Rocket Monkeys

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Rocket Monkeys
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Also known as The Rocket Monkeys
Genre
Created by
  • Dan Abdo
  • Jason Patterson
Developed by
  • Alex Galatis
  • Mark Evestaff
Written by
Directed by J Falconer
Creative director(s) Mark Evestaff
Voices of
Opening theme "Rocket Monkeys" performed by Tony Daniels
Ending theme "Rocket Monkeys" performed by David Berni (as YAY-OK)
Composer(s)
  • Eggplant LF
  • Steve D'Angelo
  • Terry Tompkins
  • Jeffrey Morrow
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s)
  • English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 65 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Ira Levy
Peter Williamson
Joan Lambur
For Hornet Films:
Dan Abdo
Michael Feder
Jason Patterson
For Atomic Cartoons:
Trevor Bentley
Mauro Casalese
Rob Davies
Rob Simmons
For Teletoon:
Alan Gregg
Athena Georgaklis
Hugues Dufour
Producer(s) Mark Evestaff
Running time 22 minutes (11 minutes per segment)
Production company(s) Breakthrough Entertainment
Atomic Cartoons
Hornet Films
Teletoon Original Production
Release
Original network Teletoon (Canada)
Nickelodeon (U.S.)
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format Surround
Original release January 10, 2013 (2013-01-10) – November 23, 2016 (2016-11-23)
External links
Website
Production website

Rocket Monkeys is a Canadian animated television series that was created by Dan Abdo and Jason Patterson and premiered on Teletoon in Canada on January 10, 2013.[1] The series premiered on Nickelodeon in the United States on March 4, 2013. The series is produced by Breakthrough Entertainment in association with Teletoon Canada Inc., Atomic Cartoons and Hornet Films. The series ended on November 23, 2016

Plot[edit]

Brothers Gus and Wally are monkey astronauts. They're not the brightest or coolest astronauts, but since they're the only ones around, they are called upon to go into space and carry out different kinds of important missions—including battling rogue black holes and vengeful aliens. Other members of the brothers' crew include bossy astrophysicist Dr. Chimpsky, who gives the monkeys their assignments; YAY-OK, a devoted robot that is slightly outdated and is the brothers' only hope to help keep them on course; and Inky, a space octopus and artist who communicates through his ink drawings.

Characters[edit]

  • Gus Monkey (voiced by Seán Cullen) is Wally's older brother. He wants nothing more than to be a hero, but he can't always put aside his monkey instincts. The closest thing the ship has to a captain, he takes being a GASI cadet very seriously—well, when he feels like it.[2]
  • Wally Monkey (voiced by Mark Edwards) is Gus' monkey partner and brother, and is considered the sillier of the two. Poorly-groomed yet somehow adorable, Wally would rather be playing Banana Blasters or organizing his expired pudding collection than jetting off on some crazy expedition. If there's one thing Wally's good at, it's being a monkey—he can howl and fling with the best of them.[2]
  • Yay-OK (voiced by David Berni) is Wally and Gus' robot companion that helps them on their adventures through space. There's nothing this robot wouldn't do for his beloved monkeys—after all, he's programmed that way. He's quite the charmer, too—from the fridge to the blender to the vending machine, there isn't a ladybot on board whose circuits he hasn't made beep a little faster.[2]
  • Dr. Chimpsky (voiced by Jamie Watson) is the leader of GASI headquarters. He assigns the Monkeys their highly important missions (which sometimes include getting him more ice when his drink gets too warm) and does his best to keep them on track when they get distracted.[2]
  • Inky is a space octopus and an artist who communicates through his incredible ink drawings. Whether he's a member of the crew or just unbearably cute, is anybody's guess. But either way, his artistic talents make him super fun to have around.[3]
  • Lord Peel (voiced by Mark McKinney) is the main antagonist of the series, whom the monkeys constantly mistake for a banana. Before the events of the series, he was a noble businessman. But then the Rocket Monkeys began to crave him, and he's been trying to get revenge on them for trying to eat him and especially for forcing him into the dark side.
  • Nefarious (voiced by Seán Cullen) is one of the antagonists of the series. He lives in a prison asteroid, which he tries to escape in most episodes.
  • SLO-MO (voiced by Teresa Pavlinek) is Nefarious’ robot companion. In some episodes, she cares about YAY-OK a lot.
  • Deep Space Dave (also voiced by Seán Cullen) is a superhero who always relies on his fans- the monkeys, of course.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Original airdate
First aired Last aired
1 26 January 10, 2013 (2013-01-10) April 2, 2014 (2014-04-02)
2 13 November 5, 2014 (2014-11-05) February 26, 2015 (2015-02-26)
3 26 March 1, 2016 (2016-03-01) November 23, 2016 (2016-11-23)
Special October 25, 2015

Online games[edit]

Rocket Monkeys Online blasts kids into outer space with Gus and Wally in a series of three online games:[4]

  • Monkeys vs Gorillas: Red Alert: The Monkeys get a distress call from Dr. Chimpsky—Lord Peel is attacking GASI! The monkeys are six planets away and their arch rivals the Space Gorillas are already en route! Gus and Wally are determined to beat those no-good ‘rillas in this race, get there first and save the day.
  • Monkey Business: Uh oh! The Rocket Monkeys have racked up an enormous bill at the G.A.S.I Cafe and since they have no money, Dr. Chimpsky insists that they’ll have to work off their debt or they will lose their rocket! Gus is on diner duty while Wally is in the kitchen as they try to earn as much dough as they can.
  • Monkeys on a Mission: Gus and Wally have secured a case of ice from the Planet Brrr and are heading back to headquarters when they run into trouble! Piloting the rocket ship every asteroid, rogue planet, and space villain has to be avoided or shot down before the Monkeys can make it safely back to G.A.S.I.

Home media[edit]

Episodes of Rocket Monkeys are available for digital download through the iTunes Music Store.[5][6][7]

Broadcast[edit]

Rocket Monkeys has been broadcast in Canada on its original channel, Teletoon, since January 10, 2013.[8]

On February 21, 2013, Nickelodeon announced that they have acquired the global rights to the series including the U.S.[9] The series premiered on March 4, 2013 on Nickelodeon in the United States, and also premiered on April 19, 2013 on Nicktoons. It was unexpectedly removed from Nickelodeon's schedule on June 7, 2013. The series returned to Nicktoons' schedule on March 18, 2014, but was removed from that schedule on May 2, 2014. The second season debuted in the United States on July 3, 2017 until February 9, 2018, returning on June 18th, during the KidsClick block.[10] In the United Kingdom, it debuted on Nicktoons in 2013 and ended sometime in 2017, but reruns have been airing from December 2017 to 28 January 2018, and it is currently airing on January 29, 2018 on CITV. In Southeast Asia, it is currently airing on Disney XD.

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