Jacob Two-Two

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Weekdays 3:30 PM on YTV Premiered Sep 01, 2003 Between Seasons

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Jacob Two-Two

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Based on the celebrated author Mordecai Richler's delightfully irreverent books, Jacob Two-Two is a stylish animated adventure series featuring globetrotting, freewheeling international spies, mysterious neighbors, revolting cafeteria food, treacherous teachers and one very spirited boy. The youngest of five children, Jacob is nicknamed Two-Two because he sometimes has to say things twice just to be heard! Small for his age, Jacob nonetheless has a big heart and a heaping helping of determination, anything from foiling the plots of internal spies to exposing the evil ways of the cafeteria lady. An enduring book-based property, Jacob Two-Two features a beloved underdog's run-ins with the mysterious and often surreal world of adults in a show that is Two good Two be true!

Darkly-styled, Jacob's world is full of odd things. Library ninjas chase after delinquent patrons (fortunately, Jacob has a perfect record.) His teacher is not-so-secretly sweet on his principal and his world is filled with shady and sinister villains lurking in the shadows. Fortunately, Jacob is brighter than the average boy, thanks to excellent reading and logic skills. He also sometimes has the help of Kid Power --- his older brother and sister Noah and Emma.

Jacob Two-Two is a production of Nelvana Studios, the studios behind such enduring franchises as Franklin and Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends. Fans of the series will find many familiar names in both the cast and crew --- such as writer Peter Sauder (writer for the very first episode of Franklin) and John van Bruggen (writer and/or director for programs such as Franklin, Maggie and the Ferocious Beast, Coolman! and Franny's Feet.)

Jacob Two-Two currently is airing on Sundays at 11:30a.m. and 6:00p.m. as well as weekdays at 3:30p.m. on YTV. Note that all times are in EST. Looking for Two-Two in the United States? You can now find him on NBC's Qubo block, Saturdays at 12:30p.m. The program also repeats on i (formerly PAX) on Fridays.

Jacob Two-Two: When Jacob was younger, he got his 'Two-Two' nickname because he said everything twice. Now that he's a little older, he doesn't do it all the time, but still frequently falls back into his old habit of repeating himself. He inadvertently causes trouble because he always tells the truth.

Morty (Dad): Jacob's father is the writer of a series of adventure books. He spends his time in his office in the attic working out labyrinthine plots, or checking the hockey scores for his favourite team the Montreal Marvels or most often snoozing on the sofa with the newspaper draped over his face. He also loves jokes and making gentle fun of his children.

Florence (Mom): She is an expert juggler of tasks, happiest when operating at full throttle. Besides keeping her family on the go and organized, she also holds down a full time job. As busy as she is, Jacob's Mom always manages to look very chic and 'pulled together', and breezes through each day with effortless grace.

Daniel: The eldest at 16, Daniel is an aloof and hopelessly cynical teen. A professional rebel permanently garbed in black, he is fully conversant in all the newest bands and music crazes. Daniel doesn't have much time for Jacob, but once in a while, when he's in a good mood, will sit down and give his kid brother a unique 'teen view' of the world.

Marfa: Marfa is a girl suffering through the toughest teen years and frequently takes it out on everyone around her. Preoccupied with her own concerns, she has even less time for Jacob than Daniel does. Convinced that Jacob ruins everything he touches, she doesn't like him going anywhere near her stuff. To Jacob she occupies a rarefied world that he doesn't understand at all... welcome to the mystery of girls!

Emma and Noah: Energetic, athletic, full of daring and theatrical bravado. They have their own secret club Kid Power and spend long hours in their clubhouse in the yard fighting imaginary battles as their alter egos the intrepid Shapiro and the fearless O'Toole. They won't allow Jacob into their 'clubhouse', which just makes him long to get in there all the more! He is constantly doing their bidding in the hope that this time, maybe this time they'll really let him inside.

Buford Orville Gaylord Pugh: An odd little kid with a string of unfortunate names. His lack of anxiety and worries aren't due to a lack of intelligence, they're more due to his basic inability to FOCUS. He is prone to recounting pointless, meandering shaggy dog stories at the drop of a hat. Buford and Jacob are both new kids at school.

X. Barnaby Dinglebat: On the surface he's a mild mannered meter reader for the Montreal Gas Company, but X. Barnaby lets a wide eyed Jacob in on his secret profession: he's really a globetrotting, freewheeling international spy! Barnaby is the only adult Jacob knows who always has time for him and treats him as an equal. Barnaby opens up a whole new world of adventure and possibility to his next door neighbour. He's also got a lot of cool tricks and awesome spycraft to share, along with the usual assortment of weird spy gear and gizmos.

Renée Ratelle: Renée is that French girl in Jacob's class that he's never gotten along with. When Renée shows up in the middle of an investigation, trying to solve the same mystery Jacob and Barnaby are trying to solve, the only rational solution is to join forces. Since Renée is a real hothead who doesn't always look before she leaps, it becomes Jacob's role to temper her enthusiasm. Of course neither of them can actually admit to being friends with a member of the opposite sex.

I.M. Greedyguts: Jacob's school principal is a very, very large man. An incorrigible glutton, Greedyguts also suffers from an enduring dislike of children, which causes him to be rather severe with his pupils. He is fond of eating, but his greed also extends to material possessions.

"Perfectly Loathsome" Leo Louse: Leo works as the janitor at the school. When Greedyguts needs dirty work done, or a mess swept under the carpet, Leo is the man for the job. A weaselly man, a miser and mooch, Leo will swipe whatever isn't nailed down. Morty is mysteriously fond of Leo, much to the children's disgust, and whenever Leo drops by he'll fill his pockets with Florence's sandwiches. The two also have a weakly poker game together.

Miss Sour Pickle: Jacob's geography teacher Miss Sour Pickle has a permanent scowl plastered on her face, like she smells something bad. She glories in catching her students not paying attention or talking in class, then giving them snap quizzes on the obscure capitals of equally obscure countries. The only thing Sour Pickle loves to do more than torment Two Two is cheer for her favourite team, the marvelous Montreal Marvels. It's her biggest secret that she simply adores hockey.

Hooded Fang: The professional wrestler with the terrifying mask and bad guy image. His true nature, as Jacob discovers one day, is sweet and gentle. He only acts like a barbarian because it's written in his contract. He's really a big kid at heart, and becomes a great secret pal of Jacob's, occasionally helping out when a mission requires someone really really big.

Miss Sweetie Darlingpie: This absolutely adorable little old lady down the street is constantly roaming about offering everyone she meets delicious baked goods. "Cookie?!" In true Miss Marple style, her innocent frizz-haired facade hides a lethal criminal intellect. It will be revealed late in the cycle that the dotty old dame is actually Barnaby's arch?nemesis Chiller Cheswick!

Sergeant Law and Corporal Order: This duo are the neighbourhood's local bumbling policemen. They can best be described as "bumbling" --- they often chase after Jacob for non-existent crimes and they also personify stereotypes, such as "cops eating donuts."moreless
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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • TOO TRUE, TOO FUNNY!!

    10
    Discovered Jacob after DTV started! But schedule in DFW is sketchy at best some times. Stories have solid foundations on personal,family and civic values and hold you. The characters, for the most part, are well developed and I believe most of us have had experiences with people, and their "situations", like them. It is a shame the shows with real value cant't gon forever. Trying to find a usable image of Mr. Moleculus, whoever created this character had to have attended Rapid City H.S, Rapid City, S.D. 1959-, the description of the personnality and thcharaciture drawing are to close to be a coiencedence> If anyone can help on an Image of Mr. Moleculus, there are a lot of guys from the class of 1959 that would be grateful.moreless
  • Underappreciated and unique. About a timid and adventurous 10-year-old boy going through the adventures of everyday life. In the process, he meets many people of which either hate him, or adore him and help him.moreless

    9.5
    I'd have to say, Jacob Two Two is definietly a show that's really up there when it comes to creativity and the family/children genre. Although it takes place in Montreal, the plots and characters are very storybook-like in a way which almost creates a scenario of what would happen if childrens' books were to meet with the cartoon world. Jacob Two Two does exactly that, yet the show presents itself as something that not only kids can enjoy, but everyone else can as well.



    Most of the concepts in the show are a bit stereotypical(homeless janitors, conniving crooks, donut-obsessed police, etc.), though not to the point in which it becomes annoying or an unspoken law(Miss Sweetie Pie is a good example). The sense of darkness and appearance to reality, that's nearly impossible to detect unless you've seen the show a lot, in each plotline sort of makes you think more deeply about what some of the people we see everyday may be doing or thinking. Even so, the show can still very well be considered childish due to its simplistic and overexaggerated conflicts, and does a job at teaching quite a few of the less obvious lessons to kids.



    As for Jacob himself and some of the other characters, I do love how the show tries their best to actually give each character personalities. Jacob has certainly grown from the scared little boy of season one. Yet at the same time, he still keeps the same charm that Mordecai intended for him to have originally.



    I shall end the long review with a 9.5/10, because I really think the show can go a lot further in terms of the characters' relationships/friendships with one another.moreless
  • This is the best show ever!!!!!!!

    10
    I absolutely love this show. It needs to be on more channels at more times. I really wish more people like it.n I wish YTV has it on at more times and not just 11:30 am Mon-Thurs. The show is really good because it was made in Canada.My favorite character is of course Jacob Two Two himself for a few reasons. The show isn't really famous unlike these other cartoons. This show is better than all of those show combined ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !moreless
  • I can't believe I like this show!

    7.6
    This show has a kid who annoys me by saying everything twice, who has a brother and sister that made the stupidest idea for a club (KID POWER!!!! That's gay and almost everybody looks creepy or ugly (jacob's mother, i don't remember jacob's biggest sister name, leo lous, principal greedy guts, ms. sour pickle, the policeman, and many others.



    But then I realize it's the storylines. They have childish storylines but for some reasons I can't stop watching them, it's like there's a subliminal message in there that keeps you hooked. But then I realize it's how the characters act and solving puzzles that make this show greatness.



    Buefurd (or however you spell his name) has to be the best character because he's so random.



    Storylines: pretty cool-8.8

    Characters: okay-5

    Animation: unique-9moreless
  • a great show, worth watching

    10
    as someone else said and i agree with them jacob is the cutest cartoon character ever. not as in boy cute but as in little kid cute. jacob is a spy...i think. he has a mean selfish principal who is stuck up rich and very fat. this is truly a great show. the episode about him and his sisters robot which was on today was very funny. just historical. i reccomend you wacth the show. it really is worth watching.moreless
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Animation, Fantasy, Kids

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kids hijinks, for the child in you, extraordinary situations, Pre-Teens, Grade Schoolers