Rocko's Modern Life was one of Nickelodeon's most successful TV series back in the '90s. The weirdly awesome cartoon show focused on a wallaby named Rocko as he lived mundane (but nonetheless entertaining) adventures alongside his dog, Spunky, and his best friend, Filburt Turtle.
The interesting thing about the series was its targeting of both young and mature audiences: It featured the colorful and cartoonish humor that appealed to children, while also being a satire for that era, which was a great selling point for adults.
The series only lasted for four seasons, and ended its run in November 1996 — but fans are rejoicing because it's found a new life.
Rocko And His Pals Are Returning To TV Next Year
#Nickelodeon announced last year that it would be bringing Rocko's Modern Life back for a one-hour TV special, and now new details are out. Titled Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling, it will feature all of the original characters ... and while the old show was set in the early '90s, the revival will take place in modern times.
How in the world could that be done without the main characters aging significantly? Take a look at the synopsis:
“[The special] 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.”
Hmm, an out-of-time Rocko who doesn't want to live in our fast-paced era? I'm in. But hold on, because that's not all the awesomeness we're getting in this revival...
'Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling' Features All Of The Show's Original Cast
The entire original cast will be returning: Carlos Alazraqui as Rocko, Mr. Lawrence as Filburt Turtle, Linda Wallem as Aunt Gretchen and Dr. Hutchinson, Charlie Adler as ED and Bev Bighead, Tom Kenny as Heffer, Joe Murray as Ralph and Jill Talley as Nosey. There will also be some new players, such as Cowboy, voiced by Steve Little, and Pillow Salesman, voiced by Cosmo Segurson — but we don't have more details on them yet.
Technically, the network could've hired new voices, but having the original actors breathe life into the characters once again sells the point that these will be the same people... err, anthropomorphic animals we loved, just pushed into a different situation.
Series creator Joe Murray released this statement, expressing his enthusiasm to reposition Rocko as a satirical commentator on our times:
"I’m very happy to be rejoining Rocko and my friends from O-Town again. 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 20 years, they can’t wait to comment on modern life in the 21st century. They still have a lot to say.”
There's no denying that he'll have a lot of material to pull from. I have a lot of fond memories from #RockosModernLife. Nowadays it's a bit to find a children's show that appeals to all types of audiences, so knowing it's coming back with a modern twist is quite exciting.
#RockosModernLifeStaticCling will premiere sometime in 2018.
How do you feel about Rocko and his friends coming back to television? Let me know in the comments!