The first footage for the Rocko’s Modern Life revival has arrived, teasing the trials of the 21st century. Premiering in 1993, Rocko’s Modern Life aired for 4 seasons and became a defining cartoon for a generation of kids. Rife with satire on the early ’90s, the show followed a wallaby just trying to find his way in a world he didn’t quite get. With insane levels of absurdity and tons of jokes for both kids and adults, the series has held a fond place in the memories of many during its 20 years off the air.
Next year, however, Rocko, Heffer, Filburt, and the whole O-Town gang will be back in a TV movie coming to Nickelodeon. After blasting off to space in the finale in 1996, Rocko and his two closest friends will return home to discover a lot has changed in the past two decades. Now, we finally have our first look at how the Australian transplant will react to a world that’s passed him by even more.
During today’s San Diego Comic-Con panel for the show, Nickelodeon debuted the first footage from Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling. In the two and a half minute video above, Rocko, Heffer, and Filburt arrive back at Rocko’s house, only to quickly learn that O-Town has changed.
As the three friends run amok in their new surroundings, we see just about every trend from the past two decades parodied. There’s multiple chain coffee shops, mysterious energy drinks, new technology that quickly becomes obsolete, questionable food trucks, and gritty superhero films.
While Rocko starts out enjoying himself with his friends, things quickly turn against him as he realizes modern life is quite a challenge. Through it all, however, the character will cling to his steadfast belief that his nostalgia can save him. The updated take on the series is still right in line with the themes and tone of the show back when it first aired, so it should please new and old fans alike.
Even more exciting, but Carlos Alazraqui (Rocko), Tom Kenny (Heffer), Doug Lawrence (Filbert), Charlie Adler (Mr. Big Head and Mrs. Big Head), and series creator Joe Murray have all returned for Static Cling, which will be directed by Cosmo Segurson. While Static Cling is a one-off, it could just lead to future versions of Rocko’s Modern Life for Nickelodeon. Barring that, the network looks to be bringing a number of their Nicktoons back to life. Hey Arnold! will also be getting the TV movie treatment, and if the revivals are a hit then we can likely expect more shows to follow.
For now, Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling will arrive on Nickelodeon next year.
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