Today is the 25th anniversary of the original NickToons: Doug, The Ren & Stimpy Show, and Rugrats. To celebrate, Nickelodeon is resurrecting… the fourth NickToon, Rocko’s Modern Life, which premiered two years later.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Nickelodeon greenlit a TV movie of Rocko, which is by far the best NickToon of the 1990s, and I won’t hear any arguments to the contrary, especially for SpongeBob SquarePants (yes, it premiered in 1999, and yes, every day you’re inching closer to death).
“I’m very happy to be rejoining Rocko and my friends from O-Town again,” creator Joe Murray (who will return as producer and co-director) said. “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.” (What they’re saying is mostly dirty talk and butt puns.)
Rocko isn’t the only Nickelodeon property from the 1990s to be resurrected — Legends of the Hidden Temple and Hey Arnold! are also getting the TV movie treatment — and it won’t be the last. No plot and casting information (including whether Reno 911!‘s Carlos Alazraqui and SpongeBob‘s Tom Kenny will return as the voices of Rocko and Heffer, respectively) is available yet.
Or maybe we just haven’t found the fliers.
(Via Entertainment Weekly)