“Hey Arnold! You’re a bold kid, and a true hero.”
Fans who attended Nickelodeon’s Hey Arnold! panel at San Diego Comic Con today received a special treat when the network unveiled the first footage from the show’s highly anticipated revival: Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie.
The upcoming two-hour film, which will be split into two parts and serve as the definitive series finale to the beloved show, is projected to premiere on Nickelodeon in November 2017. Per Entertainment Weekly, the movie “picks up not long after the events of the original 1996-2004 series[…]The film finds Arnold and his friends winning a trip to the jungle, which Arnold hopes will bear answers about his long-missing parents.”
The footage that series creator Craig Bartlett proudly debuted mainly serves as a recap of sorts to the original series, as Arnold’s friends surprise him with a video they put together showcasing what a great and caring kid he is and how he’s helped them all over the years. “He’s pure of heart,” his best friend Gerald narrates. “Which is why he deserves to win the trip to San Lorenzo. Because he’s done so much for others. He’s a humanitarian, just like his parents and the Helpers for Humanity.” The premise of a video contest being the reason Arnold and his classmates get to go to the jungle is a clever one, and it’s a safe bet to predict that when Nickelodeon eventually releases another trailer, it will be more plot heavy by focusing on the jungle side of things.
The clip also serves to reacquaint audiences not just with Arnold, but all of his friends and family too, including: Sid, Gerald, Stoop Kid, Rhonda, Dino Spumoni, Pigeon Man, Big Patty, Coach Wittenberg, Harold, Curly, and Eugene amongst others. (Pretty much all of the characters were present in the new footage, but only the ones just named had speaking parts.)
You can check out the footage below, which is sure to make you nostalgic if you were a fan of the original show:
You can also check out the picture Craig Bartlett showed off which features a glimpse of the new outfits Arnold, Gerald, Helga, and Phoebe will be donning on their trip to the jungle.
In addition to Hey Arnold! footage, fans of Nickelodeon cartoons from the nineties were gifted with a glimpse of the Rocko’s Modern Life revival, Static Cling, yesterday and will be excited to know that an Invader Zim movie is on its way as well. In addition, a theatrical Nicktoons movie – combining characters from ’90s Nickelodeon shows including Rugrats, Ren & Stimpy, Rocko’s Modern Life, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, and The Angry Beavers – is currently being developed by Paramount and Nickelodeon.
Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie is set to debut on Nickelodeon in November 2017. Are you excited to follow the beloved football head and his friends from Hillwood to the jungle? Are you anticipating finally learning what happened to Arnold’s parents? What do you think of the sneak peek Nickelodeon debuted today? Let me know in the comments below!