|Continuity||Rise of the Planet of the Apes|
| First Appearance: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Last Appearance: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
"Why cookie Rocket?"
- - Maurice
Rocket was a gray, hairless chimpanzee who was housed at the San Bruno Primate Shelter. He was the dominant male chimp when Caesar first arrived, and quickly established his dominance over the new arrival. Using his above-average intelligence rather than his physical strength, however, Caesar was able to escape his cell and gain the help of the gorilla, Buck, to force Rocket to submit. Afterwards, Caesar tried to improve his relationship with Rocket by offering him a chocolate chip cookie, after which Rocket showed his compassion towards the other apes by giving the rest of the cookies from the bag to them. Thereafter, Rocket became one of Caesar's most trusted and loyal followers.
Rocket played a major role during the ape army's escape and dash for freedom from the city to the redwood forest in Muir Woods Park. When an animal control employee sedated and captured Andy with a net gun, Rocket ripped open the back doors of the animal control van and freed the chimpanzee. Near the climax of the battle on the Golden Gate Bridge, Rocket was seen running through a police car to dive onto one of the S.W.A.T. team fighters. He was later seen acknowledging Caesar's leadership with the other apes with a smile and looking over the San Fransisco Bay from the tops of the redwood trees.
- Most of the other apes in the movie had significant names, and Rick Jaffa claimed on the DVD feature that Rocket was named in tribute to Norman Rockett, a set designer on the first movie.
- An earlier version of the script differed in that Rocket's eyes begin to go green (a sign of intelligence) after having bitten Caesar during their initial confrontation. After Caesar and Rocket together escape the primate facility and visit both Will's house and the Gen-Sys lab, they use stolen scissors to share their blood with the other apes at the facility and thus pass on their viral intelligence. In this version of the script, Rocket dies on the Golden Gate Bridge after being shot by Dodge Landon, who was aiming for Caesar.
- Terry Notary, who played Rocket, had also worked on Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes in 2001, as a movement instructor and stunt coordinator on both films. He also played Bright Eyes.
- Terry Notary played Rocket's motion capture role but (unlike the other ape actors) also did the vocal effects for Rocket, according to Rupert Wyatt on the director's commentary on the Blu-Ray version of Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
- In an earlier version of the script, as confirmed by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver while being interviewed, Rocket was originally the flim's antagonist but in the final film Rocket instead became Caesar's right-hand ape.
- Rocket is mistaken by Andy Serkis as a baboon, even though that Rocket is a chimp not a bonobo and baboons aren't a type of ape, they are large monkeys.