Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Nickelodeon May Debut 'Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling' and 'Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus' on Streaming Services

Nickelodeon's upcoming Rocko's Modern Life TV movie "Static Cling", based on the networks classic ‘90s hit series, could be premiering soon - however, it may be debuting off-network!


Update (10/16): Joe Murray, the creator of Rocko's Modern Life, has revealed in a message to a fan why the premiere of Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling has been delayed. In a message to @J_S_R_U_, Joe said: "Many people are puzzled by the release of Static Cling. There are actually something going on behind the scenes that I think everyone will be happy about that is delaying the airing of the special."

Additionally, Joe recently updated his official blog about the whereabouts of Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling:

"MANY RUMORS ABOUT ROCKO

WHO DO YOU BELIEVE?

Since we finished the Rocko Special Static Cling a year ago, there has been much speculation as to the whereabouts of this special, and if it will ever see the light of day. Some rumors have it with a streaming channel. Well, I’m sworn to secrecy, but there are many conversations being had about the future of Rocko, and who knows if anything will bear fruit. But I do know the Rocko special will be coming out fairly soon. I will keep this blog posted of any news. Remember this is entertainment. Many things happen. Most do not."

Update (10/8): Craig Bartlett, the creator of Nickelodeon's iconic '90s animated series Hey Arnold!, has revealed that Nickelodeon may be planning to release both Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling and Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus on streaming services! In his interview with The Arun Mehta Show to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of Hey Arnold!, Craig reveals that one of the reasons Nick may debut both movies on streaming services is because, once Nick commissioned the films, they have been finding it hard to make a must-see event from these properties for today's Nickelodeon audience.

Update (10/16, pt. II) In the comments of a separate blog post, Joe also reveals that although there are a few things going on behind the scenes, the movie debuting on Netflix is not one of the plans:

Update (9/19): The tweet has now been deleted. However, in a separate tweet, Nico mentions that the special could still air on Nickelodeon and Netflix! Stay 'tooned for more updates!

Animator Nico Colaleo revealed in a Tweet today, the 25th anniversary of the iconic Nicktoons series, that Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling, an hour-long TV special that will reunite the original voice cast members who will bring their iconic characters back to life, is slated to premiere soon. However, Nico also revealed that it'll make its debut on SVOD service Netflix!





Although surprising, if Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling is set to premiere on the streamer, it does falls in line with Viacom's initiate to identify intellectual property within it vaults that could be an ideal fit for a digital or linear programmer outside of Viacom. The initiative has also seen two deals with Netflix: for the brand-new animated series, Pinky Malinky, and the hot-of-the-press live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender, which was announced earlier today.


Originally airing from 1993-1996, the animated series Rocko’s Modern Life follows the adventures of an Australian wallaby named Rocko and his two companions, Heffer and Filburt, through their adventures in their home of O-Town. Just like the original ‘90s series, "Static Cling" is hand-drawn special that stars Rocko, a wallaby who emigrated from Australia to the United States and enjoys the simple things in life; Heffer, Rocko’s best friend; Filburt, Rocko’s other best friend; and Ed Bighead and Bev Bighead, Rocko’s neighbors; as well as the other colorful characters.

Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling brings the beloved characters back to Earth after being lost in outer space since 1996. Rocko has trouble accepting this 21st century modern life, while Heffer and Filburt embrace every aspect of new technology, social media and the endless diversity of food trucks. Rocko wholeheartedly believes that his nostalgia for the past can save him from the tortures of the modern world.


The voice actors reprising their famed roles include: Carlos Alazraqui (The Fairly OddParents) as Rocko, Spunky, and Leon; Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Heffer Wolfe, Chuck, and Really Really Big Man; Mr. Lawrence (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Filburt Turtle and Maitre D’; Charlie Adler (Blaze and the Monster Machines) as Ed Bighead, Bev Bighead, Mr. Dupette, Grandpa Wolfe, and Mrs. Fathead; Linda Wallem (Nurse Jackie, executive producer) as Aunt Gretchen and Dr. Hutchinson; Jill Talley (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Nosey and Joe Murray as Ralph. Additionally, Steve Little (Adventure Time) joins the cast as Cowboy and Cosmo Segurson (Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling, director) as Pillow Salesman.



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Originally published: Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

H/T: Huge thanks to @TVShowsFan for the news!; Additional sources: The Rise and Fall of Nick, @BillKKonadu, Anime Superhero Forum /@@Elijah Abrams, @PinkiePie97, Reddit /@jjc927, @Toon4Thought.
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