DGT #22: American Dragon (Jake Long)


This week's Drankgon Tale is an American one in honor of the 4th of JulyAmerican Dragon: Jake Long is an American animated television series. It was produced by Walt Disney Television Animation and created by Jeff Goode. It premiered on Disney Channel on January 21, 2005, and ended on September 1, 2007.

Set in the New York City borough of Manhattan, this animated series tells the story of a happy-go-lucky thirteen-year-old Chinese-American, Jake Long, who must balance ordinary adolescent transformation with the power and ability to change into a dragon. When he eventually unlocks his full potential and turns into the American Dragon, he has to overcome obstacles to protect the magical creatures living in the city. He must do this as his ordinary self, Jake Long, has issues with his crush on his schoolmate Rose (Mae Whitman) who, unbeknownst to Jake, has a dark, magical secret of her own. She is a natural dragon slayer known as the Huntsgirl, a member of the Huntsclan that slay dragons. 

For a Nickelback-inspired montage of Jake's complicated relationship with Rose, watch here. Nickelback American Dragon Montage. Because everyone needs a monttaaaaggggggeeee.

Jake navigates the city with fellow skateboarders Trixie Carter (Miss Kittie), a witty, blunt, and sharp-tongued girl who is usually the most logical and mature of the group; and Arthur P. "Spud" Spudinski (Charlie Finn), who appears to be slow-witted but is actually a genius. When Jake gets home, it is to an extended family: Jonathan (Jeff Bennett), a businessman dad originally from the Midwest who is unaware that he is married into a family of dragons from his Chinese wife named Susan (Lauren Tom). Jake's maternal grandfather Lao Shi (Keone Young) trains his grandson in the magical, mystical ways of the ancient dragons. Other characters include Jake`s younger eight-year-old sister Haley (Amy Bruckner) (a nascent dragon), and Grandpa's cynical sidekick, a magical Shar-Pei named Fu Dog (John DiMaggio).

The theme song of the American Dragon series, titled "The Chosen One", was written and composed by Billy Lincoln, Kat Green and Michael Gurley. It is performed by Marvin in Season 1 and by the Jonas Brothers in Season 2.  It's actually quite catchy. Watch it here: American Dragon Theme Song.

My favorite line from the theme song is definitely the opening one. "He's cool, he's hot, like a frozen sun." Wow. Thank you, Jonas brothers. That's straight poetry right there. Somehow I had never actually heard of or seen this show until a few days ago when I randomly happened upon it as I was looking for a USA Dragon image for my 4th of July email. So here we are.

Quite frankly, I am a bit disappointed with this cartoon show that's supposedly about a dragon. I don't understand how he is an "American Dragon." I would expect the dragon to be red, white, and blue at the very least. Also, how cliche is it that the main character skateboards? I guess that makes anyone more American, like Bart Simpson. Finally, I need to address the real dragon in the room? Look at that quaff! He must share the same stylist as half of the contestants on the Bachelorette this season, i.e. Vinny the Barber. How does the quaff transfer from the boy to dragon during transformation? I'm sorry, but dragons do not have quaffs. They have spikes or horns. Fail.

 


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