Rocko's Modern Life follows the life of an easily frightened immigrant wallaby named Rocko who encounters various dilemmas and situations regarding otherwise mundane aspects of life. Many of the locations in Rocko's Modern Life have the letter "O" in them; for example, O-Town and Conglom-O Corporation. "[11], Pat Irwin, a veteran of many bands, including the New York-based instrumental group the Raybeats, and a side gig, the B-52s, spent five years as a music director on the series. [66], Timothy J. Borquez, Patrick Foley, Michael Giesler, Michael A. Gollorn, William B. Griggs, Tom Jeager, Gregory LaPlante, Timothy Mertens, and Kenneth Young of Rocko's Modern Life received a 1993 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Film Sound Editing. She added that she "realized that Rocko was really a show about how to navigate the adult world; one that could be appreciated by kids for its slapstick humor and absurdity, but had even more to say to young adults—like me". [4] Murray described the daily atmosphere at the studio as "very loose", adding that the rules permitted all staff members to use the paging system to make announcements. [28], Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, a storyboard writer who went on to create Phineas and Ferb, says that writers of Rocko's Modern Life targeted children and adults. “Spongebob Squarepants” got picked up and after two seasons was well on its way to superstardom. He and Karen were also philanthropists, widely recognized for their generosity and commitment. Golden Globes Predictions: Best Supporting Actress (Film) – Can Nicole Kidman “Zazz” Her Way to the HFPA? Joe Murray Studio and Garden Box Entertainment: Source for quality animated content development in US, Europe and beyond. Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling releases this Friday on Netflix thanks to a distribution deal with Nickelodeon, and it brings the eponymous wallaby … [9], Murray developed the Rocko character after visiting a zoo in the Bay Area and coming across a wallaby that seemed to be oblivious to the chaos around him. [33] The background staff hand-painted backgrounds with Dr. Martin Dyes,[22] while each episode title card consisted of an original painting. 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After incidents with The Ren & Stimpy Show creator John Kricfalusi, Nickelodeon began not to trust its creators as much and began to form its own studio, Games Animation. Murray said that the cartoon "resonated" with people because the scenarios depicted in the cartoon involving "the neurosis, the daily chores of everyday life" were based on Murray's own experiences "breaking out into the world" after leaving school. He then told her that he believed that My Dog Zero would not work as a cartoon. [8] Murray was unsure at first, but was inspired by independent animation around him, such as Animation Celebration and MTV's Liquid Television, and gave the network a shot. We took some chances that would be hard to do in these current times (the 1990s)". [70] The award was accepted by the episode's writers, Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, future creators of the hit Disney animated series, Phineas and Ferb. Rocko and Heffer also make a cameo appearance in Nicktoons MLB. [22] Linda Simensky said that she asked the creators of Rocko's Modern Life about why the women in the series were drawn to be "top-heavy", the creators told her that they believed that drawing women "the traditional way" was easier. Rocko appears in a Robot Chicken skit in the episode "Fila Ogden in: Maggie's Got a Full Load" where he attempts to leave Australia for America, but ends up getting run over by cars in the street. Simensky described the creators as "talented guys" who formed "a boy's club" and added that "we pushed them to be funny, but a lot of their women are stereotypical".[34]. In 1997, plushes of Rocko, Spunky, and Heffer were released exclusively at the Viacom Entertainment Store. In addition, Microsoft's Nickelodeon 3-D Movie Maker features various characters from the show. He stated that one visitor compared the environment of the production studio to "preschool without supervision". He was right for new television. He recalled that seeing Charlie Adler have a two-way conversation with himself as the Bigheads without any edits was "dazzling". Living next door to Rocko is a middle-aged couple, Ed Bighead, a cynical and cantankerous toad who despises Rocko and his compassionate and more friendly wife Bev. [3] Murray noted, "There's a lot of big kids out there. Rocko would be at the center of the hurricane of everything swirling around him. Rocko also appeared in the game Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots. He faced his illness with as much strength and class as everything else he did. "[8] Prior to the official DVD releases, Murray stated that he had not heard of any plans for a DVD release and that there are several illegal DVD releases of the series sold on eBay. In the early 2000s, Nickelodeon Japan marketed the show along with The Ren & Stimpy Show.[52]. Many other characters appeared in various sketchbooks. [99] On November 20, 2018, Rocko's Modern Life: The Complete Series was re-released by Paramount Home Media Distribution. [25], The writers aimed to create stories that they describe as "strong" and "funny". As Nickelodeon began to have more and more success with its animation cartoons, Murray said the "Termite Terrace" mentality was not working as much. Joseph David "Joe" Murray (born May 3, 1961) is an American animator, writer, storyboard artist, voice actor, producer, director, and illustrator best known as the creator of Rocko's Modern Life, Camp Lazlo, Frog in a Suit, Let's Go Luna!, and KaBoing TV. [4], —Series creator Joe Murray in 2011, on being a part of the creative animation scene in the early 1990s[7], The show was jointly produced between Games Animation and Joe Murray Productions. Murray said that he was glad that he would get funding for My Dog Zero. It is set in the fictional town of O-Town. He was generous, honest, and funny. This led him to allow other team members to manage aspects of the Rocko's Modern Life production. He said that, after his design drifted from the original design, Nickelodeon informed Murray of how it intended the logo to look like. Videos Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling. So far, it is the only official DVD box set available that is almost completely uncut. [107] Murray revealed to Motherboard that in the special, Rocko would come back to O-Town after being in space for 20 years, and that it would focus on people's reliance on modern technology. (Originated from Knight-Ridder Newspapers), "Amazon and Nickelodeon/Paramount Strike Deal for Burn-on-Demand Titles", "Netflix Says It Will Let Viacom Deal Expire", "The creator/producer of Rocko's Modern Life on Nickelodeon and Camp Lazlo on Cartoon Network. In the Arab League, it was aired on Spacetoon English from 2005 to 2011. [4], Originally, the character appeared in an unpublished comic book titled Travis. On August 1, 2016, a Collector's Edition box set which contains all four seasons was released. In Australia, it was aired on Nickelodeon from 1995 to 2001. [80] Joe Murray said in a December 2, 2008 blog entry that he drew some of the pages in the comic book series.[81]. I approached him in the lobby and told him about this show I was doing for Nickelodeon called “Rocko’s Modern Life” and asked if he would be interested in working on it. [94] Season 2 was released on February 7, 2012,[95] with Season 3 following on July 3, 2012. [46] Since the show was aired uncensored on Nickelodeon Germany in the mid-'90s, the German publishers were able to reconstruct a nearly uncensored release of the show, although this release is still missing the uncut version of "Road Rash". The second version of the theme song was a slightly remixed version of the first and was used for episode 8. [4] He said that he would completely leave the production after season 4. On May 10, 2019, it was announced that Netflix has acquired the distribution rights to both Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling and Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus and the streaming service confirmed a day later they would premiere sometime in the summer of 2019. [55] Ted Drozdowski of The Boston Phoenix stated in the "Eye pleasers" article that he enjoyed Rocko's Modern Life because of "jovial excitement", "good-hearted outrage", "humanity", and "pushy animated characterizations". The writers, including George Maestri and Martin Olson, often presented ideas to Murray while eating hamburgers at Rocky's, a restaurant formerly located on Lankershim in the North Hollywood section of the San Fernando Valley. [44] In the end, Shout! The Miami Herald ran an article about series that were "rais[ing] the standards for children's programming", singling out Rocko's Modern Life as "definitely worth a look". [19] The staff of the show consists of fans of outrageous comedy, both animated and not animated. [29] The staff drew upon Looney Tunes and the Fleischer cartoons to appeal to a wide demographic: having a certain adult sensibility but also enjoyed by kids. John "Lewie" Lewandowski wrote all of the stories except for one; Joey Cavalieri wrote "Beaten by a Club", the second story of Issue #4. His work on my show was top-notch. [71], The fourth Nicktoon to debut, Rocko's boasts a sizable cult fanbase to this day. The entire episode "Leap Frogs", in which Bev Bighead attempts to seduce Rocko, was skipped. Tom Kenny cited Looney Tunes and SCTV as influences for the show, and also stated "I'm sure if you asked Joe Murray or Mr. Lawrence or any of those guys, especially in terms of animation, the weirdest cartoons would, of course, be our favorites—those weird '30s Fleischer brothers Betty Boop cartoons and stuff like that. The series was also shown in Ukraine on ICTV. He described the early 1990s animation atmosphere as "ripe for this kind of project. Murray wanted funding for his independent film My Dog Zero, so he w… "[20], Murray produced the pilot episode, "Trash-O-Madness", at his studio in Saratoga; he animated half of the episode, and the production occurred entirely in the United States, with animation in Saratoga and processing in San Francisco. When asked about the use of "O" in his show, Murray said: I always got a big kick out of the businesses that were 'House-O-Paint', or 'Ton-O-Noodles', because their names seemed to homogenize what they sold, and strip the products of true individuality and stress volume ... and we all know, the American dream is volume! I barged in on a “SpongeBob” writers meeting last year, while working on a “Rocko” special at Nickelodeon, and said hi. [11] According to Sumares, believing for the request to be a long shot, Murray asked for Danny Elfman and felt stunned when Nickelodeon decided to honor his request by asking Elfman to perform. They performed the Rocko's Modern Life theme song for the rest of the series. We hugged and vowed to get lunch. I give a little insight into the creation of Filburt of Rocko's Modern Life, plus how to draw him. They wanted the shows moved to a different time slot. I also wanted the town to be 'anytown' USA, and I used to love sports players with a big ZERO on their back. With Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny, Charlie Adler, Linda Wallem. [79][80] In Issue 5, published in October 1994, the editors stated that they were still receiving suggestions for the title of the comic even though they had decided on using "That's Life" by Issue 3. [105] Exclusive DVDs can still be bought at JB Hi-Fi or rented at Video Ezy. [30] Marsh believes that the material written by Doug Lawrence stands as an example of a "unique sense of humor". I first met Steve through the big screen at the Ottawa Film Festival in 1992. He said that the approach, when used for production of television shows, was "driving me crazy". All four seasons were available in streaming format on Netflix until May 31, 2013.[93]. He presented a pencil test to Nickelodeon, which afterward became interested in buying and financing the show. "[40] The scene was never shown again after its first airing, but a low quality clip was made available online as late as December 1997,[41] and a higher quality clip has been available on YouTube as late as 2017. The Best of Rocko's Modern Life was released in the United Kingdom in 2012 as four one-disc volumes. The show is set in an American town called O-Town located near the Great Lakes. That’s what made his episodes on “Rocko” and “SpongeBob” so great. All of the characters in Rocko's Modern Life are anthropomorphic animals of varying species, the vast majority of whom are mentally unstable. Joe Murray, the creator of belovedly weird ’90s cartoon Rocko’s Modern Life, has taken to the Web to ask his fans for help launching a brand new all-cartoon channel online. He described all 52 episodes as "top notch", and in his view the quality of a television show may decline as production continues "when you are dealing with volume". [54] The show had debuted in a preview on September 18, 1993, and officially premiered the following morning, to join Nickelodeon's Sunday morning animation block. [101][102] Season 3 was released on June 5, 2013.[103]. Murray hired Hillenburg as a director on the series, making Hillenburg's first job in the animation business as a director. Many other characters appeared in various sketchbooks. [68][69], The series won an Environmental Media Award in 1996 for the episode "Zanzibar! [8] According to Murray, around three or four months later he had "forgotten about" the concept and was working on My Dog Zero when Simensky informed him that Nickelodeon wanted a pilot episode. [whistles] Wheeeooo! Factory. Upon meeting him, nobody would ever sense any air of ego, despite being in the presence of a legend, a game changer. The show then returned to the block, renamed The Splat, on October 6, 2015. Murray, instead of removing Heffer from "Sucker for the Suck-O-Matic", decided to write "Trash-O-Madness" as the pilot episode. [74] When Murray returned with a new animated series, Camp Lazlo on Cartoon Network, in 2005, much of the former staff of Rocko's Modern Life joined him. Also released was a Limited Edition 3D artwork for Seasons One[104] and Two. The scene, as well as a scene showing Heffer's break-up with the machine, were later removed. [5] Murray wanted funding for his independent film My Dog Zero, so he wanted Nickelodeon to pre-buy television rights for the series. It was funny to me. Places in the town include: Chokey Chicken ( later renamed "Chewy Chicken"), a parody of KFC and a favorite place/hang-out for Rocko, Heffer and Filburt; Conglom-O Corporation, a megacorporation with the slogan "We own you" that owns everything in town; Heck, a place of eternal torment run by Peaches where bad people go when they die; Holl-o-Wood, a town that resembles Hollywood and Kind of a Lot O' Comics, a comic book store owned by a toad named Mr. Smitty. Here it's ... more of a challenge and a lot more fun when we're given a rough outline. [29] John Pacenti said the series "seems very much aimed at adults" "for a children's cartoon". Rocko, Heffer and Filburt. Inspired designs on t-shirts, posters, stickers, home decor, and more by independent artists and designers from around the world. [36] Adults made up more than one-fifth of the audience for the show during its run. In Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling, Rocko and friends return after being in orbit for 20 years. RELATED: REVIEW: Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling Shows How to Do Revival… [16][17] Murray rented a floor in the Writers Guild of America, West building, although the team of Rocko was not a part of the union, which the staff found ironic. While the former got removed from the rotation again, the latter was still in circulation until the show itself got removed from the network. Club also called the show "one of the best series" from that era, praising the show's "impressive commitment to expressive character acting, well-drawn sight gags, and cartoony jokes that play with the form's slapstick strengths. Joe Murray, the creator of Rocko's Modern Life, said that he based the Bigheads on a group of neighbors who lived next door to him during his childhood. It was obvious that someone in entertainment would have snatched him up quickly, had I not have been lucky to have gotten to him first. For instance, Marsh credits Lawrence with the "pineapple references" adding that Lawrence believed that pineapples seemed humorous. Brahna Siegelberg of Slate said that the aspect that was most compelling was that the show had "a really poignant critique of the materialist demands of American life". As the series entered reruns after cancellation, more scenes were cut. '"[23] When he began producing Rocko, he says that his experience in independent films initially led him to attempt to micromanage many details in the production. Nickelodeon approached Marvel, asking the company to produce comic book series for Rocko's Modern Life and Ren and Stimpy. READ THE COMICBOOK.COM ARTICLE: Comicbook.com – Rocko’s Modern Life Creator Talks Static Cling, Rachel Bighead, and Whether He’d Ever Do More His color was changed when a toy merchandising company informed Nick they were interested in marketing toys but did not want to market Rocko because "they already had a yellow character". ', we said sure, and it went in." Murray states that the difference between the stories "could just be a recollection conflict because Paul is a brilliant amazing guy. The crew first began production on the show in January 1993. During Tom DeFalco's Editor-in-Chief career, Marvel Comics produced a seven-issue Rocko's Modern Life comic book series. [45] According to Joe Murray's website, he struck a deal with Shout! But we were both busy and that lunch never happened. In Italy, Rocko's Modern Life was aired on Rai 2. [57], Initial reviews of Rocko's Modern Life were positive. Factory and Paramount announced a DVD retail release for the series, there were concerns on whether Nickelodeon would allow them to release the series complete with some of the racier humor that the network eventually cut out for reruns. Now, on with the interview! [108] On June 22, 2017, it was announced that the title of the special would be Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling and that it would air in 2018. [50] On the night leading into April Fools' Day 2013, The 90's Are All That, aired a prank "lost episode" of the series consisting solely of a still picture of a mayonnaise jar. He said, "It was always an awful connection because I look at Rocko as such a positive in my life. [62], Common Sense Media reviewer Emily Ashby gave Rocko's Modern Life four stars, stating that Rocko's Modern Life is "modern and funny, but edgy content isn't suitable for young kids. Genres. When the series was in development prior to the release of the first episode, the series had the title The Rocko Show. In the summer of 2006, the series once again returned to Nick as part of the Nick Rewind block, and in 2007, it was shown on Superstuffed Nicksgiving Weekend. [9] Tom Kenny cited Rocko's Modern Life as vital in him learning how to do voiceovers for animation. They also reconfirmed that the entire main cast and recurring cast would be reprising their roles, alongside new voice actors Steve Little and co-director Cosmo Segurson. The first and original version can be heard playing throughout every episode in Season 1 except for episode 8. In 2004, the show briefly returned to Nickelodeon as part of U-Pick Live's Old School Pick, with select episodes airing on June 1 and June 11. Rocko's Modern Life was available in two best-of collections, released in 2008[91][92] and a third best-of collection in 2009. From 2002 to 2017, it also aired on Nicktoons in the United Kingdom.[49]. [38] This scene is untouched in Canada. "[5] In a 1997 interview Murray said that he at times wondered if he could restart the series; he feels the task would be difficult. Executives did not share space with the creative team. – 26 ("Short Story" / "Eyes-Capades"), 27 ("Bye, Bye Birdie" / "Belch of Destiny") – 39 ("Zanzibar" / "Fatal Contraption"), 40 ("With Friends Like These" / "Sailing the Seven Zzz's") – 52 ("Turkey Time" / "Floundering Fathers"), 1 ("No Pain, No Gain" / "Who Gives a Buck") – 52 ("Turkey Time" / "Floundering Fathers"), This page was last edited on 17 January 2021, at 04:10. MTV picked up Rocko's Modern Life from Nickelodeon in early 1994. In Greater China, it was aired on STAR Chinese Channel during the 1990’s. [90] Eventually, in August 2008, Nickelodeon joined forces with CreateSpace, part of the Amazon.com Inc. group of companies, to make a number of animated and live-action shows available on DVD, many for the first time. Although it clearly wasn't going to be included, they described the scene to Nickelodeon censors anyway: "We described the scene, and then waited for the axe to fall, but all they said was 'can you change the hearts to stars? [8] Sunwoo Entertainment, and later Rough Draft Studios, assembled the animation. [6] The industry was coming out of a "rough period" and Murray wanted to "shake things up a bit". The two-disc set received relatively positive reviews, only receiving criticism for video quality and the lack of bonus features. Heffer first appeared on an ID spot aired on MTV in 1989; the ID spot depicts Heffer as flying out of a … Rocko's Modern Life (TV Series 1993–1996) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Studios began publishing a new Rocko's Modern Life comic book series. [22] He believes that, due to his lack of experience with children, Rocko's Modern Life "skewed kind of older". Like SpongeBob SquarePants and Ren & Stimpy, Irwin also uses selections from the APM Music into his score. "[11] Murray also sought Alan Silvestri. This is where Rocko works. Bighead. At first, Murray wanted Paul Sumares to perform the theme song since Sumares created most of the music found in My Dog Zero. [20] Kenny described the show's impact in an interview, saying, "Rocko's Modern Life was just one of those shows that were the first break for a lot of people who went on to do other stuff in the business. [6], Murray's Joe Murray Productions and Games Animation rented office space on Ventura Boulevard in the Studio City neighborhood of the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California. The show premiered on September 18, 1993, and ended on November 24, 1996, totaling four seasons and 52 episodes. According to him, when censors questioned proposed material, sometimes the team disagreed with the opinions of the censors and sometimes the team agreed with the rationale of the censors. "[31] Murray's animation lacked parallel lines and featured crooked architecture similar to various Chuck Jones cartoons. Photo: Netflix “Rocko’s Modern Life” returned to television last month via Netflix, bringing back the animated series’ blend of immature humor and biting satire after being off the air for 20 years. [14] Hardee's distributed Rocko toys. [4], Rick Bentley of the Ventura County Star said that it was unusual for a cartoon creator to select a wallaby as a main character. [37] The series contained numerous adult innuendos, such as Rocko's brief stint as a telephone operator at what is implied to be a sex hotline in the episode "Canned": the instructions on the wall behind him helpfully remind all employees to "Be Hot, Be Naughty, and Be Courteous" while he flatly repeats "Oh baby" into the receiver, who turned out to be Mrs. Both Nick and. He describes the experience as like participating in a "marathon with my pants around my ankles". September 17, 1997. [58] Jennifer Mangan of the Chicago Tribune likened the series to The Simpsons, noting the show as another example of adult animation that is "not for kids". In recent years, we were not as in touch as we used to be, but I still knew he was a friend. "Not just for uglys anymore". [4] The cable network providers were "making their own rules": for example, Murray stated that he "didn't write for children", which the executives were fine with. Little did I know that, with SpongeBob, he would change the face of television forever. Joe Murray likes the irreverent. On July 16, 2019, it was confirmed alongside an exclusive clip by the Rocko's Modern Life official Instagram page[111] and various news sources that the show would premiere on Netflix on August 9, 2019. In addition, the uncut version can still be found on the VHS "Rocko's Modern Life: With Friends Like These". 10, Rocko's Modern Life: Spunky's Dangerous Day, "Rocko's Modern Life premiere commercial", "Rocko is still living a MODERN life in the Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling movie coming to @netflix 8/9pic.twitter.com/G3Ms8eJgAT", Lisa (Kiczuk) Trainor interviews Joe Murray, creator of Rocko's Modern Life, Lisa (Kiczuk) Trainor interviews George Maestri, story writer for Rocko's Modern Life, Lisa (Kiczuk) Trainor interviews Martin Olson, writer for Rocko's Modern Life. 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