Netflix USA". netflixable.com. Retrieved December 26, 2016. 

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