There’s a crack in Nickelodeon’s nostalgia well, and Nicktoons are gushing through the network’s library at the moment. Rocko’s Modern Life is the latest Nicktoon to be greenlit for a revival, the network announced on Thursday. The timing is important because it marks 25 years to the day when Nickelodeon’s animation boom took off with the airing of the first episodes of The Rugrats, Ren and Stimpy and Doug.
Rocko’s Modern Life will return as a one-hour TV special based on the original series that ran from 1993-1996 with 52 episodes over four seasons. Series creator Joe Murray will serve as executive producer of the (for now) one-off revival. The special is due out in 2018. You can read our behind-the-scenes feature story on the revival here.
Check out the first sneak peek of the new TV special, titled Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling, below:
Here’s the synopsis:
Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling brings the characters back to Earth after being lost in outer space since 1996. Rocko has trouble accepting this 21st century modern life, while Heffer and Filburt embrace every aspect of new technology, social media and the endless diversity of food trucks. Rocko whole-heartedly believes that his nostalgia for the past can save him from the tortures of the modern world.
Original voice actors Carlos Alazraqui (Rocko), Tom Kenny (Heffer), Doug Lawrence (Filbert) and Charlie Adler (Mr. Big Head and Mrs. Big Head) will reprise their roles. We’ll also see the return of Linda Wallem (Nurse Jackie, executive producer) as Aunt Gretchen and Dr. Hutchinson, Jill Talley (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Nosey, and Joe Murray as Ralph. New cast members include Steve Little (Adventure Time) as Cowboy and Cosmo Segurson (Chowder) as Pillow Salesman.
“I’m very happy to be rejoining Rocko and my friends from O-Town again,” said Murray in a press release. “What I have found by bringing these characters back is that it’s not so much about nostalgia, but a sense that they still feel relevant and fresh to me, and after twenty years, they can’t wait to comment on modern life in the 21st century. They still have a lot to say.”
The follies of Rocko, Heffer, and Filburt were always the happy medium between the grotesque visual humor of Ren and Stimpy and the story-driven Rugrats. With the network looking to mine its library to capitalize off the successful of its ‘90’s programming block, “The Splat,” Rocko is yet another Nickelodeon property to get a revival in some way. Classic game show Legends of the Hidden Temple is getting its own TV movie and a Hey Arnold! TV film is in the works, picking up where the series left off in 2004.
Rocko seems like an obvious choice for a revival, considering adults made up a good portion of its fan base during the original run.
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