Nick Preps Rocko’s Modern Life Special with Creator Joe Murray


BURBANK: Nickelodeon has greenlit a Rocko’s Modern Life TV special, with the original creator of the ’90s hit, Joe Murray, on board as executive producer.

The hour-long animated special will see the return of classic characters from Rocko’s Modern Life. The original show, which aired from 1993 to 1996, follows the adventures of an Australian wallaby named Rocko and his two companions, Heffer Wolfe and Filburt. The airdate and casting news will be revealed in the coming months.

“I’m very happy to be rejoining Rocko and my friends from O-Town again,” said 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 20 years, they can’t wait to comment on modern life in the 21st century. They still have a lot to say.”

“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, the senior VP of content development for 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.”

This week marks 25 years of Nickelodeon airing original, creator-driven animation, with the launch of Rugrats, The Ren & Stimpy Show and Doug more than two decades ago. Nick itself is now in its 37th year as an entertainment brand for kids.