Netflix has restarted hit cartoon from the 90s cartoon Rocko & # 39; s Modern Life, and this time a transgender character has been included in the line-up of roles – much to the delight of fans.
The series, which originally ended in 1996, was known for pushing the boundaries with its risky mature dialogue, but the newly released 45-minute film-style reboot, Rocko & # 39; s Modern Life: Static Cling, now breaks barriers after its creative team decided to introduce its first transgender character ever.
Rachel Bighead, the character is the child of the show's original antagonist, Ed Bighead, and she was born as Ralph, who played as a man in the original series, before coming out as a transgender in the new movie restart.
Pushing boundaries: Netflix has been praised for introducing a transgender character when restarting the popular 90 & # 39; s cartoon Rocko & # 39; s Modern Life
Meet Rachel: named Rachel Bighead, the character is the child of the original antagonist of the Ed Bighead show, and she was born as Ralph before coming out as a transgender
Transformation: in the original show, Rachel was known as Ralph (left) and her father was rejected because she did not want to enter the business world
According to early sneak peeks, Rachel's transition will play a major role in the storyline of the film, as will her father's struggle to accept his daughter for who she really is.
The creator, animator and director of the show, Joe Murray, 58, told Netflix that it was important that Rachel & # 39; s transidentity should not be & # 39; exploited as a punch, as opposed to the long history of offensive and stereotypical representations of the trans-community on film and TV & # 39 ;.
& # 39; When I started writing, I really began to understand what change is and how society has changed and what has happened in the last 20 years and the development of our characters and how they would respond to change & # 39 ;, Murray from California added Weekly entertainment.
& # 39; It felt natural, because it was not just about change, but also about finding someone who he is and making that courageous choice to make that change. & # 39;
The starting point of the new episode is that Rocko, a wallaby, has returned to space after twenty years.
Message: The show's creator, animator and director, Joe Murray, 58, told Netflix that it was important that Rachel's transidentity should not be exploited & # 39; as a punch & # 39;
& # 39; I & # 39; m Rachel & # 39 ;: Murray also voiced Rachel's character in the new movie
He goes on a mission to bring his favorite TV show, The Fatheads, back to screens after he realizes it has been canceled – but no one can find his original maker, Ralph Bighead.
Everything in & # 39; the future & # 39; is different for Rocko and he is being exposed to cell phones and 3D movies for the first time.
In an attempt to find Ralph, Rocko calls to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bighead, his neighbors. He is informed that some time ago Ralph had to & # 39; leave & # 39 ;.
In a flashback scene, Ralph tells his parents: & # 39; he just isn't happy & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I have to go away for a while to really look for soul. Find the real me, & Ralph added.
Rocko and his friends set out on an adventure to find Ralph while watching the Fatheads series return to TV.
After searching the world for him, they finally find him as he drives to them in an ice cream cart in the middle of a desert. After a discussion, Ralph agrees to & # 39; The Fatheads & # 39; to bring back, but tells Rocko and his friends that he had changed since the last time he saw them.
& # 39; I am no longer Ralph, & # 39; said the character, stepped out of the vehicle and let go of long hair. & # 39; I am Rachel. & # 39;
Personal struggle: Rachel's transition will play a major role in the storyline, as will her father's struggle to accept it before she realizes that it's important to face change
Past: Another theme of the cartoon is that sticking to the past will not help anything
Rocko & # 39; s friends tell Rachel that it & # 39; cool & # 39; and & # 39; awesome & # 39; is that she has found her true self. However, Mr Bighead's response on returning home is not going as smoothly.
She meets her father for the first time since the transition and tells him: & # 39; I am not your son, I am your daughter. & # 39;
Mr. Bighead responded by saying & # 39; this is crazy & # 39; and calls: & # 39; No! I can't do this. I don't have a daughter. No son, no show. There will be no special fathead. I Stop! & # 39;
The characters try to comfort Rachel and Rocko tells Mr. Bighead that he cannot live without a relationship with his child. Eventually Mr Bighead sees the mistake in his manners and reconnects with Rachel after she has made a show episode.
& # 39; Rocko, we cannot live in the past. We can be grateful for it. But life is not permanent and if we do not embrace what is now, we will miss many important things, & said Mr. Bighead at a memorable moment.
Murray worked closely with GLAAD, a non-governmental media monitoring organization established by members of the LGBTQ community, to ensure that he and the writers correctly portrayed Rachel's story.
& # 39; There were many discussions about (how) to tackle her journey and her relationship with her father, and that Rocko, Heffer and Filburt treat it as a natural progress in life, & # 39; Murray told Netflix.
Praise: people on Twitter have praised Murray for bringing a positive story about the transition to a younger audience
& # 39; The special was about change, (Rachel) went through a huge change, and the way this community is represented also went through a huge change. Both were worth celebrating, & he added.
& # 39; As a character in the 1990s, she experienced a lot of inner unrest, & # 39; Murray concluded.
& # 39; The title itself, Static Cling, refers to the idea of "sticking to something that is stagnating." It wasn't that we were trying to break walls, shock or be overly striking in some radical stories.
& # 39; But if it was smart and done well, I always wanted it & # 39; modern life & # 39; shone through it, & # 39; he told the streaming platform.
The inclusion of the Netflix special of a transgender character won the praise of the National Center for Transgender Equality, as well as countless people on Twitter and Tumblr.
& # 39; This is very important breaking news & # 39 ;, shared a tweet from the organization. & # 39; One of our favorite characters on Rocko's Modern Life is a trans! & # 39;
& # 39; Thank you Joe Murray and the rest of the crew behind Rocko & # 39; s Modern Life: Static Cling for showing a positive representation of a transgender character. This is seriously a huge landmark in children's animation, & read a tweet.
Positive: the National Center for Transgender Equality went to Twitter to share their joy about the inclusive storyline
Revival: Social media users have shared their joy over the & # 39; woke & # 39; plot with Ralph & # 39; s positive experience of the transition to Rachel
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