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Rusty Rivets is a Canadian All-CGI Cartoon produced for Treehouse TV by Spin Master and Arc Productions. Arc filed for bankruptcy in August 2016, three weeks before the show was due to debut, but Jam Filled Productions bought the company out three weeks later. This allowed Nick Jr. to launch the show in November, and internationally shortly afterwards.

Every episode features two shorts starring the title character Ruston Rivets, his companion Ruby Ramirez, and their team of friendly rescue robots.

The series ended after three seasons in May 2020.


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  • Alliterative Name: Rusty Rivets, Ruby Ramirez, and Frankie Fritz.
  • Base on Wheels: Rusty's laboratory is mobile.
  • Catchphrase: "Modified, customized, rustified!"
  • The Chick: Ruby among the humans and Whirly among the robots.
  • City of Adventure: Sparkton Hills.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Each robot has a signature color. Ray is red, Crush is orange, Bytes is yellow, Botasaur is green, Jack is blue, and Whirly is pink.
  • Cool Airship: As seen in the opening sequence, Botasaur can become a flying machine and transport Rusty through the air.
  • Crossover: One with PAW Patrol in an animated short where Rusty builds a new vehicle for Marshall.
  • Evil Redhead: Frankie.
  • Evolving Credits: The opening theme is remixed and changed as of Season 2 to reflect the new mobile lab as well as the addition of new robot friends Botarilla, TigerBot and ElephantBot.
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  • Gender Flip: An unintentional example - the episode "Ruby Rocks" mistakenly appears as "Rusty Rocks" in many TV guide descriptions.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: Whirly's goggles have a built-in infrared tracking system.
  • Home Base: Rusty's lab, which is located in a recycling yard.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: All but one of the episodes start with Rusty's name, following the formula "Rusty and..." or "Rusty's...".
    • The singular exception to this, "Ruby Rocks", suffers from this, being mislabeled "Rusty Rocks" in TV guides.
  • Jet Pack: Botasaur has one.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: TigerBot, despite looking masculine, is a girl.
  • The Leader: Rusty (Type I).
  • Meaningful Name: All of the robots' names relate to what they are. Ray can shine a ray of light from his eye, Whirly has a propeller on her head, Crush is a crushing clamp, Jack's arms work like car jacks, Botasaur is a robo-dinosaur, and Bytes is a robotic dog with a huge front jaw.
  • Mr. Fixit: The definition of Rusty's character. The entire point of the show is to inspire viewers to become Mr. Fix-Its as well.
  • No Antagonist: Played straight in Season 1. Averted as of Season 2, which introduces Rusty’s archrival Frankie Fritz.
  • Once per Episode: Rusty and Ruby planning and constructing an invention that solves the problem they have.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Emily wears a pink shirt and headband.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Season 2 introduces Frankie Fritz, an inventor who is jealous of Rusty and tries to outsmart him.
  • Smelly Skunk: Frankie's sidekick Frankfurt is a robotic example of this.
  • Title Theme Tune: "Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, put it together, Rusty Rivets!"
  • Theme Naming: All the robot animals have "bot" in their names (Botasaur, TigerBot, ElephantBot, Botarilla).
  • Theme Tune Roll Call: "With Ruby, the Bits, and Botasaur..."
  • Transforming Mecha: All of the robots.
  • Vocal Evolution: Rusty's voice is slightly deeper in the third and final season due to his voice actor experiencing puberty during production.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: While most of the robots' jobs are cool and rather useful (for example, Crush can crush anything, Jack can lift anything, and Whirly can fly anywhere), Ray is...essentially a flashlight.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: The exact location of Sparkton Hills is a mystery.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Rusty has blue hair.
  • Youthful Freckles: Rusty and Ruby both have freckles.

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