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: