After 20 years adrift in space, the nervous wallaby is back. The first entry in the second wave of Nicktoons that blew kids’ minds in the early ’90s, Rocko’s Modern Life is still a favorite for nostalgic adults. And nothing will get those binge-streaming grown-ups feeling more misty-eyed than a welcome return to one of its favorite shows. Netflix has just dropped the trailer for Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling, a very dangerous trailer indeed.
After 23 years in space following the conclusion of the Nickelodeon show, Rocko, Heffer, Filburt, and Spunky are back in O-Town. Things are even more moderner now and they do not know how to deal with it. In addition to gritty 3D superhero movies and constant new phones, Rocko’s got to find Ralph Bighead, the creator of his favorite TV show The Fatheads. Without this show, Rocko’s life is meaningless. But as Mr. Bighead shouts, maybe Rocko should just go back to the ’90s where he belongs.
This looks exactly the way Rocko’s Modern Life looked back in the day. Joe Murray’s dark and twisted show about living on your own in the ’90s was one of the tentpole series on Nickelodeon along with Doug, Rugrats, and Ren & Stimpy. It wasn’t quite as scary as Ren & Stimpy was, but only just. Rocko had some terrifying and, indeed, dangerous encounters at usually very mundane places like the DMV or the laundromat.
The whole cast has returned for this sadly only-45-minute-long movie. Carlos Alazraqui, now one of the busiest voice actors working today, got his start playing Rocko. Tom Kenny, who of course went on to voice Spongebob Squarepants, plays Rocko’s best friend Heffer Wolfe, while both Mr. and Mrs. Bighead are again voiced by Charlie Adler, he of 273 voiceover credits.
Even though the movie’s really short, the wait until we can see it is too. Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling hits Netflix on August 9!