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Parents need to know that preschoolers will love Jake and the Never Land Pirates. The fact that this colorful, fun, adventurous cartoon is packed with positive social messages about solving problems, being a good friend, and appreciating individuality makes it a great choice for this age group. Basic academic skills like counting and sorting are included in the content, and the show’s style encourages kids’ involvement throughout, and its use of music and humor will keep kids entertained.
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The tropical paradise of Pirate Island is the perfect place for the adventures of young scallywags in JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES. Jake (voiced by Colin Ford), Izzy (Madison Pettis), and Cubby (Jonathan Morgan Heit) embark on fun-filled escapades on their trusty ship, Bucky. Unfortunately their travels bring them into the path of Captain Hook (Corey Burton) and his sidekick, Mr. Smee (Jeff Bennett), and the troublesome pair never lacks ideas for disrupting the kids’ plans and capturing their treasures. It takes the kids' ingenuity and teamwork to outwit their rivals and return safely to their secret hideout on the island, but this quick-thinking trio -- along with their parrot friend, Skully (David Arquette) -- is up to the challenge.
Is it any good?
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about friendship. How do Jake, Izzy, and Cubby treat each other in Jake and the Never Land Pirates? How can you tell that they’re friends? Do they act differently around Captain Hook? Why or why not? How do these characters compare to those you see in other series?
How did the pirates demonstrate teamwork? Why is this an important character strength? What talents or skills does each friend bring to the group? What are your special talents? How do they set you apart from your friends? What talents do you admire in your friends?
Kids: What do you treasure? Why are these things important to you? Besides tangible objects, what do you love? How would you feel if you lost a precious item?
- Premiere date: February 14, 2011
- Cast: Colin Ford, Corey Burton, Madison Pettis
- Network: Disney Channel
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Adventures, Friendship, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models, Music and Sing-Along, Pirates
- Character Strengths: Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Available on: DVD, Streaming
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