The New Rocko's Modern Life Special Will Bring Back The Original Cast

It looks like even cartoon characters miss the '90s. Rocko's Modern Life, cancelled after four seasons in 1996, is set to return with an hour-long special, Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling, and Nickelodeon has brought back the original cast for one more adventure in O-Town.

Screencap from Rocko's Modern Life (Nickelodeon)

Though this project has been in the works since at least last year, TV Line confirms that the original cast — Carlos Alazraqui (Rocko); SpongeBob himself, Tom Kenny (Heffer); Mr Lawrence (Filburt); Charlie Adler (Ed and Bev Bighead); Linda Wallem (Aunt Gretchen); Jill Talley (Nosey); and series creator Joe Murray (Ralph) — will return to voice their characters in the special. They will be joined by Steve Little and Cosmo Segurson as a Cowboy and Pillow Salesman, respectively.

Set after series finale "Future Shlock", in which Rocko, Heffer and Filbert (along with Filbert's kids) accidentally shot themselves into space, the special follows the characters as they return to Earth and try to make the best of a world that has changed so drastically since they were gone. TV Line has a description of what some of the characters are going though:

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.

The show, a Ren and Stimpy contemporary, and often just as racy and surreal (one fifth of the show's initial viewers were adults), seems ripe for revival. The special finds its place alongside other classic '90s Nicktoons such as Hey Arnold! and Invader Zim, which are due for the same treatment. So, will this special stick the landing, or will Static Cling merely serve as Murray's technophobic mouthpiece? He's already gone on record saying the '90s were a more daring time for cartoons. (Has he not seen Steven Universe?) Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling is due sometime next year.


    This special will be really really big... man.

      Let's just hope the PC squad and the SJWs don't jump up and down about him.

      Apparently, anything with nipples is the work of the devil and leads the young astray even if said nipples are in a human anatomy book.

        That sounds more like the rhetoric of the Bible Belt.

        Everything is evil!!

    Such nostalgia for this, Aghhhhh! Real Monsters, Hey Arnold, Angry Beavers, Ren & Stimpy, Ripping Friends... so much good cartoony goodness in the 90s.

    I'm nauseous... I'm nauseous... I'm nauseous... I'm nauseous...

    He's already gone on record saying the '90s were a more daring time for cartoons. (Has he not seen Steven Universe?)
    Umm, I'm pretty sure you're mixing up how Rocko's Modern Life was daring for its amazing level of adult humour that would most likely be classed today as "politically incorrect", with how Steven Universe is daring for its progressiveness without being blatantly obnoxious about the subjects it deals with.

    Completely Naaakeeeeeeeddd

    Loved the series in my younger days, can't wait to check this out, along with Zim. Was never a fan of Hey Arnold though.

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    "Daddy! Daddy! Teacher says every time a gas cap is found, an angel get's it's wings!"
    "Eh, your teacher's full'a snot!"

    I remember watching Nickelodeon's Rocko's Modern Life since I was 4 years old and now it's making a come back after 4 cancelled seasons? Nickelodeon you deserve a pat on the back. Well done Nickelodeon keep up the good work and have a splatting good time.

    I remember watching this way back ... when I was still the most hansomest man in all of O-town.

    Ok, with all these cartoons getting a revival/continuation after being cancelled for years.... Where's Teen Titans Season 6?

    This looks like a ploy to see if they get enough traction to restart the series. I approve of this ploy.

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