Descripción: The pitch for the animated series of Mel Roach's 'Rocket Dog,' produced by Frederator Studios a...
Like most people, as a kid you probably wished for a sympathetic pet whose fiery rocket-butt gave her the power to fly. Good thing for you your wish never came true.
Rocket Dog is a turbocharged animated series of eleven-minute cartoons bounding squarely towards every seven-to eleven-yearold who loves a good laugh (and to anyone who’s subversive enough to enjoy the mayhem caused by a certifiably insane canine).
Bob is our human hero.
A 12-year-old kid, he’s got those qualities you see in a lot of boys his age. He’s competitive, a bit gullible, believes he’s a natural leader (yet works himself to death to fit in), gets nervous around pretty girls, and is able to recognize godawful ideas only in hindsight. Bob would be well-satisfied to
be seen as a natural leader but
NO ONE with a shred of common sense will follow him. Rocket Dog follows him everywhere. Not that that’s a good thing. It’s those everyday things Bob wants—popularity, the like of a cute girl, racing bike—that are the drivers of our stories.
In the long history of dogs, if ever there were a dependable, focused, proud, trustworthy, steadfast companion, it sure as heck isn’t Rocket Dog. (Maybe you’re thinking of her idol, screen star Bonnie?)
Oh, sure, Rocket Dog is loyal
to Bob—loyal to a neurotic, psychoballistic fault. It’s her overzealous, frenzied, tongue-wagging determination to help get Bob what he wants that transforms his customary, dime-a-dozen days into epic, one-of-a-kind disasters.
Raised by rockets, and with a bum as blazing as her nose is cold, Rocket Dog is perpetually distractible and eternally enthusiastic. But while her attention span rates a zero, she (almost) always has Bob’s back. Rocket Dog loves her perfect dog-andhis-boy relationship with Bob and she stops at nothing to keep it. Most people would wonder why Bob continues to tolerate her, but there’s a lot to be said for the unwavering, unconditional love of a dog, even one as deranged as Rocket Dog. And, with that kind of love, who cares about consequences?
As much as we’d like to steer clear of the subject, we’d be remiss not to mention Rocket Dog’s one unhealthy obsession. It turns out she’s got a thing for Bonnie (Bonnie is famous like Lassie only dead-er). Not just a passing fancy, but a major compulsion in her delusion she and the popular collie were meant to be together for all eternity. Sad to say, Rocket Dog borders that thin line between creepy obsessed fan and creepy obsessed stalker. Don’t tell Bob, but she even has a secret shrine to Bonnie under his house. Shameful.
• Ingenuous Bob wants something most kids are after • Truly dedicated Rocket Dog ignites a sure-fire plan to help her best buddy • Best intentions backfire, with situations devolving into completely unbalanced extremes
It’s not that Rocket Dog doesn’t mean well—she does—it’s just that her plans for Bob are always just a little, well, crackbrained. Able to hit Mach Ten in three seconds, Rocket Dog propels the stakes of any normal activity to proportions of pure anarchy.
Derek Derek’s a little weirded out by what he sees as Bob’s laid-back attitude toward life. Derek cannot handle Rocket Dog. The feeling’s mutual. Derek is truly a big brother—not only is serving as Gertie’s protector his
#1 priority, but he’s also pretty big for his age. Kids wouldn’t want to mess with him. He tends to be literal and somewhat serious; he’s well-focused on his job as a paperboy, hoping to save his money for a private Leer jet. While not exactly the village idiot, Derek is about as sharp as a melon.
There are other kids in the neighbourhood, too. Most frequently we’ll get to hang out with 13-year-old Derek and his younger sister, Gertie (she’s 8!). They live next door to Bob and Rocket Dog.
Don’t be fooled by Gertie. Accustomed to getting her own way, she’s a bit of manipulator when it comes to those things she truly wants (and if Gertie wants something, she truly wants it). She’s not always being crafty; sometimes things just work her way. She’s not evil, but you can count on everything coming up Gertie. Gertie adores animals, especially Rocket Dog. Rocket Dog loves her right back. Whether this
is because Rocket Dog thinks she’s cute or admires the way Gertie always gets her way
is hard to say.
The Waldorf family—Michael, Florence, eleven-year-old Hunter, and Bonnie-lookalike Kelli—are Canadian. Otherwise, they’re perfectly perfect. The Waldorfs live in a well-appointed house across the road, representing everything Bob and Rocket Dog aren’t: high-achievers, respectful, fit, well-balanced, harmonious… The Waldorfs’ sheer perfection drives Bob and Rocket Dog to distraction.
If your home’s your castle then Bob’s home
has been under siege from the day Rocket Dog moved in. It’s a nice, normal house in the suburbs. Bob lives there with his parents (whom we never see) and Rocket Dog. Unlike the Waldorf place across the street, Bob’s house is messy and cluttered. He loves to crash out on beanbags with Rocket Dog and watch Bonnie re-runs. Like a lot of kids his age, Bob spends a bulk of time in his room, which is full of wall-to-wall posters and weird merchandising from z-list movies.
When his Betamax shreds a super-rare episode
of Bonnie, Boy’s Best and Bravest Buddy, Bob becomes frantic. He must know how it ends.
Searching the town at Mach-3, Rocket Dog drops into the local video shop, The Tape Worm, where the clerk tells the urban legend of the tape Bonnie took to her grave. THE BONNIE RISES AGAIN TAPE. When Rocket Dog digs up Bonnie’s grave, she goes into psychodog/fangirl overload at the presence of her hero, now nothing more than a skeleton with a collar. Leaving the video behind, Rocket Dog spends the next three days in ultimate fandom with Bonnie, going on bike rides, taking in a movie, canoeing. Things take a bad turn when, treating Bonnie’s skull to the ultimate fan-dinner, Rocket Dog gets twitchy at all the attention the dead dog draws, flying into a jealous rage. Police call in Bob to take control of his dog, and both end up running for it. Rocket Dog keeps hold of Bonnie’s skull, but the police rebury the rest of Bonnie—and the unwatched video. On the way home Bob and Rocket Dog overhear a homeless man watching the episode on his phone (he downloaded it from PooToob). Rocket Dog grabs the phone and gives it to Bob. Now she’s the Best and Bravest Buddy.
Bob’s determined to prove Rocket Dog can be just as famous as Kelli, the Waldorfs’ prize dog who’s just won yet another medal for saving some stupid orphan.
Things look like they’re in the bag with the dubious plan to stage Rocket Dog’s phoney rescue of Bob, “stuck” down a thirty-foot well. Things go disastrously wrong though, when a series of events, including a Bonnie the Brave movie marathon, distract Rocket Dog from her mission at paw. Five days and twenty-eight bugmeals for Bob later, Rocket Dog happens upon her raving owner who’s now reduced to playing checkers with a crusty skeleton at the bottom of the water-logged well. As she blasts down to see what’s up, the water drenches her rocket-flame, leaving her just as stranded as Bob. Eleven days and 467 bug-meals later, Bob and Rocket Dog are degraded to rock, paper, scissors for the last edible centipede when heroic Kelli turns up
to save them both.
NEWS HEADLINE: Neighbourhood’s Dumbest Boy and Dog Identified in Bonehead Prank! Success! Rocket Dog is finally as famous as Kelli.
In the aftermath of Rocket Dog's fiery fart, Derek's bike is charred beyond recognition, and Bob's forced to foot the bill for a new one. Strapped for cash, Bob and Rocket Dog serendipitously come across a slew of "Lost Cat" signs posted all over town. The hefty monetary reward would cover the cost of Derek's bike, but Bob and Rocket Dog’s search for cats is quickly neutered by the lack of any turning up.
In an effort to help her best bud, Rocket Dog disguises herself as the missing cats, pouncing from house to house, while Bob cashes in on the rewards and tries to find the REAL cats. Easing into the nine lives of luxury, Rocket Dog neglects her role in the neighbourhood houses as Rocket Cat, only spending her time where she's most spoiled. The neighbours start to get suspicious when their cats go missing. Again. Riding high after replacing Derek's bike with the "Lost Cat" money, Bob's mood is soon soured as a mob of old ladies descends upon him. They demand their money back, but he's already spent it. Running for his life, he calls out for Rocket Dog, awaking her from slumber. She's reluctant to move, but for Bob, she heeds the call. After a brief neighbourhood chase, the grannies corner Bob and Rocket Dog in Bob's backyard. Bob begs forgiveness. The old ladies' hearts are melted till they hear a faint mewing coming from the garage where Rocket Dog's hidden the missing cats. As Bob runs from the shuffling mob, Rocket Dog asks if there’s any more of that sweet, sweet cat food.
When Rocket Dog sees the neighbourhood kids heading to Hunter Waldorf’s birthday party instead of Bob’s, it’s up to her, by hook or by crook, to make sure it’s Bob’s fete that’s the Best Birthday Party Ever.
For help, Rocket Dog heads to the one person who’s friendly with everyone in town: Postman George. At the post office, Rocket Dog is disheartened to learn Postman George is still out on his rounds. Disheartened, that is, until she sees there a collection of MOST WANTED posters. “These guys must be the most indemand party crowd ever,” she decides. “Any birthday party with this gang is bound to make the birthday boy proud and popular.” Using skills known only to dogs, Rocket Dog rounds up the hardened fugitives, bringing them—along with stacks of presents, buckets of ice cream, and the world’s tastiest cake—back to Bob’s. The thugs are thrilled, but Bob’s a bit stressed out by his guests at first. Soon, Bob, too, is having the time of his life. Soon the police arrive, on the hunt for a band of robbers and an orange dog who made off with Hunter Waldorf’s stacks of presents, buckets of ice cream, and the world’s tastiest cake. The officers declare Bob’s the Best Birthday Party ever, then promptly arrest him.
Statistics too cold for you? Then take a look at what Rocket Dog's passionate fans have to say: StupidityStudios: They need to make a 2nd one
1.5 million Like/dislike ratio of better than 94% Since its premiere on Cartoon Hangover in May, 2013, Mel’s original seven-minute “Rocket Dog” has been one of the most popular cartoons on the Internet… and we have the statistics to prove it.
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5,000 favorites 5,000 comments 1,000 shares Cuba, Western Sahara, Central African Republic, and North Korea are the only countries in the world where at least one person hasn't watched "Rocket Dog." (Get it together, Cuba.) • "Rocket Dog" has been watched for more than 5.5 million minutes—that's more than a decade of viewing. • Nearly two years on, "Rocket Dog" still rakes in an average of more than 1,000 views a day.
reply: SuperAvengerMan: No they don't need to make a second one. They need to make a series. Now that will be better. Right? AppleJuegaMc: i watched this long a go and cant stop laughing about it xD TheRealmDrifter: Why can't I find any more Rocket Dog episodes? Will there be more? Please let there be mooore!!! Montana Sadler: holy shit i died laughing DiscoSheepAnimations: We need more. MOARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR Danielle Saldana: lololol! my new favorite show! LazerThief: This really cracked me up i almost coughed out my lungs!! Abassador Trollston: This is the most original thing I have seen in years...
Mel Roach’s RMIT graduation film ‘Happy Happy Yay Yay’ inspired critical acclaim and terror in equal measure. In 2013, she created the award-winning short pilot ‘Rocket Dog’ for Cartoon Hangover and was part of the animation team on Hamish Steele’s short pilot ‘Dead End’. In 2014 she created ‘Tonk’s Island’ for Nickelodeon and is a regular contributor to the Loop de Loop animation challenge. Studio Moshi is one of Australia's premiere independent design and animation studios, with producers, production management, artists and animators all under one roof. Some of the studio’s productions are The Day My Butt Went Psycho (Season 1& 2), Little Johnny the Movie, Mutant Mania, with development and production partners including Corus, E One, Cake Entertainment, Frederator, Nelvana, Nickelodeon, Moose Toys Scholastic, Nine Network Australia and ABC Television (Australia). Studio Moshi is Australia’s largest Harmony animation production studio based in Melbourne, Australia. http://www.studiomoshi.com Frederator Studios is an independent cartoon company founded in 1998 by Fred Seibert. Among its many animated productions are The Fairly OddParents, Adventure Time, and Bee and PuppyCat, for partners including Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Cartoon Hangover. Frederator Studios is based in Burbank, CA.
The animated TV series is a co-development between Studio Moshi and Frederator with creator Mel Roach.
For more information regarding Rocket Dog the animated TV series contact:
Andrew Davies c/o Studio Moshi [email protected]
cell: +61 408 334 720 For more information regarding Rocket Dog Cartoon Hangover short contact:
Eric Homan c/o Frederator Studios [email protected]
office: (818) 848-8348