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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. The show mainly revolves around four friends and their daily lives of playing extreme sports, surfing, and getting into various situations.
From left to right: Otto, Reggie, Sam, Twister
|Theme music composer||Mark Mothersbaugh|
|Opening theme||"Rocket Power Theme" by The Wipeouters|
|Ending theme||"Rocket Power Theme" (Instrumental)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||71 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Distributor||Viacom Media Networks|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original release||August 16, 1999 –|
July 30, 2004
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 town of Ocean Shores, California, where they spend their free time playing extreme sports (such as Skateboarding, Surfing, Snowboarding, 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.
|Season||Episodes||First aired||Last aired|
|1||40||August 16, 1999||March 28, 2000|
|2||40||October 23, 2000||March 22, 2004|
|3||35||September 10, 2001||March 26, 2004|
|4||7||July 19, 2003||July 30, 2004|
A VHS tape entitled Maxing Out was released containing five episodes ("Bruised Man's Curve", "Super McVarial 900", "Big Thursday", "The Big Air Dare", and "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. Other episodes were featured on Nickelodeon compilation DVDs such as Nicktoons Christmas, Nicktoons Halloween, and Nickstravaganza 2.
|Title||Season(s)||Episode count||Release date||Format||Episodes|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4||VHS||DVD|
|Maxing Out||1, 2||5||2001||N/A||N/A||Yes||No||5b ("Big Thursday"), 10a ("Super McVarial 900"), 18 ("Big Air Dare" / "Otto's Big Break") and 30a ("Bruised Man's Curve")|
|Nickelodeon Super Toons||1||1||2002||N/A||N/A||Yes||No||15a ("The Wrath of Don")|
|Nicktoons: Job Well Done||2||N/A||N/A||2002||Yes||No||23a ("Rocket Repairs")|
|Nicktoons: Sport-A-Rama||N/A||N/A||Yes||No||26a ("The Longest Day")|
|Nicktoons: Laugh-a-Lot||N/A||N/A||2003||Yes||No||23b ("Say Hello to Cement Head")|
|Nickstravaganza!||1||March 4, 2003||N/A||N/A||Yes||No||7a ("Powergirl Surfers")|
|Nicktoons Halloween||2||August 26, 2003||N/A||N/A||No||Yes||32 ("It Came from Planet Merv" / "Netherworld Night")|
|Nickstravaganza! 2||September 2, 2003||N/A||N/A||Yes||Yes||VHS: 26a ("The Longest Day")|
DVD: 26 ("The Longest Day" / "Ottoman and the Sea")
|Nicktoons Christmas||4||September 30, 2003||N/A||N/A||No||Yes||62 ("A Rocket X-Mas")|
|Island of the Menehune||2, 4 (DVD)
|July 27, 2004||N/A||N/A||Yes||Yes||25b ("Tito's Lucky Shell"), 29b ("Welcome to Ottoworld"), 35b ("Follow the Leader") (DVD) and 67–69 ("Island of the Menehune")|
|Nicktoons: The Show Must Go On!||1 (VHS)
1, 2 (DVD)
|N/A||September 27, 2004||N/A||Yes||Yes||VHS: 2b ("Ice Queens")|
DVD: 2b ("Ice Queens") and 29a ("Legends and their Falls")
|Halloween Spooky Stories||2||1||N/A||October 17, 2005||N/A||No||Yes||32 ("It Came From Planet Merv" / "Netherworld Night")|
|The Best of Nickelodeon: Summer Adventures||1||N/A||June 5, 2006||N/A||No||Yes||4b ("Rocket Rescue")|
|The Complete First Season
|20||May 21, 2014 (Amazon exclusive)||N/A||N/A||No||Yes||1 ("New Squid on the Block" / "Down the Drain") – 20 ("Snow Day" / "Welcome to the Club")|
|The Complete Second Season
|2||June 12, 2014 (Amazon exclusive)||N/A||N/A||No||Yes||21 ("All About Sam" / "Half Twister") – 40 ("Double-O Twistervision" / "Womp Race 2000")|
|The Complete Fourth Season
|4||11||June 20, 2014 (Amazon exclusive)||N/A||N/A||No||Yes||61 ("Twist of Fate") – 70-71 ("The Big Day")|
|The Complete Third Season
|3||20||October 1, 2014 (Amazon exclusive)||N/A||N/A||No||Yes||41 ("The Lingos" / "Shack Attack") – 58-60 ("Race Across New Zealand")|
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 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 the fall). Even with the moderate success of the show, there is no spin-off planned.
|Soundtrack album by |
|Released||February 6, 2002|
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.
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