Just Jamie

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Just Jamie
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"I look around, and this show is just a mess."
Genre: Comedy
Animation
Running Time: 24 minutes
Country: Canada
Release Date: 2004
Network(s): YTV
Created by: Chantal Ling
Katie Tallo
Serge Cote
David Bigelow
Distributed by: Funbag Animation Studios Inc.
Starring: Tia Caroleo
Micaela Mankowski
Amanda Tripp
Kyle Switzer
Jeff Lawson
Lorraine Ansell
Peter Michael Dillon
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 13 (26 segments)

Just Jamie is a Canadian children's animated series based on original drawings by Helen Dardik. It first premiered on YTV in 2003.

Plot

Just Jamie is an animated world of sleepovers, phone tag, and girl talk. Twelve-year-old Jamie's number-one priority is hanging out with her two life-long friends. It's her mixed-up place in the world that has Jamie always wondering, always searching. With her audience as her confidante, Jamie expresses her innermost "stuff," making her an expert guide to the muddled-up reality of being 12.

Qualities That "Just" Suck

  1. First of all, it has the laziest, cheapest, and probably some of the worst flash animation out of everything in the 2000s. Even The Eggs, which similarly has cheap animation, looks better than this.
  2. Ugly character designs and art style that looked like mashed-up versions of 6teen, which premiered after this show.
    • Also, since Jamie is supposed to be 12 years old, her design makes it look like she's around 16-19. The same can also be said about the other characters around her age.
  3. Just like The Eggs, it has constant animation errors which happens frequently in EVERY episode. Same thing as said show, sometimes when any character talks, their mouth doesn't move at all or doesn't match up with the dialogue.
  4. It's unfaithful to the source material from the original drawings by Helen Dardik.
  5. Most of the characters are pretty bland and unlikable, like Jamie's mother Margot.
  6. There are some gross-out, unfunny, and mean-spirited moments.

Good Qualities

  1. Catchy theme song.
  2. Some characters can be likable at the times, like Jamie herself sometimes. Other likable characters can include Raissa, Sydney, and Jamie's dad David.
  3. Decent voice acting, especially from Tia Caroleo as Jamie Brooks, Micaela Mankowski as Raissa Jackson, and Amanda Tripp as Sydney Banks.
  4. Funny moments here and there, like in "Sibling Revelry" where Jamie dreams about having countless sisters.

Reception

It has a 5.4/10 rating on IMDb.

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