My Dad the Rock Star

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My Dad the Rock Star

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What would life be like if you were the son of a rock star? Being the new kid on the block is hard enough; it's even harder when your dad is Rock Zilla, a super-popular seven-foot-tall billionaire rock star. Rock suddenly decides to go into semi-retirement, and moves the family to a house in the sleepy suburb of Silent Springs. Willy, Rock Zilla's 12-year-old son, thinks that all his dreams have come true. But he soon learns that when hotel rooms and tour buses are the only home you've ever known, living in a small town, as the son of a famous celebrity, can present a whole lot of unexpected challenges. Aided by komoto dragon Mosh and best friends Alissa and Quincy, Willy tries his best to live a "normal" life in the burbs. My Dad the Rockstar Opening Theme Lyrics It's so hard just to feel normal When everyone is completely paranormal and Everything is totally deranged And you're the only one who's sane Sometimes it gets So unbearable But mostly I feel Unbelievable Cuz I'm a freak And my dad is a rockstar, yeah My dad is a rockstar That's it, the party's over Turn off the lights, I'm leaving the stage I just wanna get a little more control So nobody can tell me what to do Sometimes it gets So unbearable But mostly I feel Unbelievable Cuz I'm a freak And my dad is a rockstar, yeah My dad is a rockstar, yeah, yeah Characters: Willy Zilla: Willy is 12 years old, likable and unspoiled by either wealth or reflected fame. After all, wealth and privilege has come with a circus attached to it, one that Willy has grown more than a little tired of. He is smart, considerate, friendly, and down to earth. He minds his own business; he's just trying to do his own thing without stepping on anybody else's toes. But his absolute lack of exposure to "ordinary life" gives him the pretext and the perspective To be curious about everything...and a reason for being befuddled by it all. Rock Zilla: The Dad. Middle aged ("says who?!") but fit and exuberant, Rock is torn between his attempts to remain a pop music icon symbolizing youth and father to a wife and two kids he's crazy about. Larger than life, and twice as outrageous, Rock tries to be a "normal" parent for Willy. But his attempts to fit in to the day-to-day routine of Silent Springs are about as subtle as a power chord blasted through a Marshall stack. Crystal Zilla: The Mom. A former model, Crystal looks younger than her years. An L.A. style New Ager. In other words, she's a nutritionally and spiritually conscious woman, but not a hippie Earth Mama; she likes her platinum Visa card as much as her Tarot cards, and her Gucci as much as Granola. Which isn't surprising, for someone born in the Chinese year of the D- hey, wait a minute, you could figure out her age from that, so forget it! Serenity Zilla: Willy's 16 year-old sister. A spoiled, bossy, sarcastic "princess". In the same way that Willy's situation makes him a heightened-reality version of a tween, Serenity's privileged position, her vanity, self-absorption, and domineering personality make her the heightened-reality version of the real-life older sister that every younger dreads. Although she can on occasion be affectionate and familial, she is too spoiled to be able to keep her narcissism in check for long, and remains focused exclusively on herself. Mosh: A stage prop who ended up becoming the family pet. Mosh's story is that he was supposed to be a giant menacing iguana ordered for Reptillian's stage show. But when Rock opened the shipping container, he found instead a large but very docile reptile of intermediate and dubious origin. Too cute and mushy to be a menacing rock 'n' roll stage prop, Mosh was supposed to be shipped back to wherever he came from. But in the end, nobody had the heart to send him away. Skunk: A roadie of indeterminate age. Younger than Stonehedge, but older than just about anyone else on the show. Claims to have once had a job as a gargoyle at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. And it may be true. He's seen it all -- and done most of it too. Rock's trusted lieutenant and chief roadie, he kept the Reptillian circus ticking along smoothly for longer than anyone can remember, and has been in the business so many years, he's reputed to have got his start as a young lad, looking after wah-wah pedals for Jimi Hendrix. Alissa: One of Willy's pals, whom he befriends in the first episode. A funny, quick-witted, plainspoken Janeane Garofalo type with the human observational skills of a sociologist and the timing of a stand-up comedian. Another fish out of water by virtue of being a bright girl who doesn't try to hide it, an original thinker who sees the world with unusual clarity. Her aim is true and she is intimidated by no one. Quincy: Willy's other best friend. And not surprisingly, Quincey is - guess what - another fish out of water type. Vaguely Afro-something, he admires black sports and music icons, especially his idol of idols, Jimi Hendrix (who just happens to be one of Rock's heroes too). But "Q" has a hard time making the pieces fit together, having been raised in a mainly white, middle-class neighborhood in a small city, by parents who are loving but conservative and straight-laced. Bobby "Buzz" Sawchuck: Willy's nemesis. The class bully, and as Willy puts it, "the most annoying kid on the planet. Make that the solar system." A year older than Willy and his friends, having flunked a year of school (rumor has it he has to repeat Kindergarten). A big-mouthed, brazen blowhole of a kid without a gram of real courage in his body, and with a tenuous self-identity.

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