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[[redirect:Disambig/JumpStart]]'''''Jump Start''''' can refer to the following works:

* ''ComicStrip/JumpStart'', the Robb Armstrong comic strip.
* ''VideoGame/{{JumpStart}}'', the EdutainmentGame series.

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''Jumpstart'' can refer to one of the following articles:

* ''ComicStrip/JumpStart'', the Robb Armstrong comic strip
* ''VideoGame/JumpStart'', the EdutainmentGame series

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''Jumpstart'' can refer to one of the following articles:

* ''ComicStrip/JumpStart'', the Robb Armstrong comic strip
* ''VideoGame/JumpStart'', the EdutainmentGame series
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EdutainmentGame series created by Knowledge Adventure for kids up to sixth grade. It made its debut in 1994 with the original ''[=JumpStart=] Kindergarten''. Originally, it consisted of PC CD-ROM games based on grade (or age level, since "baby" and "toddlers" aren't exactly grades), with some spin-off games based on subject.

Originally, each grade level had entirely different characters and settings from other grade levels. The subject-based games, however, each reused a cast of characters (i.e. ''[=JumpStart Typing=]'' used the ''JumpStart3rdGrade'' cast, ''[=JumpStart=] Reading for Second Graders'' used the ''[=JumpStart=] 2nd Grade'' cast, etc). Circa 2000, a ContinuityReboot fused the Preschool - 2nd Grade continuities into one new universe in which the various characters interacted together. A continuity featuring these characters is still in use today, but around 2005, it got a big reboot that changed the characters considerably, to the point that some became unrecognizable.

(A canon featuring characters from the 3rd - 6th Grade games has also been used occasionally; for example, in the ''[=JumpStart=] Spy Masters'' games and the rather lame bonus disc ''[=JumpStart=] Adventure Challenge''. Also, Botley, who is not a Preschool - 2nd Grade character, appears in the current canon.)

JumpStart has branched out considerably over the years, spinning off into a series of workbooks, a couple of "Readers" kiddie books, a handful of games for other consoles, a handful of VHS tapes and [=DVDs=], and apps for mobile devices such as the iPad. Ever since 2009, they have focused almost solely on a massively multiplayer online game located at [=JumpStart=].com that was released in that year. (Sometimes, ads for it appear on this very page!)

Even though the series is still going strong, this article will probably focus more on the ''[=JumpStart=]'' games released in TheNineties since [[TroperDemographics that's when we played on them]].

Not to be confused with the [[ComicStrip/JumpStart newspaper comic strip of the same title]].
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!!This game series provides examples of:

* AlliterativeName: The characters from ''[=JumpStart=] Preschool'' (and ''[=JumpStart=] Pre-K'') were Casey Cat, Eleanor Elephant, Kisha Koala, and Pierre Polar Bear. Too bad [[RaceLift Kisha was retconned into a tiger]] in 2005, ruining the AddedAlliterativeAppeal!
* AlphabetSoupCans
* AnthropomorphicShift:
** In many earlier games (i.e. ''JumpStart Numbers'', ''JumpStart Math for First Graders''/''JumpStart 1st Grade Math''), Frankie the dog lived in a doghouse in someone's (we never find out whose) backyard and acted pretty doglike (i.e. in ''JumpStart 1st Grade Math'', he sets into motion the events of the game by digging holes in the backyard). He gradually became less doglike in behavior and circumstances, and in the JumpStart MMOG there's hardly anything doggish about his behavior (though he still looks like a dog).
** In a few earlier games (most prominently in ''JumpStart 2nd Grade Math''/''JumpStart Math for Second Graders''), C.J. Frog was depicted as eating insects. This seems to have been abandoned. The trait's most recent appearance was probably in 2001, in ''JumpStart Artist'', when C.J. displays pleasure at the thought of eating a spider, and in ''JumpStart Animal Adventures'', where he was shown in the opening cutscene to be "flying" (as opposed to fishing).
** In the 1994 version of ''JumpStart Kindergarten'', Bebop is a TalkingAnimal who wears no clothes; in the 1998 version, he wears clothes, becoming more of a FunnyAnimal, though he's still hamster-sized while Mr. Hopsalot the FunnyAnimal rabbit is human-sized. Roquefort and Jack are mice in that game who are also animal-sized FunnyAnimals. In the ''JumpStart Kindergarten'' Direct-to-Video cartoon, Bebop, Jack and Roquefort all become human-sized when scaled against Hopsalot.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: In ''JumpStart Spelling'', some cavemen mistaken Edison Firefly for fire. And yes, his abdomen gives off heat.
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: Botley's purpose until the writers forgot/didn't care anymore.
* BarefootCartoonAnimal: The designs of JumpStart's cartoon animals have fluctuated wildly. Pretty much every anthro animal that's appeared in JumpStart has fit this trope at some point in time.
* BlankWhiteEyes: Jo Hammet (of ''[=JumpStart=] 5th Grade'') has these, along the same lines as ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie
* BreakingTheFourthWall: ''[=JumpStart=] 5th Grade'' is rather fond of this:
-->'''Jo''': Without nerds, we'd have no computers. No computers means no computer games and without computer games, where would we be?\\
'''Janitor''': Probably the funny papers.
* CaptainObvious: In ''[=JumpStart=] Advanced 1st Grade'', the first reading comprehension question in the optional assessment test is something along the lines of "Casey likes to bounce his red ball. What color is Casey's ball?"
* CatapultNightmare: Jo Hammet, in the opening {{Cutscene}} of the fifth grade game.
** At pone point she also does this into a giant baseball glove.
* ChildProdigy: In the inventions department, Hopsalot from about 2001 onward (or maybe TeenGenius, (thanks to VagueAge) or WeekendInventor).
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: JumpStart's wildly fluctuating canon (or, perhaps more correctly, ''lack'' of canon) renders this inevitable. A couple of examples stand out:
** Ever since they appeared together in 1996's ''[=JumpStart=] 2nd Grade'', C.J. Frog and Edison Firefly have been best friends and constant companions. In the 2005 reboot, Edison simply vanished.
** The characters of Casey Cat, Pierre Polar Bear, Kisha Koala, and Eleanor Elephant all made their debut in ''[=JumpStart=] Preschool''. All of them were also major characters in the early 2000s canon. But in 2005, while Kisha, Pierre and Eleanor remained, Casey simply didn't.
* ContinuityReboot: JumpStart has at least 2 major continuity reboots: one circa 2000 and another in 2005. Even outside of these major reboots, there have been changes in character design over the years.
** Also, the original grade-based games each had their own canon completely separate from other JumpStart games; one of the features of the first reboot was fusing several of these continuities together to make the new continuity.
** Overall, JumpStart hardly cares at all about canon - just about being fun and educational. (To see how much JumpStart's characters have changed over the years, see [[http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61G7T5GTXJL.jpg first reboot Kisha Koala]] and [[http://platform.ak.fbcdn.net/www/app_full_proxy.php?app=4949752878&v=1&size=o&cksum=5d0af5a43a03c4f25ca2ad805dc42a2c&src=http%3A%2F%2Fi413.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fpp214%2FJumpStart3D%2FKishaWallpaper-sm.jpg second reboot Kisha the Tiger]] side by side. Yes, she changed species.)
* CoversAlwaysLie: The original cover for ''[=JumpStart=] Spanish'' showed Mr. Hopsalot, who was indeed the game's main character, on the cover. However, somewhere around 2001 or 2002, JumpStart arbitrarily decided that Frankie the dog should be the main character and mascot of the entire JumpStart series. As a result, in 2003, the ''[=JumpStart=] Spanish'' cover was changed to one that prominently featured Frankie and didn't feature Hopsalot at all...''even though Frankie didn't appear in [=JumpStart=] Spanish''.
* DeadpanSnarker: Jo Hammet, the KidDetective heroine of the fifth grade game, in varying degrees depending which lines you pick for her in the {{Dialogue Tree}}s. Most of this is directed at Maggie Mead, the lady who runs the town mine shaft and whom Jo is convinced is the most boring person who ever lived. A sample of their relationship:
-->'''Maggie''': Do you work for the Park Service?\\
'''Jo''': Why yes! Actually, I'm the director of the Park Service down from Yosemite! ''How'' did you know?\\
'''Maggie''': [[DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm Lying will get you nowhere]].
** The snarkier lines ''do'' get you nowhere, so they're clearly trying to teach AnAesop about not being a smartass. Which doesn't make selecting them any less fun.
* DialogueTree: Especially prominent in 5th grade and the new one.
* DifficultyLevels: In most games, there are three of them. A few games cleverly segregate gameplay level and academic level.
* DirectToVideo: Two animated videotapes were included with early 2000s re-releases of ''[=JumpStart=] Preschool'' and ''[=JumpStart=] Kindergarten''.
* DiscontinuityNod: In the 1994 version of ''JumpStart Kindergarten'', there's a [[ShowWithinAShow video game within a computer game]] called "Pattern Blaster" which stars a mouse named Roquefort. In the 1998 version, however, Roquefort exists in the "real world" and there's a different mouse in Pattern Blaster named Brie. Sometimes, as Brie is eating a hunk of cheese, Roquefort comments, "Boy, I wish I was Brie right now."
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: You have to prevent this in ''JumpStart3rdGrade'' and ''[=JumpStart=] 6th Grade''.
* {{Expy}}: Both JumpStart and LeapFrog feature (or, in JumpStart's case, [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome featured]]) similar-looking fireflies[[hottip:*:the JumpStart version's pre-2000-or-so incarnation doesn't look like LeapFrog's Edison, but the post-2000 incarnation does]] named Edison who are best friends with frogs, and a cat named Casey. The question is, who's Expy-ing off whom?
* FetchQuest: Most games in the series, especially those for third grade and over, are basically a series of these.
* FourFingeredHands: Jo Hammet and all the other characters in ''[=JumpStart=] 5th Grade''. Also seems to be the case in ''JumpStart3rdGrade''. And is also true of all the animal characters to appear in JumpStart games. Come to think of it, correct hands are rather rare in JumpStart games.
* FreeRangeChildren: Seriously, what were Jo Hammet's parents thinking? Would you let your ten-year-old daughter skateboard around the city at night, dodging a madman's goons and breaking into sabotaged industrial plants? And there's no way they couldn't have known about it because it's implied that she became the town hero. Of course, the game solves this issue by just never showing or mentioning her parents.
* FullyDressedCartoonAnimal: Like BarefootCartoonAnimal, this has probably applied to all of the major animal characters at some point. In the current incarnation of the characters (2005 - present), it applies to all of them except Pierre, who wears nothing but a belt.
* FunnyAnimal: Oh so many.
* FurryConfusion: Several examples:
** In both versions of ''JumpStart Kindergarten'' (1994 and 1998), the main character is an antropomorphic rabbit named Mr. Hopsalot, and non-anthro rabbits ALSO appear in the very same game.
** ''JumpStart Around the World'', a game which used to be included as a bonus disc with the Preschool - 2nd Grade titles (with a slightly different version for each grade) included at least two examples. In the 2nd Grade version, when you go to Brazil, there's a "photo" of your travels that depicts the anthropomorphic C.J. Frog and a lot of non-anthro tropical frogs clustered around his feet and even sitting on his head. In the Preschool version, taking a trip to Australia will yield a short video that includes Kisha Koala holding a non-anthro koala in her arms.
** In ''JumpStart Animal Adventures'' (aka ''JumpStart Animal Field Trip''), the main character is C.J. Frog, but the game also features a non-anthro (but talking) frog in the Rainforest section.
** ''JumpStart Advanced Preschool'' featured the JumpStart anthro animals...taking care of pets. That were sometimes the same species as themselves. [[http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51AYGNM4ECL._SS400_.jpg Just look at the cover]] - Frankie the dog is holding a non-anthro dog in his hands! Or are they paws? Hmmm...
** Pretty much any time when a JumpStart game featuring animal characters also teaches zoology, this is bound to happen. For example, ''JumpStart Advanced 1st Grade'' taught just a little zoology, featuring a game in which you sometimes had to guide blimps labeled with pictures of animals to the classes to which they belong. Again, just like in ''JumpStart Kindergarten'', the game is hosted by Hopsalot, but sometimes the blimps depict non-anthro rabbits - and other creatures that also appear as anthros in the game.
** The trend continues. In the JumpStart.com MMOG, the user can adopt pets (styled as "petz") of all sorts of species, such as dogs, rabbits, and elephants...despite the presence of such characters as Frankie, Hopsalot (aka Hops), and Eleanor.
** The 2009 Wii game ''JumpStart Pet Rescue'' is another example.
* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: The first level in 5th grade is essentially a breather level. During the skateboard stages, the thugs never come after you at all so you're in virtually no danger. Throughout the rest of the game, the thugs keep chasing her, and during the MadLibs minigame, start talking about what Jo might do to disarm the bomb. This actually makes sense - the thugs in the first "night" haven't been told to go after Jo at all.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In ''[=JumpStart=] 5th Grade'', they managed to get away with making an educational game for kids as young as nine in which the main plot involved ''disarming bombs''. Not to mention the fact that the heroine rides around on a skateboard without a helmet...
** The game also includes this exchange:
-->'''Jo''': Have you seen anything that might prevent electrocution?\\
'''Jimmy the Shadow''': Yeah, a governor's pardon. Heh, heh, anything else?\\
'''Jo''': I guess I couldn't expect anything better from a guy who spends all day surrounded by trash.\\
'''Jimmy the Shadow''': With all these piles of junk laying around there's bound to be another... "accident". You better beat it, kid.
* GreenAesop: ''6th Grade'' takes this in a very ''CaptainPlanet'' direction, although the villain at least has the excuse of being [[AIIsACrapshoot a computer who went insane]]. There are six {{Mini Game}}s in which you have to correct the damage being done to the Earth and five of them involve fixing environmental damage. The other one is about restoring ancient monuments. Oddly enough, the sixth grade game in the ''ClueFinders'' series was also rather heavy on this trope. Were Knowledge Adventures and the Learning Company comparing notes or something?
* HeKnowsAboutTimedHits: In most games, the characters will frequently tell you to "use the arrow keys to do such-and-such" or will explain to you such things as the toolbar at the bottom of the screen (though in ''JumpStart3rdGrade'' the toolbar is actually a physical object...which doesn't really explain why it allows you to change the difficulty of the games or look at a progress report telling you how well you did at math and such). It's no surprise, since JumpStart games often have NoFourthWall.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Jo Hammet is voiced by KathSoucie.
** And Botley is voiced by [[AsToldByGinger Carl Foutley]] and [[VideoGame/DarkCloud Pau]].
*** GreyDelisle voiced Keisha the koala in "Artist".
* IdleAnimation
* [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes Keep Circulating the Torrents]]: The original ''JumpStart4thGrade'' has had no rerelease. But given the fact that the game is almost like a SurvivalHorror...maybe it's best to save that until they're more mature!
* LockAndKeyPuzzle
* LostInTranslation: In the United Kingdom version of ''[=JumpStart=] 2nd Grade'', which was entitled ''Jump Ahead Year 2'', Edison Firefly's name is changed to Newton, apparently because Edison was an American inventor and the British kids wouldn't know who he was, so they changed his name to that of a more recognizable scientist. The problem is, Edison wasn't just named after any scientist, he was named after the scientist who invented the light bulb, because he's a firefly...and unfortunately, [[CaptainObvious Newton didn't invent the light bulb]].
* MadLibsDialogue (used very jarringly in the earliest games: "The ball is on the... forty-nine... yard line.")
** Justified in the 4th Grade Adventure games where you ''are'' playing Mad Libs.
* NeverSayDie: Averted in ''JumpStart Animal Adventures'' (aka ''Animal Field Trip''); they don't say "die" per se, but they rather frequently talk about animals eating other animals. They were even commended by Diseny's FamilyFun magazine for their honesty!
* NoFourthWall: In most JumpStart games, the characters talk directly to the user quite frequently, and they never shy away from telling you to [[HeKnowsAboutTimedHits use the arrow keys to do such-and-such]]. ''JumpStart 5th Grade'' isn't quite this way most of the time, but they do break the fourth wall not infrequently, as noted above.
* PlotCoupon
* PopUpVideoGames
* RaceLift: An animal race example - Kisha Koala and Pierre Polar Bear were retconned into being a tiger and a panda in 2005, respectively. Why? Who knows! JumpStart cares less about consistent canon than you can imagine, so maybe the real question is "Why not?"
* ScienceFantasy: The MMOG contains both fantasy elements (raising dragons and pegasi, mixing up potions in Windy Valley, etc.) and sci-fi elements (Botley, high-tech stuff in FutureLand, jetpacks, etc.)
* SirVerbaLot: Mr. Hopsalot (changed to just "Hopsalot" in later games) is an example that doesn't include the "Sir".
* StockAnimalDiet:
** Frankie the dog has often been depicted as loving bones and dog biscuits, such as in ''JumpStart Numbers'', in which the entire point of the game is getting Frankie a lot of (300, to be exact) dog biscuits, or ''JumpStart Advanced 1st Grade'', in which Frankie gives out the "Smoky Bone" power-up.
** Hopsalot (in earlier games, Mr. Hopsalot) loves carrots. His powerup in ''Advanced 1st Grade'' being "Hyper Carrot Fuel" and the fact that in ''Advanced Kindergarten'', (in which he's one of the most important characters) you earn carrots to exchange for powerups, are just two examples. However, if his growing a variety of vegetables (and even, quite unorthodox for a rabbit, flowers!) in his garden in ''JumpStart Kindergarten 1998'' is any indication, he doesn't like them exclusively.
** Eleanor Elephant is a fan of peanuts, at least in ''Advanced 1st Grade''.
** Oddly enough, this trope has never, it seems, been applied to Casey Cat; he's never shown any special interest in eating mice, fish, or birds.
** Roquefort from ''JumpStart Kindergarten'' is obsessed with cheese. However, his fellow mouse friend, Jack, doesn't share his obsession, and when he rebukingly asks Roquefort if that's all he thinks about, he notes he also likes cookies.
* StrawLoser: Maggie Mead in ''Jumpstart 5th Grade'':
-->'''Jo''': How do you bring yourself here each day?\\
'''Maggie''': I drive. I have a moped.\\
'''Jo''': Of ''course'' you do! You know, wearing a helmet can protect you from injuries!
* ThinkOfTheCensors: Combined with NonstandardGameOver in ''5th Grade''. If you fail to disarm one of Dr. X's bombs, Jo breaks the fourth wall to inform you that you have to try again because bombs can't go off in an educational game.
* {{Tomboy}}: Jo Hammet, the protagonist on the fifth grade game. In some subsequent products, she is given a GirlinessUpgrade and drawn in a much less stylized art style, becoming completely unrecognizable. (She still ''acts'' tomboyish, though.)
* TrickedOutGloves: Provide the game menu in ''6th Grade''. Don't seem to have any kind of useful function in-universe.
* VagueAge: Sometimes, age is very clear. Polly Sparks from ''JumpStart3rdGrade'' is, well, probably in 3rd grade. Jo Hammet is similarly a 10-year-old. The original Mr. Hopsalot was obviously an adult. Other times, however...How old are any of the FunnyAnimals in the 2001-2004 games? They seem a bit like kids, except...they seem really self-sufficient, there's no parents, there's no going to school or stuff like that...yet Hopsalot mentions in ''Advanced 2nd Grade'' that finding clues "gives me an excuse to stay up past my bedtime". How old is C.J. Frog in any continuity? The modern continuity is pretty confusing too. Yet another example: Are the characters in ''JumpStart Preschool'' 1994 version the teachers, or students? They talk in childlike voices, but yet Casey has a tie...
* WarpWhistle: While in the report card's screen, clicking on any of the subject names will bring the user to the game designed to build that skill.
* WeekendInventor / HomemadeInventions: Hopsalot was mentioned earlier, but perhaps a more weekendy example can be found in C.J. Frog and Edison Firefly in the ''JumpStart 2nd Grade Spelling Challenge'' workbook. C.J. and Edison are usually not depicted with any inventing talent, but in that workbook and that workbook alone, they apparently create pretty advanced (though [[AwesomeButImpractical impractical]]) gadgets mostly just for fun.
* XtremeKoolLetterz: In the MMO, there are lots of gratuitous Z's - petz, ridez, etc.
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''Jumpstart'' can refer to one of the following articles:

*''ComicStrip/JumpStart'', the Robb Armstrong comic strip
*''VideoGame/JumpStart'', the
EdutainmentGame series created by Knowledge Adventure for kids up to sixth grade. It made its debut in 1994 with the original ''[=JumpStart=] Kindergarten''. Originally, it consisted of PC CD-ROM games based on grade (or age level, since "baby" and "toddlers" aren't exactly grades), with some spin-off games based on subject.

Originally, each grade level had entirely different characters and settings from other grade levels. The subject-based games, however, each reused a cast of characters (i.e. ''[=JumpStart Typing=]'' used the ''JumpStart3rdGrade'' cast, ''[=JumpStart=] Reading for Second Graders'' used the ''[=JumpStart=] 2nd Grade'' cast, etc). Circa 2000, a ContinuityReboot fused the Preschool - 2nd Grade continuities into one new universe in which the various characters interacted together. A continuity featuring these characters is still in use today, but around 2005, it got a big reboot that changed the characters considerably, to the point that some became unrecognizable.

(A canon featuring characters from the 3rd - 6th Grade games has also been used occasionally; for example, in the ''[=JumpStart=] Spy Masters'' games and the rather lame bonus disc ''[=JumpStart=] Adventure Challenge''. Also, Botley, who is not a Preschool - 2nd Grade character, appears in the current canon.)

JumpStart has branched out considerably over the years, spinning off into a series of workbooks, a couple of "Readers" kiddie books, a handful of games for other consoles, a handful of VHS tapes and [=DVDs=], and apps for mobile devices such as the iPad. Ever since 2009, they have focused almost solely on a massively multiplayer online game located at [=JumpStart=].com that was released in that year. (Sometimes, ads for it appear on this very page!)

Even though the series is still going strong, this article will probably focus more on the ''[=JumpStart=]'' games released in TheNineties since [[TroperDemographics that's when we played on them]].

Not to be confused with the [[ComicStrip/JumpStart newspaper comic strip of the same title]].
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!!This game series provides examples of:

* AlliterativeName: The characters from ''[=JumpStart=] Preschool'' (and ''[=JumpStart=] Pre-K'') were Casey Cat, Eleanor Elephant, Kisha Koala, and Pierre Polar Bear. Too bad [[RaceLift Kisha was retconned into a tiger]] in 2005, ruining the AddedAlliterativeAppeal!
* AlphabetSoupCans
* AnthropomorphicShift:
** In many earlier games (i.e. ''JumpStart Numbers'', ''JumpStart Math for First Graders''/''JumpStart 1st Grade Math''), Frankie the dog lived in a doghouse in someone's (we never find out whose) backyard and acted pretty doglike (i.e. in ''JumpStart 1st Grade Math'', he sets into motion the events of the game by digging holes in the backyard). He gradually became less doglike in behavior and circumstances, and in the JumpStart MMOG there's hardly anything doggish about his behavior (though he still looks like a dog).
** In a few earlier games (most prominently in ''JumpStart 2nd Grade Math''/''JumpStart Math for Second Graders''), C.J. Frog was depicted as eating insects. This seems to have been abandoned. The trait's most recent appearance was probably in 2001, in ''JumpStart Artist'', when C.J. displays pleasure at the thought of eating a spider, and in ''JumpStart Animal Adventures'', where he was shown in the opening cutscene to be "flying" (as opposed to fishing).
** In the 1994 version of ''JumpStart Kindergarten'', Bebop is a TalkingAnimal who wears no clothes; in the 1998 version, he wears clothes, becoming more of a FunnyAnimal, though he's still hamster-sized while Mr. Hopsalot the FunnyAnimal rabbit is human-sized. Roquefort and Jack are mice in that game who are also animal-sized FunnyAnimals. In the ''JumpStart Kindergarten'' Direct-to-Video cartoon, Bebop, Jack and Roquefort all become human-sized when scaled against Hopsalot.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: In ''JumpStart Spelling'', some cavemen mistaken Edison Firefly for fire. And yes, his abdomen gives off heat.
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: Botley's purpose until the writers forgot/didn't care anymore.
* BarefootCartoonAnimal: The designs of JumpStart's cartoon animals have fluctuated wildly. Pretty much every anthro animal that's appeared in JumpStart has fit this trope at some point in time.
* BlankWhiteEyes: Jo Hammet (of ''[=JumpStart=] 5th Grade'') has these, along the same lines as ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie
* BreakingTheFourthWall: ''[=JumpStart=] 5th Grade'' is rather fond of this:
-->'''Jo''': Without nerds, we'd have no computers. No computers means no computer games and without computer games, where would we be?\\
'''Janitor''': Probably the funny papers.
* CaptainObvious: In ''[=JumpStart=] Advanced 1st Grade'', the first reading comprehension question in the optional assessment test is something along the lines of "Casey likes to bounce his red ball. What color is Casey's ball?"
* CatapultNightmare: Jo Hammet, in the opening {{Cutscene}} of the fifth grade game.
** At pone point she also does this into a giant baseball glove.
* ChildProdigy: In the inventions department, Hopsalot from about 2001 onward (or maybe TeenGenius, (thanks to VagueAge) or WeekendInventor).
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: JumpStart's wildly fluctuating canon (or, perhaps more correctly, ''lack'' of canon) renders this inevitable. A couple of examples stand out:
** Ever since they appeared together in 1996's ''[=JumpStart=] 2nd Grade'', C.J. Frog and Edison Firefly have been best friends and constant companions. In the 2005 reboot, Edison simply vanished.
** The characters of Casey Cat, Pierre Polar Bear, Kisha Koala, and Eleanor Elephant all made their debut in ''[=JumpStart=] Preschool''. All of them were also major characters in the early 2000s canon. But in 2005, while Kisha, Pierre and Eleanor remained, Casey simply didn't.
* ContinuityReboot: JumpStart has at least 2 major continuity reboots: one circa 2000 and another in 2005. Even outside of these major reboots, there have been changes in character design over the years.
** Also, the original grade-based games each had their own canon completely separate from other JumpStart games; one of the features of the first reboot was fusing several of these continuities together to make the new continuity.
** Overall, JumpStart hardly cares at all about canon - just about being fun and educational. (To see how much JumpStart's characters have changed over the years, see [[http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61G7T5GTXJL.jpg first reboot Kisha Koala]] and [[http://platform.ak.fbcdn.net/www/app_full_proxy.php?app=4949752878&v=1&size=o&cksum=5d0af5a43a03c4f25ca2ad805dc42a2c&src=http%3A%2F%2Fi413.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fpp214%2FJumpStart3D%2FKishaWallpaper-sm.jpg second reboot Kisha the Tiger]] side by side. Yes, she changed species.)
* CoversAlwaysLie: The original cover for ''[=JumpStart=] Spanish'' showed Mr. Hopsalot, who was indeed the game's main character, on the cover. However, somewhere around 2001 or 2002, JumpStart arbitrarily decided that Frankie the dog should be the main character and mascot of the entire JumpStart series. As a result, in 2003, the ''[=JumpStart=] Spanish'' cover was changed to one that prominently featured Frankie and didn't feature Hopsalot at all...''even though Frankie didn't appear in [=JumpStart=] Spanish''.
* DeadpanSnarker: Jo Hammet, the KidDetective heroine of the fifth grade game, in varying degrees depending which lines you pick for her in the {{Dialogue Tree}}s. Most of this is directed at Maggie Mead, the lady who runs the town mine shaft and whom Jo is convinced is the most boring person who ever lived. A sample of their relationship:
-->'''Maggie''': Do you work for the Park Service?\\
'''Jo''': Why yes! Actually, I'm the director of the Park Service down from Yosemite! ''How'' did you know?\\
'''Maggie''': [[DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm Lying will get you nowhere]].
** The snarkier lines ''do'' get you nowhere, so they're clearly trying to teach AnAesop about not being a smartass. Which doesn't make selecting them any less fun.
* DialogueTree: Especially prominent in 5th grade and the new one.
* DifficultyLevels: In most games, there are three of them. A few games cleverly segregate gameplay level and academic level.
* DirectToVideo: Two animated videotapes were included with early 2000s re-releases of ''[=JumpStart=] Preschool'' and ''[=JumpStart=] Kindergarten''.
* DiscontinuityNod: In the 1994 version of ''JumpStart Kindergarten'', there's a [[ShowWithinAShow video game within a computer game]] called "Pattern Blaster" which stars a mouse named Roquefort. In the 1998 version, however, Roquefort exists in the "real world" and there's a different mouse in Pattern Blaster named Brie. Sometimes, as Brie is eating a hunk of cheese, Roquefort comments, "Boy, I wish I was Brie right now."
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: You have to prevent this in ''JumpStart3rdGrade'' and ''[=JumpStart=] 6th Grade''.
* {{Expy}}: Both JumpStart and LeapFrog feature (or, in JumpStart's case, [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome featured]]) similar-looking fireflies[[hottip:*:the JumpStart version's pre-2000-or-so incarnation doesn't look like LeapFrog's Edison, but the post-2000 incarnation does]] named Edison who are best friends with frogs, and a cat named Casey. The question is, who's Expy-ing off whom?
* FetchQuest: Most games in the series, especially those for third grade and over, are basically a series of these.
* FourFingeredHands: Jo Hammet and all the other characters in ''[=JumpStart=] 5th Grade''. Also seems to be the case in ''JumpStart3rdGrade''. And is also true of all the animal characters to appear in JumpStart games. Come to think of it, correct hands are rather rare in JumpStart games.
* FreeRangeChildren: Seriously, what were Jo Hammet's parents thinking? Would you let your ten-year-old daughter skateboard around the city at night, dodging a madman's goons and breaking into sabotaged industrial plants? And there's no way they couldn't have known about it because it's implied that she became the town hero. Of course, the game solves this issue by just never showing or mentioning her parents.
* FullyDressedCartoonAnimal: Like BarefootCartoonAnimal, this has probably applied to all of the major animal characters at some point. In the current incarnation of the characters (2005 - present), it applies to all of them except Pierre, who wears nothing but a belt.
* FunnyAnimal: Oh so many.
* FurryConfusion: Several examples:
** In both versions of ''JumpStart Kindergarten'' (1994 and 1998), the main character is an antropomorphic rabbit named Mr. Hopsalot, and non-anthro rabbits ALSO appear in the very same game.
** ''JumpStart Around the World'', a game which used to be included as a bonus disc with the Preschool - 2nd Grade titles (with a slightly different version for each grade) included at least two examples. In the 2nd Grade version, when you go to Brazil, there's a "photo" of your travels that depicts the anthropomorphic C.J. Frog and a lot of non-anthro tropical frogs clustered around his feet and even sitting on his head. In the Preschool version, taking a trip to Australia will yield a short video that includes Kisha Koala holding a non-anthro koala in her arms.
** In ''JumpStart Animal Adventures'' (aka ''JumpStart Animal Field Trip''), the main character is C.J. Frog, but the game also features a non-anthro (but talking) frog in the Rainforest section.
** ''JumpStart Advanced Preschool'' featured the JumpStart anthro animals...taking care of pets. That were sometimes the same species as themselves. [[http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51AYGNM4ECL._SS400_.jpg Just look at the cover]] - Frankie the dog is holding a non-anthro dog in his hands! Or are they paws? Hmmm...
** Pretty much any time when a JumpStart game featuring animal characters also teaches zoology, this is bound to happen. For example, ''JumpStart Advanced 1st Grade'' taught just a little zoology, featuring a game in which you sometimes had to guide blimps labeled with pictures of animals to the classes to which they belong. Again, just like in ''JumpStart Kindergarten'', the game is hosted by Hopsalot, but sometimes the blimps depict non-anthro rabbits - and other creatures that also appear as anthros in the game.
** The trend continues. In the JumpStart.com MMOG, the user can adopt pets (styled as "petz") of all sorts of species, such as dogs, rabbits, and elephants...despite the presence of such characters as Frankie, Hopsalot (aka Hops), and Eleanor.
** The 2009 Wii game ''JumpStart Pet Rescue'' is another example.
* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: The first level in 5th grade is essentially a breather level. During the skateboard stages, the thugs never come after you at all so you're in virtually no danger. Throughout the rest of the game, the thugs keep chasing her, and during the MadLibs minigame, start talking about what Jo might do to disarm the bomb. This actually makes sense - the thugs in the first "night" haven't been told to go after Jo at all.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In ''[=JumpStart=] 5th Grade'', they managed to get away with making an educational game for kids as young as nine in which the main plot involved ''disarming bombs''. Not to mention the fact that the heroine rides around on a skateboard without a helmet...
** The game also includes this exchange:
-->'''Jo''': Have you seen anything that might prevent electrocution?\\
'''Jimmy the Shadow''': Yeah, a governor's pardon. Heh, heh, anything else?\\
'''Jo''': I guess I couldn't expect anything better from a guy who spends all day surrounded by trash.\\
'''Jimmy the Shadow''': With all these piles of junk laying around there's bound to be another... "accident". You better beat it, kid.
* GreenAesop: ''6th Grade'' takes this in a very ''CaptainPlanet'' direction, although the villain at least has the excuse of being [[AIIsACrapshoot a computer who went insane]]. There are six {{Mini Game}}s in which you have to correct the damage being done to the Earth and five of them involve fixing environmental damage. The other one is about restoring ancient monuments. Oddly enough, the sixth grade game in the ''ClueFinders'' series was also rather heavy on this trope. Were Knowledge Adventures and the Learning Company comparing notes or something?
* HeKnowsAboutTimedHits: In most games, the characters will frequently tell you to "use the arrow keys to do such-and-such" or will explain to you such things as the toolbar at the bottom of the screen (though in ''JumpStart3rdGrade'' the toolbar is actually a physical object...which doesn't really explain why it allows you to change the difficulty of the games or look at a progress report telling you how well you did at math and such). It's no surprise, since JumpStart games often have NoFourthWall.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Jo Hammet is voiced by KathSoucie.
** And Botley is voiced by [[AsToldByGinger Carl Foutley]] and [[VideoGame/DarkCloud Pau]].
*** GreyDelisle voiced Keisha the koala in "Artist".
* IdleAnimation
* [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes Keep Circulating the Torrents]]: The original ''JumpStart4thGrade'' has had no rerelease. But given the fact that the game is almost like a SurvivalHorror...maybe it's best to save that until they're more mature!
* LockAndKeyPuzzle
* LostInTranslation: In the United Kingdom version of ''[=JumpStart=] 2nd Grade'', which was entitled ''Jump Ahead Year 2'', Edison Firefly's name is changed to Newton, apparently because Edison was an American inventor and the British kids wouldn't know who he was, so they changed his name to that of a more recognizable scientist. The problem is, Edison wasn't just named after any scientist, he was named after the scientist who invented the light bulb, because he's a firefly...and unfortunately, [[CaptainObvious Newton didn't invent the light bulb]].
* MadLibsDialogue (used very jarringly in the earliest games: "The ball is on the... forty-nine... yard line.")
** Justified in the 4th Grade Adventure games where you ''are'' playing Mad Libs.
* NeverSayDie: Averted in ''JumpStart Animal Adventures'' (aka ''Animal Field Trip''); they don't say "die" per se, but they rather frequently talk about animals eating other animals. They were even commended by Diseny's FamilyFun magazine for their honesty!
* NoFourthWall: In most JumpStart games, the characters talk directly to the user quite frequently, and they never shy away from telling you to [[HeKnowsAboutTimedHits use the arrow keys to do such-and-such]]. ''JumpStart 5th Grade'' isn't quite this way most of the time, but they do break the fourth wall not infrequently, as noted above.
* PlotCoupon
* PopUpVideoGames
* RaceLift: An animal race example - Kisha Koala and Pierre Polar Bear were retconned into being a tiger and a panda in 2005, respectively. Why? Who knows! JumpStart cares less about consistent canon than you can imagine, so maybe the real question is "Why not?"
* ScienceFantasy: The MMOG contains both fantasy elements (raising dragons and pegasi, mixing up potions in Windy Valley, etc.) and sci-fi elements (Botley, high-tech stuff in FutureLand, jetpacks, etc.)
* SirVerbaLot: Mr. Hopsalot (changed to just "Hopsalot" in later games) is an example that doesn't include the "Sir".
* StockAnimalDiet:
** Frankie the dog has often been depicted as loving bones and dog biscuits, such as in ''JumpStart Numbers'', in which the entire point of the game is getting Frankie a lot of (300, to be exact) dog biscuits, or ''JumpStart Advanced 1st Grade'', in which Frankie gives out the "Smoky Bone" power-up.
** Hopsalot (in earlier games, Mr. Hopsalot) loves carrots. His powerup in ''Advanced 1st Grade'' being "Hyper Carrot Fuel" and the fact that in ''Advanced Kindergarten'', (in which he's one of the most important characters) you earn carrots to exchange for powerups, are just two examples. However, if his growing a variety of vegetables (and even, quite unorthodox for a rabbit, flowers!) in his garden in ''JumpStart Kindergarten 1998'' is any indication, he doesn't like them exclusively.
** Eleanor Elephant is a fan of peanuts, at least in ''Advanced 1st Grade''.
** Oddly enough, this trope has never, it seems, been applied to Casey Cat; he's never shown any special interest in eating mice, fish, or birds.
** Roquefort from ''JumpStart Kindergarten'' is obsessed with cheese. However, his fellow mouse friend, Jack, doesn't share his obsession, and when he rebukingly asks Roquefort if that's all he thinks about, he notes he also likes cookies.
* StrawLoser: Maggie Mead in ''Jumpstart 5th Grade'':
-->'''Jo''': How do you bring yourself here each day?\\
'''Maggie''': I drive. I have a moped.\\
'''Jo''': Of ''course'' you do! You know, wearing a helmet can protect you from injuries!
* ThinkOfTheCensors: Combined with NonstandardGameOver in ''5th Grade''. If you fail to disarm one of Dr. X's bombs, Jo breaks the fourth wall to inform you that you have to try again because bombs can't go off in an educational game.
* {{Tomboy}}: Jo Hammet, the protagonist on the fifth grade game. In some subsequent products, she is given a GirlinessUpgrade and drawn in a much less stylized art style, becoming completely unrecognizable. (She still ''acts'' tomboyish, though.)
* TrickedOutGloves: Provide the game menu in ''6th Grade''. Don't seem to have any kind of useful function in-universe.
* VagueAge: Sometimes, age is very clear. Polly Sparks from ''JumpStart3rdGrade'' is, well, probably in 3rd grade. Jo Hammet is similarly a 10-year-old. The original Mr. Hopsalot was obviously an adult. Other times, however...How old are any of the FunnyAnimals in the 2001-2004 games? They seem a bit like kids, except...they seem really self-sufficient, there's no parents, there's no going to school or stuff like that...yet Hopsalot mentions in ''Advanced 2nd Grade'' that finding clues "gives me an excuse to stay up past my bedtime". How old is C.J. Frog in any continuity? The modern continuity is pretty confusing too. Yet another example: Are the characters in ''JumpStart Preschool'' 1994 version the teachers, or students? They talk in childlike voices, but yet Casey has a tie...
* WarpWhistle: While in the report card's screen, clicking on any of the subject names will bring the user to the game designed to build that skill.
* WeekendInventor / HomemadeInventions: Hopsalot was mentioned earlier, but perhaps a more weekendy example can be found in C.J. Frog and Edison Firefly in the ''JumpStart 2nd Grade Spelling Challenge'' workbook. C.J. and Edison are usually not depicted with any inventing talent, but in that workbook and that workbook alone, they apparently create pretty advanced (though [[AwesomeButImpractical impractical]]) gadgets mostly just for fun.
* XtremeKoolLetterz: In the MMO, there are lots of gratuitous Z's - petz, ridez, etc.
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-->'''Jo''': How do bring yourself here each day?\\

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-->'''Jo''': How do you bring yourself here each day?\\
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* ThinkOfTheCensors: Combined with NonstandardGameOver in ''5th Grade''. If you fail to disarm one of Dr. X's bombs, Jo breaks the fourth wall to inform you that you have to try again because bombs can't go off in an educational game.


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* ThinkOfTheCensors: Combined with NonstandardGameOver in ''5th Grade''. If you fail to disarm one of Dr. X's bombs, Jo breaks the fourth wall to inform you that you have to try again because bombs can't go off in an educational game.
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* StrawLoser: Maggie Mead in ''Jumpstart 5th Grade'':
-->'''Jo''': How do bring yourself here each day?\\
'''Maggie''': I drive. I have a moped.\\
'''Jo''': Of ''course'' you do! You know, wearing a helmet can protect you from injuries!
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Originally, each grade level had entirely different characters and settings from other grade levels. The subject-based games, however, each reused a cast of characters (i.e. ''[=JumpStart Typing=]'' used the ''JumpStart3rdGrade'' cast, ''[JumpStart Reading for Second Graders]'' used the ''[=JumpStart=] 2nd Grade'' cast, etc). Circa 2000, a ContinuityReboot fused the Preschool - 2nd Grade continuities into one new universe in which the various characters interacted together. A continuity featuring these characters is still in use today, but around 2005, it got a big reboot that changed the characters considerably, to the point that some became unrecognizable.

(A canon featuring characters from the 3rd - 6th grade games has also been used occasionally; for example, in the ''[=JumpStart=] Spy Masters'' games and the rather lame bonus disc ''[=JumpStart=] Adventure Challenge''. Also, in about 2006 or 2007, Botley was added to the canon which normally featured Preschool - 2nd Grade characters, despite being a 3rd Grade character.)

JumpStart has branched out considerably over the years, spinning off into a series of workbooks, a couple of "Readers" kiddie books, a handful of games for other consoles, a handful of VHS tapes and [=DVDs=], and apps for mobile devices such as the iPad. Ever since 2009, they have focused almost solely on a massively multiplayer online game located at [=JumpStart=].com that was released in that year.

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Originally, each grade level had entirely different characters and settings from other grade levels. The subject-based games, however, each reused a cast of characters (i.e. ''[=JumpStart Typing=]'' used the ''JumpStart3rdGrade'' cast, ''[JumpStart ''[=JumpStart=] Reading for Second Graders]'' Graders'' used the ''[=JumpStart=] 2nd Grade'' cast, etc). Circa 2000, a ContinuityReboot fused the Preschool - 2nd Grade continuities into one new universe in which the various characters interacted together. A continuity featuring these characters is still in use today, but around 2005, it got a big reboot that changed the characters considerably, to the point that some became unrecognizable.

(A canon featuring characters from the 3rd - 6th grade Grade games has also been used occasionally; for example, in the ''[=JumpStart=] Spy Masters'' games and the rather lame bonus disc ''[=JumpStart=] Adventure Challenge''. Also, in about 2006 or 2007, Botley was added to the canon which normally featured Botley, who is not a Preschool - 2nd Grade characters, despite being a 3rd Grade character.character, appears in the current canon.)

JumpStart has branched out considerably over the years, spinning off into a series of workbooks, a couple of "Readers" kiddie books, a handful of games for other consoles, a handful of VHS tapes and [=DVDs=], and apps for mobile devices such as the iPad. Ever since 2009, they have focused almost solely on a massively multiplayer online game located at [=JumpStart=].com that was released in that year.
year. (Sometimes, ads for it appear on this very page!)



* NeverSayDie: In ''JumpStart Animal Adventures'' (aka ''Animal Field Trip''), they don't say "die" per se, but they rather frequently talk about animals eating other animals. They were even commended by Diseny's FamilyFun magazine for their honesty!

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* NeverSayDie: In Averted in ''JumpStart Animal Adventures'' (aka ''Animal Field Trip''), Trip''); they don't say "die" per se, but they rather frequently talk about animals eating other animals. They were even commended by Diseny's FamilyFun magazine for their honesty!


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* ScienceFantasy: The MMOG contains both fantasy elements (raising dragons and pegasi, mixing up potions in Windy Valley, etc.) and sci-fi elements (Botley, high-tech stuff in FutureLand, jetpacks, etc.)
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EdutainmentGame series created by Knowledge Adventure for kids up to sixth grade. The series originally consisted of several PC games, each one usually dedicated either to a specific grade level (or age level, since "baby" and "toddler" aren't exactly grades) or to a specific subject. These included a ''[=JumpStart=] Typing'' that featured the return of the ''JumpStart3rdGrade'' cast.

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EdutainmentGame series created by Knowledge Adventure for kids up to sixth grade. The series originally It made its debut in 1994 with the original ''[=JumpStart=] Kindergarten''. Originally, it consisted of several PC games, each one usually dedicated either to a specific CD-ROM games based on grade level (or age level, since "baby" and "toddler" "toddlers" aren't exactly grades) or to grades), with some spin-off games based on subject.

Originally, each grade level had entirely different characters and settings from other grade levels. The subject-based games, however, each reused
a specific subject. These included a ''[=JumpStart=] Typing'' that featured the return cast of characters (i.e. ''[=JumpStart Typing=]'' used the ''JumpStart3rdGrade'' cast.
cast, ''[JumpStart Reading for Second Graders]'' used the ''[=JumpStart=] 2nd Grade'' cast, etc). Circa 2000, a ContinuityReboot fused the Preschool - 2nd Grade continuities into one new universe in which the various characters interacted together. A continuity featuring these characters is still in use today, but around 2005, it got a big reboot that changed the characters considerably, to the point that some became unrecognizable.

(A canon featuring characters from the 3rd - 6th grade games has also been used occasionally; for example, in the ''[=JumpStart=] Spy Masters'' games and the rather lame bonus disc ''[=JumpStart=] Adventure Challenge''. Also, in about 2006 or 2007, Botley was added to the canon which normally featured Preschool - 2nd Grade characters, despite being a 3rd Grade character.)
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** The game also includes this exchange:
-->'''Jo''': Have you seen anything that might prevent electrocution?\\
'''Jimmy the Shadow''': Yeah, a governor's pardon. Heh, heh, anything else?\\
'''Jo''': I guess I couldn't expect anything better from a guy who spends all day surrounded by trash.\\
'''Jimmy the Shadow''': With all these piles of junk laying around there's bound to be another... "accident". You better beat it, kid.
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