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New CN Series From "Rocko" Creator Coming in July -- UPDATED

Joe Murray, creator of Rocko’s Modern Life, is working on a new series for Cartoon Network called Camp Lazlo, the network announced today. The show will follow the quest of a monkey named Lazlo to earn merit badges at Camp Kidney, a camp for Bean Scouts. Lazlo’s cabin-mates are Raj, a “reluctant, compulsive Indian elephant” and Clam, an “eccentric, misfit, genius, albino pygmy rhino.” Lazlo is the creator and co-producer of the series. The other co-producer is Mark O’Hare, writer and storyboard artist on Rocko and SpongeBob SquarePants.

The series has an initial order of 26 episodes and is set to premiere on CN’s Fridays block in July. The voice cast will include Tom Kenney (SpongeBob SquarePants, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends) as the voice of moose scoutmaster Lumpus and his assistant Slinkman, a banana slug, Carlos Alazraqui (Fairly OddParents) as Lazlo and Clam the rhino, and Jeff Bennett (Johnny Bravo) as Raj the elephant.

Filling out the ensemble of characters will be Edward the Platypus, the Dung Beetles, the Loon Brothers, Samson the Guinea Pig and the rival campers across the lake, the Squirrel Scouts.

Michael Ouweleen, creative director at CN, made the announcement. When asked why Murray had stayed away from animation for so long, he attributed it to exhaustion after Rocko. Ouweleen suggested that SpongeBob was the “godchild” of Rocko and expected that fans of the former will definitely want to tune in to Camp Lazlo. The show will feature artists who formerly worked on SpongeBob as well as Futurama and Family Guy, and underground comic artist Kaz (Kazimieras G. Prapuolenis) will contribute storyboards to the series, Ouweleen said.

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