A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Kids see Baby Jake enjoy trying new things and meeting new friends. Scenes that show the hustle and bustle of Jake's home emphasize the feelings of joy and belonging among family members. The show's animation style is creative and unique.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Baby Jake follows the magical adventures of a baby whose image appears as a photographic head on an animated body and whose thoughts and words are provided by his older brother's voice. The visual effect of Jake's hybrid appearance is unusual, but the series is charming in its simplicity and in how it presents Jake's joyful reactions to new experiences. Viewers see Jake visit a farm, meet jungle animals, and play games with his animated friends who join in his adventures. The show also reminds viewers of the special bond that exists between siblings as Jake's brother interprets his thoughts and feelings for the audience.
Is It Any Good?
The unusual and sometimes jerky animation style of this preschool series takes some getting used to. It's a bit like a gif that goes on and on (and on), following a giggling and babbling Jake as he visits outer space, goes on a picnic, plays in the snow, and so on. As he smiles and gurgles, Isaac's voice translates Jake's thoughts for viewers and fills in the dialogue while he plays with his friends, lending a certain authenticity in its seeming unscripted nature and joyful interplay between siblings.
Baby Jake is a unique and occasionally charming series, but its unique style likely won't be a hit with every viewer. Those who like it enough to watch will find positive messages that suggest that trying new things and having new experiences can be a lot of fun. The show also reminds kids of the special bond that exists among siblings.
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