“EW has learned exclusively that Nickelodeon has greenlit a TV movie of Rocko’s Modern Life, the classic ‘90s animated Nicktoon created by Joe Murray.
The one-hour TV special will bring back all of the beloved characters in Rocko’s fictional city of O-Town. Murray will return as executive producer and co-director of the film, which will be produced out of Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank.
“I’m very happy to be rejoining Rocko and my friends from O-Town again,” Murray said in a statement. “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.”
Rocko’s Modern Life ran for four seasons from 1993 to 1996 on Nickelodeon. The series followed the wildly ordinary (or ordinarily wild) life of a wallaby named Rocko, his dog Spunky, and his eccentric friends: Heffer, an idiotic steer; Filburt, a turtle with spectacular neuroses; and Mr. and Mrs. Bighead, a middle-aged amphibian couple. The show was known for its surreal aesthetic, copious double entendres, and widespread social satire – which one can only imagine will feel right at home in 2016.
No title, casting, or release date has been set yet for the Rocko’s Modern Life TV movie.