Rocket Power

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Rocket Power
Rocket Power.jpg
From left to right: Otto, Reggie, Sam, Twister
Created by
  • Arlene Klasky
  • Gábor Csupó
Developed by
  • Victor Wilson
  • Eryk Casemiro
  • Michael Bloom
  • Andy McElfresh
Voices of
Theme music composerMark Mothersbaugh
Opening theme"Rocket Power Theme" by Devo
Ending theme"Rocket Power Theme" (Instrumental)
Composer(s)David Eccles
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes71 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Gábor Csupó
  • Arlene Klasky
  • Eryk Casemiro (Season 4)
  • Co-Executive Producer:
  • Eryk Casemiro (Season 1–3)
Producer(s)
  • Susan Ward
  • Pernelle Hayes (Season 2–4)
  • Victor Wilson (Season 2–4)
  • John Crane (Season 4)
  • Maureen Iser (Season 4)
  • Erin Ehrlich (Season 4)
  • Supervising Producer:
  • Jim Duffy (Seasons 3–4)
Running time24 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorViacom Media Networks
Release
Original networkNickelodeon
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original releaseAugust 16, 1999 (1999-08-16) – July 30, 2004 (2004-07-30)
External links
Website

Rocket Power is an American animated television series created by Arlene Klasky and Gábor Csupó, the creators of Rugrats. The series ran on Nickelodeon for four seasons from 1999 to 2004.[1] The show mainly revolves around four friends and their daily lives of playing extreme sports, surfing, and getting into various situations.

Premise[edit]

Rocket Power revolves around the day-to-day adventures of a gang of four young friends; the adventurous and vain sports perfectionist: Oswald "Otto" Rocket (Joseph Ashton), his tomboyish and responsible older sister: Regina "Reggie" Rocket (Shayna Fox), the brainy newcomer and techno whiz-kid: Sam "Squid" Dullard (Sam Saletta in Season 1; Gary LeRoi Gray in Seasons 2–3; Sean Marquette in Season 4) and the dim-witted but loyal videographer: Maurice "Twister" Rodriguez (Ulysses Cuadra in Seasons 1–3; Gilbert Leal in Season 4) — who live in the fictitious Southern California beach resort town of Ocean Shores, where they spend their free time playing extreme sports (such as Skateboarding, Surfing, Snowboarding, etc.), getting into various situations and overcoming the trials and challenges of growing up.

Otto and Reggie live with their strict but loving dad, Ray "Raymundo" Rocket (John Kassir), who along with his business partner, retired surfer and self-styled philosopher Tito Makani (Ray Bumatai), runs and owns the Shore Shack; a restaurant and surf shop where the gang usually hang out. In most episodes, they get involved in competitions, but end up learning that their friendship is more important than winning.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Season premiere Season finale
1 20 August 16, 1999 March 28, 2000
2 20 October 23, 2000 March 22, 2004
3 20 September 10, 2001 March 26, 2004
4 11 July 19, 2003 July 30, 2004

Home media[edit]

A VHS tape entitled Maxing Out was released containing five episodes ("Bruised Man's Curve", "Super McVarial 900", "Big Thursday", "The Big Air Dare", and "Otto's Big Break"). In 2004, Nickelodeon released four episodes of the series ("Island of the Menehune", "Tito's Lucky Shell", "Welcome to Ottoworld", "Follow the Leader") on the Island of the Menehune DVD.[2] Other episodes were featured on Nickelodeon compilation DVDs such as Nicktoons Christmas, Nicktoons Halloween, and Nickstravaganza 2.

Nickelodeon and Amazon.com teamed up to release Rocket Power and other Nick shows on manufacture-on-demand DVD-R discs available exclusively through Amazon.com's CreateSpace arm.

Title Season(s) Episode count Release date Format Episodes
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 VHS DVD
Maxing Out 1, 2 5 2001 N/A N/A Yes No 5b ("Big Thursday"), 10a ("Super McVarial 900"), 18 ("Big Air Dare" / "Otto's Big Break") and 30a ("Bruised Man's Curve")
Nickelodeon Super Toons 1 1 2002 N/A N/A Yes No 15a ("The Wrath of Don")
Nicktoons: Job Well Done 2 N/A N/A 2002 Yes No 23a ("Rocket Repairs")
Nicktoons: Sport-A-Rama N/A N/A Yes No 26a ("The Longest Day")
Nicktoons: Laugh-a-Lot N/A N/A 2003 Yes No 23b ("Say Hello to Cement Head")
Nickstravaganza! 1 March 4, 2003 N/A N/A Yes No 7a ("Powergirl Surfers")
Nicktoons Halloween 2 August 26, 2003 N/A N/A No Yes 32 ("It Came from Planet Merv" / "Netherworld Night")
Nickstravaganza! 2 September 2, 2003 N/A N/A Yes Yes VHS: 26a ("The Longest Day")
DVD: 26 ("The Longest Day" / "Ottoman and the Sea")
Nicktoons Christmas 4 September 30, 2003 N/A N/A No Yes 62 ("A Rocket X-Mas")
Island of the Menehune 2, 4 (DVD)
4 (VHS)
1 (VHS)
6 (DVD)
July 27, 2004 N/A N/A Yes Yes 25b ("Tito's Lucky Shell"), 29b ("Welcome to Ottoworld"), 35b ("Follow the Leader") (DVD) and 67–69 ("Island of the Menehune")
Nicktoons: The Show Must Go On! 1 (VHS)
1, 2 (DVD)
1 (VHS)
2 (DVD)
N/A September 27, 2004 N/A Yes Yes VHS: 2b ("Ice Queens")
DVD: 2b ("Ice Queens") and 29a ("Legends and their Falls")
Halloween Spooky Stories 2 1 N/A October 17, 2005 N/A No Yes 32 ("It Came From Planet Merv" / "Netherworld Night")
The Best of Nickelodeon: Summer Adventures 1 N/A June 5, 2006 N/A No Yes 4b ("Rocket Rescue")
The Complete First Season
(CreateSpace release)
20 May 21, 2014 N/A N/A No Yes 1 ("New Squid on the Block" / "Down the Drain") – 20 ("Snow Day" / "Welcome to the Club")
The Complete Second Season
(CreateSpace release)
2 June 12, 2014 N/A N/A No Yes 21 ("All About Sam" / "Half Twister") – 40 ("Double-O Twistervision" / "Womp Race 2000")
The Complete Fourth Season
(CreateSpace release)
4 11 June 20, 2014 N/A N/A No Yes 61 ("Twist of Fate") – 70-71 ("The Big Day")
The Complete Third Season
(CreateSpace release)
3 20 October 1, 2014 N/A N/A No Yes 41 ("The Lingos" / "Shack Attack") – 58-60 ("Race Across New Zealand")

Broadcast[edit]

Rocket Power premiered on Nickelodeon on August 16, 1999, and its final episode (a television movie called "The Big Day") aired on July 30, 2004. The series continued airing reruns on Nick until 2007.

As part of the Nick on CBS block, it aired on CBS from 2002 to 2005. Nicktoons aired the series from 2002 to 2010. Nick GAS also aired the series from 2003 to 2005. The series reran on TeenNick's block The Splat (formerly The '90s Are All That) from June 2014 to February 2017.

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
ReleasedFebruary 6, 2002 (2002-02-06)
Recorded1999-2002
Genre
Label

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

See also[edit]

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. ^ "Rocket Power: Island Of The Menehune". DVDEmpire. Retrieved 12 September 2015.

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