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Danger Rangers
GenreEducational
Musical
Created byWalter Douglas Smith Jr.
Michael D. Moore
Directed byJohn Kafka
Voices ofCharlie Adler
Grey DeLisle
Mark Hamill
Jerry Houser
John Kassir
Rob Paulsen
Kevin Michael Richardson
Tasia Valenza
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes16
Production
ProducersJerry Houser
Ginny McSwain
Sean Roche
Howard G. Kazanjian
Running time22 minutes
Production companiesEducational Adventures (later Mighty Kids Media)
Animotion Works Inc.
Original release
NetworkPBS Kids (Member Stations only)
ReleaseSeptember 5, 2005 (2005-09-05) –
December 26, 2006 (2006-12-26)

Danger Rangers is an American animated television series that aired on PBS Kids from September 5, 2005 to December 26, 2006.

Plot

The Danger Rangers are a team of anthropomorphic animal heroes who teach children about safety through examples, such as environmental hazards and unsafe places.

Characters

Cast

Main

Additional

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byStoryboard bySong(s)Original air date
1"Water Works"John KafkaSean RocheGarrett Ho and Dave Rodriguez"Everybody Be Water Safe" (performed twice; the second time has Fallbot singing Squeaky's solo parts)September 3, 2005 (2005-09-03)

When Commander Octodon builds his vast underwater hideout that causes the oceans to rise, he sends his henchmen Lobster Theodore and Joey Clams to sabotage the pools that the Danger Rangers plan to build all over the world but when Fallbot comes with them, they blame him for it.

Notes: This is the series premiere. This is the only episode to only have one song and to have any song performed more than once.
2"Wild Wheels"John KafkaSean RocheLouis Scarborough"Wheels" & "Rules of the Road"September 10, 2005 (2005-09-10)
Rusty Ringtail builds skate ramps in New York City so he and his friends Snarf and Chilli Dog can skate to the top of the Statue of Liberty. Burble has previously encountered Rusty before in his early work and works to reason with him.
3"Where the Fun Never Stops"John KafkaSean RocheGarrett Ho, Elaine Hultgren,
Tom Mazzocco and Louis Scarborough
"When You're Coming Down that Slide" & "Keep Yourself Safe"October 13, 2005 (2005-10-13)
During Boston's power surge problem, Nobel Prize-winning inventor Quentin V. Manderbill plots to build a transporter powered by the wasted energy that children use playing on the prize-rigged playground equipment made by his Play Along Playground Equipment company. When the Danger Rangers end up captured, Gabriela contacts their Junior Danger Ranger allies in Boston for help.
4"Fires and Liars"John KafkaSean RocheBob Nesler, Bert Ring,
Dave Rodriguez and Louis Scarborough
"False Alarms" & "Never Mess Around with Fire"October 24, 2005 (2005-10-24)
The Danger Rangers celebrate National Fire Safety Month across the United States. In Chicago, two boys named Derek and Scott cause a false alarm that Fire Chief Daniels and his fire department respond to. When Derek and Scott play with fireworks and accidentally start a major fire near their building, Sully and Kitty must help the Chicago Fire Department put out the fire, rescue the building's inhabitants, and teach Derek and Scott about fire safety.
5"The Great Race"Bob NeslerRandy Rogel
Story by : Mike D. Moore
Elaine Hultgren and Bob Nesler"Use That Crosswalk" & "Make Sure They See You"November 26, 2005 (2005-11-26)
At the time when the Danger Rangers are preparing for their appearance at the Monster Truck Relay, Worley the Weasel and his friends hold a secret jogging race for the prize of the mini-monster truck. The Danger Rangers arrive to teach pedestrian safety and thwart Worley's plot.
6"Medicine Mix-Up"John KafkaKurt WeldonGreg Garcia and Elaine Hultgren"Don't Touch Them Pills" & "Common Sense"January 28, 2006 (2006-01-28)
In Paris, France, a brilliant scientist named Henri Ennui has a scheme to use a "Rancinator" to stink up the world's candy supply as part of a ransom of $50,000,000.00. This causes kids to seek out things that look like sweets, but are actually medicine which has some of the kids rushed to the hospital. The Danger Rangers head out to intervene in the mix-ups, confiscate the rancid-smelling candy, and defeat Henri Ennui (who turns out to have a history with Kitty) and his "Frinja" henchmen.
7"Mission 547: Safety Rules"Jamie Diaz, Larry Leichliter and Bob NeslerSean RocheLouie Scarborough, Bernie Petterson and Mario Piluso"911" & "Danger Rangers Pilot Ending Song" NOTE: That was the first episode to air on television and is considered the show's pilot episode.February 2006 (2006-02)
The Danger Rangers check on hidden dangers in the home, share bicycle safety rules, and are in charge of travel safety.
8"Safe and Sound"John KafkaSean Roche
Story by : Larry Huber
Dave Rodriguez, Louis Scarborough and Byron Vaughns"Protect Your Ears" & "It's All Up to Me"March 3, 2006 (2006-03-03)
The Danger Rangers must snap Sully back into reality and save Hollywood from the dangerously loud music of the new rock band The Decibulls which is shaking up the buildings enough to cause hazards. Burt discovers that the CDs by the Decibulls have been made so they can't be turned down by The Decibulls' manager Buck Huckster and bodyguard Knuckles who wants their music to be loud in the musical competition.
9"Cave Save"John KafkaDavid EhrmanKyle Carrozza, Louis Scarborough and Byron Vaughns"Cave Save" & "Places Not to Play"July 7, 2006 (2006-07-07)
After hearing tales of old-timer Digger Diaz's mining adventures from Tall Tale Tim (the resident storyteller) in Digger's Gold, New Mexico, four children named Mickey, Kareen, Jose, and Julie decide to do a little mining of their own to look for treasure in a large cave and end up losing their way. The Danger Rangers are off to rescue the missing children and showing them that abandoned homes and dark caves are no place to play. Things get worse when Mickey and Kareen end up in a competition with Tall Tale Tim and Giles to get the gold underneath Digger Diaz's house.
10"Chem Gems"John KafkaSean RocheKyle Carrozza, Andrew Dickman, Greg Emison,
Elaine Hultgren, Bob Nesler and David Rodriguez
"Poison" & "Don't Touch That"July 14, 2006 (2006-07-14)
When Scotland Yard is investigating who's been putting chemicals on London's streets, they assume it's the local toy-maker Herbert Dinkwell. The Danger Rangers are called in to help prevent dangerous chemical combinations done by unsuspecting children and soon discover that Herbert's assistants Lonnie and Jenkins are responsible for leaving the chemicals on the streets instead of having them taken to the Waste Processing Plant.
11"Dog Days"John KafkaDavid Ehrman and Sean RocheJohn Dorman and Bob Nesler"Don't Startle a Dog" & "A Dog is a Love Sponge"July 21, 2006 (2006-07-21)
The Danger Rangers teach about the dangers of dog bites, how to avoid them, and how to approach dogs safely as Burt makes a mechanical dog named Sparky for the dog show at the county fair. Two kids named Alice and Willie Buckster plan to get a dog of their own for the Pooch Parade, where they try to get the dog that Willie meets on the way to the school named Rufio.
12"Be Prepared"John KafkaUnknownElaine Hultgren, Louis Scarborough and Byron Vaughns"Be Prepared" & "Stay Calm"July 28, 2006 (2006-07-28)
Burble takes the Danger Rangers to the "Be Ready for Anything Jamboree" at the Pine Lake Orphanage (where Burble had grown up during his childhood) run by Mr. and Mrs. Barkster. A boy named Luke and his friend Danny end up in danger when Luke was perfecting wind surfing for Burble until a storm hits.
13"Wet & Wild"John KafkaDave McDermottAndrew Dickman, Bob Nesler,
Louis Scarborough and Byron Vaughns
"You've Got to Think of Everyone Else" & "Learn to Swim"August 4, 2006 (2006-08-04)
The Danger Rangers take a cruise ship vacation and discuss water safety while helping a young girl named Alisha overcome her fear of water and helping to calm down the hyperactive Brayski Brothers and their nephew Fran-Teek.
14"Go Games"John KafkaMichael Maurer and Sean RocheAndrew Dickman, Elaine Hultgren,
Bob Nesler and Byron Vaughns
"Wear Your Helmet" & "Ride Smart"August 11, 2006 (2006-08-11)
Junior Danger Ranger Talya Mendoza sets out to shoot a movie about the Danger Rangers as they prepare for a bicycle, skateboarding, and rollerblading competition called the Go Games at Rivergrove Skate Park. Burt becomes the director to help out Talya. Meanwhile, Chancy McSpill and his sidekick Duncan plan to use every dirty trick in the book to win the Go Games. It's up to the Danger Rangers to thwart Chancy and Duncan's plot.
15"Kitty's Surprise Party"Jonathan Heidelberger and Urgen RadshevSean RocheUgren Radshev, Momchil Grozdanov,
Stela Dorin and Dragomir Sholev
"False Alarms" (from "Fires and Liars") "Keep Yourself Safe" (from "Where the Fun Never Stops"), "Protect Your Ears" (from "Safe and Sound"), "Everybody Be Water Safe" (from "Water Works"), "When You're Coming Down the Slide" (from "Where the Fun Never Stops"), "Places Not To Play" (from "Cave Save"), "Wheels" (from "Wild Wheels"), "Common Sense" (from "Medicine Mix-Up")August 18, 2006 (2006-08-18)
In this clip show, the Danger Rangers have a surprise birthday party for Kitty and invite many of the children that she has helped over the years.
16"Fallbot Forget-Me-Not"John KafkaSean RocheGarrett Ho and Monte Young"Don't Touch Them Pills" (from "Medicine Mix-Up"), "Rules of the Road" (from "Wild Wheels"), "Never Mess Around with Fire" (from "Fires and Liars"), "Poison" (from "Chem Gems"), "Use That Crosswalk" (from "The Great Race")December 26, 2006 (2006-12-26)
When Fallbot blows a circuit board and loses his memory during a thunderstorm, the Danger Rangers scramble to fix Fallbot's circuit board and reinstall the safety rules he used to know so well before his visit to Hoover Street Elementary School.

Books

Production

Douglas Smith and Michael Moore hired ProMedia of Knoxville TN to develop a low fidelity prototype that was used to conceptualize the aspirational goal of the animation. Chris West an employee of ProMedia was a valued contributing member of their team and was instrumental in developing the original prototype. After raising the necessary capital to produce the pilot episode "Mission 547" Smith and Moore traveled to Los Angeles where Jerry Houser, Larry Huber, Ginny McSwain, Howard Kazanjian and Ilie Agopian brought the pilot to life.

The first Hollywood production was completed in 2003. The show was created from the cause of children's safety and was the first show to successfully put Disney-quality productions into a quality curriculum. Danger Rangers was the most successfully distributed independent show on PBS affiliates and was documented to have saved lives.[1]

Broadcast

The series originally aired on PBS Kids under the American Public Television brand from 2005 to 2006. Reruns were distributed by Cookie Jar Entertainment and aired on CBS as part of Cookie Jar TV from September 2011 to September 2012, but was edited for commercial television purposes, which included having the epilogue of the episode cut, resulting in showing only 14 out of 16 episodes on that network.

Business dealings and Lawsuit

Educational Adventures (the original company behind the show) built distribution through grassroots efforts and deals with Virgin Atlantic and Safe Kids Worldwide.[citation needed] The assets of the company were eventually lost in a lawsuit after the liquidation of the company.[2] This left Mike D. Moore to seek to regain control and restart the show.[3]

References

  1. ^ "Danger Rangers come under lawsuit". charlotte.news14.com/. 2006. Archived from the original on January 29, 2013. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
  2. ^ Downey, John (August 24, 2009). "Damages are sought over Danger Rangers' demise". bizjournals.com. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
  3. ^ Downey, John (September 7, 2009). "Danger Rangers exec seeks to regain control, restart TV show". bizjournals.com.