Hey Arnold movie: Nickeloden announces title, 19 original actors returning
The Hey Arnold! TV movie has finally been given a name, and it’s… Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie.
Nickelodeon on Monday also revealed that 19 of the animated show’s voice actors will return for the film, including: Francesca Marie Smith as Helga; Anndi McAfee as Phoebe; Justin Shenkarow as Harold; Olivia Hack as Rhonda; Nika Futterman as Olga; Dan Butler as Mr. Simmons; Dan Castellaneta as Grandpa; Tress MacNeille as Grandma; Antoinette Stella as Stella; Carlos Alazraqui as Eduardo; Dom Irrera as Ernie; Maurice LaMarche as Bob Pataki; Kath Soucie as Miriam; Danielle Judovits as Big Patty; Danny Cooksey as Stoop Kid; Jim Belushi as Coach Wittenberg; and Hey Arnold! creator Craig Bartlett as Miles.
Lane Toran, who originally played Arnold in the series, and Jamil Smith, who was the voice of Gerald, also will return, but in different roles. Mason Vale Cotton and Benjamin “L’il P-Nut” Flores, Jr. will assume the roles of Arnold and Gerald, respectively. Other new actors taking on roles from the series are Gavin Lewis as Eugene; Jet Jurgensmeyer as Stinky; Aiden Lewandowski as Sid; Laya Hayes as Nadine; Nicolas Cantu as Curly; Wally Wingert as Oskar; and Stephen Stanton as Pigeon Man. Alfred Molina will lend his voice to the villain Lasombra, who is a notorious river pirate scheming from a secret compound in the jungles of San Lorenzo.
Running from 1996 to 2004 on Nickelodeon, Hey Arnold! followed the adventures of fourth grader Arnold, who resided in a boarding house with his grandparents. A Hey Arnold! movie, sensibly titled Hey Arnold!: The Movie, hit theaters in 2002, grossing $15 million. A two-hour TV movie, to be written and executive-produced by Bartlett, was given a thumbs-up by the network earlier this year. Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie, which premieres next year and resumes the action where the show left off, promises to “resolve unanswered questions and plotlines — including Arnold finally getting answers about the whereabouts of his missing parents.”