Mutants, job obsolence, and new phones: Rocko’s Modern Life – Static Cling

(image via Paste Magazine (c) Netflix)

After being in space for around 20 years, Rocko and his friends attempt to conform to an even more modern life in O-Town, where coffee shops are on every corner, food trucks offer multi-layered tacos, touch-screen O-Phones are being upgraded on a near-constant basis, an instant-print kiosk has replaced Rocko’s old job at Kind-of-a-Lot-O-Comics, and radioactive energy drinks turn their consumers into mutants.
(official synopsis via Paste Magazine)

Rocko’s Modern Life, one of the great enduring wacky Nickolodeon favourites to emerge the 1990s, is everyone’s quirky animation dream.

It’s brilliantly, colourfully and trippily-animated, its stories bristle with as much intelligence as loopy fun and it actually has something substantail to say into the bargain.

Not bad for an idiosyncratic cartoon, hey?

Now, following its comic book renaissance which continues unabated with Rocko’s Modern After Life, comes a Netflix special, Static Cling where our titular hero and his pals will have to contend with a world that is even more crazy, twisted and warped than the one he left twenty years previously.

Think it far fetched? Take a look around you and what passes for brilliantly-executed OTT comedic in Rocko’s Modern Life is happening all around you.

Thing is – will you handle it as well our intrepid wallaby?

Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling premieres on Netflix on 9 August.

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