Rod Rocket was the first animated cartoon with production credited to Filmation, debuting in syndication in 1963. It ran for 130 episodes, each 5 minutes in length. In total Red Rocket had four main story lines:
- Slave Labor in Space
- The Lava Trap
- Lost in a Lunar Mist
- Lights On
The cartoon was originally produced by True Line, a small Los Angeles animation studio that subcontracted the newly formed Filmation Associates created by Lou Scheimer and Hal Sutherland in the early 1960s. Scheimer and Sutherland had met while working at Larry Harmon Productions on the made-for-TV Bozo the Clown and Popeye cartoons. SIB Productions, a Japan-based company with an American office in Chicago, co-produced the series in conjunction with the CBS Television Network.
The voices for the show included Sam Edwards (Little House on the Prairie) as Rod Rocket and Joey, Hal Smith (The Andy Griffith Show) as Professor Angus, and Pat Blake as Cassie.
The television series focuses on the adventures of a boy named Rod Rocket and his best friend, Joey. The wise codger, Professor Argus, sends Rod and Joey on an exploratory mission in a spaceship called the Little Argo and he waits for them to come home with his teenage granddaughter, Cassie. While in space, Rod and Joey constantly battle two bumbling cosmonauts.