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Hey Arnold! The Movie

movie reviewvideo review out of 4 Movie Review: Hey Arnold! The Movie

Starring: Spencer Klein, Paul Sorvino
Director: Tuck Tucker
Rated: PG
RunTime: 75 Minutes
Release Date: June 2002
Genres: Animation, Kids

*Also starring: Francesca Marie Smith, Jamil Smith, Justin Shenkarow, Olivia Hack, Craig Bartlett, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Maurice LaMarche, Christopher Lloyd

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Review by Steve Rhodes
1 star out of 4

Nickelodeon's HEY ARNOLD! THE MOVIE is another one of those slipshod productions delivered to the theaters in hopes of cashing in on the lucrative summer movie market for kids. Offering little more than a needlessly extended version of a mediocre television series, the movie has such little appeal that it will likely produce the same effect on your kids that it did on the tykes in our large audience -- it lulled many of them to sleep. You could see heads nodding off all over the place. Only an explosive finale woke the kids and caused a small burst of laughter.

The lead for the series is a strange looking kid named Arnold (voiced by Spencer Klein). With a "football head," yellow hair that appears parted like the Red Sea and a mouth that floats from side to side like a pair of loose dentures, Arnold is only one of many strangely drawn characters in the show.

The minimal plot provides the canonical and questionable cartoon message that businesses are always big, bad and out to exploit the environment. The story this time concerns an evil conglomerate named Future Tech Industries (FTi) that is about destroy the neighborhood. Arnold and friends try to stop FTi's CEO Scheck (voiced by Paul Sorvino) by organizing protests and even dynamiting the street in order to stop his bulldozers.

"Losers!" Arnold's friend Helga (voiced by Francesca Smith) yells at Arnold and his buddies when she gets angry at them. You'll be a loser if you chose HEY ARNOLD! THE MOVIE over much better fare like LILO & STITCH.

HEY ARNOLD! THE MOVIE runs a very long 1:16. It is rated PG for "some thematic elements" and would be acceptable for all ages.

My son Jeffrey, age 13, gave it no stars whatsoever. He said that it was seventy-six minutes of boredom and that the plot was almost non-existent.

Copyright 2002 Steve Rhodes

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