I have been a Disney lover since I was a kid myself and now my children love to watch the Disney Channel too. We actually went a few years without any kind of cable so they had to rely on DVD’s but now that we have satellite they can enjoy Disney any time! I was recently invited to check out a show with my 3 year old called Jake and the Never Land Pirates on the Disney Junior. Loosely based on Peter Pan, this cartoon has lots of classic pirate stuff but its friendly, Jake is always trying to be friends with Captain Hook and to help everyone. To me its like a TV-Y rated version of all pirate shows. It makes pirates not scary and at the same time teaches some lessons along the way.
Disney describes the show as:
A music-filled interactive treasure hunt, Jake and the Never Land Pirates introduces a crew of kid pirates – leader Jake and pals Izzy and Cubby – and follows their Never Land adventures as they work to outwit two infamous characters, the one and only Captain Hook and Mr. Smee, from Disney’s classic “Peter Pan.” Along the way, they model teamwork, problem-solving and physical activity, earning gold doubloons as they conquer a variety of tasks.
[learn_more caption=”Click Here to Learn More about Jake and the Neverland Pirates”] Since its launch this past February, Disney Junior continues to grow and break all previous records for Disney Channel’s preschool programming! Anchored by hit series, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, cable’s #1 series for Boys 2-5 since its launch and on track to be Disney Channel’s #1 preschool series ever, Disney Junior continues to soar. The show currently is among one of the most co-viewed preschool series, with 45% of moms watching with their preschooler.
A music-filled interactive treasure hunt, Jake and the Never Land Pirates introduces a crew of kid pirates – leader Jake and pals Izzy and Cubby – and follows their Never Land adventures as they work to outwit two infamous characters, the one and only Captain Hook and Mr. Smee, from Disney’s classic “Peter Pan.” Along the way, they model teamwork, problem-solving and physical activity, earning gold doubloons as they conquer a variety of tasks. The series features original “pirate rock” music performed by Sharky and Bones of The Never Land Pirate Band.
Coming up next for Jake and the Never Land Pirates is a December holiday episode, to be followed in January by the debut of the first-ever 45-minute series special and season two of the series. In the holiday episode of Jake and the Never Land Pirates, titled It’s A Winter Never Land! / Hook On Ice, Jake, Izzy and Cubby awake to find that Peter Pan has left the crew some presents and a tree to celebrate Winter Treasure Day, and Captain Hook invites Jake and the crew on a winter treasure hunt. The episode premieres FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 (8:30-9:00 a.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.
Moms have spoken and Disney Junior is listening… We talk to thousands of parents of 2-7 year olds every year. We’ve heard from moms that they want more Disney programming for their younger children made available throughout the day, especially during those later afternoon/early evening hours when they need it most while making dinner and unwinding from the day. The result – a brand new standalone 24-hour Disney Junior channel will launch in early 2012. (The current Disney Junior programming block, which launched in February 2011 on Disney Channel, airs weekdays from 4:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., ET/PT and weekends from 4:00–9:00 a.m., ET/PT.)
Disney Junior reflects the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney, exemplified by programming that blends Disney’s unparalleled ability to make you feel something in your heart through its timeless storytelling and beloved characters, both classic and contemporary. The multiplatform brand also includes specific learning components, such as early math and language skills, as well as healthy eating and lifestyles, with an emphasis on social and emotional development. For more information on Disney Junior and Jake and the Never Land Pirates, visit www.DisneyJunior.com. [/learn_more]
Today, December 2nd, the holiday episode aired. This particular episode was a hit with my kid and to be honest I thought he would be so bored but he wanted to watch it over and over! He understood the story which is remarkable and i loved it because in the end, even when Captain Hook was not so nice, he still got a Christmas present because somebody cared about him!
Ever since Disney sent us a gift pack with Jake DVD’s and a cd and other items my son has asked me to watch Jake and the Never Land Pirates in the morning and I feel good about letting him watch the show. I am surprised at how much we both love the show! Disney plans to launch a standalone Disney Junior network in 2012 and I know both my younger kids are loving it.
Please check out the Jake and the Never Land Pirates series on Disney Junior (Daily 8:30-9 a.m. EST/PST!!
This blog received promotional items in addition to preview dvd’s to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.