Rocket Power



Kids rule the boardwalks and beaches.

What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Not applicable

The characters own a lot of sports equipment.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Joseph Ashton, Shayna Fox, Ulises Cuadra
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Sports and martial arts, Friendship
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD

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Adult Written byForknose April 9, 2008


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 off their surfer language is very sketchy even for their peers. They talk like messed up surfers mixed with stupid skateboarders mixed with a poorly gathered combination of 80s lingo.
Parent Written byPlague December 17, 2009

Rocket Power

Pretty funny for a cartoon. This is one of those animated shows I can stand and actually like to watch. The ego these main characters have are huge, but still a fun show for your kids.
Adult Written byMom2c_ang April 9, 2008

The kids like it and parents won't object.

This cartoon is one that the kids like because the kids in it are cool, pick on each other, and like to do cool stuff. They use "sufer" lingo and do beach town activities. For the parents, when the kids go too far agianst the rules, they get caught- either by the parents or just the consequences of their actions. There is always a lesson to be learned, it's not always hokey, and while the kids don't like it, they accept the punishment.


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