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Reactions to Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie (2017)

Dec 01, 2017 9:34 pm
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On November 24, 2017, Nickelodeon brought back a much loved cartoon series, by airing a brand-new film. Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie (2017) was finally realized, using a script that was begun in 1998.

It was a dream come true for some fans, of a show which had not seen a new episode or movie release since 2002. However, others fans responded very differently. (even dramatically claiming it ruined their childhood!)

Here are a variety of early reactions from 4chan's /co/ board:

   
It was a good movie but it was a bad Hey Arnold movie. The show was never about finding lost parents, and that was totally dissonant from even the behavior of the children. How could any of them have reasonably taken a pirate attack in such stride but freaked the hell out when Arnold tried to explain his lost parents? Why wouldn't any of them have been shocked and curious that Edwardo knew Arnold? Why was Arnold, everyone's best friend, not treated like anyone in the cast cared about him?

But it was good, it was funny, it resolved nicely. If anything, it proved one thing to me: Helga was and has always been the star of the show. She was the best written and best performed character in the movie, and I would much rather see The Patakis before I see Season 6 of HA!.
   
Whole thing came off as very fan fictiony to me. It just seemed off in a lot of ways. I was pretty impressed for like the first half an hour when it felt almost exactly like and an old episode of the show. Like a lost brand new episode from fifteen years ago or something. Then they got to South America and it kinda fell apart immediately. Everything started felling very forced and rushed, especially the last ten minutes or so. Eh, it was an ok way to close up the series I suppose. I was just expecting more of a last two episodes of the show type feeling to everything I guess. Oh and his parents should have been dead. Would love to see what the original script from 2002 is like. Because I have a feeling it was way better then this.
   
The Jungle Movie feels exactly like how the original series did. The only reasons people are disappointed is because the 15 year wait set their expectations too high and because the last act was a bit rushed.

The only part that felt like it was pandering towards nostalgia was a scene during the first act where nearly everyone Arnold ever helped throws him a party before he heads off to San Lorenzo. But in the context of the Jungle Movie acting as a proper series finale, it felt fine.
   
I've come to realize something now, after watching it. The character designs are a bit "off", moreover if you watch AFD/The Journal, which I believe were the last episodes produced. Arnold's eyes are popping out a bit over his head, I don't remember them being like that in the series. His clothes also look very static, they don't have any slack or body form, mimicking the clothes design from the fourth/fifth seasons when they switched to 2D computer animation.

Helga's face design changed as well. It is hard for me to describe it, but through most of the series her eyes had a specific shape to them. In this movie, her eyes are basically circles, which harkens back to her season one design when the characters looked a bit weird and disjointed. So its this odd mix of a modern, newer designed Helga with her season one facial features. Moreover, her ears also look a bit different as well. They were angled a bit lower in the show.
   
the movie was alright but the whole thing with his parents wasn't really believable.
like they were in a coma in the jungle for a decade and they're fine?

and arnold ending up with helga felt more like they threw a bone to fans rather than being realistic.
arnold himself felt off in this movie, but it could just be its been so long since i've seen the show.
   
Since it has been a few days since the movie aired, I have gone through the motions. It felt so surreal that it finally happened, because it had been so long since the show ended. I have accepted TJM has happened. It got made, this is what we got, and that's it. Is it the movie that I would always hope it would be? After waiting so long? Yes and no. I still think it came a little too late for some fans, and it gained "floating timelime" issues that wouldn't have been a problem had the movie been made over a decade ago. For me, this movie felt a little "out of its element" because its new content based on an old 90s show that had been defunct for 14-16 years prior. This should have been the theater movie as originally planned, which would have allowed for a larger budget, longer runtime, and perhaps a slightly different script, over what we actually received.

It's great the series got closure. Many people wanted it. For a while, it seemed like an impossibility. As a long time fan, I thought I would gleefully love everything about this movie, but I keep harping on all its problems and the fact that Nick screwed up everything for HA! a long time ago. Then they have the nerve to *still* screw with the franchise, by cutting TJM down for time, therefore adding to some of the problems the movie has (rushed ending).

It is frustrating knowing that I have to accept this movie, that this is the end result, and now there is no going back. It's final. Perhaps I'll take a softer stance on it in a few years, but for right now, I'm conflicted with how everything went down.


Smutty is the author of the best-selling book, 100 Things To Do That Are More Fun Than Sticking Your Dick into a Cigarette Lighter. Abandoned by his mother days after hatching, he has a life goal of making the world feel his pain. He enjoys thrusting his tail into all kinds of interesting places.

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Posted by HeadAssClown Dec 10, 2017
03:58:38 pm
Now /co/ has a new thread going about this movie with the following question...

"Arnold's Grandpa is a combat veteran of WWII who served during the Battle of the Bulge, as depicted in the episode "Veteran's Day". The Battle of the Bulge ran from December, 1944 to January, 1945. The minimum age of military enlistment at the time was 17. Assuming The Jungle Movie takes place in 2017, this means Grandpa is 91, as an absolute minimum. How can he possibly be so active and lucid at that age?"

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