Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Sunday Funnies: Rocko's Modern Life (1993)

After the initial success of its Nicktoons line, Nickelodeon introduced the next series, Rocko's Modern Life, in 1993. After the controversy with Ren & Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi, the network started their own animation house, Games Animation, with Rocko as their first entry.

Rocko (Carlos Alazraqui) is a wallaby immigrant from Australia who's working at a California comic book shop. The irony here is that series creator Joe Murray originally intended for his creation to appear in comics, but his book, Travis, was never released. Rocko, however, would find his way to comics racks, though, as Marvel Comics obtained a license in 1994, and published 7 issues.

The series lasted three years, but the creative personnel on the show have fared pretty well since then. Murray later developed Camp Lazlo for Cartoon Network. Storyboard director Jeff "Swampy" Marsh is better known today as one of the creators of Disney's Phineas & Ferb. Stephen Hillenburg remained at Nick, and gave them one of their current hits, SpongeBob Squarepants. Hillenburg took over as a producer in season 3 of Rocko.

Following is a sample episode, "Cabin Fever":

Some of the linework would make you mistakenly believe that this was actually a Klasky-Csupo production. Oh, maybe they wish they did do this one, don't they?

Rating: C.

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