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Netflix to run new Rocko's Modern Life and Invader Zim movies

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Ensuring that streaming day will continue to be a very dangerous day, Nickelodeon announced this morning that it’s just sold two new TV movies reviving beloved “kids” series Rocko’s Modern Life and Invader Zim—the “kids” in quotes there because both of those shows tended to fall pretty far on the “whoa, that’s fucked up” scale of children’s entertainment—to Netflix. Both of these projects, the Rocko revival movie Static Cling and Zim follow-up Enter The Florpus, have been previously talked about and previewed by the children’s entertainment channel/nostalgia delivery vector, but they’ve now been handed off to the streaming giant for actual distribution.

This is per NickALive!, reporting on a Q2 Earnings Call conducted by Viacom CEO Bob Bakish, who confirmed that both movies will now be headed to Netflix. Both films were written and directed by their series’ respective creators, Joe Murray and Jhonen Vasquez, and will feature appearances from the majority of their original voice casts. The Rocko movie appears to be a satire on, well, modern life—have you heard about these newfangled smartphones and energy drinks the kids won’t stop looking at or consuming, folks?!—while the Zim project posits a scenario in which everyone’s favorite Irken invader is finally robbed of his normally unshakable (and unearned) self-confidence. There’s no word yet on a release date for either movie, which last showed off footage of themselves at Comic-Con in 2017 and 2018, respectively.


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