Production has gotten underway on Disney Junior’s The Rocketeer. The new animated television series is inspired by the popular comic book series by Dave Stevens and is expected to launch on the family-friendly network sometime in 2019.
The series has Transformers: Rescue Bots‘ Nicole Dubuc on board as executive producer. Wild Canary and Disney Junior are producing the animated series aimed at a young audience.
“We are very excited to introduce The Rocketeer to our young Disney Junior audience. The vast storytelling found in the original comic books provides the perfect opportunity to create an exciting new adventure series told from a young girl superhero perspective that the whole family can enjoy together,” stated Disney Junior Senior Vice President of Original Programming while announcing the start of production.
Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer was made into a feature film starring Jennifer Connelly, Billy Campbell, Alan Arkin, and Paul Sorvino in 1991. Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger, Jumanji, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids) directed the PG-rated film which grossed $46 million domestically during its entire theatrical run.
The Rocketeer Details, Courtesy of Disney Junior: Inspired by The Rocketeer, the series follows Kit, a young girl who receives a surprise package on her birthday revealing she’s next in line to become the Rocketeer, a legendary superhero who has the ability to fly with the help of a rocket-powered jet pack. Armed with her cool new gear and secret identity, Kit is ready to take flight and save the day with her gadget-minded best friend, Tesh, and airplane mechanic uncle, Ambrose, who join her on her epic adventures.
Geared towards kids 2-7 and their families, each episode of The Rocketeer will feature two 11-minute stories and include an original song.