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Nickelodeon Announces “Rocko’s Modern Life” TV Movie

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Today, August 11, 2016, is the 25th anniversary of Nicktoons! It was during this very morning that Doug, Rugrats, and Ren & Stimpy premiered on the kids’ cable channel, the first completely original cartoons to be created specifically for the network. Then came Rocko’s Modern Life, and following that, an endless stream of cartoon creations, some of them now a permanent part of American culture.

In honor of Nicktoons’ 25th birthday, Nick announced today that Rocko would be returning in the form of a new TV movie! The one-hour special will contain all the original characters and be produced from Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank. A similar return was announced last year for Hey Arnold.

“I’m very happy to be rejoining Rocko and my friends from O-Town again,” said Joe Murray, the show’s creator. “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.”

Rocko’s Modern Life was the fourth Nicktoon to be introduced, following the rollout of the initial three. It premiered in 1993 and lasted four seasons, winning critical praise and devoted fans for its warped perspective, razor-sharp satire and hilarious characters. Far from a mere children’s program, Rocko typically explored themes and issues that were relevant to adults. This is to say nothing of the constant innuendoes the ‘toon was spiked with (some of which went far enough to be edited out after one or two airings). It remains to be seen whether this revival will contain Chokey Chicken or Chewy Chicken.

It’s too early to know when the Rocko special will be released, or even what the plot will be. But WE’RE GETTING IT! To paraphrase Heffer, this is gonna be a hoot!

UPDATED: The press release from Nickelodeon, along with some older artwork, is included below.


Nickelodeon Brings Back Rocko’s Modern Life for Brand-New, Original One-Hour TV Special Based on the Classic ‘90s Hit Animated Series

Series’ Creator Joe Murray Serves as Executive Producer

Rocko's Modern LifeBURBANK, Calif.—Aug 11, 2016—Marking its 25th anniversary of original creator-driven animation to the day and date, Nickelodeon today announces another reinvention of its library content: the greenlight of an original one-hour TV special based on its classic ‘90s hit, Rocko’s Modern Life. With Rocko’s original creator Joe Murray on board as executive producer, the animated Rocko’s Modern Life TV special will bring back all the show’s classic characters and offer some surprising new takes on life in O-Town. Additional news of Rocko’s airdate and casting will be announced in the coming months.

“I’m very happy to be rejoining Rocko and my friends from O-Town again,” said creator and executive producer Joe Murray. “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 twenty years, they can’t wait to comment on modern life in the 21st century. They still have a lot to say.”

Originally airing from 1993-1996, the animated Rocko’s Modern Life follows the adventures of an Australian wallaby named Rocko and his two companions, Heffer Wolfe and Filburt, through their adventures in their home of O-Town.

“Following our news about Hey Arnold! and Legends of the Hidden Temple, greenlighting a Rocko’s Modern Life TV special is another strong example of how we are bringing our library content back for both new audiences and the generation that grew up on them in the ‘90s,” said Chris Viscardi, SVP, Content Development, Nickelodeon Franchise Properties. “It’s a testament to the strength and appeal of these characters that so many people have loved Nick animation for these last 25 years, and we are excited to bring them back for new stories and adventures.”

Today’s Rocko’s greenlight news–25 years to the day of the original launch of the iconic Rugrats, The Ren & Stimpy Show and Doug—follows recent announcements of Nickelodeon bringing back its library content for today’s audiences. Coming in 2017 is Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie, a new, original TV movie that will feature a storyline picking up from where the original series ended in 2004, resolving unanswered questions and plotlines, including Arnold finally getting answers about the whereabouts of his missing parents.

Rocko's Modern LifeThis fall, Nickelodeon will premiere its Legends of the Hidden Temple original TV movie, an action-adventure movie based on its ‘90s game show of the same name. Drawing from the original show’s premise of kids competing to retrieve artifacts from a mysterious Mayan temple, the new action-adventure TV movie version will follow three siblings who embark on a high-stakes, life-or-death mission.

August 11 celebrates 25 years of original creator-driven animation for Nickelodeon, marking a significant milestone exemplifying decades of rich history and commitment to bringing fresh innovative content to kids and families around the world. Later this year, Nickelodeon will open up a 190,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art complex in Burbank, Calif., to serve as the West Coast hub for the network, housing the ever-growing number of animated and live-action series, TV movies, and award shows and events seen globally.

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