Judge David Johnson fondly remembers his days as an 8-year-old pig.
That'll do, pig.
Jakers tells the story of little 8-year-old piglet Piggley Winks and the adventures he gets in and the lessons he learns with his best pals Dannan and Ferny. The series is set in Ireland and the atmosphere is thick with everything Irish—accents, clothes, food, scenery, all of it. Each show opens with Piggley in the present day, a grandfather now, corralling his active grandkids/pigs to tell them a story. Then it's transition time, and we're in the past with Piggley as a child, cavorting with his friends and primed to learn a valuable life lesson. There are four episodes on this disc, all focusing on the varying degrees of hot water Piggley lands himself in.
• "Pie Filling"
• "All Night Long"
• "Fir Not"
• "For Whom the Bell Trolls"
Jakers is money, kids. It's a charming series that sports some pleasant animation and true feeling of whimsy and sharp writing. Morals are front and center and hard to miss, but it's a kids' show so the substance is needed. I particularly like the approach with the grandpa Piggley telling stories from his childhood. It gives it a unique, nostalgic splash. Basically, the show is top-shelf children's entertainment, and these episodes offer a nice cross-section. Definitely recommended to parents.
On the style side, a solid disc: 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, 2.0 stereo, a couple of games, some live-action storytellers doing their thing in "Piggley's Storyteller Playhouse" and an odd, but warm segment called "Meet the Grandparents," where a few random grandparents tells some of their own stories.
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