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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 varied extreme sports and getting into various situations.

Rocket Power
Rocket Power.jpg
From left to right: Otto, Reggie, Sam, Twister
Genre
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 The Wipeouters
Ending theme"Rocket Power Theme" (Instrumental)
Composer(s)Zion Kuwonu
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes71 (whole) 122 (segments) (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

PremiseEdit

Rocket Power revolves around the day-to-day adventures of a gang of four young friends; the adventurous and vain sports enthusiast and perfectionist: Oswald "Otto" Rocket (Joseph Ashton); his tomboyish and kindhearted 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 fictional beach community of Ocean Shores, California, where they spend their free time playing extreme sports (such as Skateboarding, Surfing, Snowboarding, Biking, Street Hockey, 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 best friend and business partner, retired surfer and self-styled philosopher Tito Makani (Ray Bumatai), owns and operates 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.

EpisodesEdit

SeasonSegmentsEpisodesOriginally airedSeason DVD release dates
First airedLast aired
14020August 16, 1999 (1999-08-16)March 28, 2000 (2000-03-28)May 21, 2014
24020October 23, 2000 (2000-10-23)March 22, 2004 (2004-03-22)June 12, 2014
33520September 10, 2001 (2001-09-10)March 26, 2004 (2004-03-26)October 1, 2014
4711July 19, 2003 (2003-07-19)July 30, 2004 (2004-07-30)June 20, 2014

Home mediaEdit

A VHS tape entitled Maxing Out was released containing five episodes ("Bruised Man's Curve" • "Super McVarial 900" • "Big Thursday" • "Big Air Dare" • "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.

Rocket Power home video releases
Season Episodes Years active Release dates
  United States   United Kingdom   Australia
1 20 1999–2000 Maxing Out (VHS): 2001
Episodes: "Big Thursday" • "Super McVarial 900" • "Big Air Dare" / "Otto's Big Break"
Nickelodeon Super Toons (VHS): 2002
Episodes: "The Wrath of Don"
Nickstravaganza! (VHS): March 4, 2003
Episodes: "Powergirl Surfers"
The Complete First Season: May 21, 2014
Nicktoons: The Show Must Go On!: September 27, 2004
Episodes: "Ice Queens"
The Best of Nickelodeon: Summer Adventures: June 5, 2006
Episodes: "Rocket Rescue"
The Best of Nickelodeon: Summer Adventures: June 5, 2006
Episodes: "Rocket Rescue"
2 20 2000–01; 2004 Maxing Out (VHS): 2001
Episodes: "Bruised Man's Curve"
Nicktoons Halloween: August 26, 2003
Episodes: "It Came From Planet Merv" / "Netherworld Night"
Nickstravaganza! 2: September 2, 2003
Episodes: "The Longest Day" (VHS); "The Longest Day" / "Ottoman and the Sea"
Island of the Menehune: July 27, 2004
Episodes: "Tito's Lucky Shell" • "Welcome to Ottoworld" • "Follow the Leader" (DVD only)
The Complete Second Season: June 12, 2014
Nicktoons: Job Well Done (VHS): 2002
Episodes: "Rocket Repairs"
Nicktoons: Sport-a-Rama (VHS):
Episodes: "The Longest Day"
Nicktoons: Laugh-a-Lot (VHS): 2003
Episodes: "Say Hello to Cement Head"
Nicktoons: The Show Must Go On!: September 27, 2004
Episodes: "Legends and Their Falls" (DVD only)
Halloween Spooky Stories: October 17, 2005
Episodes: "It Came From Planet Merv" / "Netherworld Night"
Nicktoons: Job Well Done (VHS): 2002
Episodes: "Rocket Repairs"
Nicktoons: Sport-a-Rama (VHS):
Episodes: "The Longest Day"
Nicktoons: Laugh-a-Lot (VHS): 2003
Episodes: "Say Hello to Cement Head"
3 20 2001–04 The Complete Third Season: October 1, 2014 N/A N/A
4 11 2003–04 NickToons Christmas: September 30, 2003
Episodes: "A Rocket X-Mas"
Island of the Menehune: July 27, 2004
Episodes: "Island of the Menehune"
The Complete Fourth Season: June 20, 2014
N/A N/A

BroadcastEdit

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.

As part of the Nick on CBS block, it aired on CBS in 2004. 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 NickRewind (formerly The '90s Are All That, The Splat and NickSplat) from June 2014 to February 2017.

Other projectsEdit

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 fall).[citation needed]

Video GameEdit

A video game based on the series was released on September 5, 2001, for the PlayStation game console by THQ.[3]

SoundtrackEdit

  • 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 alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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.
  3. ^ "THQ Ships Rocket Power: Team Rocket Rescue for PlayStation". Business Wire. Berkshire Hathaway. September 5, 2001. Archived from the original on September 8, 2001. Retrieved June 16, 2019 – via Yahoo.com.

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