Jay Jay the Jet Plane
By Ginny Pelley,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Animated airplanes teach lessons to preschoolers.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Simple preschool social lessons such as valuing friends, overcoming shyness, and learning to like yourself.
Kids learn lessons about valuing friends and self-esteem.
Positive Role Models
Jay Jay and the other planes have emotions that young children will understand, such as envy and sadness, and they help each other solve problems supportively. All the planes are eager to perform tasks for humans, and to do a good job with the work they are given.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series offers young fans life lessons such as valuing friends, overcoming shyness, and learning to like yourself. Kids will enjoy the often funny antics of 6-year-old Jay Jay and his friends. Don't be surprised if you catch your preschooler singing along with the show's simple songs.
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What's the Story?
JAY JAY THE JET PLANE is a CG-animated series in which a cast of lovable airplanes zooms in and out of the Tarrytown Airport, where they make deliveries for Brenda Blue and learn about life. With the gentle guidance of Brenda Blue (Eve Whittle), Jay Jay, Herky, Snuffy, Big Jake, Tracy, Savannah, Revvin' Evan, Old Oscar, and Tuffy tackle tough issues for preschoolers.
Is It Any Good?
Parents might want to discuss some themes explored in episodes of Jay Jay that won't be as easily grasped as others, depending on their kids' age and sophistication. In "The Great Tarrytown Blackout," for example, Tracy makes up excuses to escape and hide when she's relentlessly pestered by Herky, who flies after her wherever she goes. Although viewers are told through voiceover that the show's lesson is that you should appreciate your friends "in good times and bad," parents might find the episode a useful jumping-off point for discussing how to be tactful and not hurt others' feelings while still communicating when they need space or alone time.
Overall, this upbeat show is sure to have a positive impact on kids.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the lessons learned in each episode. The themes of the program are often hard to decode for kids, but parents will be able to use them as good conversation starters. Which plane does your kid relate to the best? Do they see similarities between their own friends and Jay Jay's?
- Premiere date: November 2, 1998
- Cast: Jennifer Delora, Mary Kay Bergman, Sandy Fox
- Network: PBS
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Friendship
- Character Strengths: Communication
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Last updated: February 28, 2022
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