Episode from the podcastVerbal Diorama

The Rocketeer

Released Thursday, 24th September 2020
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There are many astonishing things about The Rocketeer....

  • Its origins in pulp serials
  • its authentic comic book style
  • its unknown leading man
  • its innocence and timelessness
  • its beautiful score by James Horner
  • its stunning art deco poster

But the most amazing, brilliant, incredible thing about The Rocketeer, is how much people love it. Despite its lacklustre box office, and the fact that Disney have never seemed to care much about it, people who watch The Rocketeer LOVE The Rocketeer.

Maybe because of its charm and innocence? Maybe because you can get lost in this anachronistic retro-yet-modern 1930s period Los Angeles?

Or maybe that its because it depicts a nice, kind every-man hero who finds a jet-pack and realises he can use it to fly? And he then uses that power to fight Nazis? Maybe it really is just that simple?

The Rocketeer might be a simple story, well executed, but it's one of Disney's truly underrated gems. We need less people saying "The Rocka-who?" and more people discovering the joy of Dave Stevens' iconic superhero.

I would love to hear your thoughts on The Rocketeer!

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Theme Music: Verbal Diorama Theme Song
Music by Chloe Enticott - Compositions by Chloe Facebook
Lyrics by Chloe Enticott (and me!)
Production by Ellis Powell-Bevan of Ewenique Studios.

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