Series' Creator Joe Murray Serves as Executive Producer
BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
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.
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"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
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.
Nickelodeon, now in its 37th year, is the number-one
entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by
putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes
television programming and production in the United States and around
the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature
films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than
90 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable
network for 20 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com.
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