J-Squad (lost Australian animated series; 2002-2003)


J-Squad
The show's characters "Junior", "Jaz", and "Jane"
The show's characters "Junior", "Jaz", and "Jane"
Status Lost

Junior is a German children's television network. A programming block based on the network has been broadcast internationally. 30-second animated shorts, similarly titled Junior, were shown as wraparound segments between other animated series. In some countries, such as Australia, both the programming block and the animated shorts were called J-Squad.

The wraparound animations were premiered on March 18, 2000.[1] They center around the experiences of three kids: Junior, his sister Jane, and his friend Jaz.[2]

300 animated wraparounds were created in total. The shorts were co-produced by the German company Trickompany and the Canadian company KLIK Animation for EM.TV. Directed by Bernie Denk, the short films were created using motion capture and CGI and given a 2D look using the program Illustrate. They were nominated for the Pulcinella Award.[1][3]

The programming block and wraparounds were shown in multiple countries and dubbed into several languages. In Australia, they were aired on Network Seven in 2002-2003, in Finland on MTV3 in 2001 and in Ireland on TG4[4]. Some of the wraparounds were released on a now-out of print Australian DVD titled "The Best of J-Squad: Volume 1" along with three episodes of series which were shown as a part of the programming block ("Poochini", "What About Mimi?", and "Weird-Ohs").[5][6]

English versions of the shorts are currently not available online. However, German versions of several wraparounds have been uploaded to YouTube by Mihai Tutaru.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 JUNIOR Wrap Around-Programm (Start in SAT.1 am 18.03.2000) in Italien für Animations-Preis nominiert (German). Retrieved 22 May '17
  2. DVD.net.au Review. Retrieved 6 Aug '16.
  3. www.davidgould.com – Junior Wrap Around. Retrieved 23 Apr '17.
  4. Programmes broadcast by TG4. Retrieved 6 Aug '16.
  5. MichaelDVD Review. Retrieved 6 Aug '16.
  6. EZYDVD Details of DVD. Retrieved 6 Aug '16.

Comments


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Sf95

17 months ago
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"No Footage for the TV Series has been made." "There is a DVD for the TV Series" "was aired in 2002." How does all that make sense?
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ConnorG

17 months ago
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Im trying to look for Footage
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Dycaite

17 months ago
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Oh man, I remember this show!

Still, this article could use a lot more info...
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Anonymous user #1

17 months ago
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Plz tell us what it looked like and some more information about what you remember about this show
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Dycaite

17 months ago
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I don't remember much about the show itself, but I definitely recognise those characters.

http://www.e...047675.l2557
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ConnorG

17 months ago
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Basicly. The Show's main Character is "Junior" with his buddy "Jaz" with an sometimes annoying sister "Jane"
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Reynard

16 months ago
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Better!
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Rivette

16 months ago
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For anyone who's interested in the DVD, I found a link to an eBay auction for it while researching to beef up the article: http://www.e...131694883774
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ConnorG

16 months ago
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Could Anybody find some Footage for J-Squad
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Anonymous user #2

16 months ago
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No. :)
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ConnorG

15 months ago
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Who voiced Junior, Jaz and Jane
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TheYoshiState

15 months ago
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Am I the only one who thinks this was inspired by Rayman?
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Chalk5oda2oy

15 months ago
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Hey Guys, lookie lookie what me found...

http://www.e...AOSwJkJWjjwm
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Anonymous user #3

9 months ago
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Ok so this isn't actual footage of the show, but I do have something that may be helpful. At the same time this show came out, there was a comic version of it that was made around the same time and was in the magazine K-Zone. I actually own an old copy of K-Zone (dated July 2003) that has a J-Squad comic in it. The panels in the comics were made using screencaps from the show, so while it isn't footage it can still give an idea of what the show looked like. If people are still interested I can scan/share it here

-felix
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Yoda

8 months ago
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Please share it.
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ConnorG

8 months ago
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Yeah!
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ConnorG

8 months ago
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i want it shared
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Reynard

8 months ago
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Rayman's kids??
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FelixAV

8 months ago
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Hi it's the "Anonymous user #3" again. As requested, here are the pages from the comic.

1: http://i.imgur.com/I6S9Olm.jpg

2: http://i.imgur.com/JQhtSau.jpg

3: http://i.imgur.com/kKRRp33.jpg
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Anonymous user #4

8 months ago
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Nice find
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Onlycrazy

7 months ago
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The Junior programming block and wraparounds were also broadcast in Finland in 2001 (dubbed into Finnish). I added and corrected some information based on what I can recall, as well as what I have found online.
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Onlycrazy

7 months ago
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A YouTube user (Mihai Tutaru) has uploaded many of the wraparounds in their German versions. I haven't found English versions, though...

https://www....p;shelf_id=0
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Anonymous user #5

6 months ago
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Goddamn those characters are terrifying
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ConnorG

5 months ago
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http://www.e...8?rmvSB=true Guess What!.... I Found the VHS
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Anonymous user #6

4 months ago
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Did ya buy it.
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Anonymous user #7

2 months ago
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I remember the shorts being shown in Russia by STS channel...no clue which year tho.
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Anonymous user #8

2 months ago
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ATTENTION EVERYONE You can download the untouched DVD ISO image file here: mega.nz/#!p3JjXAKC!QVPYSg_crtaa5ErLYdl7IjLD-kLfssuaaIavaiiwpsE Don't forget to check the SHA-256 value to ensure it's not corrupt: BC2000D66BC417612495AB9EC468F7BC6270F506F327105683731965D9EEBE18

I strongly suggest grabbing this as soon as you can! There's no guarantee that it'll stay up indefinitely.
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