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Animorphs 16

Rachel, Jake, Tobias, Cassie, and Marco

"My Name is Jake (Part 1)" is the first episode of Animorphs. It is a loose partial adaptation of The Invasion. It originally aired on September 11, 1998. It was directed by Timothy Bond and written by Jeff Vlaming and Neal Shusterman.


A spaceship plummets to Earth in a construction site, and five unsuspecting teens - Jake, Rachel, Marco, Cassie, and Tobias - discover a dying alien, an "Andalite" prince named Elfangor, who communicates with them in thought-speak. Elfangor warns them that Earth has been invaded by the evil "Yeerks," green, slug-like creatures, which enslave their victims one by one by crawling into their ears and taking control of their minds. To empower and protect the young Earthlings, Elfangor gives them a unique Andalite gift - the ability to morph into any animal they touch. Now, the five "Animorphs" must use their newly acquired power to battle the Yeerks and save the galaxy. They must trust no one, and nothing will ever be the same again....


Jake, Rachel, Tobias, Cassie, and Marco, five teenagers only vaguely acquainted with one another, choose to take a shortcut through a construction site and wind up encountering Elfangor, an alien who offers them the power to morph into animals to save the Earth from a insidious secret invasion.


Morphable Character Morph Used
Jake Golden Retriever (Homer)
Rachel --
Marco --
Cassie --
Tobias --

VHS Releases[]

US Releases

  • Part 1: The Invasion Begins ("My Name is Jake" parts 1 and 2, and "Underground")

Australia Releases

  • Volume 1.1 ("My Name is Jake" parts 1 and 2, and "Underground")


  • In novel, Jake succesfully escaped when the Controllers distracted by a homeless man, while in the TV Series, he morphed into Homer when found the latter trapped with him.
TV Episodes
Season 1 My Name is Jake (Part 1) | My Name is Jake (Part 2) | Underground | On the Run | Between Friends | The Message | The Escape | The Alien | The Reaction | The Stranger | The Forgotten | The Capture | The Leader | Tobias | Not My Problem | The Release | Face Off Parts 1 and 2
Season 2 Face Off Part 3 | My Name is Erek | Changes | The Front