Jake and the Never Land Pirates is an Annie Award-winning musical and interactive animated television series shown on Disney Junior. It is based on Disney's Peter Pan franchise, which in turn is based on the famous book and play by British author J.M. Barrie. It is the first Disney Junior original show following the switch from Playhouse Disney. It stars Sean Ryan Fox, Madison Pettis, Jonathan Morgan Heit, David Arquette, Corey Burton, Jeff Bennett and Loren Hoskins. Colin Ford voiced the titular character Jake until season 2 episodes 11, 13 – 15, 20 and 32. The series is created by Disney veteran Bobs Gannaway, whose works include another Disney Junior series, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and a Disneytoon Studios film Secret of the Wings. Bobs Gannaway, Disney veteran, is also responsible for writing and directing the following films: Secret of the Wings (screenplay), The Pirate Fairy (story), and Planes: Fire and Rescue (directed by/story).
The series focuses on a band of young pirates consisting of Jake, Izzy, Cubby and their parrot Skully, who continuously spend their days competing against Captain Hook and Mr. Smee for treasure. They are often accompanied by several characters including their living pirate ship, Bucky, and their mermaid friend, Marina. It also takes place after the events of the Peter Pan saga sequel.
The series is a critical and commercial success, receiving high praise from critics and fans for its educational, yet entertaining format. The series is currently in its third season which premiered on January 3, 2014. On January 8, 2014, Disney ordered a fourth season of Jake and the Never Land Pirates.
At the American International Toy Fair in New York City, Disney announced a film based on the series, premiered on September 19, 2012, entitled Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Bucky's Great Race. The film was later downgraded to a special episode renamed Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky.