April 17, 2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Rocko Commentary Finished!

Thank you for your Input.

Robert Scull in the Rocko office that he and Doug Lawrence ( Mr. Lawrence) shared.

Martin Olson and Steve Hillenburg in the Rocko writing room 1993.

The Rocko Background department with ( left to right) Art Director Nick Jennings, Timothy Barnes and Adrianna Galvez. ( and a strange pinball machine).


I finally finished the half hour commentary for the 3rd season Rocko DVD.  I basically chose some of my favorite episodes and clips and talked about the teams and such. Thank you for all of the input. I tried to get to as many as I could. There of course was much more I thought about after finishing it that I could have included. ( The memory floodgates opened to some things that had been long locked.)

The one thing I remember was how much fun we had working as a crew. It was much more relaxed than the atmosphere at Cartoon Network on Lazlo. We were all close. We all went out to play pool after work and have parties on the weekends. Our Vineland studio space had no exec’s in it. I mention in the commentary that the office had an “all page” so that anyone could pick up the phone and page anyone. Of course it got exploited with random comedy routines and mock announcements. And my “nipple updates”. I remember timer Tom Yasumi would record the announcements and make audio tapes along with various crew members singing songs ( the one I remember was the “Brady Bunch ” theme.)

There were 4pm headstands in the hall,  the “mocha man” showing up to make his magical coffee concoctions. Doug Lawrence in his pajamas eating twinkies. I remember stepping over crew members kids coloring in the hallway. The sound of the pinball machine being played in the BG room. Phone calls from Gene Simmons of Kiss, and Howie Mandel. Visits from Weird Al Yankovic.

All of this and we always delivered the show on time, on schedule and on budget.

Most Rocko crew reminisce that it was a once in a lifetime experience. I would probably agree with that.

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6 Responses to April 17, 2012

  1. Kenn says:

    Nice photos and crazy stories! it reminds me my beginnings in animation.

  2. D Sills says:

    Sounds like a lot of fun, just like animation studios should be.

    I laughed my ass off at the trailer by the way. Looking forward to the DVD and your commentary.

  3. Nick Fortunato says:

    I can’t wait to watch it when it comes out

  4. jestoon says:

    whoops. sorry about my earlier facebook message, i totally misread the previous post.

  5. Martin Olson says:

    It was a fantastic show to work on. Everyone was a hard worker, everyone was insane, and Joe was a fun and crafty boss who encouraged us to come up with the craziest stuff we could think of. Joe hired eight board writers who later became the superstars of animation. On the heels of Ren and Stimpy, our show was a high point of creativity for Nickelodeon and amazing fun.

  6. Brad V says:

    All that was described here is what I picture when thinking about working in a creative team. It sounds like a golden age for cartoons. I fear that a lot of companies forget that an inspired team is a happy team. You can’t jam artists in a white office and ask them to create. Did it for five years working in book publishing, wouldn’t do it again unless I were on my own. We need fun, we need joy, we need to tap into our ten year old self.

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