Judge David Johnson has a soft spot for talking pigs. Except for Gordy. Gordy can bite him.
Jakers! tells the story of a young pig from Ireland named Piggley, who gets into adventures with his pals Ferny and Dannan, a bull and a duck, respectively. Each tale is narrated by the Piggley of the future, a jovial old fart who tells stories of his childhood to his wide-eyed grandson.
This collection features four episodes:
Lessons learned: sometimes chores can be fun and treats that are earned with hard work taste that much better.
"Our Dragon's Egg"
Lessons learned: no matter how much you love a wild animal, you need to let it go back into its ecosystem, where it belongs. Also, there's no such thing as dragons, idiot.
"Dannan Does a Jig"
-- if you always do your best, your friends and family will still love you, unless they're dysfunctional and stupid.
Jakers! rocks, pure and simple. Occupying the top tier of children's animated entertainment, the series is all at once charming, funny, beautiful to look at and laden with the kinds of lessons you'd expect in a kiddie show. The dynamic with the grandfather telling stories of his youth works exceptionally well, giving the show a whimsical sentimentality that never feels contrived. The lessons are obvious, but not clumsily hammered in and the characters are cute without being annoying. Really, this is a near-perfect children's show and a series I would recommend to any parent.
Then again, maybe the Irish accents are clouding my sensibilities with delight.
Nah, it's good for real.
On top of that, the episodes look great on DVD. Transferred in a 1.85:1 anamorphic, the picture quality is sharp and colorful and does wonders for the superb CGI animation. Bonus materials include a selection of live-action storytelling, "grandparent" segments starring real-life grandparents, a read-along and previews.
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