Rocko's Modern Life

Season 3 Episode 13

Zanzibar! / Fatal Contraption

Aired Unknown Apr 21, 1996 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

Zanzibar!: O-Town begins a massive musical and most incredible recycling campaign. Fatal Contraption: Rocko's food processing purchase wreaks havoc with his life.

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    Carlos Alazraqui

    Carlos Alazraqui

    Rocko, Spunky, Rabbit

    Charlie Adler

    Charlie Adler

    Ed Bighead, Bev Bighead, The Fatheads, Hippo Lady, Heffer's Father, Grandpa Wolfe, Mr. Dupette

    Joe Murray

    Joe Murray

    Ralph Bighead

    Kevin Meaney

    Kevin Meaney

    Widow Hutchison

    Mr. Lawrence

    Mr. Lawrence

    Filbert, Heffer's Mother

    Tom Kenny

    Tom Kenny

    Heffer Wolfe, Mr. Smitty, Peaches/Captain Compost Heap

    Recurring Role

    Linda Wallem

    Linda Wallem

    Dr. Hutchison, Virginia Wolfe, Winnifred Wolfe (1993-1996)

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • Ed Bighead's song about how he enjoys polluting is actually performed to an Associated Production Music stock track: "Busy Bachelor" by Redvers Kyle. It was also heard on The Ren & Stimpy Show.

      • Some of the rocks in the background during the desert scenes spell put words. One of them is JOE. This is the first name of the creator of the show, Joe Murray.

    • QUOTES (7)

      • Captain Compost Heap: So you see boys and girls. If you're not nice to Mother Nature, she'll kick our butts.

      • (The only line of spoken dialogue in "Fatal Contraption.")
        Announcer: Buy this!!! Food-O-Matic 2000!!

      • Heffer: (singing) Spring cleaning! / Spring cleaning!
        Rocko: Hef?
        Heffer: Hey, Rocko.
        Rocko: Why was everyone singing?
        Heffer: We just got a song in our hearts.
        Rocko: How is it you all know the words? Did you rehearse?
        Heffer: Yeah. Every Thursday. (holding up a flyer for the "O-Town Sing-O-Long") Didn't you see the flyers?

        Heffer: Summer's for fishing, and for lounging around...
        Goat Guy: Fall is for raking all the leaves off the ground.
        Chorus: Winter is for skating like Torval and Dean...
        Heffer: But we all know that spring is the season to clean!
        Everyone: Spring-cleaning, spring-cleaning...
        Glasses lady: We deodorize and sanitize...
        Other ladies: And harmonize too!
        Ambulance beavers: Spring-cleaning, spring-cleaning...
        Everyone: We're gonna make this town look all shiny and new!
        Daisies: Spring cleaning...
        Virginia Wolfe: I'll sweep off this mat!
        Newscaster: Spring-cleaning...
        Peter Wolfe: I'll vacuum the cat.
        Everyone: Spring-cleaning...
        Old man: Where'd I get this dead rat?
        Old woman: You'll find a lot of stuff when you're spring-cleaning!
        Everyone: We got a lot of junk that we have just been dying to get rid of...
        And there's so much in this can that it's about to blow the lid off...
        Spring-cleaning, spring-cleaning...
        Dr. Hutchison: Our disinfecting prowess is second to none! (tilts head) 'Kay?
        Everyone: Spring-cleaning, spring-cleaning...
        It's a sick disgusting job...
        Sick disgusting job...
        Sick disgusting job...
        But it's gotta get DONE!!!

      • Lyrics to Spelling Song:

        Compost Heap: R-E-C-Y-C-L-E recycle,
        C-O-N-S-E-R-V-E conserve,
        don't you P-O-L-L-U-T-E
        pollute the river, sky, or sea
        or else you're gonna get what you deserve!
        The Ozone is in horrible condition,
        from fluorocarbons in our atmosphere!
        They are too small to be seen by normal vision...
        Fluorocarbons: But there's getting to be more of us each year!
        Lead fluorocarbon: We come from a variety of places,
        Like styrofoam containers and aerosol cans!
        Fluorocarbons: We love to eat the Ozone, it's our favorite dessert,
        and if you don't have an Ozone, then the sun can really hurrrrt!
        (lead fluorocarbon is incinerated by the sun)
        Virginia: You must admit, we make a lot of garbage!
        Tammy: This dump is filled up way above the brim!
        Compost Heap: If we don't make an effort to recycle...
        Grim Recycler: The future could be looking mighty grim! 
        Heffer: (spoken) Look, it's the Grim Recycler!
        Grim Recycler: (spoken) No autographs, please.
        Compost Heap: Someone's cutting down the O-Town forest!
        It's hot enough to sit around and grieve.
        If we don't protect our flora and our fauna...
        German Scientist: Zen ve von't have the oxygen to breathe!
        Chorus: (inhales) R-E-C-Y-C-L-E recycle...
        Compost Heap: Recycle!
        Chorus: C-O-N-S-E-R-V-E conserve...
        Compost Heap: Conserve!
        Chorus: Don't you P-O-L-L-U-T-E
        pollute the river, sky, or sea,
        Compost Heap: Or else we're gonna get...
        Chorus: What we deserrrrrve!

      • City Hall Song
        You can't fight city hall,You can't fight corporate america,they are big and we are small, You can't fight city hall

      • Security Guard: And do ya have an appointment?
        Rocko: Uh, this was, sort of, a...spur-of-the-moment, spontaneous thing.
        Security Guard: Uh-huh, and how d'ya all know the words?
        Heffer: Hoh, boy...He's gotcha there, Rock.
        Rocko: I don't know the words!
        Crowd: (singing) He doesn't know the words...
        Rocko: SHUT UP!!!

    • NOTES (3)

      • With the exception of the announcer in Rocko's mind saying, "Buy this! Food-O-Matic 2000!", Fatal Contraption has no spoken dialogue in it whatsoever.

      • The "Zanzibar!" episode won the 1996 Environmental Media Award (USA) in the Animated Children's category.

      • Two songs from "Zanzibar!" can be heard on the album The Best of Nicktoons. "Spring Cleaning" and "The Spelling Song (R-E-C-Y-C-L-E Recycle!)."

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Heffer: Look, everyone! It's Murky the Bear!

        Murky is a play on Smokey the bear-- the longest running US public service icon advocating public awareness of wildfires and that they can be prevented by ordinary people. Even what was assumed to be Murky's quote of "Only you can clean up the planet." was taken from Smokey's catchphrase "Only you can prevent forest fires" which was later updated to "Only you can prevent wildfires."

      • Episode Title: Fatal Contraption

        The title is an obvious parody of Adrian Lyne's 1987 film Fatal Attraction.