- Format: DVD Region 2 for the UK
- Number of Disc: 8
- Genre: Kids Movie
- Starring: Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny, Charles Adler, Linda Wallem, Alisa Wilson
- Studio: Shout! Factory
- Release Date: 2018
What’s it about
Rocko¡¯s Modern Life defined the funny and wacky side of the Nicktoons of the 1990¡¯s and onward, similarly to Ren and Stimpy, and was a precursor to SpongeBob himself, since some of Rocko¡¯s creators went on to work on SpongeBob, including his creator Steven Hillenburg who recently came back to work on SpongeBob full-time, Carlos Alazraqui who got his start voicing Rocko the wallaby and his faithful pup Spunky, and Earl the science lab dog, in the original pilot episode Trash-O-Madness (and still does in the whole series) who was the original voice of Scooter the surf-dude fish on SpongeBob, Doug/Mr. Lawrence who got his voice-acting start with Rocko as Filburt the phobic turtle, and went on to be Larry the Lobster & Sheldon J. Plankton on SpongeBob, and especially Tom Kenny (SpongeBob¡¯s actor since the beginning) who had lots of minor roles here and his biggest major role for Rocko was Heffer Wolfe, the wacky & bottomless-stomached steer! All 52 shows of Rocko, as prints seen on Nick/Nicktoons/TeenNick and not always uncut, in their respective 4 season sets are all in this 8-disc set, with exclusive cover art inside and out of the thick case by Rocko¡¯s creator Joe Murray (as the front covers of seasons 2 to 4 by themselves were drawn by him, too); thick as in the first 6 seasons of Digimon, as well as a few other complete series sets of classic Nickelodeon series, like The Angry Beavers, AAAHH!!! Real Monsters, both cases of Hey Arnold as a series set, Hey Dude, and a newer one Danny Phantom. Joe Murray had a big hit on his hands, and it became even bigger after the show ended by 1997, and bigger still with the DVD season sets and this very set! There¡¯s all sorts of wacky misadventures in this set, including several holiday episodes for Valentine¡¯s Day, April Fools¡¯ Day, Earth Day (Zanzibar), Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Founder¡¯s Day (the last one concluded the whole series, with the Thanksgiving episode as its partner!). Rocko had a brand of humor that appealed to kids and adults alike, but in crazier ways and/or more serious ways than SpongeBob, that got many Rocko episodes edited or banned from Nick for a long time. Unlike Shout Factory¡¯s other Nicktoon series DVD sets, this one contains bonus features in association with Joe Murray himself! Season 1 has none as season 2 contains online clips of Joe drawing Rocko, Heffer, Filburt, and Ed & Bev Bighead for his fans and the original version of Trash-O-Madness, where Rocko is yellow instead of brownish; season 3 has a half-hour program of Joe giving his own commentary on several episodes he remembers; and the last season has a 52-minute program from an actors¡¯ convention in October 2012 starring Joe, Tom, Doug, Carlos, and Charlie Adler who voiced the Bigheads AND the Fatheads, reenacting the first half of the popular episode Wacky Delly, hosted by another toon legend Rob Paulsen! The season 4 DVDs became a season set of their own just 8 months after the complete series set, right down to ¡°Wacky Delly Live 2012¡±. If you have kids watching that program, be wary of occasional bad words or mentioning Jesus¡¯ name, as if He were ¡°Pete¡±, if you know what I mean. If you haven¡¯t already got Rocko¡¯s season sets, or the whole enchilada in this set, go ahead and get the whole enchilada and save some dough and shelf space! As Rocko might put it, shopping day is a very dangerous day¡ especially if you have no idea what you¡¯re looking for. Edited or not, you won¡¯t be sorry with most bygone Nicktoons of the 1990¡¯s, including this one! Crickey, what a set!