As with so many Disney performers, the Jonas Brothers seem to have it all - they sing, the act, and the fans flock to their concerts in droves. The Jonas Brothers are real-life brothers - Kevin, Joe and Nick - who began their career as performers that gained a following on the Disney Channel. Their popularity led them to star in a Disney Channel original movie, “Camp Rock” alongside then up-and-comer, Demi Lovato (“Sonny with a Chance”). With several albums behind them and the fact that they play their own instruments and write some of their music, the Jonas Brothers are another successful Disney franchise.
Following their success as a band and with “Camp Rock” it was no surprise that the Disney Channel decided to give Kevin, Joe and Nick their own series. “JONAS” is a lot like “Hannah Montana”, seeing as how it follows the lives of famous rock stars trying to fit in to everyday life. The main plot difference is the fact that they aren’t hiding who they really are from the world. The brothers play Kevin, Joe and Nick Lucas who live with their dad Tom (John Ducey), mom Sandy (Rebecca Creskoff) and little brother Frankie (played by real-life little brother, Frankie Jonas) in a converted fire station on Jonas Street (the inspiration for their band name, “JONAS” in the show).
“JONAS” is similar to a lot of series with your usual collection of situations that the brothers get themselves into and ultimately out of. Thankfully, it’s not all slapstick as the series does tend to focus on the brothers’ everyday life. There’s also the usual array of quirky characters that make up a Disney Channel original. In this case there’s Stella (Chelsea Staub), who attends Horace Mantis High with the brothers and is their personal stylist and longtime friend. Sporty Macy (Nicole Anderson) is JONAS’ number one obsessed fan and often gets a little out of control when around them. There’s also the brother’s bodyguard, The Big Man (Robert Feggans) who’s always around when they need him.
While the show isn’t the most original series put on by Disney, it offers some wholesome laughs. The performances by each of the Jonas Brothers vary, but they all bring something different to the show which might otherwise fall flat. The addition of Staub and Anderson helps, as the two deliver enjoyable supporting efforts. The show's lack of a laugh track also is a plus.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Disney has rounded up seven “JONAS” episodes centered around love. The DVD release titled “I heart Jonas” is your usual release of a few “best of” episodes from a hit Disney Channel Original. The promising difference here is the fact that this set does tend to stay focused on its theme of love, more specifically the relationship between Joe and Stella. The episodes are likely to entertain fans and the DVD collection does a very nice job showing the progression of Joe and Stella’s feelings for each other.
Episodes included on the “I Heart Jonas” DVD are:
“Fashion Victim” where Stella creates the Stellavator to help style the brothers for any occasion. Meanwhile, Joe is jealous because Stella is going to go on a date with Van Dyke (Chuck Hittinger) and when Joe makes her mad, she decides to get even.
“Love Sick”- Macy tries to change a guy to be more like a Lucas brother. Joe gets nervous when he realizes Stella might have feelings for him and they discuss going on a real date.
“Three Musketeers” The Jonas Brothers decide to try out for the school play, “The Three Musketeers”. When they get the part, Joe gets stage fright and Van Dyke takes the lead. Joe becomes upset after he hears that there’s a kissing scene and Stella has the lead female role.
“Karaoke Surprise” Stella feels left out when Macy and the Lucas brothers spend time together without her. Turns out, they’re just trying to throw Stella a surprise party.
“Frantic Romantic” Actress Fiona (Sara Paxton) spreads rumors that she and Joe are dating.
“Forgetting Stella’s Birthday” The Lucas brothers get an interview with a famous music critic, but the interview conflicts with Stella’s birthday and they forget her birthday all together.
“Double Date” Joe causes Stella and Van Dyke go on a date, which only stirs up more jealousy. Joe shows up at the date and joins them along with Macy, ultimately bring him much closer to Stella.
VIDEO: The series is presented by Disney in 1.33:1 full-frame, the show's original aspect ratio. The series looks bright, crisp and colorful on this DVD presentation, which is likely similar to how the show looks when broadcast. Aside from some minor shimmer, the picture appeared crisp and clean. Colors are bright, well-saturated and clean, with no smearing.
SOUND: The Dolby Digital 5.1 presentation offers crisp, clear music, dialogue and effects, but certainly doesn't put the surrounds to much use.
EXTRAS: As far as extras go, there aren’t too many. The main supplement to the DVD is “You’ve Just been JoBro’d, where the Jonas Brothers prank Jordin Sparks while on their tour. Sparks, who was the boys opening act, joins the brothers on a radio interview that goes horribly wrong. At over ten minutes, there are some funny moments here and fans should enjoy. Three magnets featuring the Jonas Brothers are included. Also included on the DVD is a promotion for Disney Blu-ray featuring Dylan and Cole Sprouse from “The Suite Life” series, as well as a brief look at Disney Digital File.
“Dumbo: 70th Anniversary Edition”
“Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam”
“Toy Story 3”
Disney Movie Rewards
“Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2”
“Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie”
“The Last Song”
“Disney Friends for Change: Project Green”
Final Thoughts: Fans of the group are likely to be pleased with this assortment of episodes from the series. Recommended for fans.