Retro is the new modern. Nickelodeon is reviving the animated Rocko’s Modern Life TV show as a new, one-hour TV special. The original Rocko’s Modern Life was cancelled in 1996 after three years on the cable outlet.
Nick announced the order and says original series creator Joe Murray has boarded the project as an executive producer. Casting has yet to be announced, so it is unclear whether the original voice cast, including Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny, Doug Lawrence, and Charlie Adler will return. Learn more from this Nickelodeon press release.
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
BURBANK, 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.
This 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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