One of the newest shows to hit Disney Junior–and the one leading the ratings surge for the network–is Jake and the Neverland Pirates! This new show debuted on the equally new Disney Junior network on February 14th of this year, and is on weekday mornings at 830am EST. Jake has quickly become one of the most popular shows on the network.
The show, like a few others from the Disney Channel Family, features musical numbers that go along with each episode and are quite catchy, especially the theme song. Also following the educational theme of most Disney Junior shows, Jake and the Neverland Pirates follows suit with many educational themes and curriculum. Focusing on thinking and creative skills, moral and ethical development and teamwork, this show is perfectly suited for your child and you will enjoy watching it with them!
For those new to the show (Ok, I guess we all are since it’s only in the 2nd week of its first season!), in each episode Jake and his friends Izzy and Cubby head to Neverland and foil the plans of two of Disney’s famous pirate villains from Neverland: Captain Hook and Mr. Smee! Each episode is broken down into two short adventures of the group from their Pirate Hideout, to their ship the “Bucky” on a treasure hunt. The flow of the show starts with the group in some kind of fun activity or event, or perhaps playing with something that the kids found washed up on shore. Soon, Captain Hook see’s this and considers whatever the kids are playing with or doing as some kind of treasure and thus the adventure begins.
The voice talent behind the shows features some familiar talent from other Disney series as well as shows on other networks. Colin Ford voices Jake and has an extensive list of work for being such a young actor. Madison Pettis voices Izzy, and you would recognize her from Disney’s “The Game Plan” (Featuring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson). Other notable names include Jonathan Morgan Heit, Jeff Bennett, Corey Burton, and David Arquette!
If you’ve never seen an episode, I encourage you to do so. If you’re an adult who is a kid at heart, you will enjoy this show as well your children!
Born and raised in Atlanta, Ga, Mark grew up visiting WDW for the first time in the mid 90’s and then became a Disney Fanatic in 1999 when he was invited to the Epcot Millennium AP Weekend. Ever since, he’s had a love of Walt Disney World, and particularly Epcot that he has never let go of as he grew up. Now being a father and husband, he has spread his love of Disney to them and introduced them both to Walt Disney World in 2010, and have become a very Disney centered family. Mark and his wife Elizabeth started up IlluminatingEpcot.com to share their love of Epcot and currently updates the website multiple times per week.