Roger Ramjet

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Roger Ramjet
Roger Ramjet logo.gif
Created byFred Crippen
Written by
Directed byFred Crippen
Voices of
Narrated byDave Ketchum
Theme music composer
  • Charles Koren (music)
  • Paul Shively (lyrics)
ComposerIvan Ditmars
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes156
Executive producerKenneth C.T. Snyder
ProducerFred Crippen
EditorDee Futch
Camera setup
  • Roger Brown
  • Jerry Smith
  • Larry Hogan
Running timeAround 5 minutes 20 seconds
Production companies
  • Pantomime Pictures
  • Hero Entertainment
Original networkSyndication
Original release1965 (1965) –
1969 (1969)

Roger Ramjet is a 1965–1969 American animated television series, starring Roger Ramjet and the American Eagle Squadron. The show was known for its simple animation, frenetic pace, and frequent references to pop culture which appealed to adults as well as children.[1] During its original run, the show aired on NBC. Reruns of the show aired on Cartoon Network from 1996 to 1998.[2]


Roger Ramjet is a patriotic and highly moral — if not very bright — hero, who is typically out to save the world, with help from his Proton Energy Pills ("PEP"), which give him "the strength of twenty atom bombs for a period of twenty seconds". The world is invariably saved by defeating the various recurring criminals who populated the series.[3]

On government missions assigned by General G.I. Brassbottom, Ramjet encounters various nemeses during his missions. Typically, he is caught, and must be rescued by his crew of sidekicks, the American Eagles: Yank, Doodle, Dan, and Dee (a play on "Yankee Doodle dandy," which also happens to be the tune to which the theme song is set). Although his Eagles appear to be children, each of them, except for Dee, flies his own individual ramjet aircraft expertly, and they are obviously much savvier than their leader.

The various recurring criminals include:

  • Pint-sized gangster Noodles Romanoff and his evil organization N.A.S.T.Y. (National Association of Spies, Traitors and Yahoos, a contrived acronym). Noodles wears dark glasses, a fedora, and a trench coat. His hands are always jammed into his jacket pockets. His band of No Goods consist of several lookalike henchmen clad in hats and coats, who simultaneously utter incomprehensible phrases of agreement to whatever he says.
  • The Solenoid Robots, green metal gas mask-faced evildoers from outer space who have a unicycle-like wheel instead of legs and talk in barely understandable electronic voices.
  • Red Dog the Pirate, a redheaded short, squat scourge of the seven seas with an eye patch, peg-leg and a wiseacre parrot named Carl Bob for a sidekick.
  • Jacqueline Hyde (a play on Jekyll and Hyde) is a blond, long-nosed, Zsa Zsa Gabor-accented foreign spy femme fatale, who aided by other spies and gangsters, tries to get information on plans, documents for her foreign government agency.
  • Dr. Frank N. Schwine, a Boris Karloff soundalike mad scientist who, with the help of his purple propeller beanie-wearing assistant Sidney, keeps creating huge hulking Frankenstein-style monsters only to have them defeated by Roger and become football players.
  • Count Batguy, a bald Nosferatu-style vampire from Transylvania complete with Bela Lugosi accent.
  • Dr. What, internationally feared evil genius.
  • Sexy senorita Tequila Mockingbird (a play on To Kill a Mockingbird) who teams up with her bandito boyfriends the Enchilada Brothers, Beef and Chicken, to stir up revolution in the tiny Latin American country of San Domino.

Another recurring, non-criminal character in the series was sportscaster Vincent Yafnarro, who appeared in several sports-related episodes. Roger's tough little old mother, Ma Ramjet, appeared in several episodes; her voice was an imitation of Jonathan Winters' "Maude Frickert" character, and she had her own variation on her son's Proton Energy Pills, "Ma Ramjet's Atomic Vitamins for Old People whose Get-Up-and-Go Got Up and Left."

Lance Crossfire (a parody of actor Burt Lancaster; the name may have been a pun on real life test pilot Scott Crossfield), Ramjet's toothy test pilot rival for the affections of his short, Southern-accented sweetheart Lotta Love, is also likely to get in the way. When Lance and Roger cross paths, neither one of them wins: in one episode, the always-fickle Lotta ends up dating General Brassbottom, who promises the two men that he will take care of her. As is his way, Roger does not realize that they have both lost — unlike Lance, who inevitably ends these cartoons with the phrase, "Oh, Roger — Shut up!"


Season one (1965)[edit]

  1. "Dr. Ivan Evilkisser"
  2. "The Sheik"
  3. "Bat Guy"
  4. "The Shaft"
  5. "Kokomo"
  6. "Baseball"
  7. "The Cowboy"
  8. "Dee Kidnap"
  9. "Drafted"
  10. "TV Crisis"
  11. "Miss America"
  12. "The Pirates"
  13. "Revolution"
  14. "Torture"
  15. "The Race"
  16. "Jack the Nipper"
  17. "Ma Ramjet"
  18. "The Cockroaches" - this episode is a parody of The Beatles
  19. "Moon"
  20. "Hi Noon"
  21. "Bank Robbers"
  22. "Sun Clouds"
  23. "Football"
  24. "Bullfighter"
  25. "Bathysphere"
  26. "Skydiving"
  27. "Monkey"
  28. "Dr. Frank N. Schwine"
  29. "The Martins and the Coys"      
  30. "Planets"
  31. "Orbit"
  32. "Tennis"

Season two (1966)[edit]

  1. "Werewolf"
  2. "Flying Saucers"
  3. "Skateboards"
  4. "Scotland Yard"
  5. "Long Joan Silver"
  6. "Moonshot"
  7. "Treasure in Sierra's Mattress"
  8. "Tarzap"
  9. "Comics"
  10. "Jet Boots"
  11. "Little Roger"
  12. "Cycles"
  13. "Air Devil"
  14. "Spy in the Sky"
  15. "Hollywood"
  16. "Track Meet"
  17. "Surf Nuts"
  18. "Dry Dock"
  19. "Machines"
  20. "Coffee"
  21. "Stolen"
  22. "Assassins"
  23. "Genie"
  24. "Airplane"
  25. "Woodsman"
  26. "K.O. at the Gun Fight Corral"      
  27. "Mars"
  28. "Puck"
  29. "Pirate Gold"
  30. "Fox"
  31. "Super Mother"
  32. "Dr. What"

Season three (1967)[edit]

  1. "Party"
  2. "Large Leslie"
  3. "Gamey"
  4. "Time Machine"
  5. "Horse"
  6. "Pool"
  7. "Ancestors"
  8. "Hoop-dee-Doo"
  9. "Big Woof"
  10. "Robot Plants"
  11. "Robot Plot"
  12. "Turkey"
  13. "Fishing"
  14. "Purloined Pinky"
  15. "Snow"
  16. "Ripley"
  17. "Monster Masquerade"      
  18. "Lompoc Diamond"
  19. "School"
  20. "Vaudeville"
  21. "Coffee House"
  22. "Pirate Games"
  23. "Horse Race"
  24. "Missing"
  25. "Dentist"
  26. "Rip Van Ramjet"
  27. "Desert Ox"
  28. "Ad Game"
  29. "Lotsa Pizza"
  30. "Land Rush"
  31. "Show Business"
  32. "The Catnapper"

Season four (1968)[edit]

  1. "Opera Phantom"
  2. "Pies"
  3. "Small World"
  4. "Cousin"
  5. "Doodle League"
  6. "Ark"
  7. "Sauce"
  8. "Whale"
  9. "For the Birds"
  10. "Abominable Snowman"
  11. "Hero Training"
  12. "Lompoc Cannonball"
  13. "Safari"
  14. "Tiger"
  15. "Rodeo"
  16. "Dumb Waiter"
  17. "Blast Off"
  18. "Twas the Night Before"
  19. "Portrait of Roger"
  20. "Prince and the Doodle"
  21. "Water Sucker"
  22. "Volcano"
  23. "Limberlost"
  24. "General Kidnap"
  25. "Drought"
  26. "How's Your Pass?"
  27. "Rabbit Man"
  28. "Pill Caper"
  29. "Three Faces of Roger"
  30. "Private Eye"
  31. "Espionage Express"
  32. "Winfield of the Infield"      

Season five (1969)[edit]

  1. "Branch Office"
  2. "Wedding Bells"
  3. "Bunny"
  4. "Hypnochick"
  5. "Doctor"
  6. "Jolly Rancher"
  7. "Little Monster"
  8. "Flying Town"
  9. "Daring Young Man"
  10. "Crown Jewels"
  11. "April Fool"
  12. "Dry Sea"
  13. "Pay Cut"
  14. "Killer Doodle"
  15. "Polar Bear"
  16. "Ruggers"
  17. "Nut"
  18. "The Law"
  19. "Hassenfeffer"
  20. "Manhole"
  21. "Blockbuster"
  22. "Sellout"
  23. "Scout Outing"
  24. "Love"
  25. "Decorator"
  26. "Lompoc Lizards"
  27. "Blunderosa"
  28. "General Doodle"

Cast and crew[edit]

  • Gary Owens – Roger Ramjet
  • David Ketchum – Narrator
  • Bob Arbogast – General G. I. Brassbottom, Ma Ramjet, additional voices
  • Dick Beals – Yank and Dan of the American Eagles
  • Gene Moss – Doodle of the American Eagles, Noodles Romanoff
  • Joan Gerber – Dee of the American Eagles, Lotta Love, Jacqueline Hyde
  • Paul Shively – Lance Crossfire, Red Dog the Pirate
  • Jim Thurman – additional voices
  • Ken Snyder – additional voices
  • Gene Moss and Jim Thurman were the writers of the series.
  • Paul Shively wrote the lyrics for the show's theme song.


In the United States, Roger Ramjet first aired on NBC from 1965 to 1969, and later on Cartoon Network from 1996 to 1998.[4] It also aired on KTV from 2017 to 2019.

Roger Ramjet was also broadcast on the BBC and ITV from 1979 to 1994 in the United Kingdom and Europe-wide on Sky Channel from 1985 to 1989 and Bravo from 1992 to 1993. In Australia, the show was aired on the ABC in 1966 in the afternoon and was broadcast until 2003. The series was also screened in several other countries including ZNBC in Zambia, Dubai 33 in the United Arab Emirates, SABC1 in South Africa, KBC in Kenya, and NZBC, South Pacific Television, TV One and TV2 in New Zealand. After the 2022 Philippines elections, the show aired on PTV in the Philippines.

Selected "minisodes" of Roger Ramjet are available to stream free on Sony's Crackle.

Production notes[edit]

  • The creators of the series were from Lompoc, California and worked in many references to the town into the series,[5] including setting several episodes there. Invariably, the name of the town was mispronounced.
  • The name "Roger" came about after producer Fred Crippen had an interview with a reporter named Roger Smith. Smith asked Crippen about his new TV show and then joked that the main character should be named Roger.
  • The theme song's lyrics are sung to the melody of "Yankee Doodle".
  • Many of the production personnel would go on to be involved with Sesame Workshop after Roger Ramjet′s run.

Other credits[edit]

  • Associate Producers: Dick Reed, Paul Shively
  • Production Coordinator: Fred Calvert
  • Animation: Don Schloat, Alan Zaslove, Bill Hutton, George Nicholas, Fred Crippen
  • Background: Jack Heiter
  • Layout: Rosemary O'Connor, Sam Weiss, Joe Bruno, Dave Hanan, Bob Kurtz
  • Sound Effects: Phil Kaye
  • Ink and Paint: Constance Crawley
  • Checking: Dottie Mullens
  • Sound: TV Recorders, Western Recorders

DVD release[edit]

On February 8, 2005, Classic Media (distributed by Sony Wonder) released Roger Ramjet: Hero Of Our Nation (Special Collector's Edition), a 3-disc box set containing 119 of the 156 episodes of the series (although the box incorrectly states that 120 episodes are included). Another company, Image Entertainment, previously issued two single DVDs (Roger Ramjet: Hero Of Our Nation and Roger Ramjet: Man Of Adventure), each including 15 cartoons not featured in the three-disc set. This leaves seven cartoons unreleased on DVD (as of November 2007): #36 (Scotland Yard), #125 (Bunny), #128 (Jolly Rancher), #152 (Air Devil), #154 (Dry Dock), #155 (Machines), and #156 (Stolen).


RCA Victor released a soundtrack album in 1966.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Woolery, George W. (1983). Children's Television: The First Thirty-Five Years, 1946-1981, Part 1: Animated Cartoon Series. Scarecrow Press. pp. 242–243. ISBN 0-8108-1557-5. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 686. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  3. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 516–517. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  4. ^ Harris, Lee (7 July 1996). "SHOWS FOR YOUNGSTERS AND THEIR PARENTS TOO : 'Roger Ramjet' lands on Cartoon Network; that 'Darn Cat' is on Disney; 'Raiders' found on TBS". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  5. ^ Pierce, Leonard.

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