Jake and the Never Land Pirates

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Fun-filled series teaches social lessons to young mateys.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 30 reviews

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Educational Value

The show incorporates basic preschool skills like counting and sorting.

Positive Messages

Social themes like friendship, teamwork, and respect for others all have a place in the show’s content. Each story centers on a pint-sized problem of some kind (a favorite object is taken, for instance), and the kids use their own creative thinking to solve the problems as a team, earning rewards for the whole group as they go. Despite being the show’s “villain,” Captain Hook enjoys a mischievous and playful relationship with Jake, Izzy, and Cubby.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The kids have individual skills that allow them to work better as a team, and they appreciate one another’s contributions. Captain Hook is always gracious in defeat and more playful with the kids than he is frightening.

Violence & Scariness

Cartoon falls and minor accidents that don’t result in injury and are played for humor.

Sexy Stuff

Plenty of branded merchandise available in stores.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byLaura H. October 24, 2015

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... Continue reading
Parent of a 4 and 10-year-old Written byabbie s. October 7, 2014

Halloween episode was too scary!

My son (age 4) is fascinated by Jake and his "adventures" and I have reluctantly allowed it but this week a Halloween episode in which Jake is transfo... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byDogcat May 11, 2020
Teen, 13 years old Written byTimonBerkowitz June 16, 2013

Great for kids.... But a disappointment for everybody else

Of course it's good for kids. It teaches morals about health, friendship, leadership, etc, and it's in a calm environment of fun and adventure, but to... Continue reading

What's the story?

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?

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