‘Rocko’s Modern Life’ movie on Netflix will be trans-inclusive

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Netflix is rebooting the classic 90s Nickelodeon cartoon Rocko’s Modern Life with a movie, one of the main characters in which is going to be trans. The popular animated children’s show aired from 1993 to 1996 and follows the adventures of an Australian wallaby named Rocko. It will be returning for a 45-minute special episode on Netflix. The episode is titled “Static Cling” and will focus on the character of Rachel, the child of Mr. and Mrs. Bighead, Rocko’s neighbors-frogs. But those who are familiar with the animated series know that Ed and Beverly Bighead had only one child – a son named Ralph, who worked as a cartoonist. So, the conclusion is the character transitioned into female. Series creator Joe Murray told EW: “When I started writing [Static Cling], I really started latching onto the idea of change and how society has changed and what’s gone on in the last 20 years and the development of our characters and how they would react to change”. When he was approached by Nickelodeon to make the rebooted episode, Murray was initially concerned that his ideas might be dismissed. “The younger characters accept Rachel immediately, recognizing she’s still their friend. And while Rachel’s father is slow to accept change within his own family, even he realizes that loving your child should be unconditional. This story of inclusion and acceptance is so needed in our current climate.”

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