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Rocket Monkeys
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Created by
  • Dan Abdo
  • Jason Patterson
Developed by
  • Alex Galatis
  • Mark Evestaff
Written by
  • Alex Galatis
  • Seán Cullen
  • Mark Edwards
  • Greg Lawrence
  • Betsy Walters
  • Mark Evestaff
  • Shawn Kalb
  • Alan Resnick
  • Jenn Engels
  • Craig Martin
  • Josh Saltzman
Directed by J Falconer
Creative director(s) Mark Evestaff
Voices of
  • Seán Cullen
  • Mark Edwards
  • David Berni
  • Jamie Watson
Opening theme "Rocket Monkeys" performed by Tony Daniels
Ending theme "Rocket Monkeys" performed by David Berni (as YAY-OK)
Composer(s)
  • Eggplant LF
  • Steve D'Angelo
  • Terry Tompkins
  • Jeffrey Morrow
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 65 (130 segments) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Ira Levy
  • Peter Williamson
  • Joan Lambur
For Hornet Films:
  • Dan Abdo
  • Michael Feder
  • Jason Patterson
For Atomic Cartoons:
  • Trevor Bentley
  • Mauro Casalese
    Rob Davies
  • Rob Simmons
For Teletoon:
  • Alan Gregg
  • Athena Georgaklis
  • Hugues Dufour
Producer(s) Mark Evestaff
Running time 22 minutes (11 minutes per segment)
Production company(s) Breakthrough Entertainment
Atomic Cartoons
Hornet Films
Release
Original network Teletoon
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Audio format Surround
Original release January 10, 2013 (2013-01-10) – November 23, 2016 (2016-11-23)

Rocket Monkeys is a Canadian series that was created by Dan Abdo and Jason Patterson which aired on Teletoon in Canada from January 10, 2013, to November 23, 2016. The series is produced by Breakthrough Entertainment in association with Hornet Films and Atomic Cartoons. It also ran on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons in the US for its first season. The second and third season aired in the US on KidsClick. 65 episodes were produced.

Plot

Brothers Gus and Wally are monkey astronauts. They're not the brightest or coolest astronauts, but since they are the only ones around, they are called upon to go into space and carry out different kinds of important missions—including battling rogue black holes and vengeful aliens. Other members of the brothers' crew include bossy astrophysicist Dr. Chimpsky, who gives the monkeys their assignments; YAY-OK, a devoted robot that is slightly outdated and is the brothers' only hope to help keep them on course; and Inky, a space octopus and artist who communicates through his ink drawings.

Characters

  • Gus Monkey (voiced by Seán Cullen) is Wally's older brother. He wants nothing more than to be a hero, but he can't always put aside his monkey instincts. The closest thing the ship has to a captain, he takes being a GASI cadet very seriously—well, when he feels like it.
  • Wally Monkey (voiced by Mark Edwards) is Gus' monkey partner and brother, and is considered the smarter of the two. However Poorly-groomed yet somehow adorable, Wally would rather be playing Banana Blasters or organizing his expired pudding collection than jetting off on some crazy expedition. If there's one thing Wally's good at, it's being a monkey—he can howl and fling with the best of them.
  • Yay-OK (voiced by David Berni) is Wally and Gus' obsolete robot companion that helps them on their adventures through space. There's nothing this robot wouldn't do for his beloved monkeys—after all, he's programmed that way. He's quite the charmer, too—from the fridge to the blender to the vending machine, there isn't a ladybot on board whose circuits he hasn't made beep a little faster.
  • Dr. Chimpsky (voiced by Jamie Watson) is the leader of GASI headquarters. He assigns the Monkeys their highly important missions (which sometimes include getting him more ice when his drink gets too warm) and does his best to keep them on track when they get distracted.
  • Inky is a space octopus and an artist who communicates through his incredible ink drawings. Whether he's a member of the crew or just unbearably cute, is anybody's guess. But either way, his artistic talents make him super fun to have around.
  • Lord Peel (voiced by Mark McKinney) is the main antagonist of the series, whom the monkeys constantly mistake for a banana. Before the events of the series, he was a noble businessman. But then the Rocket Monkeys began to crave him, and he's been trying to get revenge on them for trying to eat him and especially for forcing him into the dark side.
  • Nefarious (voiced by Seán Cullen) is one of the antagonists of the series. He lives in a prison asteroid, which he tries to escape in most episodes.
  • SLO-MO (voiced by Teresa Pavlinek) is Nefarious’ robot companion. In some episodes, she cares about YAY-OK a lot.
  • Deep Space Dave (also voiced by Seán Cullen) is a superhero who always relies on his fans- the monkeys, of course.

Episodes

List of Rocket Monkeys episodes

Broadcast

Rocket Monkeys has been broadcast in Canada on its original channel, Teletoon, since January 10, 2013. Due to a tangle of rights between Nickelodeon, KidsClick and Teletoon, the series is only available for digital per-episode purchase in Canada, and cannot be purchased in the United States in that manner. As of 2021, The entire series (with the exception of some episodes), can be seen on the completely free streaming service, Tubi.

On February 21, 2013, Nickelodeon announced that they have acquired the global rights to the series including the United States, though its history on that network was marked with several shifts. It premiered on March 4, 2013, but then shifted over to sister network Nicktoons due to low ratings and waning promotion on Nickelodeon, before that network dropped entirely it in May 2014, leaving it off American airwaves for just over three years. The second season finally debuted in the United States on July 3, 2017 as part of the over-the-air KidsClick syndicated children's block and has aired until the block shut down in 2019. In the United Kingdom, it debuted on Nicktoons in 2013 and ended sometime in 2017, but reruns aired from December 2017 to 28 January 2018, and it also aired on CITV. In Southeast Asia, it aired on Disney XD, it aired on Disney XD United States it aired on Nicktoons (American TV channel) United States.

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