|Jake and the Never Land Pirates|
|Also known as||Captain Jake and the Never Land Pirates|
|Developed by||Bobs Gannaway|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||116 (215 segments) (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer||Rob LaDuca|
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Production company||Disney Television Animation[a]|
|Original network||Disney Junior|
|Original release||February 14, 2011 –|
November 6, 2016
Jake and the Never Land Pirates (titled Captain Jake and the Never Land Pirates for the fourth season and associated merchandise) is an American animated musical and interactive preschool children's television series shown on Disney Junior. Based on Disney's Peter Pan franchise (itself based on the famous 1904 play and 1911 book by British author J. M. Barrie), this was the first Disney Junior original show following the switch from Playhouse Disney. It stars Sean Ryan Fox, Megan Richie, Jadon Sand, Kirsten Newlands, David Arquette, Corey Burton, Jeff Bennett, Loren Hoskins and Dee Bradley Baker. The title character Jake was previously voiced by Colin Ford, and then later by Cameron Boyce, while Izzy was voiced for the first three seasons by Madison Pettis and Kirsten Newlands and Cubby was voiced by Jonathan Morgan Heit. The series was created by Disney veteran Bobs Gannaway, whose works include another Disney Junior series, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and films such as Secret of the Wings, The Pirate Fairy, and Planes: Fire & Rescue.
The series focuses on a band of young pirates consisting of Jake, Izzy, Cubby, and their parrot Skully, who continuously spend their days competing against Captain Hook and his pirate crew (consisting of Mr. Smee, Sharky and Bones) for treasure. But Jake and his crew beat Hook and his crew, and throw them to the sea. Captain Hook and his crew gets chased away by Hook's fear nemesis, Tick-Tock the Crocodile and Jake and his crew wins for treasure. They are often accompanied by several characters including their living pirate ship, Bucky, and their mermaid friend, Marina.
The series started its fourth and final season on September 14, 2015, which is titled Captain Jake and the Never Land Pirates. The show ran until November 6, 2016.
The show takes place some time after the events of the original 1953 Peter Pan film, focusing on three kid pirates, Jake, Izzy, and Cubby. Each episode consists of two eleven-minute animated segments where Jake and his crew adventure around Never Land, having fun, singing songs, learning lessons, and outsmarting Capitan Hook and his crew. Throughout the segments, the characters will earn gold doubloons each time they solve a problem together, and at the end of the segment, Jake and his crew count their gold doubloons and put them in their "Team Treasure Chest".
The first season of the series followed more "playful" conflicts, such as Jake and the crew getting their basketball back from Captain Hook, or Captain Jake and the crew taking back their stolen skateboard. The second season had less interactive moments and gave a larger scale to the plot and adventure in the show, now having the characters find a lost city of gold and an ancient pirate pyramid. The third season had an updated theme song and contained more action. The fourth and final season has one fourth-wall break at the end of each episode.
Almost every episode contains two eleven-minute animated segments, followed by a live-action song by the Never Land Pirate Band. The singing characters Sharky and Bones appear in both animated and live action forms, being part of Hook's crew.
Main article: List of Jake and the Never Land Pirates episodes
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||49||26||February 14, 2011||February 13, 2012|
|2||68||38||February 24, 2012||December 6, 2013|
|3||63||36||January 17, 2014||September 12, 2015|
|4||35||20||October 17, 2015||November 6, 2016|
The show's musical elements are handled by Loren Hoskins and Kevin Hendrickson, who were emailed by the show's creator Bobs Gannaway, asking if they would be interested in creating songs for the show. According to Hoskins, Gannaway "just wanted good music to listen to while he was writing the pilot". Gannaway searched "pirate music for kids" online and found his way to Captain Bogg and Salty, listening to their songs while working on the script. He introduced the band to Jay Stutler, vice president of music at Disney Television Animation. "We're in charge of creating every note of music for the show. We create the underscore. We sit in the studio and record the background music that comes in and out." The music for the show has been praised for being enjoyable for both the children, and the adult caretakers. Three soundtracks have been released featuring songs from the show.
The series airs worldwide on Disney Junior. It premiered on May 6, 2011 in Canada, on May 7, 2011 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, on May 29, 2011 in Australia and New Zealand, on June 1, 2011 in South Africa, on July 4, 2011 in India, on July 11, 2011 in Southeast Asia, and on April 29, 2013 in Zimbabwe, with TVNZ in New Zealand and 7flix in Australia.
|Collection||Included episodes||Release date|
|Yo Ho, Mateys Away!||"Hats Off to Hook/Escape from Belch Mountain", "Hide the Hideout!/The Old Shell Game", "Izzy's Pirate Puzzle/The Never Land Games", "Off the Hook!/Never Say Never!", "Cubby's Sunken Treasure/Cubby's Goldfish", "Happy Hook Day!/No Returns!", "The Sky's The Limit!/Bucky Makes a Splash"||September 27, 2011|
|Peter Pan Returns||"Peter Pan Returns" Full Length Adventure, "The Elephant Surprise!/Jake's Jungle Groove", "The Pirate Pup!/Pirate Rock!", "The Sword and the Stone/Jake's Home Run", "The Pirate Princess/The Rainbow Wand", "Mama Hook Knows Best!/Pixie Dust Away"||April 3, 2012|
|Jake Saves Bucky||"Jake Saves Bucky" Full Length Adventure, "Peter's Musical Pipes/The Never Night Star", "Captain Hook's Hooks/Mr. Smee's Pet", "Race-Around Rock!/Captain Hook is Missing!", "Captain Hook's Lagoon/Undersea Bucky!"||October 16, 2012|
|Never Land Rescue||"Never Land Rescue" Full Length Adventure, "It's a Pirate Picnic / The Key to Skull Rock ", "The Golden Twilight Treasure / Rock The Croc!", "Jake and Sneaky Le Beak / Cubby the Brave", "Jake's Special Delivery / Seahorse Saddle-Up!"||November 19, 2013|
|Battle for the Book||"Battle for the Book" Full Length Adventure, "Treasure of the Pirate Mummy's Tomb / Mystery of the Missing Treasure!", "Pirate Genie Tales" Full Length Adventure, "Captain Gizmo / Jake's Pirate Swap Meet", "Sleeping Mermaid / Jake's Mega-Mecha Sword"||January 6, 2015|
|The Great Never Sea Conquest||"The Great Never Sea Conquest" Full Length Adventure, "Into the Heart of Coldness/The Remarkable Beardini!", "Escape From Ghost Island/ The Island of Doctor Undergear", "Rise of the Pirate Pharaoh/ The Golden Hook", "The Mystery of the Mighty Colossus/The Doubloon Monsoon", "Shark Attack!/Captain Hook’s Colossal Collision"||January 12, 2016|
The series has received generally mixed reviews. A review in Variety called it "part video game, part interactive cartoon, part advertisement for 'Peter Pan' merchandise". The Los Angeles Times gave a mixed review of the show's portrayal of Captain Hook compared to the classic Peter Pan, stating that the character "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." 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. As the flagship of the newly launched Disney Junior 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). On July 27, the series was awarded #2 of the Best TV Shows 2011 list.
The character Jake has too received positive reviews. The character has been thought of as a "classic Disney character", lovable and entertaining addition. He has quickly become an icon at Disney's Hollywood Studios from the popular Disney Junior Live as well as being added on the park's entrance drawings. The atmosphere character can be seen at the Hollywood And Vine character breakfast and the Animation courtyard, while at Disney California Adventure, Jake can be found on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood Land.
|Disney Sanya Awards||Best Episode [Pirate-Sitting Pirates]||Won|
|Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role – Young Actor||Colin Ford||Won|
|Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special||Brian Mathias and Aaron Drown||Nominated|
|Outstanding Pre-School Children's Animated Program||Rob LaDuca, Bradley Bowlen and Mark Seidenberg||Nominated|
|Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special||Abbie D'Andrea and Brian Mathias||Nominated|
|Outstanding Individual in Animation||Jairo Lizarazu – background layout designer||Won|
Upon the initial release of the series onwards, there has been a high demand for toys, games, and other merchandise from the show. At the American International Toy Fair in New York City, Disney announced a line of toys to be released in the summer of 2012.
On May 24, 2012, the Jake's Never Land Pirate School app was released on Apple and Android devices.
A variety of other video games are based on the series including:
On July 27, 2012, Disney announced a spin-off series of shorts of the show centering Skully. The series is titled Playing With Skully, and is a collection of short cartoons that aired on September 19, 2012. Another short series entitled Jake's Never Land Pirate School premiered on November 26, 2012. The third spin-off, Mama Hook Knows Best! premiered on September 29, 2013, starring Sharon Osbourne as Mama Hook, but instead of a series, it was a book. The fourth spin-off entitled, Jake's Buccaneer Blast premiered on October 26, 2014, as the first Lego Duplo adventure.