Nickelodeon’s hype train of millennial nostalgia doesn’t seem to be dying down. Fans said “bring back the old shows,” and it seems like Nick is finally listening. Though many were disappointed with the trailer for the Legends of the Hidden Temple TV movie, the faithful designs released for the upcoming Hey Arnold! movie still have 90’s kids as optimistic as ever. With series creator Craig Bartlett set to write the film, the long-awaited Hey Arnold! movie: The Jungle seems to be just the return to form that the network needs. As if the new Hey Arnold movie wasn’t enough, Nickelodeon announced today that another famous Nicktoon is coming back from the days of Dunkaroos and Planters Cheez Balls and onto your flat-screen TV.
In an announcement made today, Rocko’s Modern Life creator Joe Murray stated that he will be working on an all-new TV movie based on the animated series. Murray said:
“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 twenty years, they can’t wait to comment on modern life in the 21st century. They still have a lot to say.”
Joe’s got a good point: in an age of internet trolls and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, there is quite a quite a lot of comedic fodder for the little wallaby and his buddies to take shots at.
Of course, a lot of us are still wondering whether or not the show’s infamous double-entendre gags will return with today’s stricter content rules. As you may remember, Rocko’s Modern Life is famous for getting a lot of crap past the radar. From hernia exams to sex hotlines, this show had quite a few parents racing for the remote control. Some jokes were so unsuitable, that they were pulled after airing just once. Such jokes included Heffer getting “milked,” and Rocko and Heffer accidentally staying in a sex hotel.
Overall though, what’s more important is that the people working on the movie get the overall feel of the show just right. Simply throwing in a bunch of “I remember that!” moments and dirty jokes isn’t enough. It is absolutely essential that the crew gets same adorably surreal vibe that the original show had. If possible, they should bring back the original cast members as well. Rocko’s Modern Life had some of the most talented voice actors in the business like Tom Kenny, Carlos Alazraqui, Charlie Adler and Mr. Lawrence working on it; Nickelodeon should at least ask them if they’d like to return.
Either way, with Joe Murray working on this film, we can at least be optimistic that it will capture the same spirit that the show did. So here’s hoping that the new Rocko’s Modern Life movie will be as ball-grabbingly awesome as the show.