If you have a young one in the house, you probably already know about "Rocket Monkeys." Mark Evestaff is one of the many people that help create the program.
Evestaff is a part of the team at Breakthrough Entertainment. The show officially launched on Nickelodeon March 4th, since then Evestaff has been a busy guy, "I sort of oversee all the stages of the show and help to put the team together." He says he was drawn to this show because of its simplicity, "The best thing about this show was the idea that it was so simple and the last shows I've worked on are sort of overly complex, and have premises, and plots that are sort of complicated. Truthfully, I just wanted to work on something very simple."
The premise of the show is adorably simple; two brothers, the Rocket Monkeys, like to think of themselves as heroes. In between banana fits and bouts of sibling rivalry the brothers head out in search of intergalactic adventure and attempt to save the planet. Well, they attempt in their own haphazard way. The fact that Gus and Wally are brothers, and not best friends, is what gives this series a unique spin, "For us it was important for them to have a stronger relationship. By making them brothers they actually didn't have to work a lot of these problems out, because they're brothers there is this inherent idea that they'll, of course, get along and work things out. Because of that, it enables us to tell a lot funnier stories and not have to have a lot of back story along the way."
"Rocket Monkeys" is not his first project, Evestaff has produced animated segments for Sesame Street and served as a creative consultant for Comedy Central and VH1. He says, "I always knew I wanted to work on shows, or make shows, but I wasn't a very good animator, so I got more into the production and creative. I just have a lot of ideas." Evestaff also has a Dreamworks film to his credit, 'The Road to El Dorado.' Unfortunately he was not able to make it to the Bay Area campus to do any of his work, but Evestaff says, "That's one of the things, everyone has to get to San Francisco."
"Rocket Monkeys" can be seen afternoons on Nickelodeon.
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