Jake and the Never Land Pirates
Also known asCaptain Jake and the Never Land Pirates
Developed byBobs Gannaway
Voices of
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes116 (215 segments) (list of episodes)
Executive producerRob LaDuca
ProducerMark Seidenberg
EditorReid Kramer
Running time24 minutes
Production companyDisney Television Animation[a]
Original release
NetworkDisney Junior
Disney Channel
ReleaseFebruary 14, 2011 (2011-02-14) –
November 6, 2016 (2016-11-06)

Jake and the Never Land Pirates (titled Captain Jake and the Never Land Pirates for the fourth season and associated merchandise[1]) is an American animated interactive preschool children's television series for Disney Junior. Based on Walt Disney's Peter Pan franchise, which was itself based on the 1904 play and 1911 book by J. M. Barrie, it was the first Disney Junior original show following the switch from Playhouse Disney. It stars Sean Ryan Fox, Megan Richie, Jadon Sand, David Arquette, Corey Burton, Jeff Bennett, Loren Hoskins and Dee Bradley Baker. The series was created by Disney veteran Bobs Gannaway, whose works include Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Secret of the Wings.

The series focuses on Jake, Izzy, Cubby, and their parrot Skully, a band of young pirates who spend their days competing for treasure against Captain Hook and his pirate crew, consisting of Mr. Smee, Sharky and Bones. They are often accompanied by several characters, including their living pirate ship, Bucky, and their mermaid friend, Marina.

The series' fourth and final season, under the name Captain Jake and the Never Land Pirates, premiered on September 14, 2015.[2] The show ran until November 6, 2016.


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The show takes place some time after the events of Peter Pan and before Return to Never Land and focuses on Jake, Izzy, and Cubby. Each episode consists of two eleven-minute segments in which Jake his crew and the audience have adventures around Never Land and outsmart Captain Hook and his crew. In each segment, they earn gold doubloons each time they solve a problem together, and at the end they count them and put them in their "Team Treasure Chest".

The first season of the series followed more "playful" conflicts, such as Jake and the crew reclaiming their basketball or skateboard from Captain Hook. The second season had less interactive moments and a larger scale of adventure, with plots such as the characters finding a lost city of gold and an ancient pirate pyramid. The third season has an updated theme song and 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

SeasonSegmentsEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
14926February 14, 2011 (2011-02-14)February 13, 2012 (2012-02-13)
26838February 24, 2012 (2012-02-24)December 6, 2013 (2013-12-06)
36336January 17, 2014 (2014-01-17)September 11, 2015 (2015-09-11)
43519October 16, 2015 (2015-10-16)November 6, 2016 (2016-11-06)





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.[6] 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."[7] The music for the show has been praised for being enjoyable for both the children, and the adult caretakers.[8] Three soundtracks have been released featuring songs from the show.[9]


The series aired 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. It was also broadcast in Belgium on Club RTL, in France on M6 and TF1 as part of the TFOU block, and in Greece on ERT1 (Season 1 Only).

Home media

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[10]
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[11]
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".[12] 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."[13] 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.[14] 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).[15] On July 27, the series was awarded #2 of the Best TV Shows 2011 list.[16]

The character Jake has too received positive reviews.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

Awards and nominations

Award Category Nominee Result
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.

Video games

On May 24, 2012, the Jake's Never Land Pirate School app was released on Apple and Android devices.[17]

A variety of other video games are based on the series[18] including:

  1. Big Air Adventure[19] a 5-series crossover of title characters from Doc McStuffins, Henry Hugglemonster, Miles from Tomorrowland, and Sofia the First
  2. Bucky's Never Sea Hunt[20]
  3. Cave of Mystery[21]
  4. Go Bananas[22]
  5. Golden Pirate Pumpkin Patch[23]
  6. Hook Yer Pirate Name[24]
  7. Hook's Merry Winter Treasure Hunt[25]
  8. Izzy's Flying Adventure[26]
  9. Jake and the Never Land Pirates Sand Pirates[27]
  10. Never Land Games[28]
  11. Shadow Shenanigans[29]
  12. Sharky and Bones Pirate Rock[30]
  13. Super Pirate Powers[31]
  14. The Great Pirate Pyramid[32]
  15. Rainbow Wand Color Quest[33]
  16. Jake's Story Quest[34]


A spin-off series of shorts of the show centering on Skully, titled Playing With Skully, aired on September 19, 2012.[35] Another short series entitled Jake's Never Land Pirate School premiered on November 26, 2012.[36] 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.[citation needed] The fourth spin-off entitled, Jake's Buccaneer Blast premiered on October 26, 2014, as the first Lego Duplo adventure.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ Animation for the series is outsourced from Mercury Filmworks for the first three seasons, and Bardel Entertainment and Toon City for the final season.


  1. ^ "Captain Jake and the Never Land Pirates Figure Play Set".
  2. ^ "'Sofia The First', 'Doc McStuffins' & 'Jake and the Neverland Pirates' Renewed by Disney Junior". zap2it.com. 17 May 2018. Archived from the original on 6 September 2017.
  3. ^ "The Sword and the Stone". Jake and the Never Land Pirates.
  4. ^ "Jake's Mega-Mecha Sword". Jake and the Never Land Pirates.
  5. ^ "Never Land Rescue". Jake and the Never Land Pirates.
  6. ^ "Interview with Sharky and Bones from the Never Land Pirate Band – interview for Moms and Dads". YouTube. 2011-08-22. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
  7. ^ Rob Owen, Special to The Oregonian (14 February 2011). "Two Portland performers provide music for Disney's 'Jake and the Never Land Pirates'". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
  8. ^ "Jake & The Never Land Pirates: Music". Amazon. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
  9. ^ "Jake and the Never Land Pirates – iTunes – Apple (scroll down to "Top Albums and Songs by The Never Land Pirate Band")". iTunes. January 2011. Retrieved 2017-05-21.
  10. ^ "Jake & the Never Land Pirates: Peter Pan Returns (Two-Disc DVD + Digital Copy Combo): Jake & The Never Land Pirates: Movies & TV". Amazon. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
  11. ^ "Jake and the Never Land Pirates Products | Disney Movies". Disneydvd.disney.go.com. Archived from the original on 2013-05-20. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
  12. ^ Brian Lowry (February 15, 2011). "Jake and the Never Land Pirates". Variety. Retrieved 2011-04-24.
  13. ^ Robert Lloyd (February 15, 2011). "Television review: 'Jake and the Never Land Pirates'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-04-24.
  14. ^ "Jake and the Never Land Pirates". Retrieved 2011-04-24.
  15. ^ Disney press release (2011-04-13). "Jake and the Never Land Pirates Hit Series Highs on April 9". Archived from the original on 2011-04-15. Retrieved 2011-04-24.
  16. ^ "Best TV Shows 2011". Screenjunkies.com. 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
  17. ^ "Jake's Never Land Pirate School on the App Store on iTunes". Itunes.apple.com. 2012-07-16. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
  18. ^ "Jake and the Never Land Pirates – All Games – Disney Junior". Disney Junior.
  19. ^ "Disney Junior Big Air Adventure". Disney Junior.
  20. ^ "Bucky's Never Sea Hunt". Disney Junior.
  21. ^ "Cave of Mystery". Disney Junior.
  22. ^ "Go Bananas!". Disney Junior.
  23. ^ "Golden Pirate Pumpkin Patch". Disney Junior.
  24. ^ "Hook Yer Pirate Name". Disney Junior.
  25. ^ "Hook's Merry Winter Treasure Hunt". Disney Junior.
  26. ^ "Izzy's Flying Adventure". Disney Junior.
  27. ^ "Jake and the Never Land Pirates – Sand Pirates". Disney Junior.
  28. ^ "Never Land Games". Disney Junior.
  29. ^ "Shadow Shenanigans". Disney Junior.
  30. ^ "Sharky and Bones' Pirate Rock". Disney Junior.
  31. ^ "Super Pirate Powers". Disney Junior.
  32. ^ "The Great Pirate Pyramid". Disney Junior.
  33. ^ "Rainbow Wand Color Quest". Disney Junior.
  34. ^ "Jake's Story Quest". Disney Junior.
  35. ^ Brown, Sophie (2012-07-27). "GeekMom Exclusive: Jake and the Neverland Pirates New Primetime Special | GeekMom". Wired.com. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
  36. ^ "Kitchen Table: Tune into Disney Channel for Jake and The Never Land Pirates". Kitchentable4.com. 2012-11-21. Archived from the original on 2013-12-04. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
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