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My Dad the Rock Star
The official logo for the series.
Genre Animation
Created by Gene Simmons
Directed by Andrew Young
Voices of Joanne Vannicola
Lawrence Bayne
Kathy Laskey
Stephanie Anne Mills
Don Francks
Sarah Gadon
Martin Villafana
Rob Stefaniuk
Theme music composer Grayson Matthews Inc.
  • Gerard Tevlin
  • Jonathan Evans
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) French
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26
Executive producer(s)
  • Paul Robertson
  • Scott Dyer
  • Emmanuelle Petry
  • Claude Carrere
  • Gene Simmons
  • Doug Murphy
Producer(s) Marilyn MacAuley
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Nelvana
Carrere Group
Original network M6 (France)
Teletoon (Canada)
Original release September 1, 2003 (2003-09-01) – July 5, 2004 (2004-07-05)

My Dad the Rock Star is a Canadian-French animated television series that was created by KISS bassist Gene Simmons. The series was a Canada-France co-production between Nelvana and Carrere Group for France's M6 and the Canada-based channel Teletoon. The show aired on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons Network in the U.S.

The show focuses on Willy Zilla, an ordinary timid teenage boy just trying to be a normal person, despite being the son of a flamboyant, rich, lively celebrity rock star named Rock Zilla.



  • Joanne Vannicola – William "Willy" Zilla – The show's protagonist – Rock and Crystal's son and Serenity's little brother. Willy never had a normal life when he was on tour with his family until he came to Silent Springs. Throughout the series, Willy gradually becomes more comfortable in who he is and accepts his new, more normal lifestyle. Willy aspires to be a musician like his father and grandfather (see below) and has inherited their musical talent. Willy's music of choice is jazz, and plays the trumpet in the school band. He realizes that he was living a normal life the whole time with his family and he doesn't have to be literally normal.
  • Lawrence Bayne – Rockford Amadeus "Rock" Zilla – The titular character. Rock has loved rock n roll since birth. Even though Rock is the father of the family, he is very immature and behaves like a teenager. His own father is a famous classical cellist who still does not quite understand him. Despite this, Rock cares for his family very much and goes out of his way to be a decent father.
  • Kathy Laskey – Crystal Zilla – Serenity and Willy's mother. Crystal is a pink-haired spiritualist.
  • Stephanie Anne Mills – Serenity Zilla – Willy's older sister and Rock and Crystal's daughter. Serenity is the stereotypical teenage girl: spoiled, boy-crazy, egotistical, and ditzy. She picks on Willy and easily gets lost in the mansion. Despite this, she does have a kind side, one of those examples can be shown when she grew attached to the elderly residents in the senior's home in the episode "Rock Bottom". She can also be supportive of her brother at times.
  • Don Francks – Nigel "Skunk" Fanshawe – Ex-driver of the Zilla tour bus, friend/manager of the family. Skunk is from England and has a long two-toned ponytail, hence his name. Skunk is often the voice of reason for the Zilla's. He uses the tour bus, permanently parked on the mansion's grounds, as his apartment.
  • Sarah Gadon – Alyssa – Willy's sarcastic best friend, and eventually girlfriend. She is an environmental activist.
  • Martin Villafana – Quincy – Willy's other best friend. Prefers to be called "Q". His father is an accountant and is often known to be narrow-minded.
  • Rob Stefaniuk – Robert "Buzz" Sawchuck – Lloyd's son and Willy's school bully. Although brutish and violent, Buzz often speaks in the manner of a Shakespearian actor, making long-winded speeches and monologues. Buzz has a crush on Alyssa, which is not reciprocated.
  • Jim Millington – Principal Malfactor – A strict disciplinarian, with a particular dislike for Willy and his father. He once tried to have music class removed from school, and to have Willy expelled. Both times, he was foiled by Rock's intervention. Bears an uncanny resemblance to Ed Sullivan.
  • Mr. Kant – The Zillas' next-door neighbor. He utterly despises Rock for all the chaos he causes but has a soft spot for Willy. He has a cat and dog, Helga and Henderson, who are friends with Mosh.


  • Mosh – The Zilla's lovable purple-and-green pet Komodo dragon. Meant only to be a stage gimmick for Rock's performances, the family could not bear to send him away when it didn't work out, and so adopted him as the family pet.
  • Ms. Zachwiss – A strict teacher at Willy's school.
  • Scoop – A reporter who harasses Rock Zilla, it's revealed that years ago Rock was about to be interviewed by Scoop until he accidentally ate a mint from his table. This upset Rock so much that he refused to go onstage causing an uproar. Scoop was fired for this, destroying his career because no one would hire him, and now harasses and stalks Rock and the Zilla family to get back at him.
  • Lloyd Sawchuck – Buzz's father and the head of the school board. Also a loyal fan of Rock's music, and has all his albums.
  • Angela D'Angelo - The first girl Willy ever fell in love with. Her parents are extremely over-protective and disapprove of Rock Zilla so much that when they learned that Willy was Rock's son, they moved to Alaska to get away from him.


Teletoon air dates in parentheses:

Season 1

1. Welcome to Silent Springs (09/01/2003)

Rock and his family move to Silent Springs. Willy disguises himself as "Willy Zillowsky" but he is forced by Buzz to steal Rock's gold record.

2. Zilla House of Horrors (09/08/2003)

Willy hears Buzz claim that the house is haunted due to being built on a graveyard.

3. Mr. Zilla's Opus (09/15/2003)

Rock reveals to everyone in school that Willy is his son when he becomes the school's new band teacher. Even though the teachers found out about Willy lied about his last name, Willy doesn't get in trouble for it. *Note*: "Mr. Zilla's Opus" is a parody of Mr. Holland's Opus.

4. High Infidelity (09/22/2003)

Crystal opens a Psychic Wellness Centre next to Willy's school earning Willy some ribbing over his flakey Mom. Instead, Buzz tries to become Willy's friend. Only to discover Buzz is now working for two music piracy con men.

5. Angela D'Angelo (09/29/2003)

When Willy meets a new student named Angela, she invites him to a pre-date with her parents who dislike Rock Zilla.

6. The Candidate (10/06/2003)

Willy plans to be the candidate for class representative, but Buzz keeps stealing all of his plans and bullies everyone into voting for him. Willy eventually wins even with the chaos caused by asking his parents to act normal.

7. Willy Unplugged (10/13/2003)

Willy is going to play his trumpet at the school talent night, but when Rock finds out, he tries to "help" by adding over-the-top theatrics to Willy's show. Alyssa and Q try to get in on Willy's act with less-than-musical results.

8. Dance Party (10/20/2003)

Willy joins the dance committee, but the teacher, Ms. Zachwiss, doesn't want the dance to change from the boring theme it had for the past 15 years.

9. Psychic Convention (10/27/2003)

Crystal asks Willy to come with her to the Psychic Convention to meet Madame Persenchia, but he has to study for a math test and Mosh goes missing.

10. Call of the Wild (11/03/2003)

The Zillas go on a camping trip with Willy's friends but something goes horribly wrong.

11. Mr. Big (11/10/2003)

When Sally Raptor, the most popular girl in school, offers Willy a coveted spot in the "in crowd", Willy gets a taste of what it's like to be extremely popular and it rocks! But complications arise when Sally tries to get Willy to abandon Alyssa and Q. Meanwhile, Serenity is terrorizing the neighborhood by practicing to get her driver's license.

12. Rebel Without A Nose Ring (11/17/2003)

Buzz sets Willy up to experience a series of unfortunate encounters with Mr. Malfactor after which he labels Willy a Rebel and seizes the opportunity to restore order upon the student body by implementing a dres's code.

13. Meet the Zillas (02/02/2004)

Rock decides that TV is boring so he starts his own reality show. But later as they prank on Willy, they change the show to "Meet Willy Zilla."

Season 2

14. Going for Broke (December 1, 2003 (2003-12-01))

When the Zilla's go broke, Q's father invites them to stay at their house."

15. Rock Is From Mars, Willy Is From Venus (February 9, 2004 (2004-02-09))

Willy and Rock try to spend some quality time together but things don't go as Willy intended.

16. The Sound of Zilla (February 16, 2004 (2004-02-16))

Willy's school is celebrating International Students Week.

17. Home for the Holly Daze (December 22, 2003 (2003-12-22))

It's the Zilla's first Christmas in Silent Springs and when they inadvertently cause a famous Broadway director to lose his job, misery befalls them when he tries to get even.

18. What's the Scoop? (March 15, 2004 (2004-03-15))

Scoop keeps on sneaking out on Rock; Buzz puts Willy in detention after he arrives late. So Scoop and Willy concoct a plan to prove his innocence.

19. Rock Bottom (March 22, 2004 (2004-03-22))

It's Rock's birthday but things get chaotic when Rock gets depressed, Serenity lands herself in the slammer, and she ends up serving community service at a senior's home, with Rock as her newest patient!

20. Saving Sawchuck (May 3, 2004 (2004-05-03))

After Willy saves Buzz from drowning, he has to let Buzz save him from harm; Serenity falls in love with the Lifeguard, so she has lifeguard lessons.

21. King of the Desert (May 10, 2004 (2004-05-10))

Willy, Q, and Alyssa take on a band trip but end up in the middle of the desert: Serenity and Crystal have to hide Rock's concert t-shirt (which he refuses to wash) before he comes back.

22. Big Willy on Campus (May 17, 2004 (2004-05-17))

Rock is given an honorary doctorate by his old college, Cere Bellum University, but someone has it in for Rock.

23. Metamorphic Rock (June 20, 2004 (2004-06-20))

Willy, Q, and Alyssa are assigned a group project in Science class but with his mom missing in action, the house gets chaotic.

24. Kant Buy Me Love (June 20, 2004 (2004-06-20))

Willy and his friends help their neighbor, Mr. Kant throws a silent party.

25. Chip Off the Old Rock (June 20, 2004 (2004-06-20))

Rock's parents come to visit him, but they became mortal enemies; Serenity and her grandmother have a day off.

26. Blind Date (July 5, 2004 (2004-07-05))

Willy and Alyssa become attracted to each other after a night at the movies. When Willy realizes that he is now dating her, he becomes a wreck, as he is afraid of how Q will react, and what this will mean for the trio's friendship. Meanwhile, Rock is trying to celebrate his 20th anniversary with Crystal, but each of his plans only seems to upset her.
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