Rotten Ralph

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Rotten Ralph
Voices of
Country of origin United Kingdom
Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 55
Production
Running time 30 min.
Release
Original network CBBC (UK)
Fox Family Channel (US)
ABC/Nickelodeon (Australia)
Original release December 25, 1998 – April 12, 2001

Rotten Ralph is a series of children's picture books written by Jack Gantos and illustrated by Nicole Rubel. About twenty Rotten Ralph books have been published from 1976 to 2011.[1] Rotten Ralph is also the first book in the series, a 32-page picture book published by Houghton Mifflin of Boston in 1976.[2] It was the first published book for both Gantos and Rubel.

Alternatively, Rotten Ralph is the title character of the series, initially "a very very nasty cat"[2] —a bright red domestic cat who enjoys playing mean, practical jokes on his human family.

There was a children's television series by Cosgrove Hall Films, Tooncan Productions and Italtoons Corporation based on the books, broadcast on CBBC from 1998 to 2001. It hasn't been aired in the UK since reruns ended in 2005.[3]

Books[edit]

All of the Rotten Ralph books have been written by Jack Gantos and illustrated by Nicole Rubel.

  • Rotten Ralph (Houghton Mifflin, 1976) @
  • Worse than rotten, Ralph (H.M., 1978) @
  • Rotten Ralph's rotten Christmas (H.M., 1984) @
  • Rotten Ralph's trick or treat (H.M., 1986) @
  • Rotten Ralph's show and tell (H.M., 1989) @
  • Happy birthday Rotten Ralph (H.M., 1990) @
  • Not so Rotten Ralph (H.M., 1994) @
  • Rotten Ralph's rotten romance (H.M., 1997) @
  • Back to school for Rotten Ralph (HarperCollins, 1998) @
  • The Christmas spirit strikes Rotten Ralph (HC, 1998)
  • Rotten Ralph's Halloween Howl (HC, 1998)
  • Rotten Ralph's Thanksgiving wish (HC, 1999)
  • Wedding bells for Rotten Ralph (HC, 1999)
  • Rotten Ralph helps out (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001) ‡
  • Practice makes perfect for Rotten Ralph (Farrar, 2002) ‡
  • Rotten Ralph feels rotten (Farrar, 2004) ‡
  • Best in show for Rotten Ralph (Farrar, 2005) ‡
  • The nine lives of Rotten Ralph (Houghton Mifflin, 2009) @
  • Three strikes for Rotten Ralph (Farrar, 2011) ‡
@ Rotten Ralph Picture Books listed by Gantos (10, nine published by Houghton)
‡ Rotten Ralph Rotten Readers listed by Gantos (5, all published by Farrar)[4]

This list of nineteen titles with publishers and publication dates is compiled from U.S. national library and WorldCat library catalog records. According to a Horn Book Magazine review of The Nine Lives of Rotten Ralph in May 2009, the series had previously comprised "eight picture books (plus four early readers). This ninth volume flashes back to those marvelous stories and the unbridled antics therein, which, unfortunately for Ralph, shaved off eight of his lives."[5] Eight Rotten Ralph books had then been published by Houghton Mifflin, all picture books; Nine Lives was the ninth. Four "rotten readers" had been published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

TV series[edit]

Cast[edit]

  • Jennifer Seguin - Mom
  • Mark Camacho - Dad
  • Brigid Tierney - Sarah
  • Rick Jones - Rotten Ralph
  • Daniel Brochu - Cousin Percy
  • Sonja Ball - Lulu / Grandma / Spirit / Kitten / Additional Voices
  • Terrence Scammell - Fleabag / Bones / Ivan / Mr. Fred / TV Announcer / Josh / Additional Voices
  • Richard Dumont - TV Announcer / Bongo Bob / Manfred Moon / Buddy / Mailman / Additional Voices
  • John Stocker - Station Manager / Additional Voices
  • Jaclyn Linetsky - Brenda / Additional Voices
  • A.J. Henderson - Buddy / Additional Voices
  • Justin Bradley - Kid / Additional Voices
  • Helena Evangeliou - Linda / Additional Voices
  • Arthur Holden - TV Announcer / Additional Voices
  • Eleanor Noble - Additional Voices
  • Liz MacRae - Lala / Reporter / Additional Voices
  • Harry Standjofski - Naughty Nathan
  • Susan Glover - Madame Olga / Additional Voices
  • NOTE: Terrence Scammell and Richard Dumont also direct the voices for the show whilst some of the episodes were voice directed by Chuck Rubin

Videocassettes[edit]

  • Rotten Ralph volume 1 (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 1999)[6]
  • Rotten Ralph volume 2 (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 1999)[7]

Episode List[edit]

# Title Description!
1 The Taming of the Ralph
2 Not so Rotten Ralph
3 Happy Birthday Rotten Ralph
4 Dead Man's Drop
5 The Contest
6 The Bongo Bob Show
7 Rotten Ralph's Robbery
8 Purrfect Pet
9 Boogie Woogie Ralph
10 Kung Fu Kitty
11 Ralph's Super Duper Bloopers
12 The Whole Rotten Truth
13 Feline Fad
14 Rotten to the Core
15 Ralph's Royal Treatment
16 One of Nine Lives
17 Ralph's Kitten
18 Ralph's Nightmare
19 Twinkle Toes
20 Science Contest
21 Grandma's Visit
22 World Cup Ralph
23 Ralph's Rival
24 Elementary, My Dear Ralph
25 Cat Got your Tongue
26 Walk and Roll
27 Attack of the Killer Fleas
28 Just Cuz
29 The Ralph who cried Wolf
30 Percy in Love
31 Talent Contest
32 I know what you're doing this Summer!
33 Good Job Ralph
34 The Art of Being Rotten
35 Knucklehead
36 Radio Free Ralph
37 Surf's Up Ralph
38 Ralph's Rotten Tooth
39 Rotten Repair Service
40 Cat Psychology After Ralph attempts to fix the engine of the car, Dad decides that it's time for Ralph to behave like a real cat. This drives Ralph to the point of insanity, until he realized that there are two sides to acting like a real cat. The side that Dad wants and the side that would drive him out of his mind...
41 Ralph's Bedside Manor
42 Anything for a Buck
43 Kit N' Kin
44 Sweatin' with Ralph
45 Snowbound
46 The Secret Life of Mom
47 Misrepresented Ralph
48 Party Animals
49 Country Club Ralph
50 Dad's Time To Shine
51
52
53
54
55

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Nicole Rubel search report). Library of Congress Online Catalog. Retrieved 2012-10-27. Select "Rubel, Nicole" and Sort by "Date (oldest to youngest)".
  2. ^ a b "Formats and Editions of Rotten Ralph". WorldCat. Retrieved 2012-10-27.
  3. ^ BBC Genome. Listings of original UK airdates. Retrieved 2014-12-17.
  4. ^ "Books by Jack Gantos". Jack Gantos. Retrieved 2012-10-27.
  5. ^ Quoted in "Books". Nicole Rubel. Retrieved 2012-10-27.
  6. ^ "Rotten Ralph, volume 1". WorldCat. Retrieved 2012-10-27.
  7. ^ "Rotten Ralph, volume 2". WorldCat. Retrieved 2012-10-27.

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