Rocko’s Modern Life Movie Includes Trans Story Arc

The upcoming Netflix Rocko’s Modern Life movie will feature a prominent trans storyline. 

According to Entertainment Weekly, the animated special will include an appearance of a character coming out as transgender.

The 45-minute continuation of his original series, Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling, creator Joe Murray inserted a prominent trans story arc for the Bighead family through the character of Rachel. Rachel, the child of Mr. and Mrs. Bighead, was known as Ralph in the ’90s original.

“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,” says Murray. “It felt natural, because it was not only about change, about somebody finding who they are and making that courageous choice to go through that change.”

Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling tells a beautiful — and hilarious — story about accepting change,” Nick Adams, GLAAD’s director of transgender representation tells the outlet. “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.”

Watch the trailer below!