Joe Murray creator of Nickelodeon’s Rocko’s Modern Life

Neeters_guy a member over at suggested that talking about animators in-depth would provide more inspiration for the readers. We agree! We have decided to shine the spot light on one of the most notable animators of the 1990s, Joe Murray the creator of Nickelodeon’s hit show Rocko’s Modern Life and Cartoon Networks Camp Lazlo.

Joe Murray was a product of the 1960s, in San Jose. He always knew from a very young age he wanted to be an artist but like most good artists they had their nay sayers.  His inspirations were Walt Kelly to Charles Schulz growing up as a young child learning about cartooning.

Joe Murray was extremely ambitious and decided to take his success into his own hands. He started his own business and without any actual clients he opened up his own office space. His business centered around his artistic abilities and found himself getting a lot work in advertising.

Joe Murray finally had a turnaround of inspiration that would change his life forever and would make millions of future fans very happy. He decided to focus more on animation. He went to a nearby university to learn how to animate. Joe Murray would make animated films and would be rewarded for it with praise and film awards.

Linda Simensky contacted Joe Murray and asked him if he would be interested In creating animation for Nickelodeon. Joe originally turned down her offer. After looking into her and the Nickelodeon network he decided to pursue a career in animation and thank god he did!

Joe Murray is a huge inspiration to animators everywhere for his edginess in cartoons and for what he gives back the animation community. He has sold books and now teaches classes for animation. He is someone to admire and is successful because he is an innovator and loves his craft.


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This article was written based of “Creating Animated Cartoons with Character” – by Joe Murray


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