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Jay Jay the Jet Plane



Animated airplanes teach lessons to preschoolers.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Simple preschool social lessons such as valuing friends, overcoming shyness, and learning to like yourself.

Positive messages

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.

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Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Premiere date:November 2, 1998
Cast:Jennifer Delora, Mary Kay Bergman, Sandy Fox
Genre:Kids' Animation
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written byBaddoDaddo April 9, 2008

Racial Stereotyping

This insipidly plotted show is mostly harmless, but I don't know why anyone would watch it or want their kids to watch it when there are much better choices. There is one thing about the show which I find to be HIGHLY OBJECTIONABLE. There are a couple of characters "of color" including a tow truck named Tuffy. Now, I'm all for ethnic diversity in children's programming, but did they have to make the one Asian character someone with extremely slanted eyes, buck teeth, and a speech impediment? I admire Tuffy's tenacious attitude, but that's almost a stereotype, too. I understand the characters are supposed to have a "retro" look to them, but Tuffy is too much! Next they'll introduce an African American vehicle that looks like Buckwheat from The Little Rascals.
Adult Written bydoeiby April 9, 2008
Kid, 12 years old October 30, 2009

good show for little kids

the show wasnt well made but kids 2-4 andmaybe 5 will enjoy and learn from it.


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