Jackie Chan Adventures

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Jackie Chan Adventures
Jackiechanadventures logo.png
GenreAction
Adventure
Fantasy
Drama
Family
Comedy
Science fiction
FormatAnimated series
Created byJohn Rogers
Developed byJackie Chan
Directed byPhil Weinstein
Frank Squillace
Voices ofJackie Chan
James Sie
Stacie Chan
Sab Shimono
Noah Nelson
Clancy Brown
Adam Baldwin
Miguel Sandoval
Susan Eisenberg
Franco Velez
John DiMaggio
Ending theme"Chan's the Man" by Wheatus
Country of originUSA/Hong Kong
Original language(s)Cantonese/English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes95 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Jackie Chan, Willie Chan, Brian Gersh, Solon So, Jeff Kline, Duane Capizzi
Running time23 minutes
Production company(s)The JC Group
Blue Train Entertainment
Adelaide Productions
Columbia TriStar Television
Sony Pictures Television
Broadcast
Original channelThe WB
Original runSeptember 9, 2000 (2000-09-09) – July 8, 2005 (2005-07-08)
External links
Website
 
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Jackie Chan Adventures
Jackiechanadventures logo.png
GenreAction
Adventure
Fantasy
Drama
Family
Comedy
Science fiction
FormatAnimated series
Created byJohn Rogers
Developed byJackie Chan
Directed byPhil Weinstein
Frank Squillace
Voices ofJackie Chan
James Sie
Stacie Chan
Sab Shimono
Noah Nelson
Clancy Brown
Adam Baldwin
Miguel Sandoval
Susan Eisenberg
Franco Velez
John DiMaggio
Ending theme"Chan's the Man" by Wheatus
Country of originUSA/Hong Kong
Original language(s)Cantonese/English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes95 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Jackie Chan, Willie Chan, Brian Gersh, Solon So, Jeff Kline, Duane Capizzi
Running time23 minutes
Production company(s)The JC Group
Blue Train Entertainment
Adelaide Productions
Columbia TriStar Television
Sony Pictures Television
Broadcast
Original channelThe WB
Original runSeptember 9, 2000 (2000-09-09) – July 8, 2005 (2005-07-08)
External links
Website

Jackie Chan Adventures is an American animated television series chronicling the adventures of a fictionalized version of action film star Jackie Chan.[1][2] Many of the episodes contain references to Chan's actual works. This series ran on Kids' WB! from September 9, 2000 to July 8, 2005 for a total of 95 episodes, or 5 seasons. During its run, it was also shown on Cartoon Network, and afterwards, its reruns landed on Disney XD. An Arabic translation has been airing on MBC 3 since early 2006 and a Tamil translation has been airing on Chutti TV and Kannada translation has been airing on Chintu TV since the launch of both channels. It also used to air on Cartoon Network in Urdu. There have been several toys and video games based on the series. Its main character designer is Jeff Matsuda.

Plot[edit]

Jackie Chan, an amateur archeologist, would prefer to quietly do his work for the local university, but fate has dealt him another hand. When he finds a shield containing a talisman, he runs afoul of The Dark Hand, a criminal organization led by a man called Valmont and guided by the spirit Shendu. Jackie and his family must cooperate with a secret law enforcement organization, Section 13, to counter the threat, and must face dangers that will demand all of Jackie's daring and skill in martial arts to overcome.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired (U.S. dates)
Season premiereSeason finale
113September 9, 2000 (2000-09-09)March 17, 2001 (2001-03-17)
239September 8, 2001 (2001-09-08)September 7, 2002 (2002-09-07)
317September 14, 2002 (2002-09-14)May 3, 2003 (2003-05-03)
413September 13, 2003 (2003-09-13)February 14, 2004 (2004-02-14)
513September 11, 2004 (2004-09-11)June 25, 2005 (2005-06-25)

Characters[edit]

The main characters are:

Magic and the supernatural[edit]

The series involves magic and the supernatural, like spells, demons, chi, and stone talismans all throughout the episodes.

Talismans[edit]

The talismans represent the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac:

Chi magic[edit]

In the series of Jackie Chan Adventures, several characters can use a form of magic using chi energy. Chi magic involves the use of potions, magic objects, and incantations. Below are some of the Chi incantations that have been used throughout the series. Each wizard usually uses the same incantation but can accomplish many different effects, ranging from banishing demons to turning living creatures to stone.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Additional voices[edit]

Reception[edit]

Common Sense Media gave the show 4 out of 5 stars, saying "Lighthearted, entertaining, suspenseful, and humorous, this show may not be deep, but it's a lot of fun".[3]

References to Jackie Chan's career[edit]

The TV series features references to Jackie Chan's films and his own life throughout the series. In the first episode, Jackie is surprised to learn that Jade speaks English. She tells him that she never said she didn't speak it, he assumed. This is a reference to Jackie's line of a similar nature in the movie Rush Hour. In the episode "A Night at the Opera", Uncle states that he was part of the stage group "Seven Little Fortunes", which Jackie Chan was actually part of in real life. Another example is season 3 episode 7 Jackie is bitten by a Snake, and uses a kung fu style known as "the drunken master" from one of his earliest headlining films of the same name. According to Jackie during one of his question segments, the characters of the show are based on certain people in his life. Uncle is based on his agent and father, Jade is based on an assortment of his nieces, and Tohru is based on one of his stunt team members as well as himself. An episode titled "And He Does His Own Stunts" in reference to the fact that Jackie Chan does his own stunts in his movies.

Some episodes' titles are based on actual film names. For example "Half a Mask of Kung Fu" is based on Half a Loaf of Kung Fu, four episode titles ("Enter the Viper", "Enter the Cat", "Re-Enter the J-Team", and "Re-Enter the Dragon") are based on Enter the Dragon (In which Jackie Chan performs as a stuntman[4]), "Shanghai Moon" is based on Shanghai Noon, "Armor of the Gods" is based on Armour of God, "Project A, For Astral" is based on Project A and "Rumble in the Big House" is based on Rumble in the Bronx.

Home media[edit]

Books[edit]

A number of books were released to accompany the series.

Issue noRelease nameRelease dateAuthorPublisherNotesRef
#1The Dark Hand2002 (UK)Eliza WillardGrosset & Dunlap[5]
#2Jade's Secret Power2002 (UK)Cathy WestGrosset & Dunlap[6]
#3Sign of the Ox2002 (UK)Megan StineGrosset & Dunlap[7]
#4Enter...the Viper2002 (UK)Jacqueline CarrolGrosset & Dunlap[8]
#5Shendu Escapes!2002 (UK)David Slack & Jim ThomasGrosset & Dunlap[9]
#6New Enemy2002 (UK)R. S. AshbyGrosset & Dunlap[10]
#7Revenge of the Dark Hand2002 (UK)Eliza WillardGrosset & Dunlap[11]
#8The Power of the Rat2002 (UK)Megan StineGrosset & Dunlap[12]
#9Stronger Than Stone2002 (UK)R. S. AshbyGrosset & Dunlap[13]
#10Uncle's Big Surprise2002 (UK)Jacqueline CarrolGrosset & Dunlap[14]
#11The Jade Monkey2002 (UK)Judy KatschkeGrosset & Dunlap[15]
#12The Strongest Evil2002 (UK)Jacqueline CarrolGrosset & Dunlap[16]
N/AThe Day of the Dragon2003 (UK)Eliza Willard & David Slack & Alexx DyneGrosset & DunlapSpecial[17]

Comics[edit]

A number of comics were released to accompany the series.

VolumeRelease nameRelease dateAuthorPublisherNotesRef
#1Enter the Dark Hand15 July 2004 (UK)Duane Capizzi & John RogersTokyopop[18]
#2Legend of the Zodiac15 Oct 2004 (UK)Duane Capizzi & David SlackTokyopop[19]
#3Jackie and Jade Save the Day15 January 2005 (UK)John RogersTokyopop[20]
#4Return of the VampireJohn TomlinsonTokyopop[21]

VHS & DVD releases[edit]

In 2001, Sony Pictures released episodes from the first season on VHS and DVD. But one format differed from the other in that of the four DVDs released, three were select, individual episodes while the fourth contained the whole season of 13 episodes; the VHS series had only three, separate episodes. Also, there was a difference in the titles of the said episodes released on VHS and DVD. The Day Of The Dragon VHS box cover art was the same as that of the first season DVD case cover, which featured Jackie, Jade and Uncle with the villains behind them, dimmed in a yellowish background. On these, the episodes were presented sans the teasers that originally appeared prior to the opening/intro sequence as they aired. They are currently unavailable and out-of-print, especially since they had limited pressings and no plans have been announced to follow up season one with DVD box sets of the remaining four seasons. However, the entire series can be ordered and seen via video-on-demand service at Amazon and iTunes. As of October 2010, the entire series was made available on the Netflix Instant Streaming service.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment plans to release the second season on DVD through Amazon.com, and other online retailers.[22]

VHS[edit]

United States[edit]
Release name
Release date
Classifaction
Publisher
Format
LanguageSubtitlesNotes
Ref
The Day of the Dragon23 October 2001GSony PicturesNTSCNoneNone30 Minutes.[23]
The Power Within23 October 2001GSony PicturesNTSCNoneNone30 Minutes.[24]
Friends & Foes5 March 2002GSony PicturesNTSCNoneNone30 Minutes.[25]
United Kingdom[edit]
Release name
Release date
Classifaction
Publisher
Format
LanguageSubtitlesNotes
Ref
The Search For The Talisman22 July 2002USony PicturesPALNoneNone30 Minutes.[26]

DVD[edit]

DVD Title# of Disc(s)YearSeriesEpisodesDVD release
Region 1Region 2Region 4
The Search For The Talisman
(Volume 1)
1200011-323 October 2001[27]22 July 2002[28]17 March 2004[29]
The Dark Hand Returns
(Volume 2)
1200014-65 March 2002[30]1 September 2002 [31]17 March 2004[29]
The Shadow of Shendu
(Volume 3)
1200017-95 March 2002[32]Not releasedNot released
The Entire Season One22000 & 200111-13Not released17 May 2004[33]Not released
The Entire Season Two42001 & 2002114-525 June 2012 [34][35]
Manufacture on Demand (MOD) release.
Pulled From Schedule[36]Not released

Online[edit]

All five seasons of Jackie Chan Adventures are available digitally through iTunes,[37] Netflix,[38] and Amazon Instant,[39] The first three season have been made available free to stream on Sony's website Crackle.[40]

Video game[edit]

There has only been one Jackie Chan game first released on Game Boy Advance then re-released on PlayStation 2 both are under different titles. Other titles include 成龙大冒险 (Chinese Title Simplified) and Chenglong Da Maoxian (Chinese Title)

TitleGenrePlatformStudioRelease DateNotes
Jackie Chan Adventures: Legend of the Dark HandActionGame Boy AdvanceActivision6 November 2001 (US) & 30 November 2001 (EU)[41]Find eight stolen scrolls and stop the dark hand from unleashing demons.
Jackie Chan AdventuresActionPlayStation 2Sony1 October 2004 (EU), 19 September 2004 (CH) & Cancelled (US) [42][43]Play as Jackie Chan and collect the talismans, Compatible with PlayStation's EyeToy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stanley, T.L. (October 14, 2000). "Now Chan Is the Picture of an Action Hero". The Los Angeles Times (USA). Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Fritz, Steve (September 18, 2000). "MEN IN BLACK and JACKIE CHAN ADVENTURES". Mania. USA. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Review of Jackie Chan Adventures". Common Sense Media. Retrieved December 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action. Ballantine Publishing Group, 1999, p. 369.
  5. ^ "The Dark Hand (Jackie Chan Adventures) [Paperback]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Jade's Secret Power (Jackie Chan Adventures) [Paperback]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sign of the Ox (Jackie Chan Adventures) [Paperback]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Enter...the Viper with Cards (Jackie Chan Adventures) [Paperback]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "Jackie Chan #5: Shendu Escapes! with Cards (Jackie Chan Adventures) [Paperback]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "Jackie Chan #6: A New Enemy with Cards (Jackie Chan Adventures) [Paperback]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "Revenge of the Dark Hand with Cards (Jackie Chan Adventures) [Paperback]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "The Power of the Rat (Jackie Chan Adventures) [Paperback]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  13. ^ "Jackie Chan #9: Stronger Than Stone (Jackie Chan Adventures) [Paperback]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "Jackie Chan #10: Uncle's Big Surprise (Jackie Chan Adventures) [Paperback]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  15. ^ "Jackie Chan #11: The Jade Monkey (Jackie Chan Adventures) [Paperback]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  16. ^ "Jackie Chan #12: The Strongest Evil (Jackie Chan Adventures) [Paperback]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  17. ^ "Jackie Chan Adventures Super Special: The Day of the Dragon [Paperback]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  18. ^ "Jackie Chan Adventures Volume 1: Enter The Dark Hand: Enter the Dark Hand v. 1 (Jackie Chan Adventures S.) [Paperback]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  19. ^ "Jackie Chan Adventures Volume 2: Legend of the Zodiac: v. 2 [Paperback]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  20. ^ "Jackie Chan Adventures Volume 3: Jackie and Jade Save the Day: v. 3 [Paperback]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  21. ^ "Jackie Chan Adventures: No. 4, Return of the Vampire [Paperback]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  22. ^ http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Jackie-Chan-Adventures-Season-2/16992
  23. ^ "Jackie Chan Adventures - The Day of the Dragon [VHS] (2000)". amazon.com. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  24. ^ "Jackie Chan Adventures - The Power Within [VHS] (2000)". amazon.com. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  25. ^ "Jackie Chan Adventures - Friends & Foes [VHS] (2000)". amazon.com. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  26. ^ "Jackie Chan Adventures [VHS] [2001]". amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  27. ^ "Jackie Chan Adventures - The Search For The Talisman (2000)". amazon.com. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  28. ^ "Jackie Chan Adventures - the Search for the Talismans [DVD] [2001]". amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  29. ^ a b "Jackie Chan Adventures - The Search For The Talismans Plus The Dark Hand Returns". ezydvd.com.au. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  30. ^ "Jackie Chan Adventures - Vol 2: The Dark Hand Returns". tvshowsondvd.com. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  31. ^ "JACKIE CHAN ADVENTURES - THE DARK HAND RETURNS". bbfc.co.uk. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  32. ^ "Jackie Chan Adventures - The Shadow of Shendu (2000)". amazon.com. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  33. ^ "Jackie Chan Adventures: The Entire Season 1 [DVD] [2004]". amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  34. ^ "Jackie Chan Adventures - 'The Complete 2nd Season' DVD Set's Possible Ship Date". tvshowsondvd.com. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  35. ^ "JACKIE CHAN ADVENTURES - SEASON 2 (4 Discs)". amazon.com. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  36. ^ "Jackie Chan Adventures: The Entire Season 2". bva.org.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  37. ^ "Jackie Chan Adventures iTunes". [1]. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  38. ^ "Jackie Chan Adventures Netflix". [2]. 
  39. ^ "Jackie Chan Adventures Amazon". amazon.com. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  40. ^ "Jackie Chan Adventures Crackle". Crackle. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  41. ^ "Jackie Chan Adventures: Legend of the Dark Hand Related Games". uk.gamespot.com. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  42. ^ "Jackie Chan Adventures (PS2)". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  43. ^ "Jackie Chan Adventures Related Games". uk.gamespot.com. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 

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