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The wacky misadventures of an Australian wallaby and his friends as he finishes his transition to American life.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Carlos Alazraqui ...  Rocko / ... 53 episodes, 1993-1996
Tom Kenny ...  Heffer Wolfe / ... 52 episodes, 1993-1996
Charlie Adler ...  Ed Bighead / ... 49 episodes, 1993-1996
Mr. Lawrence ...  Filburt Turtle / ... 42 episodes, 1993-1996
Linda Wallem ...  Dr. Paula Hutchison / ... 32 episodes, 1993-1996
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Rocko is a wallaby who has emmigrated to America from Australia. He lives in O Town and tries to get through life but, of course, comes across a multitude of dilemmas and misadventures he must get through. Other characters include Rocko's best friend, Heffer, a steer who has been raised by wolves, Filbert, an easily upset turtle, and Ed Bighead who detests Rocko and hates having him for a next door neighbor. On this show, Rocko has such adventures as trying to adapt to a new vacuum cleaner, having Heffer move in temporarily after his parents kick him out, and going to a movie theater. Written by Matt Yorston <george.y@ns.sympatico.ca>

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

18 September 1993 (USA) See more »

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Rocko See more »

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Dolby SR

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Simmons once offered his voice and semi-likeness to an aerobics trainer in an episode during the first season. See more »

Goofs

Animation error: When Rocko is wearing his normal shirt, he is wearing nothing below his waist. He clearly has no pants/underpants of any sort on. But whenever his shirt is removed, he GAINS a pair of underpants. See more »

Quotes

Filburt: I'm wearing European Style Undergarments!
Rocko: I've always liked... rainbows
Heffer: Rocko!
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Alternate Versions

The episode "The Good, the Bad, and the Wallaby" originally contained a scene where Heffer was hooked up to a milking machine, as well as a follow-up scene in which Heffer says goodbye to the milking machine. Both scenes were cut in later re-runs. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast (2003) See more »

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Main Title
Composed by Sarah Frost (as Sarah Frost-Goetz)
Performed by The B-52's
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A charming, humorous and off beat show that pleases.
25 June 1999 | by TheFishySee all my reviews

I've been a fan of the Nick childrens TV channel for a long time. And down the road I have never seen better work from them then the work that is "Rocko's Modern Life".

The show is about aa Australian wallaby who comes to America. This wallaby (Rocko) is a funny looking character who wears the same thing all the time and is voiced by Carlos Alazraqui who now voices the Taco Bell dog. His friends Heffer Wolfe, an overweight steer and Filbert Turtle, a turtle help him through his life. While his neighbohrs, the Bigheads, don't help a bit.

Sounds strange right? Sounds like ANY other cartoon right? I think not.

The show has a different type of humor. With some adult references thrown in as well that are rather shocking for a Nick show. The animal humor (Heffer is a steer, not a cow. Rocko is a wallby, not a rabbit) is used in many kooky and hilarious ways. And although sometimes they can seem stupid, lines are repeated from episode to episode. And every now and then these lines are given a 180 degree twist of humor. While the mucas jokes could be settled down, the humor isn't very slapstick and is cartoonish witty humor at its best. Sure it's offbeat, innappropite and as I said is more of an adult show then a kids show (humor wise, not content wise) it's still very funny.

And when the show isn't funny it shines with charm. The characters are very easy to get behind and it flows like a sitcom. It has its dud episodes with good jokes wrapped into a bad plot, but overall the show is very charming. The characters have their own catch phrases and traditions which all give twists. Even when the show has run out of twists they add even more to thrill the viewing audiance into laughter.

Rockos Modern Life is an excellent example of the beginning of the adult cartoon era. It was made in 1993 and I believe it set the stage for more grown up cartoons like "The PJs", "Futurama" and "South Park". Sure The Simpsons helped much. But Rocko wasn't a stupid move. It shouldn't have gone on any other network. It was a bold move by Nickoloden and the shows director Joe Murray. And that bravery and boldness, led to Rockos Modern Life. One of the best animated series to come around yet.

SERIES GRADE: A-


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