TL;DR – This is a very
interesting reboot of a beloved cartoon from the 1990s but I am not sure that
it hit its mark.
I grew up in the 1990s, so for me when I think about those cartoons that
situated my life for the weird and abstract toons of the peak-Nickelodeon.
Shows like Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, The Angry Beavers, and of course the weirdly
absurd Rocko’s Modern Life were very
much a part of that. Rocko’s Modern Life
is/was a show that used its abstract art style and storytelling to shine a
light on the world. Now, it has been years since I have watched an episode so
when a new special was released, well I knew it was time to jump back in.
So to set the scene, since the end of the last season of Rocko’s Modern Life, Rocko (Carlos Alazraqui), Heffer Wolfe (Tom
Kenny), Spunky, and Filburt (Mr. Lawrence) have spent the last twenty years
flying around space after a rocket took their house into space. After all that
time, at least their mutual love of the Fat Heads brings them together. But tragedy
strikes when the VCR of the show dies, the one thing keeping them sane.
Thankfully, at that moment they find the remote for the rocket lodged in Heffer’s
posterior. But when they arrive back to O-Town, a lot has changed.
TL;DR – It starts really formulaic but then it hits you right in the feels
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
P.S. – There is a post credit scene
Cars have always been the odd one out of the Pixar films, some found the cartoon cars charming, others heralded it the beginning of the end of Pixar, for me I just found them to be ok, nothing more, and nothing less, the Thor’s of the Pixar catalogue. So it has been six years since Cars 2 a movie didn’t end up seeing because, to be honest, it didn’t sound all that good. This led to a bit of apprehension before seeing Cars 3, was it a chance for Pixar to show that they had learned from their mistakes, or was this just simply another toy cash grab, because Cars merchandise has been a real boon for Disney. Well, can it be both?