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American Dragon: Jake Long
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Format Animated television series,
Children's television series,
Family
Created by Jeff Goode
Voices of Dante Basco
Keone Young
John DiMaggio
Amy Bruckner
Miss Kittie
Charlie Finn
Mae Whitman
Jeff Bennett
Lauren Tom
Opening theme "The Chosen One" performed by Mavin (Season 1)
Jonas Brothers (Season 2)
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 52 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 22 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Disney Channel
First shown in Australia
Original run January 21, 2005 (2005-01-21) – September 1, 2007 (2007-09-01)
Chronology
Followed by American Dragon: Jake Long: Shiver Me Dragons (2011)
External links
Official website

American Dragon: Jake Long is an American 2D animated television series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation. The final episode aired on September 1, 2007.[1] The show currently airs on Disney Channel and Toon Disney (now Disney XD) in the United States. In the United Kingdom it originally aired on Disney Channel, but has now moved to Disney XD (UK & Ireland) and airs on Disney Channel in Australia.

Contents

Premise

Set in Manhattan, this animated comedy/adventure series tells the story of 13-year-old skateboarder Jake Long, a Chinese-American boy who must balance ordinary adolescent transformation with a very cool secret...he is a descendant of dragons, the Chinese culture's ultimate representation of excellence and the forces of Mother Nature. 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 crush on pretty blond schoolmate Rose who, unbeknownst to Jake, has an amazing secret of her own... she's a dragon slayer!. Jake navigates the city with fellow skateboarders Trixie and 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, Jake's Chinese mom, his grandfather (who recently immigrated to train his grandson in the ways of the ancient dragon), younger sister Haley (a nascent dragon) and Grandpa's gruff sidekick, a magical Shar-Pei named Fu Dog.

Production

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 The 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 The Family Channel 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 will be syndicated on Toon Disney's successor Disney XD. American Dragon currently airs on Disney Channel every day at 2:30 AM ET.

It had been announced that Steve Loter, who had served as director of Disney Channel's Kim Possible, would be joining the show for its second season as director and executive producer alongside the current executive producers Matt Negrete and Eddie Guzelian. However, following Disney's renewal of Kim Possible for a fourth season, Loter would resume his role as director of that series, but still serve as an executive producer of Jake Long. Nick Filippi, who had also done some directorial work on Kim Possible became the new director of Jake Long. With Steve Loter joining the staff, the show had all of its characters and backgrounds re-designed with new animation, which was received negatively by most fans.

Characters

Main characters

  • Jacob Lucas "Jake" Long (Dante Basco): As the main protagonist of the show, Jake is a proud and lazy yet kind and loyal 13-year-old (14 in season 2) skateboarder who is, in secret, a dragon. He uses his duties as a dragon to help defend the underground magical world of New York City, while continuing his training into becoming the first American Dragon. He's a big show off, but at the end of the day, he shows a strong sense of responsibility and a greater sense of maturity. It is revealed that Jake's reckless time traveling turned the Huntsman into the cruel monster he is today. However, doing so, he helped secure his family's secret. Jake is famous for being the second dragon to survive an encounter with the Dark Dragon and the first to do so twice.
  • Haley Long (Amy Bruckner): Haley is Jake's little sister who is quite intelligent, talented, a bit of a perfectionist, and a goody two shoes, much to Jake's annoyance. Jake often refers to her as his achilles heel. He was shocked to discover that Haley is second in line to become the American Dragon. She is currently under the guidance of Sun Park in order to learn and acquire the skills necessary to become the American Dragon. Haley tries hard in school unlike Jake. She is also quick to point out Jake's faults and make herself look superior to him. Yet, deep down, she looks up to him.
  • Luong Lao Shi "Grandpa" (Keone Young): Lao, as Jake's Chinese Dragon maternal grandfather, is a Dragon Master who teaches Jake the necessary skills in becoming a protector of magical creatures. He runs the Canal Street Electronics shop, which is infamous for never having any customers (the shop's slogan is "Never had a customer, never had a sale"), and in turn, uses this location as the main headquarters for all operations. His friend Fu Dog is his guardian who can create magical potions to assist in these missions. Lao's attempts at training Jake can, at times, cause more damage than help. However, Jake learns and puts into use the skills that are essential in becoming the American Dragon. He is famous for being the first dragon to face the Dark Dragon and live to tell about it, and insisted that he train Jake himself in case the Dark Dragon should return; before this encounter, he was very laid back, but matured immensely after defeating him. The name, Luong Lao Shi, appears to be a Romanized translation of the Chinese words for "dragon" and "teacher".
  • Fu Dog (John DiMaggio): Fu is a 600-year-old talking Shar Pei and Lao's only companion, who speaks with a Brooklyn accent. Like many magical animals, Fu is able to walk upright, and has no trouble using his front paws as hands despite the apparent absence of opposable thumbs. He's particularly skilled at potion-mixing. Despite his age, he frequently keeps up-to-date with current trends and events that will occasionally put him at odds with Lao Shi. He is somewhat lecherous, and is infamous for constantly gambling and placing bets on Jake in battles; he owes an immense amount of money to many magical beings as a result.
  • Trixie Carter (Miss Kittie): As one of Jake's human best friends, she is sassy, vivacious and is a judgmental character. She is a fashion enthusiast, yet she does not necessarily partake in typical wear. In the situation of Jake and Rose's relationship, Trixie has always shown a dislike and distrust towards Rose advising Jake to be wary around her. But over time, she started to be more supportive of their relationship and even tried to help Jake move on once she was gone. In the episode "Homecoming" she and Spud finally decide they are only friends and nothing more.
  • Arthur "Spud" P. Spudinski (Charlie Finn): Spud is Jake's other human best friend who, although apparently slow-witted, is actually a genius (he just doesn't want to live with the pressure of being a genius child). He owns a laptop computer that sports surveillance capabilities and other functions that assist him in the field. His philosophy is that he believes that all play and no work is just as bad as all work and no play and he wants to be the medium. He apparently has magical potential and may have a wizard heritage as evidenced by him being able to use Panderis' wand and his grandpa knowing how to seal away the genie in taranushis chalice and his grandpa telling him stories about the mermaid city. In the episode "Something Fishy This Way Comes," it is revealed that he has a fascination with the advanced mermaid city. In the episode "Homecoming" he and Trixie finally decide they are only friends and nothing more. In "Body Guard Duty", it is forecasted that she would marry Spud.
The Huntsman and Huntsgirl in "The Academy".
  • Rose/Huntsgirl (Mae Whitman): Rose, Jake's primary love interest, is a member of the Huntsclan. There is a birthmark on her right palm and wrist resembling a Chinese dragon, otherwise known as the "Mark of the Huntsclan". She was born a twin, but was taken away from her family by The Huntsman. Jake eventually learns of her secret identity as the Huntsgirl and she, in return, eventually learns that Jake is the American Dragon. Contrary to expectation, Rose helped Jake throughout the show until the Huntsman learned of their relationship. After Rose's wish for all Huntsmen to be destroyed (herself included) was granted, Jake immediately wished that Rose had never become a member of the Huntsclan. Thus, resulting in a normal life for her but also meaning that their relationship had never been. However, she later learns of the relationship and helps Jake defeat the Dark Dragon. After defeating the Dark Dragon, it can be assumed that she and Jake start a long distance relationship. It is unknown what became of her twin.
  • The Huntsman (Jeff Bennett): The Huntsman (referred to as "Huntsmaster" by his subordinates) is the leader of the Huntsclan and the main antagonist of the series. The Dragon Council rates him as the #4 threat to the magical community. Though he is quite powerful on his own, he commonly leaves his minions to do the fighting for him. It is revealed in one episode that he is the monster he is today due to Jake's reckless usage of time travel. He ultimately meets his demise when Rose's wish to destroy all Huntsclan is granted. The Huntsman was originally Rose's first guardian because of the fact that he took her from her parents as an infant which ultimately resulted in giving her the idea that her parents were deceased.

Major recurring characters

  • Hans Rotwood (Paul Rugg): Jake's evil teacher who eventually becomes principal. He believes in magical creatures and by the middle of season two, he is able to trick Jake into revealing himself as a dragon to him. He used to be a famous professor, until his theories on magical creatures humiliated him in front of his peers, destroyed his credibility as a scientific researcher, got him fired from his job at the Hoboken Science Institute, and reduced him to his current position at Jake's school. In the near end of season two in the episode "Magic Enemy #1." He attempts to make Jake reveal himself as being a dragon by humiliating him at school but by the end of the episode after seeing the magical world he is satisfied and refrains himself from further attempts in proving Jake's a dragon.
  • The Dark Dragon (Clancy Brown): The number one threat to the magical world who replaces the Huntsman as the primary villain. His human form is never seen in the series. The Dark Dragon is shown to be stronger then other dragons and capable of creating and controlling shade demons. Few dragons have faced him and lived; Lao Shi was the only one before Jake encountered him, and Jake is the first dragon to fight the Dark Dragon and survive the encounter twice. He feels that magical creatures are superior to humans, and should be the dominant species of Earth instead. He appeared twice in the first season, in which he tried to get Jake to join him. He was seemingly killed in "Hong Kong Nights", only to be resurrected at the end of the second season. In the series finale, he captured Lao-Shi in order to blackmail Jake into betraying the dragons of the world. In the end, he was defeated by Jake and Rose when he was sucked into a portal where he will be imprisoned for, according to Fu, 1,000 years.
  • Sun Park (Sandra Oh): She is the Korean Dragon as well as Haley's dragon master and Jake's Home Economics teacher. She appears to be a pacifist. According to executive producers Eddie Guzelian and Matt Negrete, Sun was originally set to die in "Homecoming", however the scene was cut for being too dark.[2]
  • Huntsboys #88 and #89 (Kyle Massey and Nicholas Brendon): Two Huntsclan students that become the Huntsman's apprentices in the second season. It was confirmed, that they were admitted into the Huntsclan because of their impressive skills in a fantasy video game (killing three dragons, a giant leech and a pack of Manticores.) which the Huntsman took literally, as shown in one of Fuu's "rap-ups" . They both act brave and arrogant, when in reality, they are cowards who run in fear at the sight of a dragon. Other than Rose, #88 and #89 are the only known Huntsclan members that were left alive after Rose's wish for the destruction of all Huntsclan was granted due to them quickly resigning before they were eliminated (and ran off with their masks being the only part of their uniform, in their boxxers). However, they made a return in "Shaggy Frog". They were never shown without their masks.
  • Jonathan Long (Jeff Bennett): As Jake's well-meaning American father, he's a normal human who has no clue that he's married into a family of dragons. He has a sister. He eventually learns that his family members are dragons, when he sees Haley in her dragon form, in the series finale and is completely accepting.
  • Susan Long (Lauren Tom): Jake's Chinese human-born to Dragon ancestry mother. She does not have the dragon powers, for they skipped her generation. Throughout the series, she keeps the family secret from Jonathan out of fears that he would freak out and (possibly) leave her; yet, this does not occur. However, on the last day of 12th grade, she wrote a letter explaining her families dragon powers, but never gave it to him. In one episode, Jake went back in time, took the note and put it in his dad's locker causing him to actually leave her.
  • Councilor Chang (Lauren Tom): A member of the Dragon Council that was secretly working for the Dark Dragon. Her cover was blown in the episode "Hong Kong Nights" and she was imprisoned. However, in the second season, she escapes from prison to get revenge on Jake and revive the Dark Dragon.
  • Eli Pandarus (Jonathan Freeman): The Wizard of Wall Street. Pandarus desires to be the most powerful magical being. In season one, Pandarus is fairly cowardly, as he cowers and begs not to be hurt after he is defeated in "Eye of the Beholder". In season two, he appears less cowardly and is much more wicked, being more willing to kill his enemies or those who get in his way.
  • Bananas B (Adam Wylie): The first ever "hip-hop helper monkey" who replaces Fu as Jake's animal guardian. However, when Chang escapes from prison, Bananas joins her out of fear for his life.

Minor recurring characters

  • Kara & Sara (Tara Strong): Twin siblings who are oracles, possessing the ability to see into the future. Kara only sees good things occur but is very moody and sullen, while Sara only sees bad things occur but is very happy and cheerful. When questioned by Jake, Kara states that this is because there are no surprises or pleasures in life when one only sees good things occur, while Sara states that only seeing bad things leaves one constantly looking at the positives of things and being cheerful at any good news. In the first season, they are identical redheads, while Sara is a blonde and Kara has black hair in the second season.
  • Veronica (Tara Strong): An arachne and love interest of Fu. She runs a stand in Magus Bazaar, a magical shopping district in New York.
  • Silver (Kari Wahlgren): A highly intelligent mermaid and ally of Jake, first shown as one of the prisoners for the Huntsclan's Grand Equinox Hunt. Strangely, despite her species, she suffers from aquaphobia in her first appearance; though this is overcome, she still suffers from occasional relapses.
  • Dolores Derceto (Susan Blakeslee): The first principal of Jake's school. Though initially appearing to be a paraplegic, she is revealed in the second season to be a mermaid detective.
  • Councilor Andam (Clarence Williams III): One of the members of the Dragon Council. He is the Dragon of Africa and is from Kenya.
  • Councilor Kulde (Jeff Bennett): One of the members of the Dragon Council. He is the Dragon of Europe and is from Norway.
  • Councilor Omina: One of the members of the Dragon Council. She is the Dragon of Atlantis.
  • Councilor Kukulkan: One of the members of the Dragon Council. He is the Dragon of Central America and is from Guatemala.
  • Danika Hunnicutt (Jessica DiCicco): Jake's new girlfriend that wins him at their school's fund-raising Bachelor Auction. When Jake starts to act self-destructive, Danika is the main suspect of being a siren, although it turns out that she was actually a pawn for the actual siren.
  • Nigel Thrall (Adam Wylie): Millard Fillmore Middle School's new foreign exchange student form the United Kingdom who turns out to be a wizard, having come to America to complete his training. He and Jake immediately become rivals, as Nigel outdoes Jake at skateboarding and rapping.

Notable guest stars

Episodes

Season Ep # First Airdate Last Airdate
Season 1 21 January 21, 2005 January 29, 2006
Season 2 31 June 10, 2006 September 1, 2007

Appearances in other media

Television

  • Jake, Spud, Trixie, Lao Shi, and Fu Dog made a guest appearance in the Lilo & Stitch: The Series episode "Morpholomew" on July 1, 2005.

Video games

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

  • Attack of the Dark Dragon (DS) — released October 12, 2006
  • Rise of the Huntsclan (GBA) — released October 12, 2006

References

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