Parents' Guide to

Jake and the Never Land Pirates

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Fun-filled series teaches social lessons to young mateys.

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Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 5+

Disappointing Female Role Model

Typically, there's just one 'token' female character, among crews of male characters. In the start of each show, as they embark on their daily adventure, Jake has his sword, Cubby has his map (tools, to get them out of trouble), but Izzy has her "pixie dust" -- given to her by the pixies for whenever they're *really* in a bind. The subliminal message here is that boys use tools, but girls need to be *gifted* magical "pixie dust" to pitch in and help out. It's not even her magical skills. It was gifted to her. Like she wouldn't have a contribution, otherwise. Why couldn't Izzy use some skills of her own? The crew does team up, and there's lots of friendship, and they do everything they can to get out of the binds they find themselves in, but in the end, they always need some magic. And then they're rewarded with money!? It's so commercial. I don't get why this show is considered educational, except for the counting. Having said that, my 6 year old daughter does love it. I wish there were stronger characteristics for her to admire in the one girl. And more girl characters in general, for that matter.
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age 18+

They really made Peter Pan look like he plays Tag With Ryan :(

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14):
Kids say (34):

Preschoolers will be drawn to this series because of its colorful characters and sense of adventure, while its humor and interactive style will sweep them away on imaginative journeys. For parents, the real treasure can be found in how Jake and the Never Land Pirates blends positive social messages about getting along with others and solving problems into the stories. No interaction -- not even those between the kids and the meddlesome Captain Hook -- is wasted, as each one exemplifies respect and kindness, and the importance of teamwork to achieve a goal is the dominant theme.

What's more, kids are encouraged to take an active role in each story, from singing along with the pirate band to tallying the doubloons the characters earn with each problem solved. They're made to feel part of the team, complete with a sense of accomplishment about a job well done at the end -- and you'll feel good knowing that the messages they're getting from this show are happy ones.

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