Parents & Teachers
Frequently Asked Questions

What does "Jakers!" mean?

"Jakers!" is based on an Irish expression and means "wow!" or "amazing!" - Piggley, Dannan, and Ferny use it to express their delight when they discover something on their adventures.

Why does the animation look so different than most kid's shows?

The series is produced with state-of-the-art computer generated imaging (CGI), primarily used only in feature films, which allows life-like 3D characters to perform in richly colored, lush backgrounds and provides a level of acting, timing and sophistication rarely seen in children's programming. Executive producer Mike Young has put together a behind-the-scenes look at the process that you can find in The Making of Jakers! area of this site.

What age group is Jakers! intended for?

The series' core audience is 4-7 year olds, but some parents and grandparents tell us it's their favorite show, too, especially given that Mel Brooks is featured as the voice of Wiley the Sheep.

What are the educational goals of show?

The core educational goals of Jakers! are to harness the power of imagination -
  • To foster intergenerational communication
  • To promote the international tradition of storytelling
  • To harness the power and potential of language
  • To help children develop their social skills
  • To help children consider inventive and constructive solutions to everyday situations
You can read more about the educational philosophy of the series here.

Are teacher lesson plans available? Where do I get them?

Yes! There are extensive teacher resources available on this site.
You'll find them in the Creativity Tips, Reading List and Activities sections.

Is there a list of episode descriptions available?

You can find a list of all the program titles and their sequence in Episodes section.

Are videos and DVDs available?

Yes, the UK region Jakers! DVD School Days in Tara and Treasure Hunt on Raloo Farm are currently available. See our Products section for more details.

What merchandise is available?

DVDs, videos, books, toys and art are all available in the UK.

Are there any Jakers! Live shows?

There is no live stage show at this time.

How do I find out when the series airs?

Check your TV Station's listings.

Does the show also air in Ireland?

The series will air on the RTE network in Ireland in the near future. Jakers! will also air on such networks as PBS USA, ABC Australia, TVO Canada, TF1 France, and SVT Sweden, among many more.

Is the series available in Spanish?

Yes, the series is available in Spanish.

The voice of Wiley the Sheep sounds familiar - who is it?

In an act of 'shear' comic genius, the legendary Mel Brooks was cast as Wiley. He may be the most widely recognized name in the voice cast, but the Jakers! family boasts "siblings" as diverse as Minnie Mouse, Estragon from Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot," Batgirl and Robin Hood! To learn more, visit the Cast Credits page.

What are the words to the theme song?

You can find the theme song lyrics by going to the Singalong Game.

We're planning a trip to Ireland - can we visit Tara and Raloo?

The locations in Jakers! are all inspired by real sites in Ireland, including Tara in County Meath and the villages in County Wicklow and County Galway... but true to the tradition of Irish storytelling, there's been a little bit of embellishment...

Where is the dad in the modern-day family?

There are so many different kinds of families today, the producers wanted kids to be able to identify the show with their own experience - Dad could be at work, Mom could be divorced or widowed - whatever a child wants to see.

Do I need special plug-ins to view content on this site?

Some games and activities on this site use free applications or plug-ins to enhance the level of interactivity. These applications and plug-ins are listed below. Please note that not all of the activities on the Jakers! site require these plug-ins and that each of these can be downloaded free of charge.

To play certain games, you will need the Flash plug-in. The Flash plug-in allows users to experience animation and multimedia games through a Web browser. Download it here.

To view and print the Caregiver PDF files you'll need Adobe Systems' free Acrobat Reader software. You may already have this on your computer. If not, you can get Acrobat Reader from Adobe's Web site.

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