Almost FIFTEEN years since the last episode aired, Rocko finally gets a “modern” DVD release…
You’d think if anybody’d be capable of keeping up with the times, it’d be the eternally youth-centered Nickelodeon. I’m not sure what the channel has against DVDs, but it seemingly gave up on Complete Season sets long ago, or possibly doesn’t care. The Spongebob Christmas disc I bought brand new late last year came with an insert prominently promoting it’s fucking VHS line! Nick’s stuck to those infuriating, price-gouging Volume sets, which constantly go out of print and feature a mish-mash of unrelated episodes. Shout Factory! to the rescue!
An unmistakable look and a true classic
Just in time for DVD’s near obsolescence (the show’s been previously available via Netflix Insta-Watch and through Amazon’s manufacture-on-demand service,) Filbert, Spunky, Heffer, the Bigheads, and Rocko’s tropical Seussian world are finally heading to fans in full Season One set on June 21st! Better still, you can currently preorder it Rocko’s Modern Life – Season 1 for $14.99?!?!? Looky at that fantastic cover art!
If you’re not familiar with Shout Factory!, they’re the distribution company seemingly committed to keeping my flames of nostalgia burning bright for all eternity, consistently releasing phenomenal DVD sets for stuff big companies don’t seem to want to bother with. Sonic the Hedgehog, Mario, MST3K, Transformers, Home Movies, and on the non-animated side, they’ve done a stellar job getting underrated shows like My So-Called Life and Freaks and Geeks to the audience they deserve.
Previously on A Cartoon Christmas…
It’s all part of a new partnership between Nickelodeon and Shout Factory!, which kicks off on May 17th, with a Wild Thornberrys – Season 1 set. I’ve been waiting for this for some time, since Rocko’s second season has a Christmas episode I’ve been dying to write up here, yet never been able to get a copy decent enough to pull images from. Now there’s hope! A physical release with a proper transfer is always preferable, which I’ll emphasize below in this shot I composited from A Spongebob Christmas, and I’ll even weave all this together with a bit of trivia: You know where Spongebob Squarepants creator Stephen Hillenberg and voice Tom Kenny both got their start in animation together? Rocko’s Modern Life, baby!
You’re welcome, internet!