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Jake and the NeverLand Pirates Preview

From Disney Junior: Jake and the Neverland Pirates.  This show is premiering next month in the sates, I’ll have to see where you can catch it here.  The Canadian connection is huge.  The whole show is being produced in Ottawa at Mercury Filmworks.  I know a lot of folks who’ve worked on it, and they’ve worked HARD.  But it shows.  In the world of  TV animation, Mercury has really pushed the standard along with this one.  It’s all animated in Harmony, and I understand that Mercury uses some proprietary software, as well as lots of traditional animation, to achieve the subtle, full movements you see in the clip.

Congrats to everyone who worked on this one.


  1. Clint Clint January 10, 2011

    Very cool. I hadn’t realized Disney was starting to run teaser ads. For anyone that is interested in Jake & the Neverland Pirates, it will air in
    Canada on the newly rebranded Disney Junior Canada (formerly Disney Playhouse Canada – which is the preschool companion network to Astral’s
    Family Channel).

    Just a couple corrections to Mike’s info:
    No proprietary software was used. The show is done in Harmony and Maya. We do however use an animation technique that is wholly proprietary and allows us to make it look like we use lots of traditional animation. In fact, there are less “pencil miles” in Jake & the Neverland Pirates than there is in Jimmy Two Shoes. We do not animate frame by frame in this show at all!

  2. Clint Clint January 10, 2011

    My pleasure! The guys have really worked hard on this and it’s nice to be able to talk about it. The show has been under wraps for 18 months. Also, I should probably add that the clips in this promo are cut from the actual episodes. This is not a one-off demo. This is what the show actually looks like.

  3. Trent Correy Trent Correy January 11, 2011

    Trailer looks nice, definitely makes me proud to have had the opportunity to work on it. Thanks for posting Mike. Mercury has outdone themselves again, great job!

  4. Mark C. Mark C. January 12, 2011

    This looks incredible. Mercury sets the bar again, congrats to the Mercury crew, fantastic job!

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