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Old 08-14-2019, 03:43 AM
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Rocko's Modern Life - Static Cling (Netflix special)


Just had this pop up on the front page of my Netflix home, and I just finished watching it. It's a new, apparently hand-drawn 45-minute special, featuring the original creative team and voice actors, and it's currently got a 100% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I honestly haven't really thought about this show since the '90s, and I didn't even know this was in the works, so I was pretty surprised to see it pop up and to discover how much I remembered about it.

It's honestly a pretty good bit of metafiction, with Rocko and pals returning to O-Town after being stranded in space for 20 years and struggling to deal with how the world has changed. The main plot revolves around Rocko and Mr. Bighead trying to produce a reboot of The Fatheads, with Conglom-O mismanaging it in the name of money-making and it faltering without the influence of its creator, Mr. Bighead's son Ralph.

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...who has now transitioned and become Rachel, the conflict between her and her father becoming another example of having to deal with how times may not change at a pace one is ready to accept.


The gross-out slapstick that was a signature of '90s NickToons is still there, and overall it does a good job of updating the show's cynical grunge-era satire to the modern day, with a major focus on how people can be both nostalgic for the things they liked as kids and want more of it, yet simultaneously be angry that the new version doesn't match the ideal that's been fermenting in their head over the decades. It's rated Y-7, and I didn't see any jokes or bits in it that were any less appropriate for kids than the double entendres that featured in the original series, and it honestly has a message that I think could resonate both with fans of the original show and their kids.

Anyone else seen it? Thoughts?

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Old 08-14-2019, 04:11 AM
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I haven't seen it, but I follow a lot of trans folks on twitter and they are almost universally over the moon about it. Representation matters, folks!

Fun fact: the first episode ever to feature Rachel on Rocko's Modern Life was titled "I Have No Son" - albeit at that point Ed Bighead was saying that for rather different reasons.
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I remember hearing about this what seems like years ago and even remember they released the opening at one point? or something?

I can't wait to check this out tonight
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Wellp I checked it out last night and had a great time with it.

Rocko was always my favorite of the Nicktoons' golden age and this episode felt right at home.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but an Invader Zim movie is coming too? Did Nick and Netflix make some sort of partnership?
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but an Invader Zim movie is coming too?
Tomorrow night (8/16), in fact. I am not quite sure how Netflix got involved in all of this; the first "revival" (Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie) aired on Nickelodeon, but then again, it's probably the most "kid-friendly" of the three. (Zim actually got to the point where new episodes were cut in half so they could be aired at 9:45 on Friday nights.)
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Tomorrow night (8/16), in fact. I am not quite sure how Netflix got involved in all of this; the first "revival" (Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie) aired on Nickelodeon, but then again, it's probably the most "kid-friendly" of the three. (Zim actually got to the point where new episodes were cut in half so they could be aired at 9:45 on Friday nights.)
I'll have to check that out too, although I wasn't ever a massive fan of Zim.

Is it the same deal as Rocko? Same creator/writer/director and voices and such?
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I'll have to check that out too, although I wasn't ever a massive fan of Zim.

Is it the same deal as Rocko? Same creator/writer/director and voices and such?
Yes, as far as I can tell.

Here's a trailer
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I finished watching it last night. It was fun, and it was the Rocko I knew and liked in the 1990's. I kind of echo the OP's sentiments.
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