Calling all ’90s kids it’s finally happening. is returning to TV with a one-hour special on Nickelodeon after being off the air for 20 years.
I sat down with two of the shows creators and stars, Tom Kenny (Heffer) and Doug Lawrence (Filburt) at Comic-Con San Diego and got the scoop on everything related to.
The special picks up right whereoriginal show left off,with the cast being blast off into space. They come back down to earth 20 years later to find literally everything has changed there’s smartphones, social media, and Buzzbucks galore (aka Starbucks).
Those of us who grew up with remember those tongue-in-cheek jokes, like Rocko becoming a sex phone operator. Or, the time when his doctor, Dr. Bendova (yes, really), squeezed his eyeballs during an exam and asked him to cough.
Most of my friends weren’t even allowed to watch the show. I’m glad my parents didn’t care about me enough that I was able to watch all the time and fall in love with the jokes, even if I didn’t understand them.
While sitting with Kenny And Lawrence, I wanted to know if that same vein of comedy would still be intact with the new, moderner (Kenny’s words, not mine). After all, it’s been 20 years things have to be much more PC nowadays, especially for a children’s show and for a network likeNickelodeon. But fear not, fans that dark comedy we all know and love is here to stay. Lawrencesaid,
With the network, we had to kind of make it clear that if we’re gonna bother with this, we have to pick it up. We have to be able to joke the same kind of way we did back then, which is not necessarily how they make shows at Nickelodeon today. So, it was a little bit more [risky].
In any other really good children’s entertainment that we love, whether its or (who was based on Gene Wilderfrom the original movie), theres darkness in that stuff. , there’s darkness in there and stuff that pushes it. There’s always a bit of a battle but now it’s even more of a pitched battle where anything that’s just a little bit dark, or negative, satirical, or biting, immediately is seen as a problem. It’s like sanding the rough edges off of everything.
It doesn’t hurt that Kenny and Lawrence have a combined 40+ years of experience in the industry, with shows like , , and under their belt. We’re lucky because we’ve hadshows like and where we were allowed to do it, Lawrencesays.
So, there you go. comes back 20 years later where everything has changed, but the comedy is still just as great as we ’90s kids remember. is coming to Nickelodeon in 2018.