Western Animation / Rocket Monkeys

A Canadian animated television series created by Breakthrough Entertainment and Atomic Cartoons Inc., Rocket Monkeys centers around brothers Wally and Gus, who are members of GASI (Galactic Animal Space Institute), an organization focused on interplanetary explanation, assisted by their Robot Buddy YAY-OK. Despite the brothers' intelligence and skill, or lack thereof, they are usually the ones who end up saddled with whatever life-threatening missions their boss Dr. Chimpsky needs completed.

The show first aired on Teletoon in Canada on January 10, 2013, then aired on Nickelodeon in the United States in February and in the United Kingdom and Ireland in April.

This animated series provides examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: The Rocket Monkeys often call Lord Peel "Banana Man".
  • Always Someone Better: The Space Gorillas.
  • Archnemesis Dad: YAY-OK's father seems to care for his son, but cares about destroying anything that moves more.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In "Zombie Bananas", when Wally and Gus are attacked by Lord Peel's zombies they yell "Zombie baboons! Zombie gibbons! Zombie chrysanthemum!"
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Usually played straight, though in "Monkey Hearts" when Monkevil is making her escape into space she's wearing a space suit and helmet.
  • Big Bad: Lord Peel.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Often. One instance, when Lord Peel removes Gus and Wally's love for bananas, causing them to really really hate all bananas. It cuts to YAY-OK back in the ship's kitchen.
    YAY-OK: Gus and Wally will love this all-banana 10-course meal... I hope I didn't miss any important plot point. Ehh, I'm sure everything is fine.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Nefarious.
  • Catch Phrase: "Poopy doopy" for Monkevil.
  • Disguised in Drag: Nefarious's plan in "Princess Nefarious" is to disguise as a princess so someone will save him.
  • Eye Scream:
    • In "Scare-Larious" Wally causes Gus to shoot toothpaste into his eyes. He then exclaims "It burns!" before calmly adding "But minty fresh."
    • In "Bro to Bro" Wally shoots himself in the eyes with his goop gun. Twice.
  • Expository Theme Tune
  • Extreme Omnivore: Wally's pet Trixie in "Trick or Trixie."
  • Faceless Eye: The Delivery Boy in "Inspection Day" has a giant eye for a head.
  • Freudian Trio:
    • Wally: Id
    • Gus: Ego
    • YAY-OK: Superego
  • Fun with Acronyms:
    • G.A.S.I (Galactic Animal Space Institute). "Heh, heh, gassy."
    • B.A.L.L. (Ballistic and Lethally Loaded)
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Occasionally.
    • In "Princess Nefarious", YAY-OK explodes tokens when he developed a crush on Slo-Mo. The next scene shows that he looked embarrassed.
      • In the same episode, Yay-OK and Slo-Mo talks about "exchanging data" to each other.
      • Later, we get this gem:
      Yay-OK: Ah, gentlemen, going to stay here and uh—alter some files, if you know what they mean.
      Wally: No idea.
      • YAY-OK is later seen with Slo-Mo, wearing a robe. They are both hiding inside of a lunar crater.
    • Gus said the word "sucks" (as in "The right thing sucks!") near the end of "Monkey Hearts".
    • Nefarious' censored Cluster F-Bomb in "Ships, Trips and Wormholes"
  • Grossout Show
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: In "Trick or Trixie" when Trixie spits Gus out after trying to eat him his torso is severed from his legs, the former hovering an inch away from the latter.
  • Happy Fun Ball: B.A.L.L.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Monkevil makes one in her second appearance, only to become a heel again at the end of the episode when Inky frames her for theft and the trio doesn't trust her.
  • Hello, Nurse!: The innocence-feigning Monkevil is most certainly this, with a large amount of her screentime even accompanied by a Sexophone. Naturally, she uses this to her advantage in "Love on the Run," roping Wally and Gus into acting as accomplices for her bank heists.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Pinky-Winky.
  • Idiot Hero: Wally and Gus. Gus is slightly smarter than his brother, keyword slightly.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Lord Peel.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: In "Ukulele Wally" when Wally and Gus list Pinky-Winky's many faults, the only one she's offended by is that they called her sweaty.
  • Made of Plasticine: Lord Peel
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Gus' only response to being split in half is that he needs a bandage.
  • Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Parody: One in "Zombie Bananas".
  • Mr. Seahorse: In "Monkeys vs. Gorillas" when the Space Gorillas call the Rocket Monkeys chicken Gus states that they're not... then suddenly lays an egg that hatches into a misshapen chick.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The ending of "Home on the Strange"; the monkeys are sent to deliver cow-like creatures as food to a living asteroid, but they destroy it to save one creature that Wally had grown attached to. Said asteroid was the only thing keeping their population in check, so without it they quickly overpopulate and exhaust their food supply.
  • No, Except Yes: Pinky-Winky states that she's not a monster, before saying that she's technically more of a beast.
  • Oh Crap!: In "Zombie Bananas" this is Gus's reaction to seeing that Wally ate a crapload of the poisoned bananas that have been turning people into zombies.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: YAY-OK's father in "My Dad-Bot, the Doom-Bot."
  • Only Sane Man: YAY-OK.
  • Pet Monstrosity: Trixie.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Nefarious is kept at bay be being stuck on an asteroid.
  • Sequel Episode: "Love on the Run" and "Monkey Hearts" have the episodes' plots connected with each other.
  • Shout-Out: In "Trick or Trixie" when Wally demands that Inky paint something for him he gets a face full of ink that makes him look like Gene Simmons, complete with hanging tongue.
  • Team Pet: Gus' pet space squid Inky.
  • Theme Tune Cameo:
    • The monkeys' mother and Lord Peel are heard listening to the show's main theme while rollerblading in "Not Lord Peel."
    • In "Monkeys vs. Gorillas" Wally's arcade game-styled dream has an 8-bit rendition of the main theme playing.
  • Torso with a View: When the monkeys accidentally shoot Chimpsky in the chest during a simulation, it leaves a hole exposing his heart.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Bananas (suprise, suprise) for the Rocket Monkeys. Their love for bananas are so powerful, that in "Destroy all Bananas" when Lord Peel gives them a lobotomy removing the part of the brain that makes them love Bananas, it can easily grow back with a bit of encouraging.