The most exciting thing to come out of the Rocko’s Modern Life panel at SDCC was a 2 1/2 minute teaser for Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling, the one off TV movie that will debut on Nickelodeon in 2018.

The panel reunited the original voice cast of Carlos Alazraqui (Rocko), Tom Kenny (Heffer), Doug Lawrence (Filburt), and Charlie Adler (Mr. and Mrs. Bighead), along with series creator Joe Murray, and the director of the new movie, Cosmo Segurson.

Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling drops everyone’s favorite wallaby, steer, and turtle back on Earth after being lost in space in 1996, and sees them facing the strange, new, modern world.

“Fellas, I don’t think we’re in the nineties anymore,” says Rocko, as the trio steps out the door to see the O-Town of the 2010s. They run back and forth getting hopped up on caffeine at Buzzbucks (Starbucks, clearly), before picking up the latest “O-phone.” Poor Rocko is bewildered by smartphones, asking “Where are all the buttons?”

Then, they and others get drenched in a Red Bull like energy drink that doesn’t just give you wings, it gives you two heads, or in the case of Fil and Hef, an extra arm each to high five with. Poor Rocko just gets melted away. Food trucks abound in O-Town now too, including on that sells tacos in tacos in tacos (yes please). 

Luckily, Rocko’s old job is still around…kind of. The gang stops by Kind Of A Lot O’ Comics, but the store has been replaced by a 3D printer, spitting out a Really Really Big Man comic.

Speaking of Really Really Big Man, he gets a Zach Snyder-esque gritty reboot in 3D, landing punches on Rocko in the audience. “It’s so realistic!” whispers Filbert. 

Then we’re treated to a revamped opening credits (but with the same B-52s sung theme song), with a whole new host of modern day threats, and a quick shot of Mrs. Bighead.

“The 21st century is a very dangerous century,” concludes Rocko, with a smart phone sticking out of his head.

Check out the preview footage below. 

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