Tom Kenny ( Heffer) Carlos Alazraqui (Rocko) and Charlie Adler ( The Bigheads) check over that days Rocko storyboard. Tom thinks it’s funny, Carlos doesn’t quite understand it, and Charlie thinks there are too many exclamation marks. Circa 1994.
One of the things I love about moving, is going through old boxes of “stuff” from the past. Why I hold on to some of it , I don’t know. But I love coming across photos I took of the crew during productions Rocko and Lazlo. This one of Tom, Carlos and Charlie made me laugh. When the four of us and Doug Lawrence (Filburt) got together to plug the new Netflix Rocko special at the San Diego Comic Con a few years back, we did some press where we fondly recalled the recording days. Tom, Carlos and Doug were new to animation voice acting, and had a great time going into monologues, riffing and improvising lines, and generally trying to make each other laugh. I directed them in the sound stage, so I had to hold my laughter down or else it got recorded. Meanwhile,, veteran voice actor Charlie Adler would be stewing and smoldering in the corner because we were taking too long. He was always booked and had places to be. But as grumpy as he got, he was always generous with sharing his experience with the guys. He was the best teacher they could have had. Charlie is a sweetheart of a guy. We give him shit about his grumpy days, but we love him.
Even though we still keep in touch, I miss hanging out with these guys.