The upcoming Rocko's Modern Life and Invader Zim revival movies have found their home on Netflix, and will soon be made available for streaming on the service. Viacom President and CEO Bob Bakish announced the news during Viacom's Q2 2019 Viacom Inc Earnings Conference Call, stating Nickelodeon had sold the rights to both movies. Because both shows are known for their runs as classic Nicktoons, it was expected the made-for-TV movies would be airing on the channel. Still, perhaps the move to Netflix is appropriate, as the shows had their fair share of adult humor.
Called Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling, the Rocko movie was first announced years ago, originally set to air sometime in 2018. It was later confirmed the entire main and recurring voice cast would all be reprising their roles, including Carolos Alazraqui (Rocko), Rom Kenny (Heffer), Mr. Lawrence (Filburt), and Charlie Adler (Ed Bighead). The story takes place 20 years after the animated series, with Rocko having spent the past two decades in space. Rocko and his pals are now placed in an "even more modern life in O-Town" with coffee shops, food trucks, touch-screen telephones, and even radioactive energy drinks. At a San Diego Comic Con panel in 2017, a sneak peek clip of the TV movie was released, though updates on its status had gone quiet since then.
The Invader Zim movie, dubbed Enter the Florpus!, has had a similar trajectory to the Rocko movie. After originally airing on Nickelodeon from 2001 to 2006, the network had confirmed in 2017 that the show was being revived in the form of a made-for-TV movie. Most of the voice cast were also on board to reprise their roles, including Richard Steven Horvitz (Zim), Rosearik Rikki Simons (GIR), Andy Berman (Dib), Melissa Fahn (Gaz), Wally Wingert (Almighty Tallest Red), and executive producer Jhonen Vasquez (Zim's computer). In the movie, Zim loses his self-confidence for the first time in his life after learning The Almighty Tallest never intended to come to earth, leaving himself vulnerable to his nemesis Dib Membrane.
Rocko's Modern Life and Invader Zim aren't the only beloved Nickelodeon classics to soon be returning. The network has also ordered all new episodes of their hit animated series Rugrats, bringing Tommy Pickles and the gang back for more adventures. Additionally, a live-action Rugrats movie is in the works as well, which will feature the animated babies exploring the real world. In the age of nostalgia, some of these classic Nickelodeon cartoons are more popular than ever, as they're fondly remembered by those who grew up with them. Given the fan excitement surrounding these projects, it's clear many adults are more than willing to revisit some of their favorite cartoon shows they enjoyed as kids.
As of right now, there's no word on when the Rocko or Invader Zim movies will be streaming on Netflix. Hopefully, an official announcement with a release date will be made available by the streaming giant soon. Next, someone needs to get working on new movies for Doug and Ren and Stimpy. This information comes to us from NickALive!.