the Pilot was produced
The Rocko pilot "Trash-O-Madness" was produced at my studio
in Saratoga California,
in the foothills of the Santa Cruz mountains. I animated half of
it myself, with the rest
animated by some amazing Bay Area animators like Robert Scull and
who later went on to direct on the series. No animation or cel paint
was shipped overseas.
It was all done in the states.
After falling behind schedule with a camera company we had hired
to shoot it, Nick Jennings,
George Maestri and I jerry rigged an old 35mm camera stand in one
of the offices of the
the studio, and started shooting around the clock. We would shoot
all night, then in the
morning drive the film to San Francisco (about 45 minutes away) for
processing. We would
watch the footage we had shot the day before, drive back trying to
stay awake, and then
do it all again. I ended up renting a motel room nearby so we could
take shifts sleeping and
to shower if needed.
The small town of Saratoga didn't know what hit them. Deranged animators
with blaring music
at 3 in the morning was not common for this sleepy town. We had a
couple of visits from
the local police.
The pilot was finished on time, and went on to earn a pick up for
the series. We expanded it
later to 11 minutes to use it in the series. If you watch it, you
can see the variations in the
Rocko models, and the animation had a lot more stretch than usual.