Trivia / Rocko's Modern Life

  • Actor Allusion: In "An Elk for Heffer," after first meeting Elkie, Heffer is so flustered that he forgets his name. While trying to think of it, he lists several others— the first being Tom.note 
    • Widow Hutchison is voiced by Kevin Meaney. And one point, she says "Turtles and cats together. That's not right."
  • Banned Episode: Despite the myriad of adult jokes that slipped through the crackssome of which did end up getting edited in reruns, Rocko's Modern Life only banned three episodes for content:
    • "Leap Frogs," on the grounds of very sexual content. The episode centered on Bev Bighead trying to seduce Rocko while her husband is at work, as she feels that she's not being loved by Ed.
    • "Heff in a Handbasket": This episode was banned following complaints of the premise, which saw Heffer selling his soul to Peaches (the show's take on The Devil) and trying to win it back on a game show.
    • "Jet Scream": This episode didn't have any problems when it aired back in the 1990s, but when it reran on Nicktoons TV in the 2000s, it became one of many television shows that had to be banned and/or censored for sensitive material following the September 11th attacks (in this case, it's because of scenes mocking airport security, Heffer being scared of flying, and the airplane nearly flying into a building). When the show aired on The 90s Are All That (the retro Nickelodeon block), the episode returned uncut and uncensored.
  • Creator Breakdown: Joe Murray's first wife committed suicide shortly after season one aired. He spent less and less time working on the series, and ultimately gave up on it completely. For a time, he Mis-blamed the series for his wife's suicide. Murray's breakdown didn't affect the show's quality, but it is sad to hear that he felt this way about his creation.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Charlie Adler as Bev Bighead and Gladys the Hippo Lady. Adler's voice for Gladys the Hippo Lady (before she gets mad and yells, "How DARE you!") would later be used as the voice of Cow on Cow and Chicken. On the other hand, this is regulary averted in foreign dubs, when both characters are voiced by women.
  • Descended Creator: Mr. Lawrence was both one of the show's writers and Filburt. He actually got the job through a fluke. They had been having difficulty casting an actor. Mr. Lawrence had only done the voice while pitching jokes, but the writers liked it and suggested he audition. He eventually recorded a tape, but he left his name off it so that Joe Murray could remain impartial.
  • Executive Meddling: The many edits done to episodes that once aired uncut (including the ban on the episode "Leap Frogs.")
  • Fake Nationality: Carloz Alazraqui is Argentinean note  and British, and voices an Australian character.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: At least, before Shout! Factory picked up the rights, though if you have an uncut version of "The Good, The Bad, and the Wallaby" somewhere, circulate that to all who don't have the episode, 'cuz the part where Heffer gets sucked by the milking machine is not in the Shout Factory version. Same goes for the "berry picking" gag in "Hut Sut Raw" and the love motel scene in "Road Rash"; those are absent from the Shout! DVD sets and the Netflix episodes.
    • That said, the aforementioned "banned" episodes ("Leap Frogs," "Jet Scream," and "Heff in a Handbasket") are present and accounted for.
  • Star-Making Role: For both Carlos Alazraqui and Tom Kenny, who were unknowns when cast. Alazraqui has noted he told Kenny about the audition, so he has jokingly suggested he's entitled to a percentage of Kenny's paychecks on other projects.
  • Talking to Himself: The show had so many characters, but only five main cast members: Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny, Doug Lawrence, Charlie Adler, and Linda Wallem.
    • Charlie Adler does the voices for Ed, Bev, and Mr. Dupette (Mr. Bighead's boss at Conglom-O and Rocko's boss when Rocko worked at the large comic book store, Super Lot-O-Comics).
    • Then there is Tom Kenny voicing both Heffer and Peaches in "To Heck and Back" and "Heff in a Handbasket."
  • What Could Have Been: The B-52s were not the first choice to do the theme music. Joe Murray originally wanted Alan Silvestri to do the theme music but Nickelodeon felt that he wasn't a good composer for animation. His second choice, Danny Elfman (known for doing the music for The Simpsons and various works of Tim Burton), was also turned down by Nickelodeon.
    • Joe Murray originally intended for Rocko be yellow, but Nickelodeon insisted that he be recolored a beige-ish color in order to appease the wishes of a toymaker that ultimately never produced any Rocko merchandise. The necessitated (further) alteration of the "Trash-O-Madness" pilot. Mrs. Bighead also had blue hair in the original pilot.
    • Sniz and Fondue (the same series that appeared on KaBlam!) was originally going to be the fourth Nicktoon instead of this show. While both shows are good and have their share of fans, it does suck that Sniz and Fondue was never turned into a full series.
    • Rocko was originally going to have an older sister who he would occasionally visit whenever he needed advice and was a narcoleptic.
  • Write Who You Know:
    • Joe Murray based Mrs. Bighead on a lady who lived in his neighborhood growing up, who was a smoker, and thus spoke with that incredibly raspy voice, as well as would continually try to come on to many of the younger men who lived in the neighborhood. Mr. Bighead was based off that lady's grouchy husband.
    • And, not surprisingly, Ralph Bighead was pretty much an Author Avatar for Joe.
    • Tom Kenny's voice for Heffer was an immitation of his nephew, whose voice was breaking at the time, as well as would regularly tell incredibly silly stories where he would end up laughing himself.
    • Heffer's eating habits also are based on Joe Murray's own struggle with binge eating during his teen years. The character himself was based on a childhood friend of Joe Murray though.
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