American Dragon: Jake Long

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American Dragon: Jake Long
American Dragon - Jake Long (title card).jpg
FormatAnimated television series
Comedy-drama
Created byJeff Goode
Voices ofDante Basco
Keone Young
John DiMaggio
Amy Bruckner
Miss Kittie
Charlie Finn
Mae Whitman
Jeff Bennett
Lauren Tom
Opening theme"American Dragon" performed by Mavin and The Jonas Brothers
Composer(s)Kat Green (season 1)
Billy Lincoln (season 1)
Adam Berry (season 2)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes52 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time22 minutes (25 minutes including commercials)
Production company(s)Walt Disney Television Animation
DistributorBuena Vista Television
Broadcast
Original channelDisney Channel
Picture format1080i (16:9) (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original runJanuary 21, 2005 (2005-01-21) – September 1, 2007 (2007-09-01)
External links
Website
 
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American Dragon: Jake Long
American Dragon - Jake Long (title card).jpg
FormatAnimated television series
Comedy-drama
Created byJeff Goode
Voices ofDante Basco
Keone Young
John DiMaggio
Amy Bruckner
Miss Kittie
Charlie Finn
Mae Whitman
Jeff Bennett
Lauren Tom
Opening theme"American Dragon" performed by Mavin and The Jonas Brothers
Composer(s)Kat Green (season 1)
Billy Lincoln (season 1)
Adam Berry (season 2)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes52 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time22 minutes (25 minutes including commercials)
Production company(s)Walt Disney Television Animation
DistributorBuena Vista Television
Broadcast
Original channelDisney Channel
Picture format1080i (16:9) (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original runJanuary 21, 2005 (2005-01-21) – September 1, 2007 (2007-09-01)
External links
Website

American Dragon: Jake Long is an American animated television series. It was produced by Walt Disney Television Animation and created by Jeff Goode. It premiered on Disney Channel on January 21, 2005 and was discontinued on September 1, 2007.[1]

Premise[edit]

Set in New York City (specifically the borough of Manhattan), this animated series tells the story of thirteen-year-old Asian-American Jake Long who must balance ordinary adolescent transformation with the amazing power and ability to change into a dragon. When he eventually unlocks his full potential and turns into the American Dragon, he will overcome obstacles to protect the magical creatures living in the city, but as his ordinary self, Jake Long can't conquer his huge romantic crush on the pretty blond schoolmate Rose who, unbeknownst to Jake, has a dark, magical secret of her own. She's a natural dragon slayer named Huntsgirl, a member of the Huntsclan that slay dragons. Jake navigates the city with fellow skateboarders Trixie Carter and Arthur P. Spudinski (A.K.A Spud), and when he gets home, it's to an extended family: a businessman dad originally from the Midwest who doesn't know he's married into a family of dragons from his Chinese wife named Susan. Jake's maternal grandfather Lao Shi (who recently immigrated to train his grandson in the magical, mystical ways of the ancient dragons), younger seven-year-old sister Haley (a nascent dragon), and Grandpa's gruff sidekick, a magical Shar-Pei named Fu Dog.

Production[edit]

American Dragon: Jake Long was created by Jeff Goode. The Walt Disney Company ordered an initial twenty-one 30 minute episodes for the first season, all of which have been made. It was first broadcast in the United Kingdom on Disney Channel January 4, 2005, in the United States on The Disney Channel on January 21, 2005, and on Toon Disney on February 2006. It has also been broadcast on Family in Canada as well as on the Seven Network in Australia. It is still being aired on Disney Channel Latin America from Monday to Friday on the animated block and Saturdays and Sundays after The Wonderful World of Disney. The show is now[when?] syndicated on Toon Disney's successor Disney XD. In Canada and the United States, Disney XD currently airs the series.

List of Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

The Huntsman and Huntsgirl in the second season.

Later on in the series, Rose finds out that Jake is the American Dragon, and since then, she starts helping him, but still trying to show that she still "hates and despises" him. In the episode, "Dreamscape", Rose finds out that she has a mother, a father, and an unnamed identical twin sister but she was taken away by the Huntsclan because of the Chinese dragon-shaped birthmark on her left wrist and hand, which is referred to as "the Mark of the Huntsclan." Throughout the entire series, she develops mutually genuine, strong and enduring romantic feelings for Jake, despite him being a dragon, and eventually works as a double-agent because of them. In order to protect her one true love/boyfriend, Jake, she destroys all of the Huntsclan even if it would kill her as well, but Jake is able to save her and make it so she never was taken as a baby which shows he truly, madly, strongly loves Rose with all his heart. As a result she loses her memory of him and moves to Hong Kong, China, with her parents. But in the series finale, "Hong Kong Longs," after seeing a photo of them at a dance with their arms around each other, part of her memory returns, and she aids Jake against the Dark Dragon, and the two apparently get back together and begin to date as a full romantic couple in a long-term romantic relationship in full-bloom.

Recurring characters[edit]

Antagonists/Villains[edit]

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Guest stars[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesSeason premiereSeason finale
121January 21, 2005January 29, 2006
231June 10, 2006September 1, 2007

Crossover with Lilo & Stitch[edit]

Jake Long and his allies come to Hawaii in an episode of Lilo & Stitch: The Series entitled "Morpholemew" to investigate one of Jumba's experiments, while Lilo enters a skateboarding competition in an attempt to impress her crush.

DVD releases[edit]

Although there are some unofficial DVDs available for sale online, the releases from Disney are currently unprepared.

Other Media[edit]

Video games[edit]

Two video games based on the show were produced, one for Nintendo DS and one for Game Boy Advance.

Books[edit]

Jeff Goode has written two children's books about American Dragon which were released in 2003 and 2004 - before the initial TV show started airing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matt Negrete. "Awwww man!". amdrag.blogspot.com. 
  2. ^ Matt Negrete. "Inside Homecoming". amdrag.blogspot.com. 

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