Rod Rocket

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Rod Rocket
GenreAnimation, Adventure
Written byDick Robbins
Directed byLou Scheimer
Hal Sutherland
StarringSam Edwards
Hal Smith
Pat Blake
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes130[citation needed]
Executive producer(s)Mark Lipsky
Walter N. Bien
Running time5 min.
Production company(s)Filmation Associates
Sib Tower 12 Productions
DistributorDesilu Sales
Picture formatColor (initially telecast in black-and-white)
Original release1963

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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