THE ROCKETEER Animated Series Blasts Off This November On Disney Junior; Billy Campbell Returning For A Role

THE ROCKETEER Animated Series Blasts Off This November On Disney Junior; Billy Campbell Returning For A Role

Disney Junior's The Rocketeer, a CGI animated series inspired by Dave Stevens' comic book, is ready for take off on Disney Junior on November 8, and returning for a role in the series is Billy Campbell.

By MattIsForReal - Oct 11, 2019 02:10 PM EST
Filed Under: The Rocketeer
First announced all the way back in 2018, Disney Junior's The Rocketeer is finally ready to take flight. The upcoming CGI animated series, inspired by Dave Stevens' comic book, will premiere on Friday, November 8, 2019, on Disney Channel, Disney Junior, and DisneyNOW.

Intended for younger kids and their families, The Rocketeer will follow a young girl named Kit who receives a surprise birthday package revealing she's next in line to become the Rocketeer. The cartoon series will see Kit take the skies to help protect her town of Hughesville and its residents from trouble from "comedic villains." Assisting Kit on her heroic adventures will be her friend and gadget-minded inventor Tesh, and her grandfather, Ambros Secord, who works at the Hughesville Airport and serves as her mechanic. 

While Disney Junior's The Rocketeer isn't exactly targeting adults, there was one really big announcement that might have older fans excited. Billy Campbell, who played the protagonist in 1991's The Rocketeer, will have a role in the new series. Unfortunately, he won't be playing Cliff Secord. Instead, he'll be voicing Dave Secord, the father of Kit, alongside Kathy Najimy as the voice of his wife Sareena Secord.

Seven-year-old aspiring pilot, Kit Secord, learns she’s next in line to become The Rocketeer, a rocket-pack wearing superhero who can fly! Armed with her cool new gear and secret identity, Kit takes to the skies to protect her town of Hughesville and its residents from danger. Assisting her on her heroic adventures are her best friend Tesh, bulldog sidekick Butch, and airplane mechanic grandfather, Ambrose Secord.

The Rocketeer will premiere on Friday, November 8, 2019, on Disney Channel, Disney Junior, and DisneyNOW. It's unclear if this new animated show will have any impact on the potential female-led rebooot-sequel we heard about all the way back in 2016, which was also supposed to be led by a young African-American female pilot. 
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Repian - 10/11/2019, 2:12 PM
I do not like this animation. In addition, this show seems childish and I want heroics and action.
Spidey91 - 10/11/2019, 2:21 PM
@Repian - counterpoint: it's not made for you. and that's ok.
MattIsForReal - 10/11/2019, 2:22 PM
@Repian - Well, it is coming to Disney Junior and is aimed at ages 2-7 years old. Does it appeal to me? Not so much, but I have a two year old daughter and to be able to share some variation of The Rocketeer (one of my favorite comic book movies growing up) with her is pretty awesome.
CWBNGAJEEPGUY85 - 10/11/2019, 3:03 PM
@MattIsForReal - SAME! I'm already thinking ahead for next Halloween! Couple of 2ltr bottles and a leather jacket and I can make this for my own daughter!
Chewtoy - 10/11/2019, 6:09 PM
@Spidey91 - I’m fine with things being made for all ages, but it’s fair to complain that this is not faithful to the source in... any aspect, really, beyond there being a jet pack involved.
Franshu - 10/12/2019, 12:06 PM
@Spidey91 - counterpoint: it's named The Rocketeer. Which was not a childish comic. So, int turn, he can complain as much as he wants about the concept being bastardized and he'll actually be in the right.
GodEmperorDoom - 10/13/2019, 11:37 AM
@Franshu - wake up, it's a guy with a rocket strapped to his back, how many interesting tales are there to tell about that? By bringing it down to kid level you have more options, they can focus on themes like friendship, teaching kids that engineering can be fun, overcoming fears etc. The animation looks solid though i was missing a sense of velocity once she was flying.
this way the fans can at least be nostalgic about the original andthe kids get something new. Seems like a good move from Disney.
dracula - 10/11/2019, 2:15 PM
They couldn't just do a second movie, instead they are turning a action movie about taking down nazis into a preschool show
mastakilla39 - 10/11/2019, 4:02 PM
@dracula - I guess it was too risky. I think they turned the script for the sequel into a cartoon. I remember reading that it was supposed to be about his daughter taking the mantle from him like creed. Guess disney didnt want to risk making a sequel to a film that originally flopped.

They did the same thing with tron. There was a tron cartoon for kids to try and draw buzzz and it didnt work
Forthas - 10/11/2019, 2:18 PM
What was the reason not to make it live action? The first film is a classic!
GeneralZod - 10/11/2019, 2:26 PM
@Forthas - Jennifer Connelly. *Sigh*
SimplyAz - 10/11/2019, 2:49 PM
@GeneralZod -

She was just too stunning in that movie, just lit up the screen whenever she came on

NicolausCopernicus - 10/11/2019, 2:21 PM
I wonder if they borrowed the idea from these two....
Spidey91 - 10/11/2019, 2:22 PM
I'm guessing they don't fight the nazis in this one :p
it looks cute, but it's not made for me.
Repian - 10/11/2019, 2:24 PM
What I would like to see is a series of The Phantom, in which Kit Walker's son (Billy Zane) has to continue with the legend.
GeneralZod - 10/11/2019, 2:25 PM
@Repian - Who holds the rights to The Phantom?
Reeds2Much - 10/11/2019, 2:47 PM
@GeneralZod - Hyde Park Entertainment and Crusader Entertainment were making a feature film early 2000. Moonstone Books made a lot of noise around then to coincide with the 70th anniversary. Neither really got too far.
Repian - 10/11/2019, 2:47 PM
@Repian - Also, if Billy Zane appears in the pilot episode, nostalgic viewers will see it.
SimplyAz - 10/11/2019, 2:47 PM
@Repian -

Feel like we've been waiting too long for a Phantom movie.
I used to love watching Phantom 2040 as a kid.
Origame - 10/11/2019, 2:49 PM
@GeneralZod - syfy made a tv movie about him before. Maybe they do?
GodEmperorDoom - 10/13/2019, 11:43 AM
@Repian - He was made to be Lex Luthor, no debate.

GeneralZod - 10/11/2019, 2:31 PM
Comic book history lesson #32. The Rocketeer, created by Dave Stevens, first appeared in Starslayer #2, published by Pacific Comics (1982).

Capfan82 - 10/11/2019, 3:05 PM
I always wanted my version of the Avengers or league of Extraordinary Gentlemen, where you have The Shadow, The Phantom, Flash Gordon, The Rocketeer, Green Hornet, and people like that in one movie.
4thMaster - 10/11/2019, 4:11 PM
Not feeling the all pink outfit (did they really have to go so basic for it?), but it looks cute. My godson would probably enjoy it.

It's weird they would waste such a solid idea on a Disney Jr show. A film or full blown series about the Rocketeer's daughter following in his footsteps is a pretty solid pitch. Maybe too many people would complain about not just making another Rocketeer film fighting the Nazis.
Deagle - 10/11/2019, 4:39 PM
Wouldn't the Rocket pack exhaust burn her feet and legs off with all that flaying about?
batmbl - 10/11/2019, 4:59 PM
@Deagle - I was thinking the exact same thing when I was watching it. The physics are a bit off with the design unless they explain it in the show, but I doubt they'll spend much time on that since it's for young kids.
AnthonyVonGeek - 10/11/2019, 7:45 PM
rocketeuropa - 10/11/2019, 11:40 PM
Absolutely no effin way...
This is Disney subverting a character so they can hang onto a license. The original they couldn't make work so now it's twisted so they can hang onto the name.
If this works can you see anyway they would go back to the original concept? Rocketeer would be permanently screwed forever.
Disney bastards.
I'd rather see Kevin Feige work his magic on Rocketeer instead of this damn juvenile pablum.
bobevanz - 10/12/2019, 6:39 AM
*Disney Junior* and this is why you fail. The rocketeer was awesome back in the day! Surely they could have done another live action. I mean hell.. Maleficent got a sequel
BillyBatson1000 - 10/12/2019, 6:38 PM
I want a more adult version of The Rocketeer - and a less adult version of Harley Quinn.
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