Shout! Factory and Nickelodeon have completed the course for one of the best of the network’s original Nicktoons. On Tuesday, February 26th, the two companies will release Rocko’s Modern Life: The Complete Series on DVD. The set contains all four of the show’s seasons in their entirety on eight discs. This set is a must for any true hardcore Nicktoons Nostalgic. It is without a doubt one of the best box sets of 2013 all the way around. From its packaging to its episodes and even the new original artwork by series creator Joe Murray, this brand new upcoming set is everything for which fans of Rocko’s Modern Life have waited for so long.
Rocko’s Modern Life: The Complete Series is a winner from the very moment that it’s picked up in store or ordered online. Shout! Factory has shown once more why it continues to be the leader in releasing box sets with this set’s packaging. Rather than place the series into a large, bulky box set, all eight discs are placed onto opposing sides of four separate inserts. Placing the discs in such fashion gives each disc its own backing, thus helping to increase its longevity. Adding to the longevity factor is a small “lip” placed at the top and bottom of each insert. The “lip” allows for each disc to be smoothly removed and replaced safely. And being on separate inserts, audiences can flip through each insert effortlessly to get to the disc that they want to watch. Being that the set includes eight discs, the box overall is a little larger than the standard double disc. But in comparison to the size of other multi-disc boxes still being released today, the overall packaging is still a space saver for any Nicktoons Nostalgic’s DVD rack.
The packaging of this new upcoming box set is a major positive. The episodes are just as much a positive. As already noted, all four original seasons of this modern classic are contained in this box set in their entirety. And the transfers to DVD are highly impressive. The quality of each episode’s footage has been fully maintained. What’s more, now that the show’s original audiences are all grown up, the show’s episodes will present even more enjoyment as they will get many of the jokes presented. They’re like a fine wine, for lack of better comparison. They’re that much more of a joy now that the original audiences can look back on them with a whole different take on them. And making them even better, those same audiences can now share these laugh riot episodes with their own children, thus preserving the legacy of this outrageous cartoon for a whole new generation of fans.
In relation to the jokes and the quality of the footage contained on these discs, the original hand drawn animation simply cannot be ignored here. This has already been noted with the previously released first three seasons of Rocko’s Modern Life. Having all four seasons together now, audiences can really see how the hand drawn animation served to give this cartoon its own original identity. This was really a landmark of cartoons during the 1990s. It’s something that has by and large been lost in the Twenty-first century. Given, there are still hand drawn cartoons out there. But for the most part, this generation’s cartoons are created via computer. It makes them sterile and unoriginal. In comparison, this show’s animation serves as a reminder of everything that once made cartoons great, and hopefully will again one day both for the show’s original viewers and today’s younger audiences.
Staying on the same vein of hand drawn animation, fans that pick up this new set will even be presented with brand new hand drawn animation both inside and outside the set. The new box art was drawn by series creator Joe Murray. It adds that much more vintage feel to the set, thus making it that much more special and a must have for the show’s original viewers. This new eight-disc set will be available in stores and online Tuesday, February 26th. To sweeten the deal for fans, the first 200 who order their copies of this new box set at Shout! Factory’s online store at http://www.shoutfactory.com will receive an 18” x 24” autographed lithograph of an all new original illustration from Joe Murray himself. Fans can pre-order the set online at http://www.shoutfactory.com/?q=node/216544.
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