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Rotten Ralph
Created by
Written by
  • Giuliana Nicademi
  • Luisa Rivosecchi
  • Greg Van Riel
  • Kim Saltarski
  • Atul N. Rao
  • Jill Golick
  • Briane Nasimok
  • James R. Backshall
Directed by
  • Sue Pugh
  • Sue Peters (animation)
  • Bill Martin (art)
  • Terrence Scammell (voice)
  • Richard Dumont (voice)
  • Chuck Rubin (voice)
  • Tim Harper (studio)
  • Simon Cliche (technical)
Voices of
  • Rick Jones
  • Mark Camacho
  • Jennifer Seguin
  • Brigid Tierney
  • Daniel Brochu
  • Sonja Ball
  • Richard Dumont
  • Terrence Scammell
  • Jaclyn Linetsky
  • A.J. Henderson
  • Justin Bradley
  • Harry Standjofski
  • Liz MacRae
  • John Stocker
  • Eleanor Noble
  • Arthur Holden
  • Helena Evangeliou
  • Susan Glover
Opening theme
  • He's a Really, Really Rotten Ralph
Ending theme
  • He's a Really, Really Rotten Ralph


  • Peter Measroch
  • Leon Aronson
  • Jerry de Villiers Jr. (music/theme song)
  • Veronica Thomas (theme song lyrics)
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 55
Executive producer(s)
  • Mark Hall (Cosgrove Hall Films)
  • Theresa Plummer-Andrews (BBC)
  • Paul Cadieux (Tooncan)
  • Giuliana Nicademi
Producer(s) Steve Jones
Running time 11 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network
  • CBBC and Nickelodeon (UK)
  • Fox Family Channel (US)
  • ABC/Nickelodeon (Australia)
  • RTÉ2 (Ireland, as part of The Den)
  • TV2 (New Zealand)
  • Kids Central (Singapore)
  • NPO 1, NPO 2, NPO 3, NPO Zapp, NPO Zappelin and Ketnet (Netherlands/Belgium/Germany)
  • Super RTL and Das Vierte (Germany)
  • (South Africa, as part of Craz-e!)
  • GMA Network (Philippines)
  • Channel 33 and e-Junior (UAE)
  • ATV (Hong Kong/Macau)
  • Nickelodeon (Spain/Latin America)
  • BFBS (Germany/Falkland Islands/Gibraltar/Bosnia and Herzegovina/Belize, English dub as part of Room 785)
  • BBC Kids (Canada/Bahamas/Jamaica)
  • Disney Channel (France)
  • RÚV and Stöð 2 (Iceland)
  • Channel 2 (Jordan)
  • SCTV (Indonesia)
Original release 25 December 1998 (1998-12-25) – 12 April 2001 (2001-04-12)

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. Rotten Ralph is also the first book in the series, a 32-page picture book published by Houghton Mifflin of Boston in 1976. 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" —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, first broadcast on CBBC from 1998 to 2001. It also went to air on Nickelodeon in the UK too, around 2000. The show hasn't been aired in the UK since reruns ended in 2005. The show aired in the United States on the Family Channel in 1999–2001.


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)

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." 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


  • Jennifer Seguin - Mom
  • Mark Camacho - Dad
  • Brigid Tierney - Sarah
  • Rick Jones - Rotten Ralph
  • Daniel Brochu - Cousin Percy
  • Sonja Ball - Lulu / Grandma / Spirit / Kitten / Old Lady / Additional Voices
  • Terrence Scammell - Fleabag / Bones / Ivan / Mr. Fred / TV Announcer / Josh / Clerk / 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


United States

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

Episode list

# Title Description!
1 The Taming of the Ralph Ralph is captured by an evil clown when he follows Sarah and the family to the circus.
2 Not so Rotten Ralph Ralph has a difficult time when Cousin Percy comes to stay.
3 Happy Birthday Rotten Ralph Ralph thinks that everyone has forgotten his birthday.
4 Dead Man's Drop Ralph takes up a challenge on his new bike.
5 The Contest Ralph enters a competition.
6 The Bongo Bob Show Bongo Bob visits Ralph.
7 Rotten Ralph's Robbery Ralph is persuaded to steal a doll for Sarah.
8 Purrfect Pet Sarah is having a pet day at school and doesn't know if she can take Ralph.
9 Boogie Woogie Ralph Ralph gets his paws on Dad's new stereo.
10 Kung Fu Kitty Ralph becomes concerned that he will be replaced by a watchdog and learns how to protect the family house from burglars.
11 Ralph's Super Duper Bloopers Ralph decides to make his own home video for the 'Bloopers and Blunders Show'.
12 The Whole Rotten Truth Ralph is sworn to tell the truth and it turns out to be more fun than he thought.
13 Feline Fad Ralph spends the entire week's grocery money on cereal in an attempt to complete his sticker collection.
14 Rotten to the Core Ralph causes havoc when he misunderstands what Dad's new job entails.
15 Ralph's Royal Treatment Ralph is denied television as a punishment.
16 One of Nine Lives Ralph saves Percy's life.
17 Ralph's Kitten Ralph is put in charge of a lost kitten who comes to stay.
18 Ralph's Nightmare Ralph decides never to sleep again after having a rotten dream.
19 Twinkle Toes Ralph is forced to step in as Sarah's partner for her dance recital.
20 Science Contest Sarah and Ralph decide to enter the school science contest together.
21 Grandma's Visit Ralph has to be on his best behaviour for Grandma's visit.
22 World Cup Ralph Ralph learns a bit about sportsmanship.
23 Ralph's Rival Ralph is jealous of Sarah's new friend.
24 Elementary, My Dear Ralph Ralph gets the blame for something he didn't do.
25 Cat Got your Tongue
26 Walk and Roll
27 Attack of the Killer Fleas
28 Just Cuz
29 Point of No Return Ralph forgets to return a video.
30 The Ralph Who Cried Wolf When a neighbour calls the fire brigade to rescue Ralph from a tree, he finds that he rather enjoys being the centre of attention.
31 Percy in Love Percy falls in love with alley cat Lola and needs Ralph's expert help to charm her. Will Ralph actually help him or will he be a rotten trickster as usual?
32 Talent Contest When Ralph discovers the top prize in a talent contest is a trip to Pleasure World, he's determined to help Sarah win so he can go with her. But when he purposefully ruins everyone else's act, Sarah decides he's been just a little too rotten and takes her school friend instead!
33 I Know What You're Doing This Summer! Sarah's going to summer camp and Ralph is desperate to go with her. But can he survive without his creature comforts?
34 Good Job, Ralph In an effort to keep him from bothering the plumber, Mum takes Ralph to work.
35 The Art of Being Rotten Ralph's artistic talents are discovered by the famous artist Manfred Moon.
36 Knucklehead Ralph invents a pretend friend to play with.
37 Radio Free Ralph When Ralph's favourite DJ is taken off the air for being too rude, Ralph decides to pay his replacement a visit at the radio station.
38 Untitled Ralph's rural cousin regales with him embarrassing tales.
39 Surf's Up, Ralph
40 Ralph's Rotten Tooth Ralph's toothache forces him to visit the dreaded dentist.
41 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...
42 Ralph's Bedside Manner Ralph tries to nurse the family back to health in his own very special way.
43 Anything for a Buck Ralph holds his own car boot sale.
44 Kit 'n' Kin Ralph offers to babysit for next-door's cute kitty.
45 Sweatin' with Ralph Sarah decides it's about time Ralph got into shape and stopped lounging around.
46 Snowbound The snow is falling thick and fast, but with his trusty blanket and remote control, Ralph doesn't see it as a problem - until there's a power cut.
47 Secret Life of Mom Ralph is determined to discover what activity Mom could possibly plan without the family.
48 Mispresented Ralph
49 Country Club Ralph
50 Rotten Repair Service
51 Party Animals
52 Dad's Time To Shine
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