Rod Rocket

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Rod Rocket
Genre Animation, Adventure
Written by Dick Robbins
Directed by Lou Scheimer
Hal Sutherland
Starring Sam Edwards
Hal Smith
Pat Blake
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 130[citation needed]
Executive producer(s) Mark Lipsky
Walter N. Bien
Running time 5 min.
Production company(s) Filmation Associates
Picture format Color (initially telecast in black-and-white)
Original release 1963

Rod Rocket is the first animated cartoon with production credited to Filmation, debuting in syndication in 1963.


Rod Rocket was originally produced by True Line, a small Los Angeles animation studio that subcontracted it the newly formed Filmation Associates created by Lou Scheimer and Hal Sutherland in 1963.[1][2] Scheimer and Sutherland had met while working at Larry Harmon Productions on the made-for-TV Bozo the Clown and Popeye cartoons. They produced the series for SIB Productions, a Japanese company.[2]


A boy named Rod Rocket and his best friend, Joey, are sent by wise codger Professor Argus on an exploratory mission in a spaceship called the Little Argo. He waits for them at home with his teenage granddaughter, Cassie. While in space, Rod and Joey constantly battle two bumbling cosmonauts.



  • "Slave Labor in Space"
  • "The Lava Trap"
  • "Lost in a Lunar Mist"
  • "Lights On"


  1. ^ Scheimer, Lou; Mangels, Andy (2012). Lou Scheimer: Creating the Filmation Generation. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing. pp. 38–39. 
  2. ^ a b Rod Rocket at Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on February 9, 2017.

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