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Hey Arnold! The Movie (2002)

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A fourth grader and his best friend set out to stop an industrialist from bulldozing their town.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Spencer Klein ...
Arnold (voice)
Gerald Martin Johanssen / Rasta Guy (voice) (as Jamil Smith)
Scheck (voice)
Bridget (voice)
Coroner (voice)
Mr. Bailey (voice)
Miriam Pataki / Mona / Reporter (voice) (as Kath E. Soucie)
Christopher Walberg ...
Stinky Peterson (voice) (as Christopher P. Walberg)
Sam Gifaldi ...
Sid (voice)
Harold Berman (voice)
Eugene Horowitz (voice) (as Blake Ewing)


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A Big Problem Calls For A Big Head

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 June 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Arnold Saves the Neighborhood  »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,706,332, 30 June 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,684,949, 18 August 2002
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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Arnold's deflated basketball disappears from his hand when he and Gerald walk over to the crowd who are watching the news coverage of Scheck on the T.V. See more »


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Good Movie... but it depends on your mindset.
9 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

I am a fourteen-year-old girl and while I'm certainly not the show's core demographic, I enjoyed the movie as much as I enjoy any episode of the TV series. Hey Arnold was one of the things I had lived with since about the second grade and then one day it just turned into a full-blown obsession.

But first off, let's get one thing straight, people: This was NOT intended to be a big-screen movie. It was intended to be a Nick Flick, one of Nickelodeon's made-for-TV movies. The powers that be decided that the storyline of the series held a much more interesting premise: searching for Arnold's parents. That premise became the movie. But then, for reasons I am not aware of, this switched back to being a theatrical movie. Then there was some kind of disagreement, and now it's unlikely we'll ever see the second movie. ::sniffle::

That information aside, this is still a very enjoyable movie. The particular theater my brother and I saw it in was filled with many parents, most of which probably had no idea of the story behind the movie (both legal and TV-show-story wise) and they still enjoyed it as much as I did. Helga is as laughably enjoyable as ever, and the movie still contains subtle humor situations that adults will enjoy.

This is a decent enough movie. And if you still think you won't like it, go see it for us fans, who desperately want a second movie and are hoping against hope that it will be made. Thank you.

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