Do you miss the 90s? That nostalgic, pre-9/11, pre-Great Recession world where things felt simpler, with a hint of gritty innocence? Where you only really had to worry about wearing the latest trendy clothing line and listening to the right tunes? Reboots, sequels, and remakes have been a hallmark of the 21st-century with some successes, like the DreamWorks/Netflix Voltron reboot, and more than a few flops (I’m looking at you, Fantastic Four, you were barely ten years old).
Thankfully, Nickelodeon’s taken their time approaching old intellectual property rather than get caught up in the cash-grab, and it looks like that patience will pay off. With a slate of 90s Goldern Era Nicktoons set to grace television screens once again, we finally got a first-look at Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling out of San Diego Comic Con.
Set twenty years after the original cartoon series, Rocko (Carlos Alazraqui), Heffer (Tom Kenny), Filburt (Mr. Lawrence), and Spunky return to O-Town from outer space to discover, as everyone’s favorite anthropomorphic wallaby puts it, “I don’t think we’re in the 90s anymore.” Everything is familiar, but different, from phones that no longer have buttons (dubbed the “O-Phone”) to the comic book store Rocko used to work at 3D printing comics from a booth out front. It’s clear from the two-minute teaser that, while Heffer and Filburt are ready to embrace this brave new world, Rocko isn’t.
Created by Joe Murray in 1993, Rocko’s Modern Life received critical acclaim during its three-year run for parodying American consumerism and materialism, so who better to make us laugh at our own cultural absurdity now? Nothing appears to be safe from parody in this TV movie (the darker, grittier Really Really Big Man a la Batman v Superman and Starbucks “Buzzbucks” spoof are comedic gold enough), especially social media. Even better, that the original voice acting cast and staff writers returned tells you this was a labor of love—same art style, twisted sight gags, music, and edge.
Check out the teaser trailer below and get ready to feel like a kid again! The only thing missing is one of Filburt’s, “Turn the page, wash your hands. Turn the page, wash your hands.”
Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling is slated to premiere on Nickelodeon in 2018.