American Dragon: Jake Long

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American Dragon: Jake Long
American Dragon - Jake Long (title card).jpg
GenreAnimation
Action-adventure
Superhero
Comedy
Fantasy
Children[1]
Created byJeff Goode
Based onAmerican Dragon books by Jeff Goode
Developed byEddie Guzelian
Matt Negrete
Written byBilly Lincoln
Kat Green
Michael Gurley
Directed by
Voices ofDante Basco
Keone Young
John DiMaggio
Amy Bruckner
Kittie
Charlie Finn
Jeff Bennett
Lauren Tom
Mae Whitman
Opening theme"The Chosen One" performed by
Mavin (2005–06)
Jonas Brothers (2006–07)
Ending theme"The Chosen One" (instrumental)
Composer(s)Kat Green (2005–06)
Billy Lincoln (2005–06)
Adam Berry (2006–07)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes52 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Jeff Goode
Eddie Guzelian
Matt Negrete
Christian Roman
Producer(s)Larry Johnson (Line producer)
Editor(s)Dong Hun Oh
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Walt Disney Television Animation
DistributorBuena Vista Television (2005–07)
Disney–ABC Domestic Television (2007)
Release
Original networkDisney Channel
Picture format720p (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original releaseJanuary 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, created by Jeff Goode and co-developed by Eddie Guzelian And Matt Negrete. It premiered on Disney Channel on January 21, 2005, and ended on September 1, 2007.[2]

Premise[edit]

The Huntsman and Huntsgirl in the second and final season.

Set in the New York City borough of Manhattan, this animated series tells the story of Jake Long (voiced by Dante Basco), who must balance ordinary adolescence with the power and ability to change into a dragon. When he eventually unlocks his full potential and turns into the American Dragon, he has to overcome obstacles to protect the magical creatures living in the city, but as his ordinary self, Jake has issues with his deep crush on his schoolmate Rose (Mae Whitman) who, unbeknownst to Jake, has a dark, magical secret of her own: she is a natural dragon-slayer known as the Huntsgirl, a member of the Huntsclan that slays dragons and who Jake has fought consistently. The leader of the Huntsclan is the Huntsman (Jeff Bennett) who raised Rose.

Jake navigates the city with his two best friends - Trixie Carter (Miss Kittie), a witty, blunt, and sharp-tongued girl who is usually the most logical and mature of the group; and Arthur P. "Spud" Spudinski (Charlie Finn), who appears to be slow-witted but is actually a genius. When Jake gets home, it is to an extended family: Jonathan (Jeff Bennett), a businessman dad originally from the Midwest who is unaware that he is married into a family of dragons from his Chinese wife named Susan (Lauren Tom) (who lacks any dragon abilities, as they skipped her generation). Jake's maternal grandfather Lao Shi (Keone Young) trains his grandson in the magical, mystical ways of the dragons. Other characters include Jake's younger sister Haley (Amy Bruckner) (a nascent dragon), and Grandpa's cynical sidekick who's also Jake's animal guardian and another best friend, a magical Shar-Pei named Fu Dog (John DiMaggio).

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
121January 21, 2005 (2005-01-21)January 29, 2006 (2006-01-29)Disney Channel
SpecialJuly 1, 2005 (2005-07-01)
231June 10, 2006 (2006-06-10)September 1, 2007 (2007-09-01)

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Dante Basco as Jacob Luke "Jake" Long: a 13-year-old cool, laid-back skateboarder. He has a keen awareness of the newest developments and styles, is self-assured, and likes video games, extreme sports, all sorts of music and the occasional comic book. He had a crush on pretty blonde schoolmate Rose until he found out she was actually the Huntsgirl, but their dual identities are bound to stir up trouble. A running gag involves the mention of his embarrassing secrets like having a teddy bear collection and sleeping with a nightlight to blemish his reputation.
  • Keone Young as Luong Lao Shi: Jake's grandpa and a Chinese dragon. He runs an electronic shop in Canal street with a slogan "Never have a customer, never have a sale" alongside his only friend is Fu Dog. His attempts at training Jake sometimes do more damage (to Jake's brain) than help. His name is a reference to the Chinese word for "teacher." In his youth at 1972, before his first encounter with the Dark Dragon, Jake's grandpa was known as Lucky Lao Shi.
  • John DiMaggio as Fu Dog: a 600-year-old Shar-Pei and Lao Shi's only companion. All throughout his life he and a hairless talking cat have fought over Fu's family amulet (causing famous disasters along the way). He is more "hip" than Lao Shi.
  • Charlie Finn as Arthur P. "Spud" Spudinski: Jake's best friend, who is extremely loyal and somewhat slow. However, he comes up with intelligent things to say at random times. He also has the entire works of Shakespeare committed to memory. There is a chance that Spud is half-wizard (which was revealed in the episode with the enchanted goblet and the hint is where it happened be that Spud's grandfather knew the magic word to sealing the Djinn back into the goblet).
  • Kittie as Trixie Carter: Jake's best friend, who is just as cool as he is. A hardcore fashionista and the most mature in group.
  • Amy Bruckner as Haley Kay Long: Jake's seven-year-old intelligent but annoying little sister who also has dragon powers as well. She takes pride in her ability to expose all of Jake's secrets and highlight her own.
  • Lauren Tom as Susan Luong-Long: Jake and Haley's mother who does not possess any natural dragon abilities like her family and children, having skipped her generation. She does all she can to keep her human husband Jonathon from discovering the existence of magic and her family being magical creatures.
  • Jeff Bennett as Jonathan Long: Jake and Haley's mortal father, and a businessman originally from the Midwest, who is unaware that he is married into a family of dragons. In the series finale, he is initially shocked at his wife's family secret but later comes to welcome it as he always knew there was something magical about them.
  • Mae Whitman as Rose/Huntsgirl: Jake's love interest and a natural dragon slayer known as the Huntsgirl, a member of the Huntsclan that slays dragons. She was born with a red birthmark on her arm resembling a Chinese dragon lead to the result that she is forced to leave her own family to join the Huntsclan. After knowing about Jake's dragon form, she is disappears. But there is little chance of her being gone forever since she obviously has romantic feelings for Jake, regardless of him being a dragon. Ultimately, it is revealed that she was taken from her parents as a newborn due to the Chinese dragon-shaped birthmark, signifying her destiny as a dragon slayer. She also has an identical twin sister whose fate is unknown.
  • Jeff Bennett as the Huntsman: The leader of the Huntsclan, thieves that hunt and steal magical creatures for profit. They are highly trained and use sophisticated weapons. Huntsclan members have a specific birthmark that resembles a dragon. His true name and face were never shown. The Huntsman is #4 of the 13 threats to the magic community.
  • Paul Rugg as Professor Hans Rotwood: Jake's schoolteacher's obsessive interest in magical creatures, and his quest to find the dragon identity (which is Jake). Professor Rotwood styles himself as an expert on mythical creatures, but his knowledge is superficial and his expertise a fraud.
  • Sandra Oh as Sun Park: Haley's dragon trainer and a Korean dragon.
  • Kyle Massey as Huntsboy #88: He is one of two of the Huntsman's new apprentices. According to Jeff, he is Rose's cousin and he is as hip-hop and arrogant as Jake, which ironically shows Jake how annoying he really is.
  • Nicholas Brendon as Huntsboy #89: He is one of two of the Huntsman's new apprentices. He is Rose's cousin and a complete nerd who does not know how to fight.
  • Jeff Bennett as Councilor Kulde
  • Lauren Tom as Councilor Chang
  • Matt Nolan as Brad Morton
  • Jonathan Freeman as Eli Excelsior Pandarus
  • T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh as Mrs. Carter
  • Tara Strong as Stacey, Kara, Sara, Veronica and Bertha
  • Clancy Brown as The Dark Dragon
  • Kari Wahlgren as Silver
  • Susanne Blakeslee as Dolores Derceto
  • Clarence Williams III as Councilor Andam
  • Jessica DiCicco as Danika Hunnicutt
  • Adam Wylie as Nigel Thrall, Bananas B, and Fred Nerk
  • Macy Gray as Trixie's Grandmother and Miss Jenkins
  • Doug Preis as The Huntsman (Episode 1) and various characters
  • Monty Hall as Himself
  • Edie McClurg as Tooth Fairy
  • John C. McGinley as Dr. Diente
  • Dee Bradley Baker as Leprechaun Brocamas
  • Hynden Walch as Euryale
  • David Ogden Stiers as Narrator and Crewman
  • Rob Paulsen as Groom and Head Counselor Jenkins
  • Kari Wahlgren as Bride
  • Daryl Sabara as Hobie
  • Lou Albano as King Hammer's minion #1
  • Danny Wells as King Hammer's minion #2
  • Liliana Mumy as Olivia Meers
  • Tia Carrere as Yan Yan
  • Brenda Song as Tracey
  • Frank Welker as Jake's dragon roaring
  • James Arnold Taylor as Sam Spark
  • Grey DeLisle as Harpie #1
  • Annick Obonsawin as Harpie #2
  • Cathy Cavadini as Fury
  • Ashleigh Ball as Medusa
  • Corey Burton as Sigmund Brock
  • Kevin Michael Richardson as Santa Claus
  • Stephen Tobolowsky as Troll
  • Wendie Malick as Aunt Patchouli
  • Chris Phillips as Teeth Monster Dr. Diente
  • Lacey Chabert as Jasmine: Jake's first date, who turning out to be a soul-sucking creature name Nix.
  • Susan Blu as Jasmine as a Nix
  • Henry Gibson as Who is Luong Lao Shi Narrator
  • Will Friedle as Cousin Gregory
  • Laurence Fishburne as Huntsclan Member #1
  • Kay Panabaker as Lacey
  • Phil Morris as Hank Carter
  • Candi Milo as Annika
  • Tom McHugh as kid at Halloween party #1
  • Carlos Alazraqui as kid at Halloween Party #2
  • April Winchell as Rose's Mother
  • Jennifer Hale as Huntsgirl #18
  • Nathan Lane as Rose's Father
  • Nestor Carbonell as Cupid
  • Fred Newman as Herbert the Goblin
  • Dave Coulier as Petite messenger Fairy

Production[edit]

American Dragon: Jake Long was created by Jeff Goode. Disney Channel ordered an initial twenty-one 30 minute episodes for the first season, and the series premiered on January 21, 2005. After its cancellation, reruns continued to air from 2007 to 2010.

The series was syndicated to Toon Disney on February 2006. When Toon Disney was converted to Disney XD, the series was carried over and aired from February 13, 2009 to 2012.

Crossover with Lilo & Stitch[edit]

Jake Long and his allies come to Hawaii in an episode of Lilo & Stitch: The Series entitled "Morpholomew" to investigate one of Jumba's experiments, while Lilo enters a skateboarding competition in an attempt to impress her crush by winning a new skateboard for him while he's in Australia. Meanwhile, he and Stitch team up to stop Gantu and rescue the experiment.

Other media[edit]

Video games[edit]

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

Books[edit]

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

  • American Dragon Book 1: The Dragon Hunter, ISBN 0-7868-1926-X — released April 1, 2004
  • American Dragon Book 2: The Gnome Eater, ISBN 0-7868-1927-8 — released May 1, 2004

References[edit]

  1. ^ American Dragon: Jake Long - Metacritic.com
  2. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 30. ISBN 978-1538103739.

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