Rocket Power

TV review by
Betsy Wallace, Common Sense Media
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Kids rule the boardwalks and beaches.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 15 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The cast is diverse, featuring Hispanic and Hawaiian main characters. Different kinds of kids hang together; still, athletes get more respect. Friends and siblings tease one another.

Violence & Scariness

Some gnarly wipeouts on skateboards, but no fighting. Characters wear safety gear.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

The characters own a lot of sports equipment.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that watching this show just might inspire future X-games participation. ... The kids -- never without a skateboard, bike, hockey stick, or surfboard -- perform incredible stunts, seemingly without risk of injury. A boy with less sports ability than the others shows kids that it's OK to need a lot of practice and only take the risks you're personally comfortable with.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byForknose April 9, 2008

What?

If you like extreme sports you will be mind shaken on how pitiful this show is. Unrealistic, very comercial, anti-skate punk, horrible plots, and to top that of... Continue reading
Adult Written byAmber1997 April 10, 2016

Great

Teaches kids to go out and try new things. They learn lessons and what to do and what not to do in some situations. Each episode is a great learning tool for bo... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySpacething7474 January 22, 2018

Come on Nick, you really could've done better.

This show sucked. It was completely pandering and annoying. Like AAAHH!!! Real Monsters, it was cheesy and lacked memorable episodes. The characters are downrig... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old November 19, 2017

I have a love. It’s name is Rocket Power.

This show. I fell deep in love with it. I HATE, and I mean HATE sports, but I love this show. The characters are just so awesome and interesting (except for Ott... Continue reading

What's the story?

ROCKET POWER is a cartoon about an athletic group of kids. The ace of the group is Otto Rocket (voiced by Joseph Ashton), or \"Rocket Boy\" -- a loyal friend who is skilled in all sports. Otto's 'zine-publishing sister Reggie (Shayna Fox) is wiser and also a great athlete -- a good role model for viewers. Rounding out the group are future filmmaker Twister Rodriguez (Ulysses Cuadra) -- whose family adds some diversity to the show -- and Sam \"the Squid\" Dullard (Gary Leroi Gray), who's more timid than his friends but also courageous and extremely smart.

Is it any good?

Although the playful animation of Rocket Power shows kids accomplishing extreme feats that few real children of the same age could perform, for the most part the sports activity is depicted safely. The kids wear safety gear, surf with an adult, and skateboard on a backyard ramp and in a local skatepark. Of course, boarding down the armrail outside the local library or staging a neighborhood street luge isn't unheard of.

Like the characters on Rugrats, the Rocket Power kids inhabit their own world and sometimes appear unsupervised. But helping the kids through life lessons are Tito (Ray Bumatai), who embodies the wisdom of the ancient Hawaiians, and Ray Rocket (John Kassir), a surfer dude through and through but a conscientious dad as well. A Jamaican teacher/skate park owner also guides the kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difference between high-octane cartoon sports and what they can safely do in their own driveway/skate park. Why is safety and the safety gear these characters wear so important?

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