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Western Animation: Jake and the Never Land Pirates
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Jake and the Never Land Pirates is a 2011 animated series airing on Disney Junior, one of three new programs that helped to launch the network along with Babar and the Adventures of Badou and Tinga Tinga Tales. Set in the universe of the classic Disney film Peter Pan, the program focuses on the adventures of the young Jake and his two friends, Cubby and Izzy, along with their parrot, Skully. They're a group of "pirates" who just want to have fun and do the things ordinary kids do, but their time is often spent chasing after Captain Hook, who is always trying to steal their stuff. Hook is "aided" by his usual bumbling sidekick, Smee and Bones & Sharky, two even-more-dimwitted pirates who seem to exist for little more than to swab the deck and sing comic songs. The program contains occasional references to Peter Pan and Tinker Bell.In December 2011, it was officially announced that the program was returning for a second season. New episodes began airing on February 20, 2012, though each "new" episode actually consists of one original story and one repeat. Season 3 started on January 3, 2014.
Jake and the Never Land Pirates provides examples of:
Affably Evil: Smee (even moreso than in the movie), Sharky and Bones fit this to a T, half the time you wouldn't even know they're villains, they're really only badguys because they're Hooks crew, they seem like pretty nice guys when they aren't on captains orders, even then it's hard to take them seriously. This being a preschool show they're the closest things to cutthroats we get. Even Hook, while still an unpleasant guy has shades of genuine affability here, whereas in the movie not so much. To put it bluntly, Hook was basically downgraded from murderous pirate to schoolyard bully.
Animate Inanimate Object: Bucky, the ship, is apparently supposed to be sentient, though "he" has no face and doesn't talk. "He" will come when called, though, and has attachments that can be used to scoop hazards out of the water on command.
Artistic License – Music: Jake is seen playing an electric guitar in Escape from Belch Mountain without an amplifier, yet it's still loud.
Big Bad Wannabe: Captain Hook, goes from an incompetent, but still manipulative person to an even bigger joke than he already was.
"Blind Idiot" Translation: Cubby's "Aw, coconuts" is translated as "Aw, palmtrees" in Latin American Spanish, which kind of clashes with all his "Coconuts" jokes.
Buffy Speak: Any of the names Hook has for Jake's toys and such in earlier episodes, like "throwy-kicky-thingy" for a football.
Comes Great Responsibility: In "The Mermaid's Song," Marina lectures her little sister Stormy that mersong is only to be used to help people after she uses to force others to do her chores. (See Hypno Fool below.)
Driven by Envy: Many of Hook's schemes are initiated by Hook seeing Jake and his friends have some kind of treasure and he decides he wants it.
Easy Amnesia: In "Captain Who?", Captain Hook catches a whiff of a "Forget-Me Flower" and it causes him to forget who he is. His memory is eventually restored by an encounter with Tick Tock Croc.
Edutainment Show: Like all programming airing as a part of Disney Junior, it has basic educational concepts that it teaches, though it's really much more entertainment than education. Education generally focuses on pro-social skills, such as good manners, working together as a team, and sticking to a task. It also teaches basic counting.
Enemy Mine: Used in combination with Glad I Thought of It after a playful seal swipes everyone's toys, including Captain Hook's rubber ducky bath toy, which he plays with during his yearly bath. Jake suggests the idea. Captain Hook initially rejects it, then claims the credit for it. Jake doesn't try to argue. Later seen again in "Big Bug Island" when Hook agrees to one of these in the hope of finding treasure by tracking the Golden Caterpillar.
Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: In "Hats Off to Hook" when Hook is looking for his lost hat and sees Jake and his crew have it he assumes they stole it and dismisses Smee's suggestion that they may have simply found it and are coming to return it (which is of course accurate) and when Jake tries to give the hat back Hook thinks it's some kind of trick.
Expy: Clearly Hook, Smee and Tick Tock from the Peter Pan film, but Jake also looks a lot like the Jake from American Dragon: Jake Long. And kinda like a younger version of Captain Jack Sparrow. Jack, Jake... See the resemblance? There had even been rumors going around for a while that Disney was going to make an animated show based about a young Jack Sparrow.
Fake Interactivity: Used regularly in the show, but the bonus games included on the DVD take this to the fullest extreme. It's a DVD, so they could actually have interactive games. Instead, however, the "games" are fully non-interactive, simply around five minutes of Jake navigating the viewer through a non-interactive adventure.
Extremely downplayed in later episodes. The only non-interactive segments in the show are at the beginning and at the count-up of the Golden Doubloons. Other than that, it barely happens at all.
And in the bike episode; not only are helmets placed on all of the kids, but Hook and Smee don them before stealing said bike as well. Interestingly, however, the gang does not need safety gear when traversing rocks or leaping pits and traps.
Fountain of Youth: Jake, Izzy, Cubby and Hook fall into one in "Pirate Sitting Pirates" and turn into babies. As a result, Smee, Sharky, Bones and Skully need to find a magic flower and use it's pollen to turn them back to normal.
French Jerk: Beatrice Le Beak. She's an even bigger jerk than Hook.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: In the golden egg episode, when Jake and Skully discovers an egg and they try to figure out the owner. Skully then quickly says "Don't look at me!".
The Ghost: Whenever there's a "Wow, Peter Pan sent us an [insert object here]!" moment. And other than a constellation that resembles him, the boy is present only in name.
At least until February 2012, anyway, when Disney Channel premiered the primetime special "Peter Pan Returns." He also promised that he'd be back, and returned in Jake Saves Bucky. Then he appeared again in "Jake's Great Neverland Rescue". It seems to be that the character only appears in hour-length specials.
Ghost Ship: Bucky is thought to be this when he's stolen by Hook.
Harmless Villain: This being a Preschool show, Hook and his crew fit this to a T.
Not-So-Harmless Villain: Whenever Peter Pan shows up Hook and his crew are far more formidable and competent and usually 2 steps ahead of Jake and his friends, not quite as dangerous as in the movie but still very much competent. Justified since Peter Pan IS Captain Hook's archenemy, of course he'd take him more seriously than Jake and his "Puny Pirate Pals".
And to a lesser extent the Tick-Tock Croc, who clearly tries to eat Hook any chance he gets, though he's only really a threat to Hook and even then the level of which is debatable as he seems pretty well aware by now that Hook always escapes and his constant chasing and attempts to eat the pirate are more of a game to him than anything.
Hook Hand: Captain Hook is this trope's page picture.
Huddle Power: An entire episode, named "Huddle Up!", is centered around this.
Hypno Fool: In "The Mermaid's Song," Marina's sister uses mersong to turn Captain Hook, Smee and Cubby into this so that they will do work for her. At the end of the story, Bones and Sharky successfully emulate the mersong to get Hook to swab the deck of the Jolly Roger.
Bones: "Well, whaddya know? I can see our ship from here..!"
I Don't Pay You to Think: In "The Never Star," when talking about the Lost City of Gold, Captain Hook asks his crew, "You know what methinks?" Bones replies "That somebody lost an entire city?" and Captain Hook decides "Methinks from now on I'll do the methinking around here."
Made a Slave: Those three seahorses, when Hook decided he wanted to capture them to pull his dinghy.
Magic A Is Magic A: Thoroughly averted with the pixie dust. Its effect seems to be change even during the same episode: usually it makes the person it lands on fly at his/her will, but in some cases it can make the target fly at the caster's will (like when it's used on Hook), and can also make objects (which don't have Happy Thoughts) levitate.
Minion with an F in Evil: Smee; he's nowhere near the cut-throat longing to return to days of plunder he used to be. Hook even has to ask once, "Whose side are you ON, Smee?!" As for Sharky and Bones, well, they're pretty much getting downright chummy with Jake and his team.
In "Captain Hook is Missing!," Jake and his team are their choice for someone to help find him, without hesitation or debate.
Mondegreen: In "Treasure Chest Switcheroo," Hook and his minions swipe the Team Treasure Chest, but can't figure out how to open it. They then actually manage to come up with a reasonably good plan by planting a decoy treasure chest and then observing how Jake and his crew attempt to open it... only to then blow it by not being able to get a single line of the "Well Done, Crew" song correct.
Oh, Crap: Stormy gives out this expression when her scheme in making Hook, Smee, and Cubby do all her chores is discovered.
Once an Episode: At the end of every episode, the team gets together and counts the gold doubloons earned for solving pirate problems before putting them in the pirate treasure chest.
Also the use of pixie dust.
Only Known by Their Nickname: "Mother Hook Knows Best" reveals that Captain Hook's name is actually James Bartholomew Hook. And Bucky's full name is The Buccaneer.
Our Mermaids Are Different: Marina, the mermaid friend of the group who teaches them to surf, is MUCH different than any of the mermaids appearing in the original Disney movie. For starters, she's their friend. And helpful. And not trying to jealously drown all females.
As is her sister Stormy. The more grown up mermaids probably still act like from the movie, but they're confined to the background in this show.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Subverted in one episode where Hook disguises as a mermaid. The gang (almost) immediately noticed.
Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Subverted. While Tick Tock is shown to be dangerous (he is a crocodile, after all), his actions are driven by hunger rather than any sort of malevolence towards the other characters, and the way he goes about it is actually pretty dog-like and cute.
Save the Villain: Pretty much Once an Episode, Captain Hook gets into trouble after his plans go awry. Jake and/or the members of his crew always offer to help him, but he always refuses, saying that he can solve his own problems. (He can't.)
Marina later appears, but Izzy is still the main girl.
Other female supporting characters, like Red Jessica or the Pirate Princess or Hook's mother, have appeared, but Izzy is still the main girl and the only regular.
Something Completely Different: Both Peter Pan Returns and Jake Saves Bucky open with quite a bit of time spent with Hook and his crew, excepting the very opening part where Jake has the viewers say the pirate password.
Speech Impediment: Cubby has a bit of a lisp. (Very noticeable in "Escape from Belch Mountain" where he says "Slippery Serpent Forest")
Team Spirit: The theme of most episodes, and what is preached by the main crew.
"Pirate Princess Teamwork!" could be the practical embodier of this trope.
Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: In one episode, Hook and his crew must work with Jake's crew to find out who's been stealing all of their treasure. They also work with them in later episodes to more avail.
Tempting Fate: Twice in Peter Pan Returns. First when Hook and his crew are ejected from the Jolly Roger and fall into a raft. Either Bones or Sharkey points out their good luck, only for it to then sink due to the group's combined weight. One of them then comments that it can't get any worse, only for the Tick Tock Croc to then show up.
Terrible Ticking: The ringing of Bucky's bell is thought to be this by Hook and Smee.
Tick Tock, naturally. Even his eyes twitch to the rhythm of the clock in his belly.
Justified, in that Captain Hook sees Peter Pan as his Arch-Enemy and therefore would take him more seriously as a threat than a bunch of kids (despite said kids outsmarting him every time).
Took a Level in Kindness: Ever since Red Jessica was introduced, Hook seems have gone further and further away from badass, and while not necessarily outright friendly with Jake and his crew, is becoming pretty darned close.
Trojan Horse: In "Elephant Surprise!," Captain Hook and Smee trick their way into the trio's treasure room by hiding inside a large wooden elephant presented as a gift. The plan fails, however, when the elephant slides out of the treasure room and Jake and his crew spend the remainder of the story chasing after it.
Viewers Are Geniuses: This is a show for four year olds with a love triangle between Jake, Izzy, and Marina the Mermaid.
In Peter Pan Returns there's also some small hints that Izzy has a Precocious Crush on Peter.
Viewers Are Morons: Downplayed, especially in later episodes. While Non-Interactivity is still present, the kids are usually smart enough to figure stuff out on their own, and only occasionally ask for help. Season 3 takes this further as Jake no longer asks the viewers to join them on their adventures or his pirate crew. He knows they're willing to help them out.
Villain Song: Captain Hook, Smee and Tick Tock each get one from the pirate band. Hook even has a little theme chant that plays during many of his entrances. Additionally, Bones and Sharky have one of their own.
The Villain Sucks Song: A song in "Peter Pan Returns" serves as this AND a "the HERO sucks" song, as it's both Peter Pan and Hook trading insults and singing about how much they hate each other.
We Want Our Jerk Back: In "Captain Who?", when Captain Hook forgets who he is, he also loses all of his Jerkass tendencies. Smee, Sharky and Bones turn to Jake and his team to help because they went their jerk back.
Worthless Treasure Twist: Used in "Big Bug Island," when the treasure for following the Golden Caterpillar turns out to be seeing the hatching of the Golden Butterfly. Jake, his crew and Hook's minions are thrilled by it, but Hook is the opposite of pleased.
In "The Queen of Neverland," Hook lures two princesses under the guise of a queen and tells them to present treasure in order for him to decide which one of them should become the new queen. He is highly aggravated when both of their gifts turn out to be of this type, and steals a treasure of diamonds from them. When Jake and his team get it back, they're rewarded with a diamond each for helping out.
Yank the Dog's Chain: Happens to Hook at times, like at the end of "Treasure Chest Switcheroo" where his crew gets him his own magic treasure chest filled with golden eggs. Heartwarming, right? Unfortunately, the eggs hatch into baby crocodiles!