Friday, February 10, 2012

Rocko's Modern Life season 2


Season 2 of Rocko's Modern Life has been released on DVD, courtesy of Shout! Factory. This is when the show really began to stride, with some of the best episodes (including the half-hours "I Have No Son!" and "Cruisin'"). The cover art is much better, too, with Joe Murray actually drawing the image.

And it even has bonus materials, something the season 1 DVD lacked. The highlight is the original version of the pilot episode, "Trash-O-Madness" with yellow Rocko. Although I think the version that aired on TV is much better. The extended version improves the pacing, which happens pretty rapidly in the original version. It also has the annoying synthesized music, which was thankfully replaced later on with Pat Irwin's score. The only original music to remain in the TV version is near the end, when beaten up Rocko drags Spunky to the kitchen.

Here are screenshot comparisons of the two versions of the pilot:





6 comments:

Salomon Fenix said...

Rocko is very different

Christopher M. Sobieniak said...

Seems so much the same to me despite the fact they had to re-film those scenes over to change the color.

Brubaker said...

They didn't actually refilm it. They changed the color digitally.

Kevin W. Martinez said...

The color changes were apparently done to the who unedited pilot, before the Sunwoo-animated footage was added in. In some of the promos heralding Rocko's debut, you can see pilot footage that didn't make it to air with beige Rocko.

Christopher Sobieniak said...

They didn't actually refilm it. They changed the color digitally.

Though I know this is 2 years later, I just want to say the way it was handled in the aired version of said pilot, I kinda assumed they took the drawings and repainted them with beige-colored Rocko anyway unless they didn't have a budget or time to do that, but it really didn't look too digital the way I remember seeing it, they must've been pretty good about it since it didn't stand out quite as much as it did on a Simpsons episode where they had to recolor Smithers in several scenes and he just stuck out like a sore thumb.

Christopher Sobieniak said...

Of course looking back on these images, the slight color shifts in the backgrounds do seem very telling of what sort of approach they went about changing the colors if it was some sort of tint/hue control being done to get the color without changing the rest of the picture too much.