Danger Rangers

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Danger Rangers
Format Children's series
Animation
Educational
Created by W. Douglas Smith
Michael D. Moore
Directed by John Kafka
Russell Calabrese
Voices of Charlie Adler
Grey DeLisle
Mark Hamill
Jerry Houser
John Kassir
Rob Paulsen
Kevin Michael Richardson
Tasia Valenza
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Spanish
No. of episodes 16
Production
Running time 22 minutes
Distributor Mighty Kids Media
DHX Media
Broadcast
Original channel PBS Kids (USA)
CBS (Cookie Jar TV)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original run September 3, 2005 (2005-09-03) – December 26, 2006 (2006-12-26)
External links
Website

Danger Rangers is a television program that aired on PBS. From September 2011 to September 2012, the show was re-aired on CBS and This TV as part of the Cookie Jar TV programming block.

Creation[edit]

Danger Rangers was originally created with its first pilot in 1999; however, the first Hollywood production was completed in 2003. The show was born from the cause of children's safety and was the first show to successfully put Disney quality productions into a quality curriculum. The Danger Rangers series was the most successfully distributed independent show on PBS Affiliates and was documented to have saved lives.[1] The program transformed the way educational TV is produced today.

From TV to Website[edit]

The learning does not stop yet! Even though the show does not air on TV anymore, you can visit the official Danger Rangers website (www.dangerrangers.com) for educational activities that are fun for all ages. These activities entertain, educate, and empower children in safety and well-being. On this website, you will find games, songs, videos and activities. Games that are available on the website are puzzles which ask you to identify safety signs children will see in their environment. Hot Potato is a game that asks children to look at a picture and identify the household items that are fire hazardous. If the child gets it incorrect, the website tells them the correct answer with an explanation. The website has songs/videos such as “Learn to Swim”, “Rules to the Road”, "Never Mess with Fire” and “Places to Play”. These songs are catchy and memorable, and they are great for a classroom too! Videos on the website educate children about themes such as medicine mix-up, outdoor safety, hazardous objects, etc. Activities for children such as word searching and many other activity sheets. There are printable pages you can use with children that are fun and very beneficial to a child's education. These activities are a great way to spend a fun time with your child. Not only is this website fun for children, it offers adults information about the Danger Rangers' educational goals and how they are an award-winning educational media. Take the Danger Rangers' safety challenge and visit their website for more educational fun!

Plot[edit]

Six animal heroes called the "Danger Rangers," their robot Fallbot, and their artificial intelligence called S.A.V.O. teach children about not killing themselves with safety through examples, such as environmental hazards and unsafe places.

Characters[edit]

  • Burt (voiced by Mark Hamill) - A turtle who is the team's creative and genuine personal safety expert. As the team's inventor, Burt would always come up with some inventions that would help the Danger Rangers in their missions.
  • Squeaky (voiced by Rob Paulsen) - A navy mouse who is the small yet valuable member of the Danger Rangers.
  • Gabriela (voiced by Tasia Valenza) - A red bird who is the beautiful operation chief and head safety trainer. She was also called G.B.
  • Fallbot (voiced by John Kassir) - A robot who is the eager yet clumsy ally of the Danger Rangers. He was created by Burt.
  • Junior Danger Rangers - Various children who are experts at the different safety rules that work for the Danger Rangers.

Episodes[edit]

Title Original air date
1 "Water Works" 3 September 2005
When Commander Octagon builds his vast underwater hideout that causes the oceans to rise, he sends his henchmen Lobster Theodore and Joey Clams to sabotage the pools that the Danger Rangers plan to build all over the world.

Song: "Everybody Be Water Safe"'

Note: This is the series premiere.
2 "Wild Wheels" 10 September 2005
Rusty Ringtail builds skate ramps in New York City so that he and his friends Chilli Dog and Snarf can skate to the top of the Statue of Liberty. Burble has previously encountered Rusty before in his early work and works to reason with him. Song: "Wheels," "Rules of the Road"
3 "Where the Fun Never Stops" 13 October 2005
During Boston's power surge problem, Nobel Prize-winning inventor Quenton V. Manderbill plots to build a transporter powered by the wasted energy that children use playing on the prize-rigged playground equipment made by his Play Along Playground Equipment company. When the Danger Rangers end up captured, Gabriela contacts their Junior Danger Ranger allies in Boston for help. Song: "When You're Coming Down the Slide"
4 "Fires and Liars" 24 October 2005
The Danger Rangers celebrate National Fire Safety Month across the United States. In Chicago, two boys named Derek and Scott cause a false alarm that Fire Chief Daniels and his fire department respond to. When Derek and Scott play with fireworks and accidentally start a major fire near their building, Sully and Kitty must help the Chicago Fire Department put out the fire, rescue the building's inhabitants, and teach Derek and Scott about the right fire safety. Songs: "False Alarms," "Never Mess Around with Fire"
5 "The Great Race" 26 November 2005
At the time when the Danger Rangers are preparing for their appearance at the Monster Truck Relee, Worley the Weasel and his friends hold a secret jogging race for the prize of the mini-monster truck. The Danger Rangers arrive to teach pedestrian safety and thwart Worley's plot. Songs: "Use That Crosswalk," "Make Sure They See You"
6 "Medicine Mix-Up" 28 January 2006
In Paris, France, a brilliant scientist named Henri Ennui has a scheme to use a "Rancinator" to stink up the world's candy supply as part of a ransom of $50,000.00. This causes kids to seek out things that look like sweets, but are actually medicine which has some of the kids rushed to the hospital. The Danger Rangers head out to intervene in the mix-ups, confiscate the rancid-smelling candy, and defeat Henri Ennui (who turns out to have a history with Kitty) and his Frinja henchmen. Song: "Don't Touch Them Pills," "Common Sense"
7 "Mission 547: Safety Rules" 2004
The Danger Rangers check on hidden dangers in the home, share bicycle safety rules, and are in charge of travel safety.

Songs: "911," "Common Sense"

NOTE: This was the first episode to air on television and is considered the show's pilot episode.
8 "Safe and Sound" 3 March 2006
The Danger Rangers must snap Sully back into reality and save Hollywood from the dangerously loud music of the new rock band The Decibulls which is shaking up the buildings enough to cause hazards. Burt discovers that the CDs by the Decibulls have been made so that they can't be turned down by The Decibulls' manager Buck Huckster and bodyguard Knuckles who wants their music to be loud in the musical competition. Song: "Protect Your Ears"
9 "Cave Save" 7 July 2006
After hearing tales of old-timer Digger Diaz's mining adventures from Tall Tale Tim (the resident storyteller) in Digger's Gold, New Mexico, four children named Mickey, Kareen, Jose, and Julie decide to do a little mining of their own to look for treasure in a large cave and end up losing their way. The Danger Rangers are off to rescue the missing children and showing them that abandoned homes and dark caves are no place to play. Things get worse when Mickey and Kareen end up in a competition with Tall Tale Tim and Giles to get the gold underneath Digger Diaz' house. Songs: "Cave Save," "Places Not to Play"
10 "Chem Gems" 14 July 2006
When Scotland Yard is investigating who's been putting chemicals on London's streets, they assume it's the local toymaker Herbert Dinkwell. The Danger Rangers are called in to help prevent dangerous chemical combinations done by unsuspecting children and soon discover that Herbert's assistants Lonnie and Jenkins are responsible for leaving the chemicals on the streets instead of having them taken to the Waste Processing Plant. Songs: "Poison," "Don't Touch That"
11 "Dog Days" 21 July 2006
The dangers of dog bites, how to avoid them, and how to approach dogs safely as the Danger Rangers talk about it at the Dog Safety Demo at the County Fair as Burt makes a mechanical dog named Sparky for the event. Two kids named Alice and Willie Buckster plan to get a dog of their own for the Pooch Parade where they try to get the dog that Willie meets on the way to the school named Rufio. While Burt, Squeaky, and Fallbot continue to perfect the robotic dog Sparky (AKA the Danger Ranger X-700 Canine Demo Unit), Sully and Kitty work with Alice and Willie to find the right dog at Mr. Sherman's Dog Shelter. Songs: "Don't Startle a Dog," "A Dog is a Love Sponge"
12 "Be Prepared" 28 July 2006
Burble takes the Danger Rangers to the "Be Ready for Anything Jamboree" at the Pine Lake Orphanage (where Burble had grown up during his childhood) run by Mr. and Mrs. Barkster. A boy named Luke and his friend Danny end up in danger when Luke was perfecting wind surfing for Burble until a storm hits. Song: "Be Prepared," "Stay Calm"
13 "Wet & Wild" 4 August 2006
The Danger Rangers take a cruise ship vacation and discuss water safety while helping a young girl named Alisha overcome her fear of water and helping to calm down the hyperactive Brayski Brothers and their nephew Fran-Teek. Songs: "You've Got to Think About Everyone Else," "Learn to Swim"
14 "Go Games" 11 August 2006
Junior Danger Ranger Talya Mendoza sets out to shoot a movie about the Danger Rangers as they prepare for a bicycle, skateboarding, and rollerblading competition called the Go Games at Rivergrove Skate Park. Burt becomes the director to help out Talya. Meanwhile, Chancy McSpill and his sidekick Duncan plan to use every dirty trick in the book to win the Go Games. It's up to the Danger Rangers to thwart Chancy and Duncan's plot. Songs: "Wear Your Helmet," "Ride Smart"
15 "Kitty's Birthday Surprise" 18 August 2006
The Danger Rangers have a surprise birthday party for Kitty and invite many of the children that she has helped over the years. Songs: "False Alarms," "Keep Yourself Safe," "Protect Your Ears," "Everybody Be Water Safe," "When Your Coming Down That Slide," "Places Not to Play," "Wheels," "Common Sense"
16 "Fallbot Forget-Me-Not" 26 December 2006
When Fallbot blows a circuit board and loses his memory during a thunderstorm, the Danger Rangers scramble to fix Fallbot's circuit board and reinstall the safety rules he used to know so well before his visit to Hoover Street Elementary School. "'Note:"' This is the Series Finale. Songs: "Don't Touch Them Pills," "Rules of the Road," "Never Mess Around with Fire," "Poison," "Use That Crosswalk"

Principal voice actors[edit]

  • Charlie Adler - S.A.V.O., Chimpanzee (ep. 1), Police Officer (ep. 2), Kid (ep. 3), Gopher Dad (ep. 4), Frinja #3 (ep. 6), Worker #1 (ep. 6), Record Executive (ep. 8), Herbert Dinkwell (ep. 11)
  • Grey DeLisle - Kitty the Cat, Penguin (ep. 1), Lil (ep. 1), Kate (ep. 2), Child (ep. 3), Kwan (ep. 3), Mom (ep. 3), Fabiola (ep. 4, 16), Badger Kid (ep. 5), Jack (ep. 6), Mrs. Hopper (ep. 7), Mateo (ep. 8), Bobby (ep. 10), Queen of England (ep. 11), Jackie (ep. 12), Jodie (ep. 15), Teacher (ep. 15)
  • Mark Hamill - Burt the Turtle, Lobster Theodore (ep. 1), Electrical Worker (ep. 3), Driver (ep. 5), Mayor of Digger's Gold (ep. 10), Butler (ep. 11)
  • Jerry Houser - Sully the Sea Lion, Police Officer (ep. 3), Audience Guy #1 (ep. 5), Decibull #3 (ep. 8), Dad (ep. 8), Paramedic (ep. 11)
  • John Kassir - Fallbot, Peter Possum (ep. 1), Fox Dad (ep. 4), Eddie (ep. 5), Frinja #2 (ep. 6), Decibull #2 (ep. 8), Police Officer (ep. 8), Giles (ep. 10), Fire Chief (ep. 11), Beaver Guy (ep. 12), Duncan (ep. 15), Kid #1 (ep. 15)
  • Rob Paulsen - Squeeky the Mouse, Snarf (ep. 2), Quentin V. Manderbill (ep. 3), PA Announcer (ep. 4), Sparky's Dad (ep. 5), Frinja #1 (ep. 6), Billy Goat (ep. 7), Mr. Curl (ep. 7), Decibull #1 (ep. 8), Inspector Brumell (ep. 11), Mr. Buckster (ep. 12), Luke (ep. 13), Ship Crew Member (ep. 14), Chancy McSpill (ep. 15), Scott (ep. 16, 17)
  • Kevin Michael Richardson - Burble the Polar Bear, Chilli Dog (ep. 2), Judge Maxim (ep. 4), Audience Guy #2 (ep. 5), Frinja #4 (ep. 6), Knuckles (ep. 8), Detective (ep. 11), Lonnie (ep. 11), Mr. Buckster (ep. 12), Announcer (ep. 15)
  • Tasia Valenza - Gabriela the Bird, London Reporter (ep. 1), Raccoon Kid #2 (ep. 1), Firefighter #3 (ep. 3), Ana Gomez (ep. 15)

Additional voices[edit]

Crew[edit]

Production[edit]

The extremely high quality production values are attributed to quality of the original production team of Howard Kazanjian, Larry Huber, Jerry Houser and Randy Rogel. Their focus on the mission of the program showed in the extraordinary final product that consistently garnered top ratings. Because of that original team, children are alive today that otherwise would not be.

Business dealings[edit]

Educational Adventures (the original company behind the show) built distribution through grassroots efforts and pioneered deals with Virgin Atlantic, Safe Kids Worldwide and many others. The assets of the company were eventually lost due to a baseless lawsuit "North Carolina Business Court records show the injunctive relief claims were withdrawn due to lack of factual support" that has resulted no new programming or original publishing of note since 2008.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Danger Rangers come under lawsuit". http://charlotte.news14.com/. 2006. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ Downey, John (August 24, 2009). "Damages are sought over Danger Rangers’ demise". http://www.bizjournals.com. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 

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