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Hey Arnold! The Movie Review


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With hit movies like Rugrats and Jimmy Neutron, the everything-for-kids television network Nickelodeon has done a reasonably good job bringing intelligent animated characters to life on the big screen. However their latest, Hey Arnold! The Movie, lacks the inventiveness that made its predecessors so entertaining.

The jagged storyline follows the efforts of Arnold and his friends Gerald and Helga as they try to prevent a giant conglomerate from tearing down their dilapidated neighborhood to make way for a sparkling new shopping mall. Prior efforts to thwart the plans of the villainous boss Scheck have failed. Then, much to Arnold's surprise, a document surfaces that proves that the neighborhood is a historical landmark. Obtaining the document is the youngsters' only hope of stopping the demolition crews.

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The recent profit-mongering trend of making feature films out of popular, still-in-production TV kiddie cartoons -- "The Rugrats Movie," Doug's First Movie," "Recess: School's Out" and next week's "Powerpuff Girls: The Movie" -- seems to have become an automated process.

Although I reserve judgement on "Powerpuff," which is supposed to be about the origins of the superhero preschoolers, little thought seems to go into making these movies. They're never much more than overlong episode of the shows, except that they require parents to shell out for tickets and popcorn.

"Hey Arnold! The Movie" is more of the same. Spawned from the animated Nickelodeon series about a "football headed kid" and the denizens of his oddball urban neighborhood, it's a weakly-scripted adventure in which Arnold and his pals try to stop a developer from tearing down their block to build a mega-mall. The mantra behind the project seems to have been "it's just a kids' flick." Translation: "We don't need to try very hard."

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Hey Arnold! The Movie Movie Review

With hit movies like Rugrats and Jimmy Neutron, the everything-for-kids television network Nickelodeon has done...

Hey Arnold! The Movie Movie Review

Hey Arnold! The Movie Movie Review

The recent profit-mongering trend of making feature films out of popular, still-in-production TV kiddie cartoons...

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