CULT FACTION

For all your cult film, tv, cartoon, comic and video game needs

Roger Ramjet

Roger Ramjet was an animated American children’s television comedy series that first ran in 1965 and has aired in syndication since. Starring Roger Ramjet and the American Eagle Squadron, the show was known for its crude animation, frenetic pace, and frequent references to popular culture, which allowed the show to entertain various age groups. It ran for five seasons, totalling at 156 episodes.

Roger Ramjet is a patriotic and highly moral — if not very bright — hero, who is typically out to save the world, with help from his Proton Energy Pills (“PEP”), which give him “the strength of twenty atom bombs for a period of twenty seconds”. The world is invariably saved by dispensing violence towards the various recurring criminals who populated the series.

On government missions assigned by General G.I. Brassbottom, Ramjet encounters various nemeses during his missions. Typically he is caught, and must be rescued by his crew of sidekicks, the American Eagles: Yank, Doodle, Dan and Dee (a play on Yankee Doodle Dandy). Although his Eagles appear to be children, each of them, except for Dee, flies his own individual ramjet aircraft expertly, and they are obviously much more savvy than their leader.

The various recurring criminals include:

  • The Solenoid Robots, who talk in barely understandable electronic voices
  • Gangster Noodles Romanoff and his evil organization N.A.S.T.Y. (National Association of Spies, Traitors and Yahoos)
  • Red Dog the Pirate
  • Foreign spy femme fatale Jacqueline Hyde
  • Tequila Mockingbird

Most of the criminals had nearly identical bands of three or four henchmen who all mumbled different phrases at once, resulting in incomprehensible chatter. Another recurring, non-criminal character in the series was sportscaster Vincent Yafnarro, who appeared in several sports-related episodes. Roger’s mother, Ma Ramjet, appeared in several episodes; her voice was an imitation of Jonathan Winters’ “Maude Frickert” character, and she had her own variation on her son’s Proton Pills, “Ma Ramjet’s Atomic Vitamins, for Old People Whose Get-Up-and-Go Got Up and Left.”

Along the way, Lance Crossfire, Ramjet’s rival for the affections of Lotta Love, is also likely to get in the way. Lance’s face looks like (and his voice sounds like) actor Burt Lancaster. When Lance and Roger cross paths, neither wins: in one episode, Lotta ends up going out with General Brassbottom, who promises the two men that he will take care of her. As is his way, Roger does not realize that they have both lost—unlike Lance, who inevitably ends these cartoons with the phrase, “Oh, Roger — shut up!”

Related Posts
Yatterman

Originally running between 1977-1979 for 108 episodes, Yatterman succeeded Time Bokan and followed what happened after fragments of a mysterious Read more

Titan Maximum

Debuting in September 2009, Titan Maximum was created by Tom Root and Matthew Senreich and follows what happened to the legendary Read more

The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show

Produced by Ruby-Spears Productions, The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show ran between 1979 and 1981 and lasted for twenty-nine episodes. Whilst Read more

The Incredible Hulk (1982)

The original Hulk cartoon debuted in 1966 and then nobody bothered trying to make another until 1982. The series came Read more

The Herculoids

Somewhere out in space live The Herculoids! Zok, the laser-ray dragon! Igoo, the giant rock ape! Tundro, the tremendous! Gloop Read more

The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan

In 1972, Hanna-Barbera Productions adapted Chinese detective Charlie Chan (originally created by Earl Derr Biggers) into his own animated series - Read more

The Adventures of Spunky and Tadpole

Written and directed by Art Moore, The Adventures of Spunky and Tadpole ran for 150 episodes between 1958 and 1961. Read more

Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron

Created by Christian and Yvon Tremblay, Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron debuted on September 11th 1993 and ran for two Read more

Static Shock

Created originally for Milestone Media/DC Comics by Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Derek Dingle, and Michael Davis, the animated series Static Read more

Spicy City

Created by Ralph Bakshi, Spicy City was a one season show that lasted for six episodes in 1997. The show Read more

Founded Cult Faction in 2014; previously crawled out of the Black Lodge in 1976, only to find himself in the Village.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: