My Dad the Rock Star

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My Dad the Rock Star
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Format Animated television series
Created by Gene Simmons
Voices of Lawrence Bayne
Joanne Vannicola
Don Francks
Sarah Gadon
Martin Villafana
Kathy Laskey
Stephanie Anne Mills
Rob Stefaniuk
Country of origin Canada
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Nelvana
Broadcast
Original channel Teletoon
Original run September 2, 2003 – 2004

My Dad the Rock Star is a Canadian animated television series created by KISS bassist Gene Simmons, and produced by Canadian company Nelvana for the Canadian based channel Teletoon.

The show focuses on Willy Zilla, an ordinary timid teen boy just trying to be normal person despite being the son of a flamboyant, rich, and lively celebrity rock star named Rock Zilla

Production[edit]

Gene Simmons wanted to create a cartoon series for his kids with a loud rock star. The idea of the cartoon started off when Gene's son Nick in his kindergarten days brought home a picture of Gene drooling blood and spitting fire for a project of what does his parents do, which may have influenced the character of Willy Zilla.

Before becoming a series, it became a book called "My Dad the Rock Star: Rebel without a Nose Ring" in 2001. Because Gene loved Nelvana shows, he called them for a cartoon idea. It was originally supposed to be about the band KISS itself but it was later changed to a family of rock-star parents which were based on Gene's family. Rock Zilla is actually a fictionalized version of Gene Simmons himself counting his signature "long-tongue". Willy is based on Gene's son Nick and Serenity was based on Gene's daughter Sophie. Crystal was also based on Gene's wife, Shannon Tweed who being Canadian helped Gene to get Nelvana to make the show. Gene served as the executive producer and creator while the rest of the production was done in Canada.

The series went on hiatus after the episode "Blind Date" until it was announced that the show ended, despite popular ratings, possibly for Gene to continue his music career.

Cast[edit]

  • Joanne Vannicola - Willy Zilla - Rock and Crystal's son and Serenity's little brother. Willy never had a normal life when he was on tour with his family until he came to Silent Springs. Throughout the series, Willy gradually becomes more comfortable in who he is and accepts his new, more "normal" lifestyle. Willy aspires to be a musician like his father and grandfather (see below), and has inherited their musical talent. Willy's music of choice is jazz, and plays the trumpet in the school band. He realizes that he was living a normal life the whole time.
  • Lawrence Bayne - Rock Zilla - The main character. Rock has loved rock n roll since birth. Even though Rock is the father of the family, he is very immature and behaves like a teenager. His own father is a famous classical cellist who still does not quite understand him. When not getting carried away, Rock thus strives to listen to his son's point of view and concerns.
  • Don Francks - Nigel "Skunk" Fanshawe - Ex-driver of the Zilla tour bus, friend/manager of the family. Skunk is from England and has a long two-toned ponytail, hence his name. Skunk is often the voice of reason for the Zilla's. He uses the tour bus, permanently parked on the mansion's grounds, as his apartment.
  • Sarah Gadon - Alyssa - Willy's sarcastic best friend, and eventually girlfriend. She is an environmental activist.
  • Martin Villafana - Quincy - Willy's other best friend. Prefers to be called "Q". His father is an accountant.
  • Kathleen Laskey - Crystal Zilla - Serenity and Willy's mother. Crystal is a pink-haired spiritualist.
  • Stephanie Anne Mills - Serenity Zilla - Willy's older sister and Rock and Crystal's daughter. Serenity is the stereotypical teenage girl: spoiled, boy-crazy, egotistical and ditzy. She picks on Willy and easily gets lost in the mansion.
  • Rob Stefaniuk - Robert "Buzz" Sawchuck - Lloyd's son and Willy's school bully. Although brutish and violent, Buzz often speaks in the manner of a Shakespearian actor, making long-winded speeches and monologues. Buzz has a crush on Alyssa, which is not reciprocated.
  • Dwight Schultz - Principal Malfactor - A strict disciplinarian, with a particular dislike for Willy. He once tried to have music class removed from school, and to have Willy expelled. Both times, he was foiled by Rock's intervention. Bears an uncanny resemblance to Ed Sullivan.
  • Dwight Schultz - Mr. Kant - The Zilla's next door neighbour. He utterly despises Rock for all the chaos he causes, but has a soft spot for Willy. He has a cat and dog, Helga and Henderson, who are friends with Mosh.

Other Characters[edit]

  • Mosh - The Zilla's lovable purple-and-green pet Komodo Dragon. Meant only to be a stage gimmick for Rock's performances, the family could not bear to send him away when it didn't work out, and so adopted him as the family pet.
  • Ms. Zachwiss - A strict teacher at Willy's school.
  • Scoop - A reporter who harasses the Zillas.
  • Lloyd Sawchuck - Buzz's father and the head of the school board. Also a loyal fan of Rock's music, and has all his albums.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

1. Welcome to Silent Springs

Rock and his family move to Silent Springs. Willy disguises himself as "Willy Zillowsky" but he is forced by Buzz to steal Rock's gold record.

2. Zilla's House of Horrors

Willy hears Buzz claim that the house is haunted due to being built on a graveyard.

3. Mr. Zilla's Opus

Rock reveals to everyone in school that Willy is his son, when he becomes the schools new band teacher. *Note*: "Mr. Zilla's Opus" is a parody of Mr. Holland's Opus.

4. High Infidelity

Crystal opens a Psychic Wellness Centre next to Willy's school earning Willy some ribbing over his flakey Mom.

5. Angela D'Angelo

When Willy meets a new student named Angela, she invites him to a pre-date with her parents who dislike Rock Zilla.

6. The Candidate

Willy plans to be the candidate for class representative, but Buzz keeps stealing all of his plans and bullies everyone into voting for him. Willy eventually wins even with the chaos caused by asking his parents to act normal.

7. Willy Unplugged

Willy is going to play his trumpet at the school talent night, but when Rock finds out, he tries to "help" by adding over-the-top theatrics to Willy's show. Alyssa and Q try to get in on Willy's act with less-than-musical results.

8. Dance Party

Willy joins the dance committee, but the teacher, Ms. Zachwiss, doesn't want to dance to change from the boring theme it had for the past 15 years.

9. Psychic Convention

Crystal asks Willy to come with her to the Psychic Convention to meet Madame Persenchia, but he has to study for a math test and Mosh goes missing.

10. Call of the Wild

The Zillas go on a camping trip with Willy's friends but something goes horribly wrong.

11. Mr. Big

When Sally Raptor, the most popular girl in school, offers Willy a coveted spot in the "in crowd", Willy gets a taste of what it's like to be extremely popular and it rocks! But complications arise when Sally tries to get Willy to abandon Alyssa and Q. Meanwhile, Serenity is terrorizing the neighbourhood by practising to get her driver's license.

12. Rebel Without A Nose Ring

Buzz sets Willy up to experience a series of unfortunate encounters with Mr. Malfactor after which he labels Willy a Rebel and seizes the opportunity to restore order upon the student body by implementing a dress code.

13. Going for Broke

When the Zilla's go broke, Q's father invites them to stay at their house.

Season 2[edit]

14. Meet the Zillas

Rock decides that TV is boring so starts his own reality show. But later as they play pranks on Willy, they change the show to "Meet Willy Zilla."

15. Rock Is From Mars, Willy Is From Venus

Willy and Rock try to spend some quality time together but things don't go as Willy intended.

16. The Sound of Zilla

Willy's school is celebrating International Students Week.

17. Home for the Holly Daze

It's the Zilla's first Christmas in Silent Springs and when they inadvertently cause a famous Broadway director to lose his job, misery befalls them when he tries to get even.

18. What's the Scoop?

Scoop keeps on sneaking out on Rock; Buzz puts Willy in detention after he arrives late. So Scoop and Willy concoct a plan to prove his innocence.

19. Rock Bottom

It's Rock's birthday but things get chaotic when Rock gets depressed, Serenity lands herself in the slammer, and she ends up serving community service at a senior's home, with Rock as her newest patient!

20. Saving Sawchuck

After Willy saves Buzz from drowning, he has to let Buzz save him from harm; Serenity falls in love with the Lifeguard, so she has lifeguard lessons.

21. King of the Desert

Willy, Q, and Alyssa take on a band trip, but ends up in the middle of the desert: Serenity and Crystal have to hide Rock's concert t-shirt (which he refuses to wash) before he comes back.

22. Big Willy on Campus

Rock is given an honorary doctorate by his old college, Cere Bellum University, but someone has it in for Rock.

23. Metamorphic Rock

Willy, Q, and Alyssa are assigned a group project in Science class but with his mom missing in action, the house gets chaotic.

24. Kant Buy Me Love

Willy and his friends help their neighbor, Mr. Kant throw a silent party.

25. Chip Off the Old Rock

Rock's parents come to visit him, but they became mortal enemies; Serenity and her Grandmother have a day off.

26. Blind Date

Willy and Alyssa become attracted to each other after a night at the movies. When Willy realizes that he is now dating her, he becomes a wreck, as he is afraid of how Q will react, and what this will mean for the trio's friendship. Meanwhile, Rock is trying to celebrate his 20th anniversary with Crystal, but each of his plans only seem to upset her.

DVD[edit]

On September 20, 2006 the series released "Dad's Debut" which contained the first six episodes of the first season; Welcome to Spirit Springs, Zilla's House of Horrors, Mr. Zilla's Opus, High Infidelity, Angela D'angelo, and The Candidate.

On April 7, 2009, a second volume was released "Off The Hook" which contained the next 5 episodes of the first season; Willy Unplugged, Dance Party, Psychic Convention, Call of the Wild, and Mr. Big.

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