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Rocketeer movie star Billy Campbell has important role in new animated series

October 25th, 2019 by Marc Comments

As we all know a kids’ animated show is heading to Disney Jr based on The Rocketeer comics and movie – you can watch the trailer here – and, while I’d rather the series picked up where there 1991 movie ended, I figured this was for the youngsters and not for me.

Here’s the synopsis:

Set in the idyllic small town of Hughesville, each episode of The Rocketeer is comprised of two 11-minute stories that follow Kit as she embarks on a high-flying adventure to help save her community and its residents from trouble — usually brought on by the many comedic villains who will be featured throughout the series. As with most superheroes, Kit has a team to help her pull off her heroic adventures and keep her identity hidden from the masses. Her best friend, Tesh, serves as Ground Control when Kit takes to the skies and is also the inventor of the hi-tech gadgets and upgrades for her rocket-pack; and her grandfather, Ambrose Secord, works at the Hughesville Airport and serves as her mechanic. Also along for the ride is Kit’s loyal bulldog, Butch.

In the premiere episode, Kit receives a surprise package on her birthday containing The Rocketeer’s helmet, which Grandpa Ambrose immediately recognizes as belonging to the famed superhero. With that, he unveils the rocket-pack which he was told to hang on to until the next Rocketeer was chosen. As Kit learns the ropes of becoming a flying superhero, Grandpa Ambrose and Tesh help with her training.

However, don’t despair… because it seems that, while clearly not a sequel, the series will have some love and throwback to the original movie as star Billy Campbell will be back but not as the hero of the story, Cliff Second, who he played in Joe Johnston’s movie (it’s really rather good by the way, if you’ve not seen it), Campabell will play Dave Secord, father of Kit Secord, the little girl who becomes the new Rocketeer – here mother is played by Hocus Pocus star Kathy Najimy, fact fans.

That’s a nice throwback to the movie if you ask me… now, can they get Jennifer Connolly and Timothy Dalton involved? Please!?

It may be worth pointing out that there has been some talk of a proper sequel being developed at Disney, but we’ve heard very little about it. Mayne this could be a job for Disney+?

Let me know your thoughts as always.

The Rocketeer TV series debuts on Disney Jr. on November 8, 2019.

Source: Geektyrant

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….