Rocket Monkeys

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Rocket Monkeys
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Also known asThe Rocket Monkeys
Genre
Created by
  • Dan Abdo
  • Jason Patterson
Developed by
  • Alex Galatis
  • Mark Evestaff
Written by
Directed byJ 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 originCanada
Original language(s)
  • English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes65 (130 segments) (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 time22 minutes (11 minutes per segment)
Production company(s)Breakthrough Entertainment
Atomic Cartoons
Hornet Films
Distributor9 Story Media Group (2018-present)
Release
Original networkTeletoon
Picture format1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Audio formatSurround
Original releaseJanuary 10, 2013 (2013-01-10) –
November 23, 2016 (2016-11-23)

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 and lasted three seasons, ending on November 23, 2016.[1] The series is produced by Breakthrough Entertainment in association with Teletoon Canada, Inc., Atomic Cartoons and Hornet Films. It also ran on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons in the United States in its first run for its first season, before the second and third season aired delayed from its Canadian run on KidsClick, a daily syndication block aired on the television stations of Sinclair Broadcast Group.

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 Chimpsky, who gives the monkeys their assignments; YAY-OK, a devoted robot that is slightly outdated and is the brothers' only hope to help keep them on course; and Inky, a space octopus and artist who communicates through his ink drawings.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 smarter of the two. However 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 (52 segments) January 10, 2013 (2013-01-10) April 2, 2014 (2014-04-02)
2 13 (26 segments) November 5, 2014 (2014-11-05) February 26, 2015 (2015-02-26)
3 26 (52 segments) March 1, 2016 (2016-03-01) November 23, 2016 (2016-11-23)
Special October 25, 2015

Broadcast[edit]

Rocket Monkeys has been broadcast in Canada on its original channel, Teletoon, since January 10, 2013.[4] Due to a tangle of rights between Nickelodeon, KidsClick and Teletoon, the series is only available for digital per-episode purchase in Canada, and cannot be purchased in the United States in that manner.

On February 21, 2013, Nickelodeon announced that they have acquired the global rights to the series including the United States, though its history on that network was marked with several shifts. It premiered on March 4, 2013, but then shifted over to sister network Nicktoons due to low ratings and waning promotion on Nickelodeon, before that network dropped entirely it in May 2014, leaving it off American airwaves for just over three years.[5] The second season finally debuted in the United States on July 3, 2017 as part of the over-the-air KidsClick syndicated children's block and has aired continuously since then.[6] 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rocket Monkeys premieres January 10 on Teletoon". 3 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d http://www.teletoon.com/en/tv/rocketMonkeys
  3. ^ "Inky From Rocket Monkeys - Nick.com".
  4. ^ "The Press Room « Teletoon « Press Release « TELETOON GOES BANANAS WITH NEW ORIGINAL SERIES ROCKET MONKEYS". 19 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Nickelodeon Acquires Canadian Cartoon 'Rocket Monkeys' for Global Network".
  6. ^ "KidsClick Lineup Revealed". ToonBarn. June 19, 2017. Retrieved June 19, 2017.