Rotten Ralph

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Rotten Ralph
Created by
Written by
Directed by
  • Sue Pugh
  • Sue Peters (animation)
  • Bill Martin (art)
  • Collette Sunderman (voice)
  • Tim Harper (studio)
  • Simon Cliche (technical)
Voices of
Opening theme
  • He's a Really, Really Rotten Ralph
Ending theme
  • He's a Really, Really Rotten Ralph


  • Peter Measroch
  • Leon Aronson
  • Jerry de Villiers Jr. (music/theme song)
  • Veronica Thomas (theme song lyrics)
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes55
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Steve Jones
Running time11 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network
Picture format4:3 (1999-2000)

16:9 (2000-2001)
Audio formatDolby Surround
Original release16 September 1999 (1999-09-16) –
12 April 2001 (2001-04-12)

Rotten Ralph is a series of children's picture books written by Jack Gantos and illustrated by Nicole Rubel. About twenty Rotten Ralph books have been published from 1976 to 2011.

Rotten Ralph is also the first book in the series, a 32-page picture book published by Houghton Mifflin of Boston in 1976. It was the first published book for both Gantos and Rubel.

Alternatively, Rotten Ralph is the title character of the series, initially "a very very nasty cat" —a bright red domestic cat who enjoys playing mean, practical jokes on his human family.

There was a children's television series by Cosgrove Hall Films, Tooncan Productions and Italtoons Corporation based on the books, first broadcast on CBBC from 1999 to 2001. It also went to air on Nickelodeon in the UK too, around 2000. The show hasn't been aired in the UK since reruns ended in 2005. The show aired in the United States on the Nickelodeon in 1999–2001. The voice cast were recorded in Los Angeles and the animation was done in Manchester.