Camp Lazlo is an American animated television series created by Joe Murray, produced by Cartoon Network Studios. It currently airs on Cartoon Network. The show features a Boy Scout-like summer camp with a cast of anthropomorphic animal characters, a "retro" type of humor and silliness akin to Murray's previous series, Rocko's Modern Life (which aired on Nickelodeon a decade earlier), and cultural references.


After the end of the production of Rocko's Modern Life, Murray kept a notebook of ideas for television shows and books. Murray attributes some of his most fond memories to days at summer camp; Murray said that he attended summer camp every summer for "4 or 5 years in a row" and that he "couldn't really get the scouting thing down." He also described cartoons with pastoral settings such as the Bugs Bunny cartoons of the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series and Yogi Bear as having a "calming" effect due to the tree-filled backgrounds. At the time he believed that too many futuristic themes appeared in media and literature, so he wished to create a series that would "get back to nature". Camp Lazlo originated from a camp-related children's book concept by Murray that, according to him, "outgrew it’s medium." As Murray developed the concept, he felt that his "lunatic characters wanted to live" and decided that a simple story could not sufficiently house his characters. Murray desired to create a series about a group of children without "high tech stimulus" and "in nature."

[[Linda Simensky]], who had previously worked with Murray on ''Rocko'', had since moved to [[Cartoon Network]] and called Murray to solicit a new series. After an initial hesitation, Murray sent Simensky<ref>"[ Bio]," ''[[Joe Murray]] Studio''</ref> the idea for a show with a working title of ''3 Beans''. Simensky "thought it sounded too much like a salad", so Murray changed the name to ''Camp Lazlo''. When approval was given, Murray decided to produce the show at [[Cartoon Network Studios]] and brought [[Mark O'Hare]] on as co-producer.<ref name="crafting">{{cite book|last=Murray|first=Joe|title=Crafting A Cartoon|publisher=Garden Box Media Group|date=2008|url=}}</ref>

According to Murray, the "green light" to start Lazlo had been initially given and later revoked, leaving Murray and [[Mark O'Hare]] "pissed" and "depressed." Murray believed that an executive was not "completely sold" with starting production for ''Camp Lazlo''. Murray worked to have the series receive its final, definite approval.<ref>"[ June 28, 2008]." ''Joe Murray Studio''.</ref>

The production of ''Camp Lazlo'' began in 2004 and ended in 2007.<ref name="CampLazloHome"/> November 2007 marked the final production run of ''Camp Lazlo''. <ref>"[ September 8, 2007: Holy crap we won!]," ''[[Joe Murray]] Studio''</ref><ref>"[ October 31, 2007]," ''[[Joe Murray]] Studio''</ref>

== ==Production ==

Murray felt that ''Camp Lazlo'' successfully appealed to younger children because his prior experiences with his own children helped him determine details that children found humorous. Murray said that he resisted the urge inside of him to micromanage the production and instead approved aspects and contributions related to the show. He said that he had "a lot of pre-production time" and therefore details became established before the show aired on television. <ref name="cn pressroom"/>

[[Rough Draft Studios]]<ref>"[ Production Credits]," ''Turner Pressroom''</ref>, a South Korean studio, produced the ''Camp Lazlo'' footage.<ref name="CampLazloArchivesMurray">"[ Camp Lazlo Archives]," ''[[Joe Murray]] Studio''</ref>

=== Writing style ===His main philosophies expressed in the show include the phrase “be who you are" and that one should question authority unless the issue is "a safety issue." Murray said that he avoids sending "messages" to children and that he hoped that his television show did not contain "too many messages."<ref name="cn pressroom"/>

=== Animation style ===Murray said that he likes storybook art and the works of [[Pablo Picasso]] and [[Henri Matisse]]; the styles influenced the visual style of ''Camp Lazlo''. He also describes "great [[comic book]] artists" as important to himself and [[Mark O'Hare]].<ref name="cn pressroom"/>

The team created some backgrounds using "Acryl [[Gouache]]," a mixture of [[acrylic paint]] and gouache.<ref>"[ January 24, 2008]," ''[[Joe Murray]] Studio''</ref>

== Description ==The show features the adventures of three major characters: [[Lazlo (Camp Lazlo)|Lazlo]], the title character, is a [[spider monkey]] from [[São Paulo]], [[Brazil]] <ref name="CharMuseum">"[ Character Museum]," ''[[Joe Murray]] Studio''</ref> with a carefree attitude; Raj, an [[Asian Elephant|Asian]] Indian elephant <ref name="CharMuseum"/> who is more level-headed; and Clam, an [[albino]][[pygmy]][[Rhinoceros|rhino]], who speaks in bursts of one or two words, [[synonym]]ously echoing his friends statements.

Each episode contains two parts approximately 11 minutes long, with the exception of two episodes.<ref>{{cite episode
| title = Hello Summer Goodbye Camp
| episodelink = List of Camp Lazlo episodes#Season 2 (2005-2006)
| series = Camp Lazlo
| serieslink = Camp Lazlo
| network = Cartoon Network
| airdate = 2006-06-29
| season = 2
| number = 26
}}</ref><ref>{{cite episode
| title = 7 Deadly Sandwiches
| episodelink = List of Camp Lazlo episodes#Season 3 (2006-2007)
| series = Camp Lazlo
| serieslink = Camp Lazlo
| network = Cartoon Network
| airdate = 2007-07-04
| season = 3
| number = 27
}}</ref> The show occasionally breaks the [[fourth wall]]<ref name="Award">{{cite episode
| title = Award to the Wise
| episodelink = List of Camp Lazlo episodes#Season 4 (2007)
| series = Camp Lazlo
| serieslink = Camp Lazlo
| network = Cartoon Network
| airdate = 2007-06-13
| season = 4
| number = 42A
}}Lazlo gives an award to a camper for being the best "incidental character"</ref> and sometimes lacks [[Continuity (fiction)|continuity]]<ref name="Gone Fishin">{{cite episode
| title = Gone Fishin' (sort of)
| episodelink = List of Camp Lazlo episodes#Season 1 (2005)
| series = Camp Lazlo
| serieslink = Camp Lazlo
| network = Cartoon Network
| airdate = 2005-07-22
| season = 1
| number = 1A
}}Ends with Lumpus being eaten by a [[lake monster]].</ref>.
[[Image:Clam---Lazlo---Raj.png|left|thumb|The main Bean Scouts, Clam, Lazlo and Raj]]Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny and Doug Lawrence, all of whom provided much of the voice work on Murray's previous series ''Rocko's Modern Life'', provide lead [[voice actor|voices]] in this show along with veteran voice actors [[Jeff Bennett]], [[Jodi Benson]], [[Jill Talley]] (Kenny's wife and ''[[Mr. Show]]'' co-star), and first time voice acting [[Steve Little (Voice Actor)|Steve Little]] (Alazraqui's ''[[Reno 911!]]'' co-star).

''Camp Lazlo'' premiered on July 8, 2005 in the United States. In Canada, [[TELETOON (Canada)|Teletoon]]'s English channel also debuted the show June 26, 2006; but in the last week of August 2006, it was pulled from Teletoon, and returned on June 22, 2007. The second season premiered on Teletoon in the fall of 2007.

In the United Kingdom ''Camp Lazlo'' aired on [[Cartoon Network (UK)|Cartoon Network]] and [[Boomerang (UK & Ireland)|Boomerang]].

In Australia, India, and [[Latin America]]''Camp Lazlo'' is shown on the [[Cartoon Network (Australia)|Cartoon Network]]. {{-}}

== Setting ==The setting of the show was designed to deliberately bring a nostalgic feeling of childhood summer camps and "evoke a comfortable place to visit." The colors instill the ''feeling'' of summer camp, and rather than basing color schemes on real-life colors; Murray and Sue Mondt, the art director, chose the colors. In ''Camp Lazlo'', the sky can be yellow, and trees are not always green and brown. For the architecture and objects, books with cabins, camps and [[Indigenous peoples of the Americas|Native American]] artifacts were consulted. Ultimately, Murray wanted to create a place where nature prevails, and the hustle and bustle of real-life is left behind, with no technology to distract from the impressions of camp life. He describes the camp as having a "retro" feel. Murray likes 1950s and early 1960s designs of objects like advertising art, lamps, and old vacation brochures, and he said that the "brushy quality that developed at that time" heavily influenced the setting. <ref name="cn pressroom"/>

[[Image:Camp-Kindey-exit-sign.jpg|thumb|150px|Exit sign of Camp Kidney]]'''Camp Kidney''' is the camp where most of the show takes place. This is a summer camp attended by a group of boy [[scout]]-like campers called ''The Bean Scouts''. In keeping the theme of the name of the camp, the campers are allowed to name their cabins after various types of beans: Jelly Cabin, Pinto Cabin, Fava Cabin, and so on. The camp is known for a low standard of quality, and has been threatened with closure more than once. The camp is led by Scoutmaster Lumpus, with most of the administrative details assigned to his assistant, Mr. Slinkman. A full staff compliments the camp, including a nurse and a chef. Ginia Bellafante of ''[[The New York Times]]'' said that if she became "socio-analytical about the Lazlo enterprise," Camp Kidney appears to be a stand-in for "our culture of obsessive parenting."<ref>Bellafante, Gina. "Monkey Business at a Strict Summer Camp.(The Arts/Cultural Desk)(TELEVISION REVIEW)(Television program review)." ''[[The New York Times]]''. February 17, 2007.</ref>

'''Acorn Flats''' is across the lake from Camp Kidney, attended by girls of similar age, called the Squirrel Scouts. Acorn Flats has higher quality facilities than Camp Kidney, a point of contention between the two respective camps, with Acorn Flats being the more dominant in the rivalry. The leader of the Squirrel Scouts is Jane Doe, and her assistant, Ms. Rubella Mucus.

[[Image:Acorn-flats.jpg|thumb|150px|Aerial view of Acorn Flats]]Both Camp Kidney and Acorn Flats are part a larger hierarchical organization, under the direct command of Commander Hoo-ha, with "The Big Bean" as the head of all scout chapters, which includes Beans and Squirrels (and possibly) Tomato Scouts.

'''Prickly Pines''' is a town near both camps with full commercial facilities: a post office, several restaurants, a laundromat, and other sundry stores.

The exact geographical locations of these settings is unknown.

== Characters ==
{{main|List of characters in Camp Lazlo}}Murray said that, as he did in ''[[Rocko's Modern Life]]'', he matched the personalities of characters to various animals. <ref name="cn pressroom"/>

== Episodes =={{main|List of Camp Lazlo episodes}}

== Crew ==Murray asked many staff members who participated in creating ''[[Rocko's Modern Life]]'' to return and perform duties for ''Camp Lazlo'', describing his main tactic to attract the crew as "[[coercion]]." Murray wanted the ''Rocko's Modern Life'' crew as it "knows my sensibilities" and gained ten years of experience. Crew members of Rocko's Modern Life, such as Robert Scull or Peter Burns, have worked on this show. <ref name="cn pressroom"/>

Murray asked [[Tom Kenny]] to voice characters because Murray felt that Kenny "adds writing to his roles" and "brings so much." Murray looked for "comedic timing" in his voice actors, and therefore he used many stand-up comics and sketch actors. <ref name="cn pressroom"/>

== Music and sounds ==The team remixed and edited many songs for use in ''Camp Lazlo''. For instance, the main theme song plays on the children's song "[[Bingo (song)|B-I-N-G-O]]" replacing it with "L-A-Z-L-O." The team also remade "[[She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain]]." The team created its own camp songs. Andy Paley created [[Bluegrass music|bluegrass]] and cowboy swing songs for ''Camp Lazlo''. Murray said that the team often used "strange [[musical instrument|instruments]]" such as [[washboard]]s and [[spoon]]s to create the music. Murray added that one woman created music with a [[saw]]. <ref name="cn pressroom"/>

Murray cooperated with Jeff Hutchins, the sound effects staff member for ''[[Rocko's Modern Life]]''. Murray selected many of the sounds that he selected in ''Rocko's Modern Life'' for ''Camp Lazlo''. <ref name="cn pressroom"/>

== Awards ==
=== Pulcinella Awards ===The series won three 2006 Pulcinella Awards for Best Animated Series for Children and Best Animated Series for all ages and Lazlo was the winner of Best Character at the 10th Cartoons By The Bay Festival in [[Positano]], Italy.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=<nowiki>''Lazlo'' Emerges as Champ on the Bay|author=Ryan Ball|publisher=[[Animation Magazine]]|date=2006-[[April 10|4-10]]|accessdate=2006-10-29}}</nowiki></ref><ref name="CampLazloArchivesMurray"/> It was the second consecutive year that a Cartoon Network series won the latter two awards, as the ''[[Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends]]'' character, Blooregard Q. Kazoo, won the award the year before.

=== Emmy Awards and nominations ===
* '''Hello Dolly / Over Cooked Beans''' was nominated for an Emmy in the category ''Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming less than One Hour)''<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=The 58th Primetime Emmy Awards |year=2006|publisher=<nowiki>[[Academy of Television Arts & Sciences]]}}</nowiki></ref>
* '''[[Camp Lazlo: Where's Lazlo?|Where's Lazlo]]''' won an Emmy in category ''Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or More)'' in 2007.<ref name="Emmy 2007">{{cite web|url= Primetime Awards|title=The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards|year=2007|publisher=<nowiki>[[Academy of Television Arts & Sciences]]}}</nowiki></ref>
* Sue Mondt<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Sue Mondt at <nowiki>[[IMDB]]}}</nowiki></ref> received an Emmy in 2007 for ''Individual Achievement in Animation'' for her work as an Art Director on the episode '''Squirrel Secrets.'''<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES ANNOUNCES EMMY AWARD WINNERS IN COSTUMES FOR A VARIETY OR MUSIC PROGRAM AND INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN ANIMATION|date=2007-08-21|publisher=<nowiki>[[Academy of Television Arts & Sciences]]}}</nowiki></ref>* '''Lazlo's First Crush''' won a 2008 Emmy Award, under the category ''Outstanding Special Class - Short-format Animated Programs''<ref name="emmy2008">{{cite web|url=|title=ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS AND SCIENCES 60TH ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS|year=2008|publisher=<nowiki>[[Academy of Television Arts & Sciences]]}}</nowiki></ref>

=== Annie Awards ===[[Sue Mondt]], a production designer on Camp Lazlo, was nominated an [[Annie Award]] for production design on the episode "Hard Days Samson."<ref>''{{cite web |url= |title= 2006 Annie Awards by Category |archiveurl= |archivedate=2007-08-20}}'' - Nominees from the official Annie Award website, November, 2006</ref>

== Reviews ==Ray Richmond of ''[[The Hollywood Reporter]]'' posted his review of the series on 7 July 2005. Richmond said that his child enjoyed the show and did not ask to see it again. Richmond said that the show forms "plenty lively and a nice, safe way for a child viewer to spend a half-hour." Richmond said that the show has too much "self-consciously precious" humor; the reviewer said that the trait may not factor for children and described children as "demanding and nondiscriminating at the same time." <ref>"[ Camp Lazlo]," ''[[The Hollywood Reporter]]''</ref>

Kathie Huddleston, a reporter for the ''[[Science Fiction Weekly]]'', created a favorable review of ''Camp Lazlo''. <ref>"[ Camp Lazlo]," ''[[Science Fiction Weekly]]''</ref>

The ''[[Atlanta Journal-Constitution]]'' reviewed the series and gave it an "A."<ref>"[ Off to camp with brats, silly critters]." ''[[Atlanta Journal-Constitution]]''. 7 July 2005.</ref>

Joly Herman of ''Common Sense Media'' posted a review of ''Camp Lazlo'' on [[]]. Herman describes the humor used in the ''Camp Lazlo'' as making it an "unpredictable show for younger viewers." Herman gave the show two stars out of five. <ref>"[ TV Review: Camp Lazlo]," ''Common Sense Media'' on [[]]</ref>

== DVD Release ==
[[Image:Camp lazlo dvd.jpg|thumb|Camp Lazlo Press Kit with DVD]]Prior to Camp Lazlo's premier on Cartoon Network, a Press Kit for the show was given away as a promotional item, containing fact sheets on the show and a DVD with four episodes (2 half-hour episodes): ''Gone Fishin' (Sort Of) / Bean Are From Mars'' and ''Parasitic Pal / It's No Picnic''. This item is only available through a second-hand market.

On July 18, 2007, [[Madman Entertainment]] of Australia released a set of two DVDs encoded for [[Region 4]] of Season One episodes. No further information is available about a Region 1 release or additional seasons.

Two episodes have also appeared on Cartoon Network themed DVDs. ''Hello Dolly'' appeared on the ''Cartoon Network Fridays - Volume 1'' DVD, released on September 19, 2006. ''Snow Beans'', a winter-themed episode of the show, was released on the ''Cartoon Network Christmas: Volume Three'' DVD on October 3, 2006. <ref>[ CN's Early Christmas<!-- Bot generated title -->]</ref>

The first four seasons can now be purchased on iTunes.

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