Rocko's Modern Life (Western Animation) - TV Tropes
A description of tropes appearing in Rocko's Modern Life. Bighead trying to seduce Rocko and another where Heffer loses his soul on a game show (the show. Love Spanked Poster. Heffer invites Rocko over for dinner with his parents, and Rocko accidentally reveals a secret / Heffer helps Rocko get into dating. Buy Rocko's Modern Life Volume 1: Read Movies & TV Reviews Rocko and Heffer go to a carnival and learn the secret to winning a carnival game. Captions Language: English Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: September 25,
Nickelodeon asked him to change it, and the toy company ended up pulling out of the deal anyway. Those are the ones where he really got to satirize modern life. Rocko would be sold on a modern convenience, usually by a sleazy businessman looking to make a quick buck, with hilariously troubling, often painful results.
Rocko always survived, and that was the most positive thing you could say about his situation. He usually ended up disappointed and making do with whatever crappy hand he was dealt. Whether he meant to or not, Murray imparted an important message to kids: People will try to take advantage of you, and most of the time, life is going to disappoint you. Sometimes you just have to take it and live your life as best you can. As the series went on, the rest of O-Town got more fleshed out. Tom Kenny voiced Heffer in what was his first ever voice acting job.
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He is crazy good at his job. Filbert became more of a main character with his own story, rather than the hypochondriac shut-in who has to wash his hands every time he turns the page of a comic book.
That last revelation led to possibly the greatest, most surreal episode the show ever saw: Maybe it was because it dealt with the theme of feeling unappreciated. Whatever the reason, it immediately became a fan favorite. Hutchinson was added to the show.
That came after Murray was asked why there were no positive female characters on the show. He replied that there were no positive male characters either. He wanted to make a show about naive characters thrust into the modern adult world. He was lazy, often irresponsible, he could be selfish, and he had a temper.
He was about as good a role model as any Looney Tune. Hutchinson was one of my favorite characters on the show.
She appeared to have her life together, unlike the three male leads, but beneath her put-together exterior and upbeat personality, she had her own nerves and insecurities. Peaches as mentioned below is not the overlord of Heck.
His shadowy, beanie-wearing boss is.
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Richard Simmons appears in an early episode as a flamboyant aerobics instructor. Bev gets quite a few from Ed such as "Polliwog" and "Lovely loads. Hutchinson was born, with awesome results. All There in the Manual: Heffer Wolfe's adoptive brother Peter is a cheerleader and wears a skirt in two episodes, to the displeasure of his father.
Not to mention Rocko being hunted by his neighbors after confessing that he "likes rainbows", though every other episode usually has him trying to win a new girlfriend, and he marries Heffer in a fairy-tale scene. The Chameleon Brothers Chuck and Leon. They are at their most flamboyant during the Season 3 episode "Camera Shy", when they speak in the swishiest Mexican accents imaginable and call Rocko "baby" and "honey". The lisping genie in "Scrubbing Down Under". And Then I Said: Rock 'em sock 'em!
In "Short Story," Rocko dreams about what it would be like to be tall - really tall. Upon waking up in his bed, he's greeted by the others seen in his dream - except for that guy that looks like Joe Murray. In "Commuted Sentence", this is Mr.
Smitty's response to the third time Rocko shows up late for work. The Recurring CharacterEarl.
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Usually a psychotic stray. Parodied with a bit of Lyrical Dissonance in "Zanzibar". Rocko rallies the other citizens of O-Town against Conglom-O due to the latter's polluting practices, but they're cheery the entire time. We demand to see the board of directors! And you would be? We're a big unruly mob! 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 So what better company to create volume than 'Conglom-O', and since a majority of the town worked at Conglom-O, it should be called 'O' Town.
It was funny to me. Originally, the character appeared in an unpublished comic book titled Travis. Murray tried selling the comic book in the late s, between illustrating jobs, and did not find success in getting it into production. Many other characters appeared in various sketchbooks. He described the early s animation atmosphere as "ripe for this kind of project. We took some chances that would be hard to do in these current times the s ".
He presented a pencil test to Nickelodeonwhich afterward became interested in buying and financing the show. Murray had never worked in television before. He originally felt skepticism towards the concept of creating a Nicktoon as he disliked television cartoons. Simensky told him that Nicktoons differed from other cartoons.
He then told her that he believed that My Dog Zero would not work as a cartoon. He then researched Nickelodeon at the library and found that Nickelodeon's "attitude was different than regular TV". It aimed to appeal to college students and parents as much as children. Murray felt they would not like the pilot, and he would just collect his sum and begin funding his next independent film.
Murray said that he was glad that he would get funding for My Dog Zero.
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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". Murray changed Rocko's color to beige, but after the pilot aired, the company opted out of producing toys for the series, so the color change was pointless. When the series was in development prior to the release of the first episode, the series had the title The Rocko Show.
He said "It was always an awful connection because I look at Rocko as such a positive in my life. He describes the experience as like participating in "marathon with my pants around my ankles ". Murray initially believed that he would create one season, move back to the San Francisco Bay Areaand "clean up the loose ends I had left hanging".
Murray said that he felt surprised when Nickelodeon approved new seasons;  Nickelodeon renewed the series for its second season in December He said also that he encouraged the network to continue production, but Nickelodeon eventually decided to cancel the series.
He described all fifty-two 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". All I know it developed its own flavor and an equally original legion of fans. Both Nick and Cartoon Network were able to invest on people who had nothing to lose. Of course, the result of that was that there was a big explosion in the scene.
There were big successes—like that yellow sponge that popped up in a big way—and with that success came another era where people aren't apt to take as many chances because the stakes are too high.