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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