It was revealed today that the TV movies Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling and Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus, previously produced for Nickelodeon, have been sold to Netflix. Why is this big news? Because unlike Nickelodeon, Netflix might actually make these movies available.
Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling joins the wallaby, cow and turtle where the show last left them in 1996: stranded in space. Having finally returned to Earth, Heffer and Filburt are overjoyed by all the advances in technology…..but Rocko, being Rocko, is cautious and nervous about it all. Static Cling has been complete for over a year and has done nothing but gather dust on the Nick shelf. A preview trailer was shown off in 2018:
This was also the year that the first in a planned series of Nicktoons revival movies, Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie, premiered. It was to be followed by Rocko and Zim, but after the ratings for Hey Arnold’s revival didn’t go through the roof, Nick developed buyer’s remorse. Static Cling was held from broadcast for an indefinite period of time.
Meanwhile Enter The Florpus continued production and showed off a trailer during last year’s Comic-Con, allegedly composed of random scenes that just happened to have finished animation. The scenes suggest the movie will take inspiration from the Invader Zim comic book, which is produced by the original team and is well worth reading. According to a tweet from creator Jhonen Vasquez, the movie was completed two months ago.
So now we wait, which is what we’ve been doing for quite some time. Hopefully we get a release date from Netflix soon.