HEY ARNOLD!: THE MOVIE (Theatrical Release USA 2002)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 2.9|5.0 Stars ìì

Hey Arnold!: The Movie—
predictable, definitely not one of the better animated movies of 2002—has a seen that/been there storyline. Nothing unique or original about this film. It was a slam/dunk at the box office, earning about $5 for every $1 spent on budget, but generally fails in every category for entertainment value.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


The movie is about Arnold (voice of Spencer Klein) and his friend, Gerald Martin Johanssen (voice of Jamil Walker Smith), discovering that Mr. Scheck (voice of Paul Sorvino), a high-ranking decision maker of FutureTeck Industries, plans to demolish their historic Revolutionary War neighborhood to make room for a new mall. After Arnold’s Grandfather ‘Steely’ Phil (voice of Dan Castellaneta) tells the history of the neighborhood, Arnold finds that the neighborhood had been declared a historic district many years ago. He finds that Mr. Scheck possesses the documents that prove the neighborhood was marked as a historic landmark. After a series of upsets, the boys are finally victorious over the powerful Mr. Scheck. Mayor Dixie (voice of Tress MacNeille) verifies that the neighborhood is indeed a National LandMark and will be preserved.

Additional Thanks

Fair Work by Director Tuck Tucker. Thank you to Executive Producers Margie Cohn and Julia Pistor for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Helga Geraldine Pataki/ Deep Voice (voice of Francesca Marie Smith), Rasta Guy (Jamil Walker Smith), Nick Vermicelli (voice of Dan Castellaneta), Grandma Gertie ‘Pookie’/Red (voice of Tress MacNeille), Bridget (voice of Jennifer Jason Leigh), Coroner (voice of Christopher Lloyd), Mr. Bailey (voice of Vincent Schiavelli), and Big Bob Pataki/Head of Security, (voice of Maurice LaMarche).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

No, unless you are an absolute Hey, Arnold! fan. For 2002, money is better spent on the animated films, Lilo & Stitch and/or Ice Age.

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