On September 19, 2012 at 7 pm ET, Disney Channel will premiere the second primetime special featuring the Disney Junior favorite, ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates’ (DVD available to own October 16, now available for pre-order).
According to the Never Land Pirate Code, Jake and his crew must race Bucky against the Jolly Roger and the sneaky Captain Hook. But if Bucky loses, he’ll belong to Hook forever! Of course, Hook uses every trick in the book and wins the race! But, Jake and his crew might have a way to get Bucky back. With the help of Peter Pan, the young pirates embark on an adventure across Never Land that includes getting past a fire-breathing dragon! With your help, Jake’s crew can save Bucky from the devious Captain Hook!
Disney Channel has provided us with this sneak peek of several stills plus clips from the prime-time special which we proudly share with you below:
Beginning Friday, August 31, DisneyJunior.com/JakeSavesBucky will launch ‘Jake’s Heroic Race,’ a collection of four mini-games themed to the primetime special, as well as a pirate name generator where kids will be presented with various scenarios and then assigned a pirate name based on their unique responses. New printable coloring pages will depict Jake demonstrating his heroic characteristics including bravery, confidence, kindness, loyalty and helpfulness.
‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky’ stars the voices of Colin Ford as Jake; Madison Pettis as Izzy; Jonathan Morgan Heit as Cubby; David Arquette as Skully; Corey Burton as Captain Hook; Jeff Bennett as Mr. Smee and Bones; Loren Hoskins as Sharky; Adam Wylie as Peter Pan; Dee Bradley Baker as Brightly and the Dragon; and Russi Taylor as Gilly. Rob LaDuca is executive producer, Mark Seidenberg is producer/story editor and Howy Parkins is the director. The special is a production of Disney Television Animation.
‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky’ to Premiere September 19; New Skully Shortform Series
Disney Junior will debut the primetime special “Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky” on International Talk Like A Pirate Day, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 (7:00-8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. In the family night special event episode, Peter Pan returns to Never Land once again to help Jake and his crew win back their ship after losing Bucky in a race against Captain Hook and the Jolly Roger. The series’ first primetime special, “Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Peter Pan Returns,” debuted in February 2012 and was the most-watched cable telecast in nearly 10 years in Kids 2-5.
The short-form series “Playing With Skully,” which invites viewers at home to help Jake’s popular pirate lookout parrot Skully solve an array of pirate problems, will debut the same day during the Disney Junior programming block on Disney Channel (9:55 a.m., 10:25 a.m., 10:55 a.m., 11:55 a.m., 12:25 p.m. and 12:55 p.m. ET/PT) and will also air on Disney Junior. David Arquette voices the role of Skully.
Beginning Friday, August 31, DisneyJunior.com/JakeSavesBucky will launch “Jake’s Heroic Race,” a collection of four mini-games themed to the primetime special, as well as a pirate name generator where kids will be presented with various scenarios and then assigned a pirate name based on their unique responses. New printable coloring pages will depict Jake demonstrating his heroic characteristics including bravery, confidence, kindness, loyalty and helpfulness.
A full-length preview of “Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky” will become available via Disney Channel on Demand on September 12. WATCH Disney Channel will simulcast the special in conjunction with the television premiere on September 19 on Disney Channel. The special will also be available the following day on WATCH Disney Junior and DisneyJunior.com.
“Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky” stars the voices of Colin Ford as Jake; Madison Pettis as Izzy; Jonathan Morgan Heit as Cubby; David Arquette as Skully; Corey Burton as Captain Hook; Jeff Bennett as Mr. Smee and Bones; Loren Hoskins as Sharky; Adam Wylie as Peter Pan; Dee Bradley Baker as Brightly and the Dragon; and Russi Taylor as Gilly. Rob LaDuca is executive producer, Mark Seidenberg is producer/story editor and Howy Parkins is the director. The special is a production of Disney Television Animation.
“Jake and the Never Land Pirates” is a music-filled interactive treasure hunt that revolves around 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.” The series, which emphasizes teamwork, features original pirate rock music performed by Sharky and Bones of The Never Land Pirate Band.
Earlier today, Disney/ABC Television Group’s Digital Media team released two new apps starring Disney Junior favorites, ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates’ (iOS Universal) and ‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse’ (iPad only), allowing the popular interactive shows to become even more engaging with their audiences.
In ‘Jake’s Never Land Pirate School,’ children are enrolled in Jake’s pirate school where they will learn all the skills to become part of Jake’s pirate crew. The app contains full animation and audio provided by the show’s vocal talents and includes direct interaction with Jake, Izzy, Cubby and Sharky and Bones. The first step to enroll is to create a pirate avatar which uses the iDevice’s camera (or camera roll) to place the child’s head on a pirate body. After that, it’s time to attend classes and engage in various ‘challenges’ which include: steering Jake’s ship, Bucky, through obstacle courses using the accelerometer; creating original pirate tunes with Sharky and Bones with various instruments, which the app records and plays back; Map & Spyglass in which the student uses a map and spyglass to locate various objects on the island; and Pixie Dust with Izzy (and a silent Skully) where the student learns to fly with pixie dust, navigating through a maze and avoiding a pop-up Captain Hook. And, of course, each activity is rewarded with gold doubloons which the student digs up as Jake counts them.
Along the way, the app teaches other skills such as counting, colors, superlatives and shapes. All of the activities are relatively simple to play and there’s literally no way to fail at any of them, especially with the encouragement of all of the show’s characters.
The app keeps track of all of the student’s progress and, when all the classes have been completed, the student is rewarded with certificate, deeming them an honorary Never Land pirate. The student then has the opportunity to decorate the certificate with virtual stickers and even printing it out on an AirPrint compatible printer.
The app itself is pretty flawless in its design and execution and will certainly delight any fan of the series. I only ran into a few minor issues myself. One is during the map & spyglass class, in which I was asked to locate a monkey which appeared to be hidden behind a tiki tree — it was only due to a pixie dust aura that the app finally showed as a clue that I was able to spot it. Another minor grievance is with decorating the certificate with the virtual stickers. There is no way to move or resize the stickers (you can remove them all with a press of a button however) and it wasn’t clear that you actually need to press and drag the stickers to the desired location on the certificate — that came only with trial and error. The certificate also has virtual stickers that represent the individual courses, but they only go into their designated spot on the certificate (which can be identified by nuances in the shapes), but there’s no instruction on this, nor a correction when they’re not properly placed — they simply just return back to the sheet. Last — and most minor of all — the instructions for creating the private avatar advise you on how to position your face once the photo is taken, but those instructions actually apply only to images from the camera roll, so it’s a bit confusing, particularly since it appears to not work.
Next is the ‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally appisode.’ Not just a clever play on words, this is an actual full-blown adaptation of the Disney Junior primetime special in which Mickey Mouse and the rest of the ‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse’ gang engage in a friendly road race to locate Mickey Markers spread throughout the land. While the appisode faithfully reproduces the program, it attempts to make the app even more interactive than watching it on tv. For example, any time Mickey would ask the viewer a question, the app pops up a Mickey microphone and actually listens for input from the child — though just like the television show, it doesn’t really matter what the response is. Where the app really shines, however, is that it introduces new content and games that wouldn’t be possible on the show. So for example, when the assistance of Toodles is required, characters can actually explain why a particular tool wouldn’t do the job if chosen. Children are also asked to lend a finger (or use the accelerometer) when the characters are faced with a task, such as cleaning up a pile of spilled rubber duckies or clearing the road of sand.
Even more flawless in its execution, the only possible gripe with this app is its size — almost 500 MB — but justified considering it has the absolute look and feel of the actual Road Rally episode.
Last night, attendees of the second annual Disney Social Media Moms Conference were treated to a fantastic experience in way of a dinner/dance party presented by Disney Junior on the set of ‘Lights, Motor, Action’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
We’ll have more on the event and its many surprises soon, but for now we thought we’d share these photos of Jake from ‘Jake and the Neverland Pirates’ who made his onstage debut at the event. After spending some time on the dance floor, jamming to a live performance of ‘Roll Up The Map’ by Sharky and Bones, Jake treated us to an exclusive photo shoot.
At this time, there are no known plans for Jake to be greeting park guests on a regular basis, but it’s always a possibility that he may become available for meet & greets as early as April/May when there is traditionally a significant change in Disney character appearances.
Jake does currently appear in puppet form, however, along with Izzy, Cubby and Skully in an all new segment of the popular ‘Disney Junior: Live on Stage!’ show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.