Nickelodeon created some fantastic back in the 90’s and now that everything is coming back in the form of nostalgia then it’s not surprising that these cartoons are coming back in a big way. TV Line has reported that Rocko’s Modern Life is coming back in the form of a TV movie in 2018. The one hour special will be called Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling. It will see the characters returning from space and adjusting to the modern world.
“Heffer and Filburt embrace every aspect of new technology, social media and the endless diversity of food trucks, [while] Rocko whole-heartedly believes his nostalgia for the past can save him from the tortures of the modern world.”
Rocko’s Modern Life was always a lot dirtier and more meta than we gave it credit for at the time. In the age of shows like Rick and Morty the humor of Rocko’s Modern Life would fit right in. The original cast is also returning for the special.
Returning voices include Carlos Alazraqui (The Fairly OddParents) as Rocko, Spunky, and Leon; Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Heffer Wolfe, Chuck, and Really Really Big Man; Mr. Lawrence (SpongeBob) as Filburt Turtle and Maitre D’; Charlie Adler (Blaze and the Monster Machines) as Ed Bighead, Bev Bighead, Mr. Dupette, Grandpa Wolfe, and Mrs. Fathead; Linda Wallem (Nurse Jackie) as Aunt Gretchen and Dr. Hutchinson; Jill Talley (SpongeBob) as Nosey and Joe Murray as Ralph.
Rocko’s Modern Life is the latest in a series of revivals of Nicktoons. There is a new movie based on hey Arnold on the way and the fantastic Invader Zim is also making a comeback. Some of these cartoons are a much better fit for the modern age now that the idea of adult animation is a much bigger market than it was twenty years ago. The Rocko’s Modern Life TV special will air in 2018.