Rocko's Modern Life

Nickelodeon (ended 1996)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 4 : Ep 13

    Turkey Time / Floundering Fathers

    Aired 11/24/96

  • S 4 : Ep 12

    Put Out to Pasture / Future Schlock

    Aired 10/10/96

  • S 4 : Ep 11

    Hypno-Puppy Luv / Driving Mrs. Wolfe

    Aired 10/8/96

  • S 4 : Ep 10

    Dumbells / Rug Birds

    Aired 7/19/96

  • S 4 : Ep 9

    Heff in a Handbasket / Wallaby on Wheels

    Aired 7/18/96

  • Cast & Crew
  • Tom Kenny

    Heffer Wolfe, Mr. Smitty, Really Really Big Man, Peaches, Chuck Chameleon, Bloaty Tick, The Newscaster, Various males

  • Charlie Adler

    Ed Bighead, Bev Bighead, The Fatheads, Gladys the Hippo Lady, George Wolfe, Grandpa Wolfe, Mr. Dupette, Various males

  • Carlos Alazraqui

    Rocko, Spunky, Leon Chameleon, Squirmy Ringworm, Various males

  • Linda Wallem

    Dr. Paula Hutchison, Virginia Wolfe, Cindy Wolfe, Tammy Pig, Various females

  • Mr. Lawrence

    Filburt Shellbach, Peter Wolfe, Various males

  • show Description
  • Rocko's Modern Life is the story of a wallaby, born and raised in the sunburned land Down Under, Australia. A few years ago, he left the comfort of his native continent and came to live in the United States (because of a bully named Dingo). Since then, he's managed to pick up an assortment of oddball, but well-meaning, friends including a gluttonous Heffer Wolfe (actually a Steer who was adopted by a family of wolves), a faithful pet pooch named Spunky, and a paranoid hypochondriac turtle named Filbert with a personal philosophy. "Turn the page, wash your hands, turn the page, wash your hands."Other characters that frequently appeared on the show are The Bigheads (Rocko's irritable next-door neighbors), Dr. Paula Hutchison (an always smiling doctor-of-all-trades and love interest of Filbert), and two slippery characters known as The Chameleon Brothers (Chame and Leon). These folks live in a bizarre district known as O-Town, which is actually under the industrial monopoly of a huge corporation called Conglom-O (their slogan is 'We Own You'). Stephen Hillenberg still found success after Rocko, when he created SpongeBob SquarePants in 1999. Most of the episodes revolve around Rocko trying to cope with the absurdities and difficulties in modern life and living in a place like O-Town, you can bet there are plenty of those!Main Characters Rocko: A very "modern" wallaby from Australia who wears a blue shirt with purple triangles. His best friend is Heffer, and his pet dog is named Spunky.Heffer: A very friendly yellow steer who has green spiked hair and wears blue suspenders with red pants. He loves EATING!Filburt: All cartoons have a brainiac. In Rocko's Modern Life, it's Filburt. He's a turtle with funky glasses and green pants.Spunky: A black-spotted, dumb dog. Rocko loves Spunky, so Spunky's life isn't so bad. Loves eating the Bighead's hedges, garbage and bathes in his own spit.Ed Bighead: Wears a white suit with black tie. Rocko's neighbor and married to Bev Bighead. Works at the Conglom-O which rules the town. He is a strict guy. I sure know I would NOT want to live next to him.Bev Bighead: Orange hair, green lips, green skinned, just like her husband, Ed. Wears: Pearls like Lisa Simpson's, and a blue and pink shirt. Unlike Ed, she loves Rocko and is very flirtatious.Scheduled Times: Rocko's Modern Life is airing reruns on Nickelodeon's new channel, Nicktoons TV, at 3:00 P.M. and 3:30 P.M. on weekdays , at 12:00P.M. & 12:30 on Saturday and 6:00 P.M on Sundays. The series won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Film Sound Editing.moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (359)

    • Heffer: Wow, look at all the trees. (reading a sign) "Welcome to O-Town National Forest!" Rocko: (reading another sign) "Enjoy Nature's Splendor!" (Both see the Conglom-O Mall up ahead) Rocko & Heffer: Ooooooh, splendor!

    • Leon: Mrs. Bighead just plowed us with a piano!

    • Heffer: You can charge now and pay later.

    • (Rocko and Heffer are driving up higher in a tall parking garage.) Rocko: The air... it's getting thin. Heffer: (as his nose bleeds) Rocko! My nose is bleeding!

    • Heffer: Care for another slice of pizza? Rocko: I'm feelin' the burn. Heffer: Yeah, you should blow on it first, the cheese is hot.

    • Hillbilly: Now we're gonna make ya squeal, piggy! (picks up a pig and tickles it)

    • TV Instructor: Hey, fatso, get up! I'm not doing this for my health!

    • Banjo Boy: Here comes one of those silly, exercisin' city boys sneakin' up our river.

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    Notes (166)

    • Who Gives a Buck marks one of the first times blood is depicted in a Nicktoon (when Heffer's nose bleeds from the thin air in the mall parking garage.) Another early depiction of blood in a Nicktoon was in the Doug episode Doug's Math Problem (when the lead character gets a paper cut.) It should be noted that both of these instances have depicted blood in a non-violent manner.

    • Heffer first appeared (with the MTV logo branded on his butt, no less) in a 1989 MTV station ID that Murray animated.

    • During "Who Gives a Buck?" the 'All Scottish Show' is spelled on the credit card with the first letters capital which spells ASS.

    • First Appearances: Rocko, Spunky, Heffer, the Chameleon Brothers and Bev Bighead.

    • The CatDog episode "CatDog Divided" was banned for the same reason that "Leap Frogs" was banned.

    • Once Rocko fixes the VCR, we see two frogs. One of the frogs, who is a woman, has clearly visible breasts.

    • Even though this is a season 1 episode, in the edited version (the one where "Wallaby on Wheels" is shown instead of "Leap Frogs") original opening credits theme was not replaced with the newer theme, but the closing credits theme was.

    • When this episode is re-aired on Nicktoons, "Wallaby on Wheels" replaces "Leap Frogs" due to its sexual content.

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    Trivia (106)

    • In "Who Gives a Buck?" when Spunky sees the fire hydrant, after Heffer gives it to him, The Leak Elite is misspelled as The Leak Elike. Editor's Note: Likely the Leak Elike is a Generic model, as Heffer isn't exactly rolling in money, he probably got it, twisting a phrase 'Look Alike.'

    • Only Rocko's shirt is removed when Rocko enters the nudist party, but in the next scene, his shoes are gone too.

    • Heffer actually shouts out the line he says just as the opening ends during this episode: "THAT WAS A HOOT!!!"

    • In To Heck and Back, Heffer says "dead." This was obviously predating Nickelodeon's infamous "Don't say dead" rule of the late 1990s.

    • Power Trip: When Rocko presses the green button, the chair is black. But in a few other shots, the chair is green.

    • During the crowd-buying-the-comics sequence, the cash register blows up. But later, the cash register is completely intact as if nothing happened to it! Shouldn't it be completely destroyed and in pieces?

    • This is the only cartoon where Heffer mistakes himself for a cow.

    • Did you notice?: What theater do Rocko and Heffer run out of when the popcorn avalanche is after them? Theater 666.

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    Allusions (117)

    • When Rocko imagines running across a finish line in No Pain, No Gain, a music piece strikingly similar to the theme of Chariots of Fire (1981) plays.

    • Visual: Rocko's Dream Sequence Rocko's dream sequence is a spoof of the ancient story "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", where a young lad chops a broom into a million pieces only for the pieces to become many brooms, as does Rocko's credit card. Of course, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" was made famous by the 1940 animated film "Fantasia" which starred Mickey Mouse in the title role.

    • In "No Pain, No Gain," a snippet of the Rocky theme "Gonna Fly Now" plays when Rocko uses the machine that is "not for beginners."

    • Visual: Water Movies All of the choices for the rowing machine are movies that have to do with water. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), The African Queen (1951), Deliverance (1972), and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954).

    • Mountain Folk: Now we gunna make you squeal, piggy. The scene where Rocko goes down the river mimics a scene from the movie Deliverance (1972). The line, "Now we gunna make you squeal, piggy" is also in the movie, but under vastly different context.

    • Aerobics Instructor: And sweat and sweat and sweat . . . The aerobics instructor has the face and the voice of Richard Simmons who is known for using the phrase "Let's sweat!" in his exercise videos.

    • The TV: Oscar, Oscar, Oscar! / Get out of my life, Felix! This is a homage to the classic TV show, The Odd Couple.

    • Bloaty and Squirmy Theme The opening theme song introducing Bloaty and Squirmy is a play on the opening theme song of The Patty Duke Show, a '60s sitcom about "identical cousins" starring Patty Duke.

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