Nickelodeon is aiming to develop a TV-movie based on the children’s cartoon “Hey Arnold!” — a favorite for ’90s kids from across the nation.
Football-head lovers everywhere will hopefully find some closure in the made-for-TV flick, which will attempt to close the doors on some unanswered questions that have left fans of the classic cartoon scratching their heads since 2004.
The Viacom-owned kids’ outlet is developing a new TV movie based on “Hey Arnold!,” the animated series that ran between 1996 and 2004 and focused on a fourth-grader with an oblong noggin who lived with his grandparents in a boarding house. The TV movie will feature a storyline that picks up where the original series ended and resolves unanswered plotlines–including the whereabouts of Arnold’s parents, long missing from the program. Executives at the network declined to offer a specific date for when the new content might be ready or air.
“Kids who grew up on these characters are now of the age that they are having kids and families themselves,” said Russell Hicks, president, content development and production, for Nickelodeon Group, in an interview. “Our library has come to fruition and it’s time for it to start coming back to life.”
HA ran for eight years, between 1996 and 2004, before the P.S. 118 bell of life rang on its tenure. This metaphor is bad, but I’m leaving it in because it just feels right.
I will always remember, as a little kid, being so enamored by all the gadgets in Arnold’s room — especially now, considering the shittiness of the rest of his house. All the windows and cool lights and remote controls — everything in his room was clearly a massive fire hazard. I remember all the cool sounds that he could hear when he opened his window. What phenomenal ambience. It made me want to visit New York City. (Which, in all honesty, I still really haven’t done.)
I also loved how, for years, I was convinced Arnold was wearing a dress. Only later in life did I realize he had a sweater on over another shirt. Sweaters, you see, were a fairly foreign concept to kids growing up in the desolate swampland known as Houston.
Cartoons today are too PC. They don’t have the mega-depressing shit that HA was not afraid to touch on, like when Sid was too embarrassed to bring a rich friend over to his house so he pretended to live at Arnold’s:
Pretty crazy to think that kids who grew up on HA are having kids of their own now — the same way our parents told us they grew up on “Bugs Bunny” and “Tom and Jerry.” But in 2016, HA will turn 20 years old. That’s nuts.
You can bet your ass I’ll be watching when this movie eventually comes out. I need to see if Helga and Arnold finally do it. I guess that is sort of fucked up because they are in fourth grade, but whatever. Also looking forward to updates on Harold, Sid and Gerald. Maybe even Stoop Kid. But not Eugene. Fuck Eugene.
The premiere date has yet to be determined, but I’ll absolutely be sharing more information as it comes about..
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