Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling
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Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling is a made-for-television movie based on the popular '90s Nickelodeon cartoon, Rocko's Modern Life. It premiered on Netflix on August 9, 2019.
After they have been floating around in space for 20 years, Rocko, Heffer, and Filburt return to Earth, only to find that it's not the '90s anymore, it is the 2010s. Technology has changed a lot, and while Heffer and Filburt like it, Rocko doesn't. Rocko tries to find some episodes of his favorite show, The Fatheads, only to find out that it has been pulled off the air. He goes on a mission to find the show's creator not only so he can have the show back, but also so he can save O-Town.
Why It Rocks
- The animation is beautiful. It not only resembles the original, it's also updated for a new audience and has the standard wild takes.
- It's a very comedic satire on the 2010s decade, from smartphones to YouTube, to Amazon, to toxic fandoms, to modern day television, and transphobia.
- Like the original show, it has a lot of innuendos for the older viewers. For example, after it was renamed to Chewy Chicken in the final RML season, the Chokey Chicken is back. And Spunky apparently likes watching Rule 34 of mops.
- It's highly faithful to the original, with many Easter eggs and the characters staying in character.
- Plenty of heartwarming moments, such as when Ed finally accepts that his child is trans and the Bigheads reunite.
- The Fatheads getting revived is a parody of the current trend of revivals and reboots in the 2010s, and a baby being added to the cast is a parody of kids getting added to shows to liven them up; examples would include Cousin Oliver, Scrappy-Doo, Chloe Carmichael, and Wesley Crusher.
- The transgender arc. Ralph Bighead, creator of The Fatheads, was known for being depressed all the time in the original. Now that Ralph has discovered her true identity as Rachel, she can finally be happy with herself. Also, Rocko, Heffer, and Filburt are respectful to her and don't make fun of her having a man voice. It's also done in a non-SJW way. The arc also shows that being trans isn't all sunshine and rainbows, as shown when Ed gets upset with Rachel for transitioning (he does accept her later on, though).
- It should also be noted that frogs (the species of Rachel) can change their sex in real life.
- The original theme song from S2-S4 returns. The season 1 theme song even shows up as a cellphone ringtone in the movie.
- Mr. Dupette gets what he deserves at the end. For being greedy, the Conglom-O building gets shot off into space.
- The moral is very well done. It's all about accepting change. You may not always like change, but sometimes change can be for the better. For example, Rachel finally gets to be herself and to be happy. Even though Rocko didn't like it when the baby was added to The Fatheads, it did a lot of good for the Bighead family; Rachel based the characters in The Fatheads off of Ed and Bev, her parents, and she based the baby off of herself, and the good times she had with her parents when she was a baby. This causes the Bigheads to be a happy family once again.