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American Dragon: Jake Long

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 January 21, 2005, and ended September 1, 2007.

American Dragon: Jake Long
American Dragon - Jake Long (title card).jpg
GenreAnimation
Action-adventure
Superhero
Comedy
Fantasy
Children[1]
Created byJeff Goode
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
Opening theme"The Chosen One" 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
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 (2005-2007)
Disney–ABC Domestic Television (2007-present)
Release
Original networkDisney Channel
Toon Disney
Picture format720p (16:9) (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original releaseJanuary 21, 2005 (2005-01-21) – September 1, 2007 (2007-09-01)
External links
Website

Contents

PremiseEdit

 
The Huntsman and Huntsgirl in the second 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 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. The leader of the Huntsclan is the Huntsman (Jeff Bennett).

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 cannot turn into a dragon as the power skipped her generation). Jake's maternal grandfather Lao Shi (Keone Young) trains his grandson in the magical, mystical ways of the ancient 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 best friend, a magical Shar-Pei named Fu Dog (John DiMaggio).

ProductionEdit

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.

EpisodesEdit

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)


Crossover with Lilo & StitchEdit

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. Meanwhile, he and Stitch team up to stop Gantu and rescue the experiment.

Cast and charactersEdit

Other mediaEdit

Video gamesEdit

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

BooksEdit

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.

  • 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

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