Rocket Power

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Rocket Power
Rocket Power.jpg
From left to right: Otto, Reggie, Sam, Twister
Format Comedy
Created by Arlene Klasky
Gabor Csupo
Developed by Vic Wilson
Eryck Casemiro
Starring Joseph Ashton
Opening theme "Rocket Power Theme" by The Wipeouters
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 61 (including 3 specials) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Gabor Csupo
Arlene Klasky
Running time 24 minutes
Production company(s) Anivision
Klasky Csupo
Nickelodeon Animation Studios
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original run August 7, 1999 – July 30, 2004

Rocket Power is an American animated television series. It aired on Nickelodeon for three seasons.[1] The show mainly revolves around 4 friends and their daily lives of playing extreme sports, surfing, and getting into some crazy situations.

Premise[edit]

Rocket Power involves the daily situations of a group of friends named Oswald "Otto" Rocket, Regina "Reggie" Rocket, Maurice "Twister" Rodriguez, and Sam "Squid" Dullard, as they live in the fictional Southern California town of Ocean Shores, largely believed to be based in Venice, CA.[2]

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Oswald "Otto" Rocket (Joseph Ashton): the main protagonist, and Twister's best friend, Otto is an obsessive, impulsive, and great athlete, whose arrogant attitude and short-sighted judgment often get him into trouble, though he always makes things right in the end. Otto is usually seen to be the most driven and intense in skateboarding, surfing, etc.
  • Maurice "Twister" Rodriguez (Ulises Cuadra): Otto's best friend, a "daredevil" on wheels, aspiring videographer, and known for exhibiting a notable lack of intelligence, "Twister" does not like being called by his real name. He is often seen being teased by his older brother Lars. Twister has proven to be clever despite his sometimes absent-mindedness.
  • Sam "The Squid" Dullard (Sam Saletta and Gary LeRoi Gray): While not as athletically gifted as the others, has found a niche as the brains and conscience of the group and also a "rock-solid" goalie when they play hockey. ("New Squid in Town", "Power Play") Sam's reputation of being the smartest member of the group is, at times, one of his flaws. The character of Sam is based on the series' creator. Sam's mom is over-protective, and she once forced Sam to skip the fifth grade. Sam was originally the least athletic character, but eventually developed an expert level of surfing and decent abilities in other sports. The "N" on his shirt stands for New York,[3] since it was originally Sam's home state during character development, this was later changed to Kansas, but the N on his shirt still remained. Sam is the only member of the "gang" who uses a long surfboard rather than a hard-to-ride shorter board. Another impressive factor about Sam is that when he and his friends get sick (the others very rarely get sick), Sam's recovery is much faster than that of his friends. This is due partly to the factor that Sam gets sicker more often then them and partly due to the fact that Sam has some allergies, so his body has built up a stronger and faster immune system. It is due to his faster immune system that in "Typhoid Sam" when the others all got very sick that Sam was able to recover at a much faster rate and create a substitute team of hockey players to play for the Rocket Team and crush the opponent team.
  • Regina "Reggie" Rocket (Shayna Fox): Otto's sister, Reggie is an aspiring publisher who, while no less competitive and skillful as an athlete, is of calmer disposition and greater maturity. Reggie is most noted for her "magazine" (dubbed "The 'Zine").[4]
  • Ray "Raymundo" Rocket (John Kassir): father of Otto and Reggie and owner of the Shore Shack and Rocket Boards. Ray is a widower, and a surfer of no renown. He drives a "vintage Woodie," a 1962 Mercury. In "The Big Day", Ray and Tito's cousin, Noelani, get married, allowing Reggie and Otto to have a mother figure.
  • Tito Makani (Ray Bumatai): a Hawaiian surfer and self-styled philosopher who helps his best friend Ray run the business. He also cooks hamburgers and french fries, needless to say, he is also the proud inventor of the Hot-Durger, hamburger bun, but all hot dog meat. He has a young nephew who occasionally visits from the islands, named Keoni Makani. There was once an incident in which Tito exacted his revenge upon Reggie (professional surfer Matty Liu), who appeared in a few episodes.
  • Lars Rodriguez (Lombardo Boyar): Twister's older brother, who routinely teases him and the kids. When his group competes against the Rockets they usually lose.

Secondary characters[edit]

  • Eddie Valentine (Jordan Warkol): The self-styled "Prince of the Netherworld," he occasionally participates in the Rockets' activities and is a frequent target of Lars' bullying. The son of a magician couple, he favors an outfit of a hooded cloak and a "scary" mask.
  • Oliver Van Rossum (David Gallagher): At first Sam's main rival in intelligence, he later became a close friend to the gang along with Eddie. He never participated in sports and was only into academics until he met Sam. In the episode in which Oliver met Sam, it was made clear that he would rather watch a documentary of a "dung beetle rolling dung balls" than participate in physical activity.
  • Officer Shirley (C. C. H. Pounder): One of the only police officers in Ocean Shores as the only other time other police officers are shown is during the television film "Reggie's Big Break". Officer Shirley does what she can to keep the peace. A minor character, a relationship between her and Raymundo is implied numerous times in the show, usually by means of pet names. She refers to Raymundo as "Big Ray".
  • Trish and Sherry (both voiced by Lauren Tom): Reggie's best friends, surfers, and members of the state volleyball team. Both had peripheral importance to the plots and appeared in a handful of stories.
  • Mackenzie Benders (Rosslynn Taylor): The ankle-biter who frequently annoys and torments the members of "the gang", but has a crush on Twister.
  • Conroy Blanc (Obba Babatundé): Owner of the skate park, Madtown, he later becomes Otto and Twister's teacher at their school. Conroy's parents were apparently vindictive, as shown in one episode, when Conroy was intent on finding the person(s) responsible for ruining a newly poured cement skate ramp in Madtown Skate Park. Conroy is originally from Jamaica.
  • Merv and Violet Stimpleton (Henry Gibson and Edie McClurg): The Rockets' neighbors. Merv tries to live a life of leisure, but becomes easily frustrated with many, especially the Rocket gang. Because of this, he has the Madtown Skate Park opened so that the kids can skate without bothering anyone. Merv is a retired electrical engineer and is usually depicted as angry and somewhat eccentric, although he does have a friendly side, particularly towards his wife. Violet is quite the opposite, always smiling and cheerful. Her pride and joy is growing violets in her garden. She is also a prolific cook, though her food is not always edible.
  • Doug Dullard (David Weaver): Sam's estranged father who works in the corporate industry. It is implied that he is always working, which clouds his better judgment. He tries to be the "cool dad" by including Sam's friends in their plans, but it ends up with him talking on his cell phone and ignoring Sam. Though he may seem neglectful, he has good intentions. His nickname for Sam is "The Little Guy" while Sam often calls him "The Big Guy".
  • Noelani Makani Rocket (Kim Mai Guest): Tito's cousin, Ray's new wife, and Reggie and Otto's step-mom. She is introduced in Rocket Power: Island of the Menehune. She is cautious because Ray's first wife Danni, Noelani's best friend, was killed in a surfing accident when Reggie and Otto were little. Noelani and Ray get married in Rocket Power: The Big Day.
  • Lt. "Tice" Ryan: Coast Guardsman and lifeguard who has appeared in several episodes. Known to be a buzz kill on the group's activities. Enjoys enforcing rules with an iron fist and, in essence, runs the beach.
  • Pi, Sputz, and Animal: Lars' friends. Animal was created later in the series as a new role for Sam Saletta when his voice changed so much that he could no longer voice Sam Dullard.[5]
  • Tony Hawk (Tony Hawk): Professional skateboarding legend Tony Hawk. The Rocket Power gang skates and snowboards with him in the one episode wherein he appears.
  • Keoni Khaloa Herbert Makani Jr.: Tito's younger cousin from Hawaii, he visits Ocean Shores for a surf competition and after a day of making Otto feel less important, apologizes and admits he just wanted to fit in.[6]

Episodes[edit]

DVDs[edit]

Rocket Power: Island of the Menehune was released on DVD and contains 3 bonus episodes.

Other episodes were on other Nickelodeon DVDs such as Nicktoons Christmas, Nicktoons Halloween, Bonus Episode from Disc 2 From VeggieTales: Veggie TV! and Nickstravaganza 2.

VHS[edit]

A VHS tape entitled Maxing Out was released and contains 5 episodes: "Bruised Man's Curve", "Super McVarial 900", "Big Thursday", "The Big Air Dare", and "Otto's Big Break".

Airing history[edit]

Rocket Power originally aired on Nickelodeon on August 7, 1999, and its final episode (a television movie called "The Big Day") aired on July 30, 2004. As part of the Nick on CBS block, it aired on CBS from 2002 to 2005. Nick GAS also aired the series from 2003 until October 31, 2005. Though it premiered only five months before 2000, it was announced to air on TeenNick's block named The '90s Are All That block. As of October 14, 2011, one episode had been aired on this block due to being voted in with the UPick with Stick program that aired on The '90s Are All That from October 7, 2011 – March 25, 2012. The show returned to the '90s block Of The 90s Are All That on January 1, 2014 for a short period of time.

Other projects[edit]

Other projects related to Rocket Power and developed under the aegis of Klasky-Csupo and/or Nickelodeon have included Rocket Power: Beach Bandits, and Maximum Rocket Power Live: The Battle for Madtown Park, a live-action extreme-sports dramatic arena play that briefly toured the U.S. Midwest in spring 2002, before being canceled over low ticket sales (it had originally been scheduled to tour about 40 cities all over the U.S., all the way into the fall). Even with the moderate success of the show, there is no spin-off planned.

Soundtrack[edit]

Rocket Power
Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by various bands
Released February 6, 2002
Recorded 1999-2002
Genre Soundtrack, ska, punk rock, electronic rock
Label Nick Records
Jive Records
Zomba Recording Corporation

The soundtrack album to Rocket Power was released on February 6, 2002. It is officially the soundtrack to the television film Rocket Power: Race Across New Zealand.

Track listing

  1. "Rocket Power Theme Song" by The Wipeouters
  2. "Individuality" by Area-7
  3. "99 Red Balloons" by Goldfinger
  4. "Valentino" by Bowling for Soup
  5. "I'm Cool" by Reel Big Fish

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rodman, Sarah (3 October 2011). "Rocket' is a blast - Creators of 'Rugrats' give 'Power' and responsibility to older kids". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. Retrieved 2012-10-22. 
  2. ^ "Bookmarkable URL intermediate page". Web.ebscohost.com. Retrieved 2012-10-22. 
  3. ^ "Rocket Power (1999–2004) : Trivia". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
  4. ^ "Rocket Power TV Show in Fully Nick at Nickelodeon Australia". Nickelodeon.com.au. Retrieved 2012-10-22. 
  5. ^ "The Other Kids". Hey Arnold!. Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
  6. ^ "Nickelodeon & Klasky-Csupo's "Rocket Power"". Rugratonline.com. Retrieved 2012-10-22. 

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