Rusty Rivets
Created by
  • Joshua Fisher
  • Michael O'Hare
Developed byAndy Guerdat
Directed byBrad Ferguson
Voices of
Theme music composerPeter Zizzo
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes78 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Bart Jennett
  • David Sharples
Running time11 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseNovember 8, 2016 (2016-11-08) –
May 8, 2020 (2020-05-08)

Rusty Rivets is a Canadian animated television series, and is produced by Arc Productions and Spin Master Entertainment. Rusty Rivets aired for three seasons, simultaneously on Treehouse TV in Canada and on Nickelodeon in the U.S., from November 8, 2016, to May 8, 2020.[3] Inspired by elements of the maker culture, it follows the adventures of a young inventor named Rusty and his team of customized robots.[4][5]

The first season was the last animated project of Arc Productions before it was absorbed into Jam Filled Toronto in August 2016.


A young boy named Rusty Rivets uses his knowledge of engineering to repurpose machine parts and create gadgets. He lives in the fictional town city of Sparkton Hills in a utopian futuristic Canada along with his best friend Ruby Ramirez, a robotic tyrannosaurid named Botasaur, and a group of smaller robots known as the Bits. The show highlights a variety of concepts related to basic science and technology.[6][7]

Rusty uses the recurring catch phrase "modify, customize, Rustify" when personalizing inventions. Ruby changes the last word to "Rubify" when she does the alterations (only once), and Liam changes the last word to "Liamify" when he does it (also only once).


Main article: List of Rusty Rivets episodes

SeasonSegmentsEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
15226November 8, 2016 (2016-11-08)December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
24926January 9, 2018 (2018-01-09)June 1, 2019 (2019-06-01)
34926March 2, 2020 (2020-03-02)May 8, 2020 (2020-05-08)





Rusty Rivets began development in late 2014.[8] The concept was originally pitched to Guru Studio, which ultimately chose not to develop the show. The first season was produced in accordance with Spin Master's policy to work on 1-2 television programs a year.[9] It is Spin Master's sixth animated television venture.[10] Twenty-six episodes have been confirmed.[11][12][13]

Most of the first season's episodes were animated by Arc Productions in Toronto, Ontario. The studio closed on August 2, 2016, but its assets have been sold to the Ottawa-based company Jam Filled Entertainment, and the business reopened on August 22, 2016, as Jam Filled Toronto.[14]

On May 24, 2017, it was renewed for a second season.[15] On May 22, 2018, it was renewed for a third season.[16]


The series was announced at Nickelodeon's upfront presentation in New York City on March 2, 2016.[17] It was originally slated to premiere in the United States on August 22, 2016,[18][19] but it was pushed back to November 8, 2016. The first season was going to air on Treehouse TV in Canada throughout fall 2016,[20][21] but it was delayed until January 16, 2017.[22] Spin Master distributes the series and its product line globally.[23] The series premiered on Nick Jr. in Israel on February 12, 2017.[24]

As of December 2018, new episodes moved to the Nick Jr. channel.

Home media

On June 11, 2016, the first episode was released to Amazon Video as a free preview.[25] The same episode was released to Nickelodeon's mobile platforms on June 20, 2016.[26][27]

Nickelodeon and Paramount Home Entertainment released the DVD of the show on July 31, 2018.


Spin Master has announced that it will distribute a line of toys based on the program. The company released them in fall 2017.[28]


In 2019, an author sued Spin Master, claiming Rusty Rivets infringe the copyrights of 20-year-old comic book. Eventually Spin Master won when the judge declared that the TV series and comic book are not too similar.[29]


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  22. ^ "Monday Jan 16". Archived from the original on 12 January 2017. 6:20 AM Rusty Rivets S1 Eps #00 1 Rusty's Rex Rescue/Rusty's Park N' Fly
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  24. ^ "פברואר בערוצי ניקלודיאון". Pop Tarts (in Hebrew). January 31, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
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  29. ^ "Spin Master Defeats Claims Against Rusty Rivets Series" (Press release).