It’s not enough to report back that Nickelodeon’s Rocko’s Modern Life Comic-Con panel was a hoot, so fresh off the O-Town press, the network has unveiled the first bit of footage from the anticipated revival.
Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling will reunite its original creator, Joe Murray, with the entire principal voice cast (as well as director Cosmo Segurson) for a one-off TV movie special that finds Rocko encountering the social and technological ills of 2017 (or, 2017-ish) for the first time.
The idea behind the reboot: After having been blasted into outer space with Heffer and Filburt in 1996, Rocko returns to Earth and struggles to fit into the world that the 21st century has long since accepted. Food trucks, iPhones, energy drinks, 3-D printers, and social media are all ripe for skewering by the gang.
The footage from the special — which will premiere on Nickelodeon in 2018 — made its big debut on Thursday during a panel featuring Murray, Segurson, and voice actors Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny, Doug Lawrence, and Charlie Adler. Nickelodeon will follow up its Rocko panel with another TV reboot panel at Comic-Con — this one featuring the cast and creator of Hey Arnold! — on Friday.