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Rocko Rama


Rocko Rama,[2][1] also known as Rocko Wallaby Rama, (born 1973) is a male Australian wallaby who is the titular protagonist of Rocko's Modern Life.

Appearance

Rocko wears a blue polo shirt with purple triangles and orange shoes. His eyes are white with black pupils and he has a black nose. He also has beige skin and fur. He is also noticeably shorter than the other characters.

His fur and skin were yellow in the original version of "Trash-O-Madness".

Personality and traits

Although personally hygienic, polite, caring and practical, Rocko has an almost pathological tendency to neglect his living space and he has anger management issues. Rocko enjoys collecting comic books and likes rainbows. Jean Prescott of The Sun Herald described Rocko as a "pudgy little wallaby" who tries to "do what's right" and is devoted to his friends Heffer and Filburt as well as his dog Spunky.

Common Sense Media reviewer Andrea Graham, whose review is posted on Go.com, describes Rocko as "paranoid and obsessed with cleanliness" and that he initially perceives his neighbors to be "loud and messy." Graham describes Rocko as accepting of his neighbors' faults and seeing the positive qualities within them; unfortunately, that has also led him to become a bit of a doormat in the eyes of others (no matter how many times a person wrongs him, he always forgives them, despite knowing they will wrong him again in the future). In an early character profile presented to the networks, Murray described Rocko as "a young anthropomorphic Woody Allen, who has just moved away from his home into a surrealistic world."

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Careers

In his day-to-day life, Rocko worked as a cashier at (and briefly as the boss of) a local comic book shop called Kind of a Lot O' Comics which is owned by Mr. Smitty and sold mostly Really Really Big Man comics prior to his current unemployment which is because of that store replaced by an instant-print kiosk. Rocko originally worked at Super Lot-O Comics, owned by the chairman of Conglom-O, Mr. Dupette, Ed Bighead's boss. His other jobs include tattoo artist, plumber's assistant, and specialty phone operator, a product tester at Conglom-O, a tow truck operator, an underwear model, and a cartoonist for the program Wacky Delly.

Relationships

Neighbors

Rocko's neighbors are Ed, who sees Rocko as a rival despite the latter's obliviousness, and Bev considers Rocko a very sweet neighbor. He and his dog Spunky are a source of constant annoyance to Ed due to his dog, who often chews on the neighbors' salmon bushes.

Friends

Rocko's best friends are Heffer Wolfe, a steer who eats a lot and was adopted and raised by a family of wolves, and Filburt, a bespectacled and nerdy turtle with neurotic, psuedo-intellectual mannerisms, who often feel nauseated. He is also good friends with his dog Spunky.  Although he gets along with Heffer, he does not enjoy Heffer's company in certain episodes such as Uniform Behavior and Bedfellows. He is also good friends with Dr. Paula Hutchison, a lady cat who is a licensed doctor wears a prosthetic hook for a hand and a huge grin, who usually helps Rocko with his problems. Although she is a great help for Rocko, she does tend to get violent with him in episodes such as Closet Clown and Turkey Time, as well as Heffer, Filburt, and the Bigheads.

Love life

In early concept sketches, Murray indicated that Rocko bears a strong crush on a character named "Melba Toast". Rocko expresses this trait in Season One, bearing a crush on the unseen character until he discovers that Melba has a serious boyfriend. Melba is only later mentioned by Heffer (Season 4 in "Pranksters") as an April Fool's joke, pretending to spot her in a food court and waving her over, making Rocko nervous as he states that he can't look at her because he is still in love with her.

In subsequent episodes, Rocko bears crushes for other characters.

In the episode, "S.W.A.K.", Rocko has been vying for the attention of the pretty kangaroo mail-lady named Alicia, that comes to his door every day; he writes her a love note, but he is too scared to send it, so Heffer does it for him instead. Rocko fails to retrieve the letter, and gets the impression that the mail-lady would rather go out with Heffer. This turns out to be a joke on the mail lady's part, and she actually reciprocates Rocko's feelings.

In the episode, "I See London, I See France", Rocko falls in love with a girl named Claudette, who turned out to be his wallaby pen pal from Paris, who later falls for Heffer, but he decided that Melba is the one for him.

In the episode, Wallaby on Wheels, Rocko falls for a roller-skater girl named Sheila and tries to impress her by learning to roller-skate from Heffer. He becomes jealous when it is implied that she is in love with Heffer, brought about from the episode with Claudette, and tries to impress her by doing a dangerous stunt. In the end, she becomes attracted to Rocko after he saves Heffer via his adept skill of the jack hammer, resulting with Rocko teaching Sheila how to use a jackhammer.

Behind the scenes

Conception and early development

Rocko first appeared in a never-released comic, where he has the name "Travis". Joe Murray, the creator of Rocko's Modern Life, believed that the personality of a wallaby suited Rocko after observing a zoo wallaby. Murray wanted to get his comic into syndication. Afterward, Murray made substantial changes to Rocko. Murray added that the personality of a wallaby mirrored Rocko's humbleness and his tendency to keep his frustrations to himself instead of publicly complaining about them. In the original pilot for the series, the animators colored Rocko yellow. One month before the first episode was submitted to the animation studio in free Korea, Murray changed the color when a toy company refused to license the character after citing that Rocko looked too similar to a yellow character used in one of the company's existing products. Murray fought the changes with the Nickelodeon executives; in the end, the executives insisted on changing the color, so Murray changed the color to beige and disliked the choice. On his website, Murray said, "He was always yellow to me." Murray said that the company later backed out of the commitment and did not create the plush series.

Murray auditioned Alazraqui in San Francisco and chose him as the voice actor for Rocko. Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, a storyboard writer, describes Alazraqui's voice for Rocko as "not really an accurate Australian accent"; according to Marsh, the team used the voice as Alazraqui used the voice for the pilot.

Murray said that as the series progressed he adjusted Rocko's design from episode to episode to be more "animator friendly." According to Murray, when he created independent films and the Rocko's Modern Life pilot, he created all of the character layouts in his mind and other animators used the layouts to create works. Murray said that when Rocko became "high volume," Murray taught Americans and Koreans how to draw the characters. Murray described Rocko as the most difficult character to draw, and he said that therefore he decided to adjust his character design in order to assist the overseas animators. Murray said that as he and the directors continued to "quickdraw" the character changes to the design "naturally" lessened the "victim, paranoid" aspect and gave the character a "happy personality."

According to George Maestri, Rocko has no family name because the writers did not think of a family name that they desired. The writers considered the family name "Stretchbrain" because the character's brain popped out of his head during "odd moments." The writers scrapped the idea, leaving the character with one given name. Some websites, including Hot Topic, give him the family name "Wallabee" and the middle name "James". In "Dental Hyjinks," the first story of the Marvel Comics Rocko's Modern Life series Issue #1, the nurse addresses Rocko as "Mr. Rocko." Most fan communities - including this wiki - have taken to his last name being Rama, as detailed in early concept art and the Not Just Cartoons: Nicktoons! book.

According to Not Just Cartoons: Nicktoons! and concept art done by Murray, Rocko's age at the beginning of the series is 20.[1]

Voice

Rocko is voiced by Carlos Alazraqui in all his appearances. In the video game SMITE, he is voiced by Matt Cowlrick, being the only time he is voiced by an actor other than Alazraqui in the English dub.

Quotes

  • "Hehe, oh my"
  • "SPUNKY!!!!! SPUNKY!!!!!!"
  • "Garbage day is a very dangerous day" (can be variated on, such as "Laundry day is a very dangerous day", "shopping day is a very dangerous day", or "The 21st century is a very dangerous century.")
  • "Heh heh. Good as new."
  • "I will do something NOT NICE!"
  • "I'm a wallaby on wheels."
  • "Oh baby, oh baby, oh baby"
  • "I don't want to sleep! I don't need sleep! I am the walking living!"
  • "Excuse me, Earl... but garbage and dogs are not part of a balanced diet."
  • "I don't think we're in the 90s anymore..."
  • "My closet's a bathroom? My basement's a bathroom? My ballroom's a bathroom? Even my bathroom's a bathroom!"

Trivia

  • Rocko's shoes might be a reference to Hasbro and Playskool's toy Mr. Potato Head.
  • Rocko's patterned shirt is cited as making him more difficult to animate than the simpler outfits of other characters.
  • Rocko's surname is never mentioned in the series.
  • Although it's mostly a mystery on what Rocko's life as a joey in Australia was like, we learn in Wimp on the Barby that he had a childhood bully, Dingo.
  • In the Kaboom! comics his full name is given as Rockefeller Coinsworth Wallaby.
  • It reveals that Rocko has blue eyes. It was shown that he had blue eyes in the episode Trash O Madness.

In other media

  • Rocko was a playable character in the home console versions of Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots, he was a master model in the Nintendo DS version. Spunky appeared as a master model in the Game Boy Advance version.
  • Rocko and Heffer appeared in one of the loading screens of Nicktoons MLB for Wii, Nintendo DS, and Xbox 360.
  • Rocko, along with Heffer, were playable brawlers in the Nickelodeon mobile game, Super Brawl Universe.
  • He appears in the mobile game Nickelodeon Pixel Town (only available in Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines). He can be got if Sandy from SpongeBob SquarePants and Vlad from Danny Phantom are merged in the memory center.
  • The Owl House series creator, Dana Terrace, is a fan of Rocko's Modern Life,[3] therefore she has put some references to Rocko in the show.
  • Rocko was added as a paid DLC brawler in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl on October 7, 2022.[4][5][6]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Nickelodeon History (August 25, 2019). "Joe Murray's original concept art for Rocko's Modern Life.". Twitter. Retrieved on December 24, 2019.
  2. NickAlive! [@nicktvhistory] (December 14, 2017). "Rocko's Last Name Revealed!". BlogSpot. Retrieved on December 24, 2019. “However, it turns out that Rocko did actually have a surname, which was revealed in the Jerry Beck book, Not Just Cartoons: Nicktoons! He was born Rocko Rama, or Rock-O-Rama (or Rocko Wallaby Rama, to give him his full name)...”
  3. The Owl House panel at NYCC 2022 (37:59) (October 6, 2022). Archived from the original on 2022-10-06.
  4. Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl (May 13, 2022). "Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl: Jenny Revealed (Plus Hugh Neutron & Rocko)". IGN.
  5. Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl [@NickBrawlGame] (October 7, 2022). "Everyone's favorite wallaby is here! Rocko is now available in #NickBrawl!" (Tweet). Twitter.
  6. Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl [@NickBrawlGame] (October 7, 2022). "Check out Rocko's moves! #NickBrawl" (Tweet). Twitter.

External links

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Main characters Rocko RamaSpunkyHeffer WolfeFilburt ShellbachEd BigheadBev BigheadPaula Hutchison
Supporting characters Really Really Big ManChuck ChameleonLeon ChameleonMr. DupettePeachesThe FatheadsRachel BigheadBloaty the TickSquirmy the RingwormVirginia WolfeGeorge WolfeHiram WolfePeter WolfeCindy WolfeEarlGordonFleckoFilburt and Paula's children (Gilbert Shellbach, Norbert Shellbach, Shellbert Shellbach, and Missy Shellbach) • Melba Toast
Recurring and minor characters AliciaAmbulance BeaversAmerican Balding EagleBetty BolognaBig Biff Benderhaus The Blood BrothersBob TaylorBuddy GeckoCaptain Compost HeapChuck RoastClaudetteClean Gene, the Hygiene MageneConglom-O LizardsCrappie JackCrazy Aunt GretchenCupidDan the Fly ManDingoDoctor DementoDonald FrumpDr. BendovaDr. Iris MacFropterDriverElkieFilburt's FatherFrank HutchisonGarbage RatsGib HootsenGladys HippoGrandma WolfeGranny RockoJingles the ClownJohn Quincy BigheadJudge SocknerKaren ChickenLolitaMadame DoreenoMagdalaneMitchMortimer KhanMr. BullMr. CheeseMr. GrungeMr. IckkMr. SmittyNoseyPinkyRed DragonRocko's AncestorRocko's ParentsRoloRosie O'GrazieRuler of HeckSal AmiSausage Cult LeaderSeymourSheilaSlippy the SlugTammy the PigThe Enchanted UpchucksThe Hopping HessianThe NewscasterTigerTurdyWallaceWally H. BarkerWidow HutchisonWild PigWilly D. WeaselWinds of ChangeWinnifred Wolfe
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