Joe Murray

Joe Murray


5/3/1961, San Jose, California

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Ever since the age of 5, Joe Murray's goal was to be an artist of occupation and so far he's been very fortunate to fulfill that. Joe Murray had began practicing how to draw since the age of 3 and as he grew, his art improved. He has…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Joe made an apperance in the Spongebob Squarepants Season 1 DVD Special Feature, The Origin of Spongebob Squarepants.

    • Joe Murray is gonna make an appearence in the Comic-Con International for this year in San Diego, California.

    • Joe Murray's idea of making Camp Lazlo started out as one of his unsuccessful idea of a book of three best friends that go to camp together.

    • A few years ago, Joe Murray appeared in the Convention Center in Los Angeles to read one of his children's books in the book fair.

    • Rocko's Modern Life is sometimes known as the precursor to another Nicktoon entitled SpongeBob SquarePants.

    • Prior to being a cartoonist, filmmaker, and illustrator, Murray worked as a political cartoonist in San Jose, California.

    • Heffer from Rocko's Modern Life first appeared for an ad for MTV made by Joe Murray in his days on making commercials for many clients.

    • Joe Murray had a collection of sketches in notebooks, in which where he got ideas for his cartoons. That's how Rocko originated, for which it was an unsuccessful comic strip Joe Murray made. It had wallaby with a different name until he got the chance to make his first cartoon, in which he resurrected that cartoon character to form Rocko for Rocko's Modern Life.

    • Some film awards Joe Murray had received includes First Place Italian Antennacinema Award, Focus Film Award, ASIFA Best Animation Award, and a Student Academy Award.

    • Joe Murray's show, Rocko's Modern Life, has been known to be the second popular Nicktoon among adults, due to its mature content hidden in the cartoon series.

    • Some of Joe Murray's clients include MTV, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network.

    • Joe Murray was convinced back to cartooning by Linda Simensky.

    • At first, Joe Murray had the thought of ending Rocko's Modern Life after the ending of the 3rd season but a season 4 was created, in which he left the work to Stephen Hillenburg. He still monitored the show but not as much as before.

    • He directed The Chore, which is about a husband who has to put a cat outside by his wife.

    • Joe Murray is overshadowed a lot by Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants and former employee of Rocko's Modern Life because many people think that Stephen Hillenburg created Rocko's Modern Life.

    • Joe Murray began making "Camp Lazlo" since 2003.

    • He enjoys hiking, running, studying mythology, and being with his daughters.

    • During the making of Rocko's Modern Life, Murray had trouble supporting his personal life and his work.

    • He got ideas for his cartoon, Rocko's Modern Life, from real life experiences he went through.

    • He has done a couple of voices on both of his cartoons. For example, on the episode "I Have No Son" on Rocko's Modern Life, he voices Ralph Bighead and on Camp Lazlo, in the episode "Miss Fru Fru", he does the voice of the baggage handler.

    • His biggest blessings are his two daughters Daisy and Casey.

    • He opened up his own studio doing commercial illustration and animation at the age of twenty.

    • He was a designer at an agency.

    • Joe Murray was raised in Australia.

    • Joe Murray has three animated shorts at his website,, plus a theme song to Le Family Pop.

    • He made 3 children's books.

    • He worked with the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, Stephen Hillenburg, on Rocko's Modern Life.

    • His second cartoon is Camp Lazlo.

    • Joe Murray has his own website called

    • Joe is an Award Winning Illustrator, Independent Filmmaker and Children's book author.

  • Quotes

  • Joe Murray

    Joe Murray is a really really really really great cartoonist. Almost every single thing I learned about drawing cartoons, I learned it all from Joe Murray. Joe Murray is the proud creator of two really really really really good shows. ( And they are called Camp Lazlo and Rocko's Modern Life ) I love both of his shows. And they are all in my favorites list. :P But I mostly like Rocko's Modern Life better. It's just too bad Camp Lazlo got canceled though. I really liked that show. Hopefully, Joe Murray might be thinking of another great show he can make.moreless
  • The creator of Rocko's Modern Life.

    Joe Murray is the creator of Rocko's Modern Life, which, along with shows such as Invader Zim, Ren and Stimpy(the first two seasons)and The Angry Beavers, is a classic Nick Toon with a fairly large fan following. Ah, don't you miss the days when Nickelodeon was a channel worth watching? Anyway, Rocko isn't Joe Murray's only show. Murray is also the creator of Camp Lazlo, a show which can be watched on Cartoon Network. Whilst no where near as good as Rocko, Camp Lazlo still has it's moments and is currently one of Cartoon Network's better shows when being compared to cack fests such as My Gym Partner's A Monkey. So overall I'd say that both his shows are worth watching. Thanks for reading!moreless