Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky

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Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Delightful lessons and swashbuckling fun for preschoolers.
  • NR
  • 2012
  • 49 minutes

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Educational Value

Besides all of the movie's feel-good themes, the story also incorporates basic counting skills and music appreciation, with a variety of song styles.

Positive Messages

Kids see Jake and his pals band together to save their beloved ship from their nemesis' clutches. Teamwork and friendship are presented as the key elements to their success, and Captain Hook's destiny is a direct result of his cheating ways. There's lots of emotion in the kids' sadness over losing Bucky, which might have the same effect on sensitive children, but a happy ending makes everything better. The story attempts to draw in kids with dialogue aimed at them.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Jake and his friends value their relationships over material things, and they always play by the rules. They don't get discouraged in the face of a challenge, and they're always looking for creative ways to solve problems.

Violence & Scariness

Jake carries a pirate sword, but it's more of an accessory than a weapon. A fire-breathing dragon may worry some sensitive/young kids.

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Jake's image graces toys, books, games, and other products marketed toward kids. This movie is connected to a TV series for preschoolers.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that young fans of the popular TV show will want to tune in for the swashbuckling fun in Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky, a movie-length special that celebrates the same values of teamwork, friendship, and problem-solving that are the series' hallmarks. Sensitive kids will feel for the characters during their emotional good-bye to their beloved ship, so be ready to reassure them that all will be right in the end. Energetic music, riddles, and the progressive collection of gold doubloons keep kids engaged in the story and make them feel like part of it. Be sure to call attention to the movie's messages about fair play as it relates to the race's outcome.

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What's the story?

Jake (voiced by Colin Ford) and his shipmates face a challenge like no other in JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES: JAKE SAVES BUCKY. When Captain Hook (Corey Burton) finds a copy of the Pirate Code that mandates a winner-takes-all race between Bucky and the Jolly Roger, Jake and his friends are confident that their beloved boat has what it takes to win. Unfortunately, Hook has some dirty tricks up his sleeve that help him take first place and claim Bucky as his own. Desperate to get their ship back, Jake, Izzy (Madison Pettis), and Cubby (Jonathan Morgan Heit) enlist the aid of Peter Pan (Adam Wylie), who discovers a loophole in the code that might help them. But can the crew travel through Never Land and take on a fire-breathing dragon in time to save their favorite ship?

Is it any good?

Filled with high adventure and a valiant quest to save a friend, Jake Saves Bucky is an hour of swashbuckling fun that's beautifully suited to preschoolers. The characters invite viewers to be part of the action by speaking directly to them and engaging them in the story's progress, by which kids use basic reasoning and counting skills. They're treated to delightful music, wonderful examples of friendship and teamwork, and a great lesson in the rewards of determination.

If your tots are particularly sensitive, they may need an extra snuggle during the sad scene that shows Jake and his friends bidding farewell to Bucky. Kids will sympathize with the characters' emotions over losing their friendly ship, and you can use this aspect of the story to talk with yours about loss. Of course this somber mood doesn't last long, and as the story progresses, viewers will learn along with the characters that fairness and hard work are the most important tools in winning every kind of race.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about feeling sad. Can you think of a time when you felt sad about losing something? How did you handle your emotions? What makes you feel better in times like this?

  • Kids: What does it mean to cheat? How does Captain Hook cheat to win the race? How does his cheating wind up costing him the race?

  • Which of the characters in the show would you call a hero? What is it about him or her that you admire? Who are some of your personal heroes

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