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Jake and the Never Land Pirates
Jake and the Never Land Pirates

Jake and the Never Land Pirates is an animated television series produced by Disney for their "Disney Junior" programming block, aimed at pre-school viewers. It stars a kid pirate named Jake, his friends Izzy and Cubby (perhaps the future Lost Boy?), and their parrot Skully. They live on Pirate Island, a small island in the Never Land archipelago, which has a big cave hidden behind a fake waterfall, where they keep their pirate ship Bucky.

The Disney versions of Captain Hook and Smee serve as grown-up comedic antagonists. Jake has a wooden sword given to him by Peter Pan, Izzy has a pouch of pixie dust from the fairies, and the Crocodile appears, but no other characters from the Peter Pan mythos are included. The theme of the program is teaching kids about teamwork and problem solving, and the characters frequently address the viewer, pausing as if listen to the response. As they solve problems they are magically awarded gold doubloon coins. Each half-hour program features two 11-minute episodes with musical bits. The program debuted in February 2011, airing on weekdays mornings on the Disney Channel.

Contents

Personnel

Main characters

Recurring characters

Production


Episodes

Season One: 2011

  1. Hide the Hideout / The Old Shell Game - The three friends trying to protect their secret hideout from Captain Hook. Later, Izzy finds a beautiful seashell on the beach, but Hook tries to steal it.
  2. Hats Off To Hook / Escape from Belch Mountain - Jake tries to return Captain Hook's hat to him after it washes up on shore; the pirate kids attempt to reclaim Jake's guitar from Captain Hook.
  3. Off the Hook / Never Say Never! - Captain Hook steals Jake's skateboard; Hook sends Never Bird to swipe Izzy's twister hoop.
  4. Yo Ho, Food To Go! / Basketballs Aweigh! - The pirate kids try to retrieve healthy snacks before Captain Hook eats them all; Hook challenges Jake and his crew to a basketball game.
  5. The Sky's The Limit / Bucky Makes A Splash - Captain Hook tries to swipe a kite from the pirate kids; Hook attempts to steal Jake's pirate ship but then starts to think it's haunted.
  6. Happy Hookday! / No Returns! - Jake, Izzy and Cubby throw a birthday party for their parrot Skully; Captain Hook steals Izzy's boomerang but soon regrets it.
  7. Izzy's Pirate Puzzle / The Never Land Games - Captain Hook swipes Izzy's puzzle box because he believes it's a treasure chest; Jake, Izzy and Cubby challenge Hook on an obstacle course to win the Never Land Games trophy.
  8. Free Wheeling Fun / The Race to Never Peak! - Captain Hook steals the gang's bicycle built for three; Hook swipes Jake's soccer ball.
  9. Cubby's Sunken Treasure / Cubby's Goldfish - Cubby discovers a clue to a legendary sunken treasure; Captain Hook steals Cubby's pet goldfish.
  10. Surfin' Turf / The Seahorse Roundup - The pirates attempt to retrieve a stolen surfboard from Captain Hook; Jake and his mates try to rescue Never Land's seahorses after Hook entraps all of them.
  11. It's a Pirate Picnic! / The Key to Skull Rock - The pirates try to stop Captain Hook from digging up their favorite picnic spot to find buried treasure; Jake, Izzy and Cubby protect Skull Rock from Hook after he steals a key to a locked treasure at the top of the rock
  12. The Never Bloom! / Jake's Starfish Search -

Reception

The series received generally positive but lukewarm reviews. A review in Variety called it "[p]art video game, part interactive cartoon, part advertisement for 'Peter Pan' merchandise".[1] A review in The Los Angeles Times' stated that Captain Hook "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."[2] 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.[3] As the flagship of the newly-launched Disney Jr 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).[4]

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