It’s been ages since we’ve last heard about Nickelodeon’s upcoming slate of made-for-TV animated movies. We’ve known since 2016 that Nickelodeon planned on reviving Rocko’s Modern Life for a movie and we’ve known since 2017 that an Invader Zim sequel was in the cards as well, but since their initial announcements and a single trailer for each movie, that’s all we’ve known about them. While I wasn’t too worried about Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus! being canned since it was shown off at SDCC last year, Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling was a bit more worrisome. The first trailer for it was shown off in 2017 and was slated for a 2018 release, but that year came and went with no news with even the creator worried that the project would ever be released.
Of the two franchises, Rocko’s Modern Life isn’t as highly talked about as most other 90’s cartoons. Usually it’s in the third or fourth tier of classic 90’s cartoons, which is a crying shame. Rocko always delivered some cutting satire that went way above most kid’s heads, but people are just more nostalgic for shows like Rugrats, Spongebob, Hey Arnold!, and Ren & Stimpy, at least from my perspective. As for Zim, it’s been relatively popular for a show that hasn’t aired in nearly a decade, kept mostly alive by memes and Hot Topic merch more than anything else, so I was never worried that Enter the Florpus! would be cancelled. Thankfully neither of them have been cancelled and both movies will be debuting on Netflix!
Over the weekend, Viacom CEO Bob Bakish, who’s company owns Nickelodeon, confirmed that both movies would debut on Netflix sometime this summer. While there’s no word on when they will release besides a generic summer release window, I’ll take that over a cancellation. Seriously, if these movies are going to be as good as the Hey Arnold! movie that came out in 2017 was, then the wait will totally be worth it. Now I’m just left to wonder if both shows will eventually appear on Netflix so we can binge watch them before the movies debut there.