If you were a kid in the late 90s and early 2000s, you almost definitely spent more than a few afternoons catching episodes of Hey Arnold!
Created in 1996 by Craig Bartlett (Rugrats and The Ren & Stimpy Show), Hey Arnold! focused on the titular character Arnold, a wise-beyond-his-years fourth grader who lives with his grandparents in a large inner-city boarding house.
The football-headed kid got into all sorts of situations and adventures alongside his best friend Gerald, his perpetual bully (who was secretly in love with him) Helga, and the rest of his eccentric classroom of crazy characters. Some of these adventures were pretty intense for a kids show!
It was an immensely popular show for Nickelodeon, resulting in 5 seasons and even a theatrically-released movie, the appropriately-titled Hey Arnold!: The Movie.
It comes as kind of a surprise then that the show ended on something of a cliffhanger. Arnold had recently found a map that was supposed to lead to the last-known location of his parents, who disappeared into the jungle on a humanitarian mission. This was supposed to be the setup for a second movie, Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie.
Unfortunately, a dispute between Nickelodeon and Bartlett led to Bartlett leaving the show, and the second movie never happened… until NOW!
That’s right, Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie is finally happening.
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Nickelodeon has released a first-look video about the upcoming movie, in which Bartlett fills us in on what’s happened since we last saw the gang.
For starters, there’ll only have been a 1 – 2 year gap between the final episode of the show and the movie, meaning everyone will have grown up a bit, but not significantly.
Everyone’s also gotten a bit of a fashion makeover! Arnold’s now wearing a jacket, Gerald has a hoodie instead of a jersey, and Phoebe looks a little more put together!
Bartlett also mentioned in an interview that while not every voice actor from the original cast will be coming back, nearly 20 would be! The film will also feature Alfred Molina as its villain, La Sombra. Getting excited yet? We sure are!
Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie is due out sometime in 2017.