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    • 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, JoeMurrayStudio.com, 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 JoeMurrayStudio.com.

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

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