A few months ago, Hey, Arnold! creator Craig Bartlett wrote on Instagram that Nickelodeon officially greenlit production on a two-part, two-hour movie reboot. He used the title Jungle Movie at the time, and it’s now been confirmed, along with a number of familiar voices.
A.V. Club got the exclusive on the latest update to the nostalgic reboot, which will be called Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie. Lane Toran and Jamil Smith voiced the characters of Arnold and Gerald in the original cartoon series, but they return in different roles, while Mason Vale Cotton (Mad Men) and Benjamin “L’il P-Nut” Flores Jr. (Game Shakers) take over the voice roles. Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2) will also take over for Brian Doyle Murray in voicing the film’s villain, Lasombra, while a number of younger talents will take over as the voices of characters, such as Eugene (Gavin Lewis), Stinky (Jet Jurgensmeyer), Sid (Aidan Lewandowski), Nadine (Laya Hayes), Curly (Nicolas Cantu), Oskar (Wally Wingert), and Pigeon Man (Stephen Stanton).
Other returning veterans are 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 Craig Bartlett as Miles.
Lingering question from Hey, Arnold!, which aired on Nickelodeon from 1996-2004, will be answered in the movie, including what happened to Arnold’s parents. The Jungle Movie will make its debut sometime next year.
This is just a taste of what oldies from Nickelodeon will become newbies. The Splat network also has a TV movie based on the kids competition show Legends of the Hidden Temple in the works, in addition to NickToons movie from director Jared Hess that features Rugrats and Ren & Stimpy.