Ready Jet Go!
Ready Jet Go! is a CGI animated television series produced by Wind Dancer Films which premiered in the United States as part of the PBS Kids block on February 15, 2016. The series is produced in cooperation with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The show is aimed at kids ages 3 to 8. On August 17, 2016, PBS Kids announced that Ready Jet Go! has been renewed for a second season, which premiered on April 2, 2018. The final episode aired on June 17, 2019.
Ready Jet Go takes viewers on a journey into outer space, building on children’s curiosity about science, technology and astronomy. The series follows two neighborhood kids: Sean, who has an all-consuming drive for science facts, and Sydney, who has a passion for science fiction and imagination. They both befriend the new kid on their street, Jet Propulsion, whose family members happen to be aliens from the planet Bortron 7. Together, they explore the solar system and the effects it has on the science of our planet, while learning about friendship and teamwork along the way.
Why It Rocks
- It is very educational about science, so much that even adults learn something new.
- It has beautiful songs composed by Jim Lang, such as You're Never Too Big For a Lullaby, Tiny Blue Dot, and There's No Planet Like My Planet.
- It has clever comedy and pop culture references, including Cap'n Crunch, Star Trek, The Brady Bunch, Sunset Boulevard, My Fair Lady, From Russia With Love, Led Zeppelin, and more.
- It breaks stereotypes. It doesn't portray scientists as people who wear lab coats and work in dark rooms, but as regular people in regular offices.
- The animation improves over the course of the episodes. In fact, some of the new episodes have animations that look like they belong in a Pixar movie.
- It has important and powerful messages for kids such as "You can't change the past, you can only learn from it", and "Knowing there's a problem should make you want to help solve it".
- It has some mystery, suspense, and drama in a few episodes, such as the episode My Fair Jet, where Sean almost gets killed. We're not joking. Watch it for yourself!
- The characters are likable, realistic, and charming, and get development over the episodes.
- Jet Propulsion is the leader of his group, and he never gives up and likes to burst into song.
- Sean is a neurotic science nerd who likes to be scientific. He was originally a huge coward about going to outer space, but as the episodes go on, he gets over it. In fact, he even starts to like it.
- Sydney is a smart, imaginative girl with big dreams, and an ambitious go-getter, admirable qualities.
- Mindy Melendez is a 4 year-old little girl who likes to ask big questions. She can't go to outer space with the big kids just yet (not until season 2) though, but she's mostly fine with that.
- Jet's pet, Sunspot, is the energetic, playful Bortronian bunny-like animal who likes to entertain the kids. He is cute, fun to watch, and is funny at times.
- The recurring characters, including Mitchell Peterson (a loner detective that acts like a jerk to hide it), Lillian (a ditzy but sweet girl) and Dr. Bergs (a coffee-loving scientist) are all excellent as well.
- It has incredibly hammy and over the top voice acting, with Canadian voice talents such as Ashleigh Ball, Brian Drummond, and Ian James Corlett.
- The Amy Mainzer live-action segments in the show are as educational as the series itself, understandable, have excellent, detailed explanations, and you always learn something new.
- The show got its own movie called Back to Bortron 7, which was a great movie.
- The plots are simple, but are executed greatly.
- The show is like Alf, Invader Zim, Marvin Marvin, and Mork & Mindy in that there is an alien living on Earth, but the show does its own unique take on the trope.
- The exceptionally awesome episode "My Fair Jet".
- The voice acting was grating in the first few episodes.
- In the earlier episodes, the animation was very poor.
- The episode Face on the Fritz is terrible.
- Craig Bartlett also created the shows Hey Arnold! and Dinosaur Train.
- On that note, several people who work on this show (e.g. Joe Purdy and Jim Lang) have also worked on those two shows as well.
- Jet's voice actress, Ashleigh Ball, also voiced Rainbow Dash and Applejack from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Blythe Baxter from Littlest Pet Shop, and Gilbert Troodon from Dinosaur Train.