ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE SEASON TWO
Rating: Not Rated, but I’d go probably TV-Y7, since upon reflection as an adult, this series is quite a bit dirtier than I expected, though not as much as something like Ren & Stimpy, which still weirds me out.
Studio: Shout Factory
MSRP: $19.93, but Amazon has it for $14.99.
Running Time: Aprx 5 hours
What’s Going On?
Rocko, a neurotic wallaby, continues his misadventures in O-Town, with his friends Heffer, Filburt, and his loyal dog Spunky, along for the ride.
Who’s In It:
Created by Joe Murray, the series features the excellent voice talents of Carlos Alazraqui as Rocko (RENO 911!, CatDog, Hey Arnold!, Spongebob Squarepants), Tom Kenny, best known as the voice of Spongebob Squarepants, Mr. Lawrence as Filburt, best known the voice of Plankton on Spongebob Squarepants, and Charles Adler as the voices of Ed and Bev Bighead (Buster Bunny on Tiny Toon Adventures, Ickis on Aaahh!!! Real Monsters and the voice of Starscream in the Transformers movies).
If You Like…:
Previous seasons of Rocko’s Modern Life (here’s my review of the first season DVD), or other 90’s Nicktoons like Rugrats, Hey Arnold! or if the surreal moments of Adventure Time appeal (read: the whole show) to you, check this out!
The most interesting special feature on the disc is the original pilot, “Trash-O-Madness” featuring Rocko’s attempts to save his dog Spunky from a vacuum cleaner and himself from the neighbor’s monstrous dog, Earl. The most noticeable difference between the pilot is Rocko himself, who, as indicated from the picture above, was initally a canary yellow color. Nickelodeon digitally color corrected Rocko to a tan/beige color when the pilot was aired, and he stayed that color for the run of the series. The other differences are minor, like the sound effects and score, which makes sense, as most pilots often have temp scores which can be changed before the final green light. It’s fairly interesting on its own, but a commentary from Murray would have been cool.
There’s also a Behind the Characters bit, from Joe Murray’s website, in which he draws each of the main characters in the show and talks a bit about the basic shapes which comprise them.
The Technical Gist
It’s a suprisingly clean transfer, and looks better than I expected.
If you’re a fan of the series and need some more oddball humor in your life, I’d say BUY IT. It’s a hoot!