Ready Jet Go!

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Ready Jet Go!
GenreAnimation
Science fiction
Educational
Musical
Preschool
Created byCraig Bartlett
Directed byCraig Bartlett
Rusty Tracy
Zac Palladino
Starring
Theme music composerMike Himelstein
Jim Lang
Opening theme"Ready Jet Go!"
Ending theme"Ready Jet Go!" (instrumental)
Composer(s)Jim Lang
Country of originUnited States
Canada
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes50 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Craig Bartlett
Dete Meserve
David McFadzean
Matt Williams
Co-Executive Producer
Rusty Tracy
Editor(s)Ann Hoyt
Susan Edumunson
Production company(s)Wind Dancer Films
Snee-Oosh, Inc.
DistributorCake Entertainment
Release
Original networkPBS Kids
Original releaseFebruary 15, 2016 – present
External links
Website

Ready Jet Go! is a preschool CGI animated television series produced by Wind Dancer Films. The series premiered on PBS Kids on February 15, 2016. It was created by animator and Hey Arnold! creator Craig Bartlett,[1] and is produced in cooperation with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The show is aimed at kids ages 3 to 8. On August 17, 2016, PBS Kids announced the renewal of the series for a second season, which premiered on April 2, 2018.[2]

Plot[edit]

Jet Propulsion and his family are from the fictional planet Bortron 7 which orbits around a red dwarf called Bortron. They live at Boxwood Terrace in Washington,[3][unreliable source?] where they study human customs and Earth environments for a travel guide. Jet has made friends with neighborhood kids, including Sydney, Mindy, and Sean, whose parents work at the nearby Deep Space Array. The Propulsions' car turns into a flying saucer, which they frequently use to take the older kids into space. Their alien identities are known to Sean, Mindy, and Sydney, but they otherwise make some effort to conceal their origin. As of early June 2016, it's unclear whether anyone else knows who they really are.[citation needed]

At the end of each episode, scientist Amy Mainzer (also called Astronomer Amy) hosts educational interstitial segments: the segments are not included in the export version.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
140February 15, 2016 (2016-02-15)February 6, 2018 (2018-02-06)
230April 2, 2018 (2018-04-02)TBA

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Bortronians[edit]

  • Jet Propulsion[4] (voiced by Ashleigh Ball)[5] is the title character of the show and is a humanoid alien. He has red hair and can stretch his body, as his parents can. He is excitable, energetic, and goofy. He is tall for his age and might be older than the other kids. He was instantly popular with the other children the moment he arrived on Earth. He sees the mundane world as a vast and exciting place, and even thinks that words are exciting, such as "surprise", claiming it to be a funny Earth word. He is named after the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.[6] He is shown to be extremely kind, even to people who are mean to him, such as Mitchell. He possibly likes Sydney, because he danced with her in "How Come the Moon Changes Shape?"
  • Carrot[7] Propulsion (voiced by: Kyle Rideout)[5] is Jet's father. His name from his home planet includes the sound of an elephant trumpeting. He tends to be goofy, like Jet. He often stays home while Celery takes the kids on adventures into outer space, as he doesn't really like going in the flying saucer.
  • Celery[8] Propulsion (voiced by Meg Roe)[5] is Jet's mother. Celery is smart and often takes the kids to space. Her name from her home planet includes the sounds of banging, buzzing, and clanging. She normally drives the family vehicle, as Carrot's driving makes her nervous.
  • Sunspot[9] Propulsion[10] is the Propulsion family pet. He is described as a dog or cat to "Earthies" not in the know. Sunspot has the ears of a rabbit, the body of a kangaroo, and the tail of a raccoon or a fox. He plays concertina, electric guitar, bugle, pan pipes, and drums. Sunspot is silly and likes to play. His status as a mere "pet" may be somewhat of a put-on: He knows how to read, can talk and sing,[11] and can follow conversations, but often seems confused about what behaviors are expected from a pet. He often functions as a deus ex machina, figuring out what is going on and what needs to be done and then conveying that information to one or more of the children. Carrot and Jet both realize there's more to Sunspot than the obvious, as evidenced by a conversation in "The Greatest Canyon": Carrot: "You ever get the idea there's something he's not telling us?" Jet: "All the time, Dad. All the time."
  • Face 9000 (voiced by Brian Drummond)[5] is a computer. He is a cyan face with blue facial features projected from a small, round ball. He has a younger brother, Face 9001.

Earthlings[edit]

  • Sydney[12] Skelley[citation needed] (voiced by Dalila Bela (season 1), Vienna Leacock (in Back to Bortron 7- and season 2))[5] is a girl with black hair and green eyes. She idolizes a character named Commander Cressida, named after the moon of Uranus, who has a dog named Sirius, named after the brightest star in Earth's night sky. Sydney is imaginative and very friendly. In "How Come the Moon Changes Shape?" she danced with Jet, in "Kid Kart Derby" she hugged him. Her mother is Dr. Amy Skelley.[13] Sydney's motto is "A kid's place is exploring space." Her friendship with the Propulsion family gives her many opportunities to do just that, which makes her a happy girl.
  • Sean[14] Rafferty[10] (voiced by William Ainscough (seasons 1-2), Grady Ainscough (Eye in the Sky-present))[5] is a boy with light brown hair, gray eyes, and freckles. Sean probably has asthma; he is shown breathing into a brown paper bag in "Jet Cooks Dinner", and he mentions once when the children are in space that sometimes he has trouble breathing. He is smart and wants to be an astronaut when he grows up, but he has slight claustrophobia. Sean likes to follow the Scientific Method, as shown in many episodes; he even has his own song about it. His mother is Dr. Rafferty.
  • Mindy[15] Melendez[16] (voiced by Jaeda Lily Miller)[5] is a 4 1/4-year-old girl (she was previously four, but turned five in episode "Mindy Turns Five") with brown eyes, dark brown hair in two ponytails, and a hat that looks like a teddy-bear face. Until recently she stayed on Earth when the others go into outer space; she was not allowed to go any further than Jet's backyard. She is now allowed to travel past Jet's backyard, as she is now five, so now accompanies the others as they travel into space.

Supporting[edit]

Bortronians[edit]

  • Zucchini (voiced by Ian James Corlett) is Jet's maternal uncle and Celery's brother He is a garbage collector on Bortron and works for the Galactic *Garbage Company.[17]
  • Moonbeam is the pet of Uncle Zucchini. She looks similar to Sunspot, but Moonbeam is blue and plays electric guitar (left-handed).
  • Eggplant (voiced by Tabitha St. Germain) is Jet's aunt and Zerk's mom. She is an intergalactic travel writer just like Carrot and Celery. Clarification is needed as to whether she is the sister of Carrot or Celery.
    • Zerk (voiced by Meg Roe) is Jet's cousin.[18] He calls Jet to ask when the first Earthie visited Bortron.
  • Spinach is Celery's cousin.[19] Celery calls him when the van/flying saucer is not working and she needs advice.

Earthlings[edit]

  • Mitchell Peterson (voiced by Spencer Drever (season 1), David Raynolds (season 2)) looks similar to Sean except that he wears glasses and a hat. Along with Mindy, he is younger than Jet, Sean, and Sydney. For his age, he appears to be smarter than Mindy, even knowing about and building an exact replica of the Saturn V rocket. Mitchell is rude, mean, sneaky, and condescending, especially to Jet, and he is out to expose Jet's alien identity to the public. He resorted to cheating at a race in "Kid Kart Derby" and tried to get information about Mindy's recipe in "Solar System Bake Off."[citation needed] Nonetheless, Jet is nice to him. In "Holidays in Boxwood Terrace" it is revealed that he only pretends to be mean and he is really shy and wants to be friends with Jet, Sean, Sydney, and Mindy, but he doesn't know how to do it. But at the end, the kids welcome him into their group. His grandpa was a farmer as he mentions.
    • Mr. Peterson is Mitchell's dad (voiced by Ian James Corlett) and addresses other males by their last names, calling Mitchell "Peterson" and using "Propulsion" to refer to Jet and Carrot. In the episode "Mindy's Weather Report" he calls himself the self-appointed safety officer for the neighborhood. He, like his son, can be a bit full of himself. He is an expert at playing mini-golf.[20]
  • Dr. Rafferty (voiced by Keegan Connor Tracy) is Sean's scientist mother. She and her co-worker appear in "Visit to Mom's Office." She helps Mindy identify a meteorite in "Mindy's Meteorite Stand."
    • Dr. Berg[21] (voiced by Brian Drummond) is a man who works with Dr. Rafferty. They later recur as judges for the baking competition.
  • Dr. Melendez[22] (voiced by Meg Roe) is Mindy's mother. She is heard calling to Mindy in "More Than One Moon".
  • Riley is a kid in Sean, Sydney, and Mindy's school. He brought in his favorite snow globe for show and tell.[23]
  • Lillian (voiced by Amelia Shoichet Stoll) is a friend of Mindy's. The two girls dig a small "Grand Canyon" in a sandbox while the Propulsions and the other children visit Valles Marineris on Mars.[24]
    • Lillian's mom (voiced by Ashleigh Ball) In "Mindy Turn 5" when Lillian Mother is calling her cause she has to go to class.
  • Beep[25][26] is a robot who lives at the Deep Space Array (DSA). She has a twin sister, Boop, who is a Rover on Mars.
  • Dr. Skelley (voiced by Brenda Crichlow) is Sydney's mom who also works at the DSA. Like her daughter, she is also a fan of Commander Cressida.

Others[edit]

  • Man in the Moon (voiced by Ashleigh Ball) is someone who is trying to make friends with Queen Venus and King Mars.

Songs[edit]

Ready Jet Go! has many songs, some have no lyrics. The bottom ones do not have lyrics.

  1. Ready, Jet, Go! Theme Song[27]
  2. Commander Cressida Theme[28]
  3. How Come The Moon Has Craters?[29]
  4. Night of a Bazillion Stars[30]
  5. The Scientific Method Song[31]
  6. The Solar System Song[32]
  7. Venus! (Earth's Broiling Hot Twin)[33]
  8. Tiny Blue Dot[33]
  9. Intergalactic Travel Writers
  10. The Milky Way
  11. What Goes Up (Must Come Down)
  12. Enceladus vs. Europa
  13. Computers[34]
  14. Let's Fly Our Little Saucer to the Moon
  15. The 3-Part Bortronian Meal
  16. My Name is Mindy
  17. Try Again
  18. Beep's a Rovin' Superstar
  19. Cooking with Jet (no lyrics)
  20. Asteroid Belt (no lyrics)
  21. Building Boogie (no lyrics)
  22. Real Bortronian Deal
  23. Bortronian Is What I Am!
  24. My Name is Jet
  25. Lone Star!
  26. I'm Not Afraid of Big Ideas
  27. A Scientific Town
  28. Is Your Planet Like My Planet?
  29. Take-off Ditty
  30. There's No Planet Like My Planet
  31. The Bortron Solar System Song
  32. That's How We Roll on Bortron 7
  33. Just Add Water
  34. It's a Neptune Kind of Day!
  35. Earthday Birthday
  36. You're Never Too Big for a Lullaby
  37. Dear Santa, From Little Billy
  38. Mindy's Toy-Building Ditty
  39. Solar System Saucer-Sleigh
  40. The Spirit of Christmas
  41. Dear Little Frozen Pluto
  42. A Star is Born!
  43. I'm Finally Five!
  44. The Outer Planets Song
  45. Ice Skating in July
  46. Heliocentric Ditty
  47. Total Eclipse of the Sun
  48. Space Racin'
  49. Grow Plant, Grow!
  50. Engineering Song

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

The series has gained 22 million viewers, according to PBS, including 7.6 million on broadcast television. The series has also been streamed over 37 million times on the PBS Kids website and app.

Critical reception[edit]

Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media rated it a 5/5, saying "Thoroughly engaging and packed with educational content, this exceptional series is a fun way for kids to learn about science and astronomy. Jet's excitement for the human experience is matched only by Sean and Sydney's eagerness to learn all about outer space; put the three of them together, and it's a true celebration of the joy of discovery. Whether it's executing a rescue mission for a Mars rover or combining daily chores with experiments in force, Jet and his friends have a lot to teach kids through their own experiences."[citation needed]

Gina Catanzarite of Parent's Choice said "Although the vocabulary and science explanations may be beyond the scope of the youngest viewers, the premise, characters, interesting art direction and upbeat action should hold their attention. Older kids are more likely to grasp the facts and even if they don't remember them all, Ready Jet Go! will at the very least inspire curiosity, and plenty of questions when they take the time to gaze up at the skies above them."[35]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • The series was awarded a Parents' Choice Silver Honor.[35]
    • The series won a Parents' Choice Award again in 2018.[36]
  • The series was awarded a Common Sense Seal by Common Sense Media.[37]
  • Jaeda Lily Miller was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her performance as Mindy[38]

Games[edit]

PBS and Two Moos created six video games based on the show

  1. Sydney's Astro-Tracker[39]
  2. Mindy's Constellation Exploration[40]
  3. Sean's Rescue Quest[41]
  4. Jet's Planet Pinball
  5. Jet's Rocket Ship Creator
  6. Mission Earth

Also on iTunes:

  1. Space Explorer[42] released 7 April 2016

Parodies and spoofs/usage with other shows[edit]

Usage with other shows[edit]

In "Mindy's Weather Report" (15b), an image for Dinosaur Train, another PBS Kids series and also created by Bartlett, can be seen when Sunspot flips over the channels on Face. A second of the theme song can be heard.

Parodies and spoofs[edit]

In the same aforementioned episode, The Real House Pets of Bortron 7, a spoof of The Real Housewives is on the channel Sunspot finds on the TV on Face 9000.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ready Jet Go! - PBS KIDS". Pbskids.org. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  2. ^ https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/READY-JET-GO-Season-Two-Blasts-Off-April-2-on-PBS-With-Girl-Empowering-Episodes-20180314
  3. ^ "Mindy Pet-Sits". Ready Jet Go!.
  4. ^ "Jet Propulsion" (PDF). Pbskids.org. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g http://pbskids.org/readyjetgo/credits.html
  6. ^ http://pbskids.org/readyjetgo/
  7. ^ "Carrot" (PDF). Pbskids.org. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  8. ^ "Celery" (PDF). Pbskids.org. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  9. ^ "Sunspot" (PDF). Pbskids.org. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  10. ^ a b "Eye in the Sky". Ready Jet Go!. Space Scout Sean Rafferty reporting for duty .. I'm here to pick up Sunspot Propulsion for his first official Space Scout event.
  11. ^ "Sunspot Talking". Retrieved 2016-09-01.
  12. ^ "Sydney" (PDF). Pbskids.org. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  13. ^ https://archive.today/20170827043420/http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/ready-jet-go/ZW0675A040S00%23pageloaded Sydney brings Jet & Sean to the DSA to visit her mum, Dr Amy Skelley and check out her work.
  14. ^ "Sean" (PDF). Pbskids.org. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  15. ^ "Mindy" (PDF). Pbskids.org. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  16. ^ Ready Jet Go!. I'm Mindy Melendez, hey let's be friend-ez
  17. ^ "Space Junk". Ready Jet Go.
  18. ^ "Earth Mission to the Moon". Ready Jet Go.
  19. ^ "Sunspot and the Great Red Spot". Ready Jet Go.
  20. ^ "Mindy's Weather Report". Ready Jet Go.
  21. ^ "Project Pluto". Ready Jet Go!.
  22. ^ "Jet's First Halloween Part 2". Ready Jet Go!.
  23. ^ "Project Pluto". Ready Jet Go.
  24. ^ "The Grandest Canyon". Ready Jet Go.
  25. ^ "Beep" (PDF). Pbskids.org. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  26. ^ "Make Your Own Beep Space Rover" (PDF). Pbskids.org. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  27. ^ "Ready, Jet, Go! Song" (PDF). Pbskids.org. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  28. ^ "Commander Cressida Theme" (PDF). Pbskids.org. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  29. ^ "How Come the Moon Has Craters" (PDF). Pbskids.org. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  30. ^ "Night of a Bazillion Stars" (PDF). Pbskids.org. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  31. ^ "The Scientific Method Song" (PDF). Pbskids.org. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  32. ^ "The Solar System Song" (PDF). Pbskids.org. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  33. ^ a b "Tiny Blue Dot". Ready Jet Go.
  34. ^ "Face on the Fritz". Ready Jet Go.
  35. ^ a b http://www.parents-choice.org/product.cfm?product_id=34853&StepNum=1&award=aw
  36. ^ http://www.parents-choice.org/product.cfm?product_id=35520&StepNum=1&award=aw
  37. ^ https://www.commonsensemedia.org/reviews/category/tv/tag/common-sense-seal-winners-21603?page=1
  38. ^ http://www.youngartistawards.org/nominees
  39. ^ "Ready Jet Go! . Games . Sydney's Astro Tracker - PBS KIDS". Pbskids.org. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  40. ^ "Ready Jet Go! . Games . Mindy's Constellation Exploration - PBS KIDS". Pbskids.org. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  41. ^ "Ready Jet Go! . Games . Sean's Rescue Quest - PBS KIDS". Pbskids.org. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  42. ^ "Ready Jet Go! Space Explorer on the App Store". Pbskids.org. Retrieved 2016-06-11.

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