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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Accepting change is the big message here, whether it's a new daughter or the idea that a TV show reboot is a little different from the original.
Positive Role Models
Rocko is generally kind and optimistic, even when he's freaking out. Heffer and Filburt fight a lot, but they love each other and are loyal friends to Rocko. The Fatheads are accepting of their trans daughter.
Violence & Scariness
The Fatheads, a TV show Rocko loves, features an aging couple who cartoonishly beat each other up relentlessly. Heffer and Filburt bicker and fight often. Rocko's head gets crushed into a tube by a 3-D movie character. Rocko gets slapped by Mrs. Bighead to snap him out of a fit. Mr. Bighead casually kills a bird with a flyswatter. Violence is often depicted in a '90s gross-out style.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
As in the original show, there's some sexual innuendo that could go over kids' heads. A superhero uses his "nipples of the future," a local restaurant is called "Chokey Chicken." A show features a rabbit mother who's been "busy." Mrs. Bighead promises her husband a "special surprise." Her bust is on display in a scene where she hangs over a fence.
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"Butt." A character calls another "fat" as an insult.
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Products & Purchases
Parody products/brands include Buzzbucks coffee and the O-Phone.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Fumes come from the bathroom after Heffer has used it.
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Parents Need to Know
Families need to know that Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling is a special that brings back the characters from the classic '90s Nicktoon. Rocko (voiced by Carlos Alazraqui) and his friends Heffer (Tom Kenny) and Filburt (Mr. Lawrence) have been stuck in space for 20 years, and when they finally return home, lots has changed. Expect plenty of gross-out humor; for example, Heffer finds a TV remote in his butt, a nose-picking executive loses everything but his booger jar (which he fills repeatedly), and there's lots of farting. If you forgot how edgy Rocko's world is, Static Cling brings you back very quickly: The Fatheads (a show within the show) are like if The Simpsons' Itchy and Scratchy were a married couple -- there's lots of cartoonish violence, arguing, and explosions. There are also some fat jokes and arguing between Heffer and Filburt. That said, positive messages abound about accepting change and loving unconditionally, primarily explored through a transgender main character's transition from male to female. It's lots of fun; just be sure your family is familiar with the Rocko vibe before you dive back in. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
While it's just as raunchy and edgy as viewers remember, this brief return to O-Town is also a surprisingly warm commentary on nostalgia culture and accepting change in a fast-moving world. While the first half of the special is a wild ride of rediscovery for Rocko's crew, Ralph Bighead's transition to Rachel dominates the second. When Rachel's gender is revealed, Heffer pauses and then says "Wow, cool"; just another 21st-century change that's as easy to accept as a pizza taco. It's more difficult for Mr. Bighead, who admits to suffering from a case of TMC, "Too much change." For a special that's still stuck in the '90s in some ways (fat jokes? really?), Static Cling handles Rachel's transition and her family's challenges sensitively.
As all of the characters learn to embrace change and figure out what's important, the sweetness shines through with a triumphant ending that's filled with meta moments. A character tells Rocko "An old cartoon isn't going to solve the kinds of problems you have," but it helps him work through them nonetheless. The new generation of viewers might not get jokes about "the root of capitalist redundancy," but the old ones sure will, and kids can digest the positive messages hiding beneath the booger jar.
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