As a kid growing up in the nineties I was able to enjoy some pretty sweet cartoon shows. One of them was “Rocko’s modern life”. I had seen a few episodes on Netflix a while ago and didn’t realize how jazzy and good the music was, and I caught some motifs and themes I definitely wouldn’t have/was not aware of as a kid. I thought it would be interesting to use “Rocko’s Modern Life” as my research topic for this exercise to see if I could find any information about it from a cultural standpoint.
Similar to Courtney’s issue with the MLA database I received pretty much no information that contributed to my search. Instead of links or articles connected with Rocko I found articles such as “Like Penelope, Always Employed’: Reading, Life-Writing, and the Early ModernFemale Self in Katherine Austen’s Book M” or “Reading Dickens Writing London.” Not very helpful to say the least.
After checking out the MLA database I thought I might have better chances checking out databases that dealt primarily with humanities and Worldcat. Worldcat has pretty much everything so I decided that would be my first spot to check. On Worldcat I found links to every episode of “Rocko’s Modern Life” which, if I had intended to continue on with my research, I could watch at least one season of to examine how the show could be used as a scope that grants insight into the cultural identity of America, or the world in the nineties. This is the information I was really hoping to find in my research, an article that viewed the themes, motifs etc. in the show through a cultural studies perspective. Along with shows Worldcat had a few articles describing the show on a basic level, characters, story line etc. The only catch with Worldcat is you have to find a school that holds the material. If it isn’t in our library then you place an order to have it sent here for you viewing.
Hoping to find something a bit more in depth I searched through a few of the other humanities resources like the humanities link on the general Ebscohost website and America: History and LIfe. The only article I found related to social commentary was “Signifying Same-Sex Desire in Television Cartoons.” The abstract for this article is “Abstract: The author analyzes animated television programs from the 1950s Ruff and Reddy to the present for codes suggesting same-sex desire, identity, and relationships.” Not really what I was looking for but it does fall under the criteria of social critique.
All in all my “Rocko’s Modern Life” search was pretty fruitless. Being that it is a cartoon show and these are academic databases I’m not completely surprised. At least I know when I don’t have Netflix I’ve got another place to get stuff from.