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PJ Masks
PJ-Masks-logo-2.png
Current logo of the series, which is currently used for print
Genre
Created byRomuald Racioppo
Based onLes Pyjamasques
by Romuald Racioppo
Directed by
  • Christian De Vita
  • Wilson Dos Santos
  • Florante Mari Villareal
  • Chad V. Vidanes
Voices of
  • Roman Lutterotti
  • Addison Holley
  • Benjamin Hum
  • Simon Pirso
  • Jacob Soley
  • Brianna Daguanno
Theme music composer
Composer(s)Fabrice Aboulker
Jean-Francois Berger
Country of origin
  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
Original language(s)
  • French
  • English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes85 (and 41 shorts) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Olivier Dumont
  • Laura Clunie
  • Beth Gardiner
Producer(s)
  • Guillaume Hellouin
  • Corinne Kouper
Running time24 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorEntertainment One
Release
Original networkFrance 5 (France)
Disney Junior (US/Canada)
Disney Junior (UK)
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Audio formatStereo
First shown inUnited States
Original releaseSeptember 18, 2015 (2015-09-18) –
present
External links
Website

PJ Masks (French: Pyjamasques) is a French-British-Canadian interactive computer-animated superhero children's television series produced by Frog Box, Entertainment One UK Limited, TeamTO, with the participation of France Télévisions, Disney Junior and Hasbro's Allspark Animation. The series is based on the Les Pyjamasques book series by Romuald Racioppo.[2] Disney Channels Worldwide's Disney Junior channels broadcast PJ Masks worldwide, while France 5 airs the series in its original home country of France; it also airs on Tiny Pop in the UK, ABC Kids in Australia, RAI YoYo in Italy, TV Cultura in Brazil, and Televisa in Mexico.

The series debuted on Disney Junior in the United States on September 18, 2015,[3] on France 5 on December 18, 2015 and on Disney Junior in Canada on February 7, 2016. In June 2016, a second season was announced;[4] it began airing on 15 January 2018. On April 19, 2019, the first episode of the third season was aired. The fourth season was announced to air in April 2020[5][6], but instead it aired on May 15, 2020[7][8], possibly due to the COVID-19 pandemic which reduced Entertainment One's produced/acquired television half-hour content from 339 (2019) to 276 (2020) for the second quarter.[9]. As early as January 2020, PJ Mask was renewed for a fifth season forecast to be aired in 2021[10][11], with production shooting already scheduled between April 1, 2020 to April 1, 2021[12].

On December 30, 2019, Hasbro acquired Entertainment One for a $3.8 billion deal,[13] making the series the first Disney Junior show to be under the ownership of Hasbro, even though Just Play still makes toys for the show.

Premise

Amaya, Greg, and Connor become the superhero team PJ Masks when night falls in order to fight enemies and rivals such as Romeo, Luna Girl, Night Ninja, The Wolfy Kids, Motsuki, Octobella, Pharaoh Boy and Munki-Gu to keep them from ruining people's day. Amaya becomes Owlette (an owl), Greg becomes Gekko (a lizard), and Connor becomes Catboy (a cat).

Characters

PJ Masks

PJ Masks (known as "PJs" for short) is the titular superhero team that fights crime at night to keep it from ruining people's days.

Members

  • Connor / Catboy (voiced by Jacob Ewaniuk in Season 1, Jacob Ursomarzo in Season 2-"Best Friends Forever", and Roman Lutterotti in "Meet An Yu"-present) – Connor is a blue-eyed boy with brown hair. When he transforms, he wears a blue cat costume
    • Kitten Boy (voiced by Jacob Ursomarzo in "Terrible Two-Some", Roman Lutterotti in "Big Sister Motsuki") – The baby-fied version of Catboy who appeared in "Terrible Two-Some".
  • Amaya / Owlette (voiced by Addison Holley) – Amaya is a brown-eyed girl who wears red glasses, as well as PJ Masks' only female member besides An Yu. She has dark brown hair with a pink, wing-shaped hair clip.
    • Chicklette (also voiced by Addison Holley) – The baby-fied version of Owlette who appeared in "Terrible Two-Some". Whenever she uses her super owl wing wind, she exclaims “Super Owly Wingy-Wind!” She and Kitten Boy returned in "Big Sister Motsuki".
  • Greg / Gekko (voiced by Kyle Harrison Breitkopf in Season 1-Season 3 and the short films and Benjamin Hum in "HQ Tour" and Season 4-present) – Greg is a green-eyed, blonde-haired boy. When he transforms, he wears a green lizard costume with a thick reptilian tail and fins on top of his head.
    • Baby Gekko (voiced by Kyle Harrison Breitkopf) – The baby-fied version of Gekko who appeared in "Big Sister Motsuki". Unlike the other baby PJs, he is the only one who never speaks by himself and usually only speaks in unison with the other babies. However, at one point, he did say "Muscle Wuscles!" when he used his Super Gekko Muscles.
  • PJ Robot (voiced by Juan Luis Bonilla) – A robot that Romeo created to infiltrate the PJ Masks HQ.

Allies

  • Teeny Weeny Ninjalino (actor unknown) – A tiny and cute ninja from "Catboy and the Teeny Weeny Ninjalino", who was supposed to spy on the PJ Masks but won Owlette and Gekko's affection.
    • The Splat Monster (actor unknown) – The alternate form Teeny took in the episode of the same name, where he turned into a Splat Monster when he touched the transforming splat in the Mystery Mountain cave.
  • Armadylan (voiced by Max Calinescu in Season 2-"Armadylan Zen", Cristian Perri in Season 3 "Arma-Leader" - "Gekko Everywhere", Avery Esteves in Season 4-present) – An armadillo-like boy who wants to be a hero, but his inexperience causes him to mess up.
  • Captain Smartypants (voiced by Carter Thorne) – A young scientist who is the good version of Romeo. He helps Gekko change his teammates back to normal before Robot changes him back to his usual, evil self in "Gekko and the Opposite Ray".
  • An Yu (voiced by Kari Wong) – A samurai girl who uses her bo staff as a weapon or to fly; it also turns into a magic flute.
  • Lionel (actor unknown) – A small gekko who is the pet of Gekko, he normally appeared when the PJ Masks are transforming.
  • Santa (voiced by Ron Pardo) - Santa is the jolly man who appeared in "The PJ Masks Save Christmas." where he teamed up with the PJ Masks.
  • Newton / Newton Star (voiced by Shomoy James Mitchell) - A boy who emerges from a freak asteroid accident. The PJ Masks first met him in space. He also appeared in daytime. He made his debut in the Season 4 episode "Asteroid Accident".

Villains

  • Romeo (voiced by Alex Thorne in Season 1, Carter Thorne in the short films and Season 2-"Owlette Slips Up", Simon Pirso in "Motsuki the Best"-present) – The main enemy in the series. He is an evil scientist and dislikes the PJ Masks who always foil his plans. He also dislikes the other villains such as Luna Girl and Night Ninja, who he trapped them in "Romeo's Disguise", although they did team up in "PJ Masks vs. Bad Guys United." He also dislikes it when his servants disobey him. His favorite inventions (as said in "Owlette's New Move") are Robot, his Laboggan (which is his mobile lab, with skis in place of Caterpillar tracks), Super Train, and Radical Romeo Remote. From "Blame it on the Train, Owlette" to "The Prank Wheelz", he originally controlled a mobile Lab on land, but now controls his flying ship the Flying Factory starting in "Villain of the Sky". He always tries to take over the world and defeat the PJs but regularly fails. Once, though, he took over the city, turning it into Romeo-aplolis in "Gekko and the Mayhem at the Museum". He did once help the PJ Masks in "The PJ Masks Save Christmas ." when he realized how much Robot cares for him despite the rotten things he has done. Even though he may be evil, Robot mentions that there is good in him deep down.
    • Robots - Romeo's mechanical henchmen.
      • Robot (voiced by Ron Pardo) – A large robot, Romeo's personal servant and his buddy as Romeo mentions it in " Catboy and Gekko's Robot Rampage.". He has acted on his own, when Romeo invented Robette and when he captured Armadylan, Despite Romeo replacing him, Rowbo shows that he still cares for his master and is always willing to help him. Rowbo's main weakness is water, as it causes him to short-circuit and be paralyzed. Whenever this happens he often says "Rowbos hate water."
      • Robette (voiced by Julie Lemuix) – One of Romeo's seeker. She began to try to take over the world herself in "Catboy and Gekko's Robot Rampage". This was due to a loose screw caused by Owlette and was later resolved. During the episode, Romeo's original Robot became jealous of Robette and ran away. This was also later resolved and Romeo became friends with Robot again. Robette returned in the Season 2 episode "PJ Robot". In "Armadylan and Robette Rule", she ends up as Armadylan's sidekick but then went back to Romeo.
      • Toolbox – A walking toolbox who works with Romeo and in case of making inventions Toolbox carries Romeo's tools.
      • Spy-Bot – A cubical bot that works for Romeo, who often used Spy-Bot to spy on the PJ Masks.
      • Fly Bots – Small, flying robots which resemble PJ Robot before he reformed and regularly guard Romeo's Sky Factory.
      • Naughty Bots - Naughty Bots are robots disguised as presents, but they destroy everything related to Christmas – like presents and Christmas decorations
      • Robo-PJ Masks - As the robotic versions of the PJ Masks, they all have the same powers, but with the addition of Laser Eyes which stops the enemies from moving.
  • Luna Girl (a.k.a. Luna) (voiced by Brianna D'Aguanno) – The second villain in the series who is also the first villainess. She is a moon-themed villain who lives in her Lunar Fortress with her little sister, Motsuki, and their moths, but in "Best Friends Forever", it is revealed that her Luna Magnet powers give her the power to breathe in space. Her main weapons are her Luna Magnet and Luna Board that she uses as a mode of transportation. However, she also had a lot of other weapons; this once included a giant Moon-Ball, which could steal objects and swallow her enemies and the small Moon Ball, which turns the person who touches it to servants. She teamed with PJ Masks while defeating Romeo in some episodes when it came to him threatening the Moon or using her stolen lunar crystal and in "PJ Party Crasher" when Motsuki tried to ruin Owlette's Pajama Party. Starting in Season 3, she is persistently nicknamed Luna, rather than being called by her full name. Also, despite being a villain, she has a very soft and good side.
    • Moths – A swarm of moths who work for Luna. They also have the ability to fly on the moon.
      • Motsuki (voiced by Hattie Kragten) – The first moth to go to the moon with Luna Girl and receive her own powers from her mistress in "Moon Madness". Previously nicknamed "Moth" and "Hench-Moth" by Catboy, Luna was originally going to call her either "Mothena" or "Motherella", but eventually stuck with "Motsuki". Motsuki has the power to sense someone in the Lunar Fortress and can also shoot moon beams from her antennas to trap her victims in a purple bubble. Thanks to the PJ Masks' bad vibes, she later turns into a more anthropomorphic and more powerful, moth-like insectoid girl after hatching from a strange crystal on the moon in "Moth on the Moon", as intended by Luna. Following her transformation, she is given the power of speech and has a smaller crystal on her chest that has the same purpose as Luna's Luna Magnet. Despite this, she also becomes much less loyal to Luna, who now sees her as a younger sister, and enjoys annoying her, but she still loves her either way. She also has the tendency to occasionally make high-pitched squeaking noises really often. In "Minding Motsuki", she appears to be more loyal towards Gekko than towards Luna, as she treats her like a baby while he treats her like she's a guest.
  • Night Ninja (voiced by Trek Buccino in Season 1, Devan Cohen in the short films and Season 2-"Do the Gekko" and Jacob Soley in "Armadylan, Action Hero"-present) – Night Ninja, as his name suggests, is a ninja who rarely gets into battle as he makes his Ninjalinos do all his work and is the third villain of the series. He and Romeo have occasionally teamed up in "Catboy and the Shrinker", when Romeo needed someone to help operate his shrink ray and in "Wacky Floats" where they stole the parade floats and plotted to transform them into Robot Floats. In both episodes, they always argued and disagreed with each other. He did help the PJs twice in "Wolfy Mountain" and in “Werejalinos” to stop the Wolfies from taking control of the Mystery Mountain and in "The Disappearing Ninjas" when Romeo stole his Ninjalinos and invade Mystery Mountain. His main weapon is Sticky Splat which he normally uses to trap his opponents, he also uses smoke bombs to teleport to place to another.
    • Ninjalinos (actors unknown) – The minions of Night Ninja. They are small purple ninjas that talk in their own, unintelligible language (though Night Ninja does seem to understand them). Their numbers increased from episode to episode, from as few as three to well over a dozen. They sometimes get along well with the PJ Masks, much to their boss' chagrin.
      • Marvin (actor unknown) – A Ninjalino who was named. He appeared in "Wolfy Mountain" and "Werejalinos"
      • Daisy (actor unknown) – A female Ninjalino who was named. She appeared in "The Disappearing Ninjas".
  • The Wolfy Kids (usually referred to as "the Wolfies") – A trio of werewolf siblings who like to cause mischief. They ride in their car they call the "Wolf Wheelz". They may have been inspired by Les Mascrapules (lit. the Masked Scoundrels), a trio of villain kids from the books who also like to mess around and do as they please! They and the PJ Masks team up to defeat Luna Girl in three episodes "Luna and the Wolfies","Way of the Woofy" and in "Where's The Wolf Wheelz". They are show in "Arma-Leader" to be good after all since they help the PJs to rescue Armadylan and also another teaming with the PJs in “Wolfy Powers” when Romeo stole the PJ Masks's powers and the Wolfies help them to retrieve their PJ powers.
    • Rip (voiced by Shechinah Mpumlwana) – The female member and leader of the Wolfy Kids who is the second villainess in the series.
    • Howler (voiced by Kaden Stephen) – A male member of the Wolfy Kids.
    • Kevin (voiced by Ethan Pugiotto) – Another male member of the Wolfy kids, always nicer than his brother and sister. He is a friend of Gekko.
      • Wolf Wheelz – The car of the Wolfy Kids. Originally three scooters used by the humanoid wolves, it transformed into a car in "The Moon Prix" as a result of being exposed to moon energy. In "Where's the Wolf Wheelz?", it is revealed that the car has a mind of its own.
  • Night Panther (voiced by Jacob Ursomarzo) – The evil version of Catboy who appeared in "Gekko and the Opposite Ray". He also has the same powers like Catboy, like his Super Cat Stripes, only he calls it Night Panther Stripes.
  • Dark Owl (voiced by Addison Holley) – The evil version of Owlette who appeared in "Gekko and the Opposite Ray". Like Night Panther, she has the same powers as her couterpart, like Dark Owl Feathers which are like Owlette's Owl Feathers.
  • Octobella (voiced by Michela Luci) – An upcoming character for season 4 who, as her name suggests, will be an octopus-themed villain, as well as the series' third villainess (yet despite being set to debut in season 4, one of her tentacles can be seen in the end of "Gekko Everywhere"). She was leaked in a now-removed storyboard video for an upcoming episode for season 4, titled "Octobella's Garden". Since the storyboard video for said episode is no longer available for viewing online, it was unknown on what Octobella will look like until "Gekko Everywhere", when one of her tentacles was seen grabbing the Teleporting Crystal; it was light green with a hint of orange at the base. Besides that, her other half is currently unseen, so your best bet is to wait until "Octobella's Garden" (or whatever episode she'll first fully appear in) comes out. One other thing about her that we do know, however, is that she has a beautiful singing voice which is enough to attract Armadylan and make him fall in love with her.
    • Percival (voiced by Daniel Pathan) – Octobella's hermit crab sidekick.
  • Pharaoh Boy (Voiced by Logan Nicholson) – New character for Season 4, who was announced on prnewswire.com. According to said website, he first appears in a portal discovered in the museum.
  • Munki-gu (voiced by Matthew Mucci) – New character for Season 4, who was first seen at the New York Toy Fair 2020 as an action figure. Its name was on the back of the box of the figure set at the NY Toy Fair, even though only the front was shown in the video; it was mentioned by Assistant from TheEngineeringFamily. He is the third villain for the season, as prnewswire.com describes it as "a mischievous stone monkey who was trapped in Mystery Mountain (An Yu's home) for 1,000 years – for being too naughty". It might be possible that he started out as the Thinking Stone from "Super Muscles Show-Off". He made his debut only as a statue in "PJ Party Mountain" and as a monkey in "Munki-gu".

Recurring

  • Cameron (voiced by Tristan Samuel in Season 1, Jonah Wineberg in Season 2, Tyler Nathan in Season 3-present) – A boy in the same class as PJ Masks when they attend school during the day as civilians. He once scared Amaya with a T-Rex cutout the same way Connor did earlier in "Owlette's Terrible Pterodactyl Trouble", but Connor learned his lesson and tells Cameron not to do it. In "Catboy's Cuddly", he was revealed to have a sister (named Marie as of "PJ Party Crasher"), who attends the same school.
  • Teacher (voiced by Rob Tinkler) – An unnamed adult male who teaches Connor, Greg, and Amaya's class. When things disappear, he thinks it's strange.
  • Jayden Houston – A popular singer, known for his golden microphone. It was stolen by Luna Girl in "Catboy's Tricky Ticket", but was later recovered by the PJ Masks.
  • Master Fang (actor unknown) – The protagonist of his own comic book and TV series. Greg and Connor generally looked up to him, but Amaya doesn't seem to care about him much. He is known for his signature sword that was stolen by Night Ninja in "Catboy and Master Fang's Sword".
    • Kick McGee – Master Fang's unseen sidekick. His persona is often used during missions.
  • Flossy Flash – A female comic book superhero, looked up to by Owlette and Armadylan. Owlette prefers her over Master Fang and Kick McGee, who are favored by Catboy and Gekko.
  • The Announcer (voiced by Ron Pardo) – A male voice that is heard in every episode as the day becomes night. He is never seen, but is known for saying his signature introduction sequence "Night in the city, and a brave band of heroes is ready to face fiendish villains to stop them messing with your day." As the kids turn into their superhero forms, the announcer states who turns into who.
  • Marie (voice by Millie Davis In Season 4) - Marie is Cameron's sister. Like Cameron, Marie has green eyes and brown hair. She is one of Amaya's friends. She is also one of the PJ Masks' classmates. Her name was revealed in, “PJ Party Crasher”.
  • Jenny (voice actor unknown) - Jenny is one of Amaya's friends. She is also one of the PJ Masks' classmates. Her name was revealed in, "PJ Party Crasher".
  • Meg (voiced by Isabella Leo in Season 4) - Meg is one of Amaya's friends. She is also one of the PJ Masks' classmates. Her name was revealed in, "Heroes of the Sky".
  • Peter (voiced by Jaden Betts in Season 1) - Peter is one of the PJ Masks' classmates.

Episodes

SeasonSegmentsEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
15226September 18, 2015 (2015-09-18)February 17, 2017 (2017-02-17)
ShortsTBDJuly 31, 2017 (2017-07-31)N/A
25126[14]January 15, 2018 (2018-01-15)March 22, 2019 (2019-03-22)
34826[15]April 19, 2019 (2019-04-19)March 13, 2020 (2020-03-13)
4TBA26[16]May 15, 2020 (2020-05-15)TBA

Production

PJ Masks is a British/French coproduction by Entertainment One, Frog Box, and TeamTO.[17] The series was renewed for a second season consisting of 52 11-minute segments in June 2016;[4] it premiered on 15 January 2018. The series was renewed for a third season on January 22, 2018;[18] originally meant to premiere in June 2019, it instead premiered on April 19 that same year.[19] A fourth season premiered on May 15, 2020. The fifth season is in production as of January 28, 2020 and will be released in spring 2021.[20]

Streaming services

Seasons of PJ Masks are currently available worldwide on the Disney+ and Netflix streaming services.[21]

Streaming service Content Initial availability
Disney+ Seasons 1, 2 & 3[22] Seasons 1/2: November 12, 2019 (launch)[23]
Season 3: June 26, 2020
DisneyNow (United States only) Season 4[24] Season 4: May 15, 2020[25]
Netflix Seasons 1 & 2[26] Season 1: September 1, 2017[27]
Season 2: January 15, 2020[28][29]

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