Judge David Johnson found out that "Jakers!" is Ethiopian for "Nice shave, lady."
Talking pigs with turtlenecks are funny.
Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks is a computer-animated kids show that runs on PBS. It deals with the adventures of 8-year-old piglet Piggley and the awesome happenings he experience with his two best pals in his small town in Ireland. Those pals: Ferny the bull and Dannan the duck. Ferny's a goofy, gullible guy who's willing to go along with whatever lame-brained scheme Piggley's cooked up. Dannan is the more mature one and acts as the trio's conscience.
Shows open with Piggley, now a crust old codger, telling his grandpigs the stories of his youth, then we transition to that setting, and the tale of the week unfolds. Four full episodes on this disc, all dealing with the gang's misadventures in school.
• "The Salmon of Knowledge"
• "Rock Around the Cluck"
• "New Best Friends"
• "A Little Bit of Something Extra! Extra!"
As you can see, the plots to these stories aren't very hard-hitting. The morals are obvious and the storyline simplistic. And you know what? It's perfect for this show. I understand why the series bagged an Emmy for outstanding children's programming. It's funny (Mel Brooks steals scenes with his sheep vocals), fun to look at (realized in economy, but attractive CGI) and, best of all, charming. Maybe it's the Irish accents or Piggley's fashion sense, but Jakers! is just an enchanting piece of kids programming. I've got nothing bad to say about it.
A surprising technical effort from Paramount. The show gets a snazzy 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and a few 2.0 tracks. Special features include a pair of interactive games, "Piggley's Storyteller Playhouse" (a handful of shorts), and "Meet the Grandparents" featurettes.
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