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Tak and the Power of Juju proved to be such a popular video game that Nickelodeon, who owned the rights to the property, started working on a television series based on the game series.
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Premiering in August 31, 2007, the series was a co-production between Nickelodeon Animation Studios and the video games' distributor THQ. Due to low ratings, the series only lasted one season, with the final episode being an hour-length Origins Episode special that aired on January 24, 2009 titled "Destiny Schmestiny".

In an effort of promoting the series, Tak was featured as a playable character in the final two Nicktoons Unite! games; Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots and SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom. The Tak and the Power of Juju cartoon also had two tie-in games, Tak: Mojo Mistake for Nintendo DS and Tak and the Guardians of Gross for Wii and PlayStation 2.

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  • Adaptation Name Change:
    • Tlaloc is renamed Traloc.
    • Mind Reader Juju is renamed Psychic Juju
    • Dead Juju is renamed Party Juju.
    • The Dark Juju Travis is renamed Darkness Juju.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: Tak is noticeably a bit dumber than he was in the video games.
  • Adaptational Jerkass:
    • Tak is still well-meaning for the most part, but the cartoon noticeably makes him more arrogant and willing to use his magic for personal gain.
    • Lok bullies Tak in certain episodes of the animated series whereas in the games he was, while obnoxious and only occasionally helpful, very supportive of Tak to the point of being a wannabe Big Brother Mentor.
  • Adapted Out: Several characters originating from the game series never appear in the cartoon, most notably Tlaloc's minions Pins and Needles, Moon Juju, Flora, Fauna, the Two-Headed Juju and Jibolba's brother JB.
  • Alternate Continuity: The series is apparently a separate canon from the games, as "A Shaman's Shaman" appears to indicate that this is Tak's first meeting with Traloc, when Tlaloc was the main villain of the first two games. In addition, the special "Destiny Schmestiny" shows an account of Tak's origins that is completely irreconcilable with the events of the games.
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  • Attractive Bent-Gender: "Girls Only" has Tak disguise himself as a girl to sneak into a club that only allows Pupununu females. Keeko later meets Tak in his female disguise and falls in love with him.
  • Baby Morph Episode: "Little Chief" has the Chief try to get Tak to use his magic to make him a teenager again. Instead, Tak ends up turning him into a baby, which becomes a problem when the Chief gets too used to having the rest of the Pupununu people take care of him to do anything about his responsibility of leading the tribe.
  • Bankruptcy Barrel: The Log Hermit wears nothing but a hollow tree stump.
  • Canon Foreigner: The animated series features a lot of characters who don't appear in the original games, particularly Jeera, Zaria, Keeko and the Pupununu Chief.
  • Curse Cut Short: "Zaria's in Charge" has Jeera comment "Yeah, when Jujus fly out of my—"
  • Death by Adaptation: Travis the Dark Juju was still alive after his defeat in Tak: The Great Juju Challenge, while his animated series counterpart Darkness Juju ends up vaporized by Tak.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Traloc only appears in one episode, when he was the main villain of the first two games.
    • The Caged Juju was a major character in the first two games, when here he only has a voiceless cameo in "Lok the Offender".
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Tak wants Jeera to love him, but she doesn't return his affections.
  • Fat Bastard: The Chief is corpulent and not very nice.
  • Fat Idiot: In addition to being an overweight jerk, the Chief is very stupid.
  • Flirtatious Smack on the Ass: In "The Party", Killjoy Juju complains that she doesn't get a slap on the heinie for ending parties and tells Party Juju to not even think about it when he raises a hand near her rear.
  • G-Rated Drug: The love potion from "Love Hurts" causes Tak to act very weird while attempting to court Jeera.
  • Godiva Hair: A male example occurs in "This Bites", where the Log Hermit has his privates covered by his beard after the tree stump he wears is eaten by a zombified Jibolba.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: "This Bites" shows sickening close-ups of Jibolba's toothless gums and nostril hairs as well as the Chief's belly button.
  • Hand-or-Object Underwear:
    • Keeko walks away while covering himself with a rock when Tak accidentally burns up all his clothes in "A Shaman's Shaman".
    • In "The Three Chiefs", the Chief tries to have Tak use his magic to shear a sheep. While Tak is successful, the process also strips the Chief naked, forcing him to use the shorn sheep to cover himself.
  • I Want Grandkids: When it is believed that Tak is destined to marry Zaria in "To Zaria with Love", the Chief likes the idea of Tak being his son-in-law and mentions that he's looking forward to having grandchildren.
  • I Want My Mommy!: Lok cries for his mommy whenever he's intimidated as a running gag.
  • Impact Silhouette: In "To Zaria With Love", Tak runs through a wall and leaves behind a hole shaped like his silhouette.
  • Joke of the Butt: In "Nice Calves", Tak fools around with a disembodied rear by pretending it is his own behind as well as placing it on his head and declaring himself the Butt King.
  • Mirror-Cracking Ugly: "Hairy Zaria" has Zaria's mirror crack when she looks into it after she is made hairy by Tak's magic.
  • Mooning: As part of trying to fit in with the Pupununu youth in "Little Chief", one of the activities Chief suggests to Jeera and Tak is that they knock on Jibolba's door and bare their bottoms at him.
  • Near-Miss Groin Attack: Tak almost takes a spear to the crotch in "The Gift".
  • Of Corpse He's Alive: The episode "Joy Ride" has Tak and Keeko take Jeera's new J-Runner (given to her by the Belly Juju in gratitude for helping him when he was choking) and end up running over a Juju. Not wanting to get in trouble for causing a Juju's death, Tak and Keeko move the Juju's body around to try and convince the rest of the Pupununu tribe that the Juju isn't dead. At the end of the episode, the Juju is revealed to be named Roadkill Juju, turns out to be still alive and actually likes getting run over.
  • Only Sane Man: With Tak being an Adaptational Dumbass, Jeera is the most sensible of the Pupununu in this continuity.
  • Origins Episode: The "Destiny Schmestiny" special serves to explain how Tak became shaman of the Pupununu and their liaison towards the Juju in this continuity.
  • Suddenly Speaking: "Joy Ride" ends with Roadkill Juju turning out to be able to speak and not being a dead body.
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: The Chief comments on the lyrics for Bug Juju's musical being dreadful in "Our Favorite Juju".

Alternative Title(s): Tak And The Power Of Juju

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