22 July, 2016 - NME.com
Nickelodeon has revealed photos of the main characters from the heavily anticipated Hey Arnold! TV movie.
The two-hour comeback will be called Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie, suggesting that the screenplay will answer questions fans have from the show finale. The series finale of the 90’s cartoon witnessed Arnold learning of his parents’ adventures in San Lorenzo and left hints that the film is likely to look into their disappearance.
In these newly-released pictures, fans can see slight differences in the characters' attire. Arnold, for example, wears a jacket instead of his old sweater and, more notably, his signature dress-like shirt is a little less dress-like.
The majority of the original cast will be returning to voice the film. Returning cast members include Francesca Marie Smith as Helga, Justin Shenkarow as Harold, Anndi McAfee as Phoebe, Olivia Hack as Rhonda and Dan Castellaneta and Tress MacNeille as Arnold’s grandparents.
However main characters Arnold and best friend Gerald will not be voiced by the original actors, but instead younger performers. Arnold will be voiced by Mason Vale Cotton and Gerald will be voiced by Benjamin Flores Jr.
Original voice actors of the two leads, Lane Toran and Jamil Walker Smith, will voice other characters in the movie instead.
Chris Viscardi, senior vice president of content development for Nickelodeon Franchise Properties, said in a statement: “We’re incredibly fortunate to work with these talented voice actors who brought to life one of the most celebrated cartoons in Nickelodeon’s history. The voice cast is an essential piece to the Hey Arnold! universe and we're excited for a new generation of fans to hear these characters in a new TV movie.”
Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie is set to air in 2017.