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Jake and the Never Land Pirates

Fun-filled series teaches social lessons to young mateys.

What parents need to know

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

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
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Plenty of branded merchandise available in stores.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

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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Parent Written byMrShadestep June 15, 2011

Blinded while being too critical?

My almost 3 year old son loves this show and gets plenty of good laughs from it. He recognized the characters from Peter Pan and that instantly drew him in. There are times that I get to be Captain Hook and he is Jake, but more often than that we have to be on a pirate team together. We go out on nature walks with our treasure map and he loves counting the team's gold doubloons one by one which he was not at all good at when we first started watching. This, amongst other shows, is a show that I could be overly critical of but my son proves time and time again that being so critical blinds me to the valuable lessons that he notices and then shares with me. "...Jake and the Neverland pirates and... Oliver!" =)
Parent of a 4 year old Written bymommy in montana April 9, 2011
I read the last two messages. Were these people ever children, that watched Tom and Jerry or Road Runner and Cyote? These are classics that don't teach us, but make us smile or laugh. Sometimes kids need just a fun cartoon. We as parents sometimes read to much into things, yes if they were cutting heads off and all that it would be different.
Parent of a 3 and 4 year old Written bylaribrook April 26, 2011

Some questionable themes but not horrible.

A few concerns with this show -- first of all, what is Disney's obsession with Pirates? For some reason it's princesses for girls and pirates for boys. Strange. Pirates are horrible role models to begin with. My boys like Peter Pan though, and are a bit confused with how this show relates to the movie. We have only watched it a few times since we don't have Disney channel, but aside from the Pirate concerns, I did not like how it was focused on money, ie the 'Dabloons'. My kids picked up on that right away and were incorporating it into their play. I found that a bit disconcerting. It's not a horrible show, but I would not watch this regularly. We are going to Disney World this year, but I do not want to reinforce Pirates as role models.