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'Hey Arnold' movie gets a name and it's 'Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie'

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Yvette C. Hammett
Nickelodeon announced that it's new Hey Arnold movie has been given a name - it's Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie. Photo courtesy of Hulu
Nickelodeon announced that it's new "Hey Arnold" movie has been given a name - it's "Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie." Photo courtesy of Hulu

LOS ANGELES, June 14 (UPI) -- Nickelodeon announced Monday that it's new Hey Arnold movie has been given a name - it's Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie.

It also revealed that 19 of the animated movie's voice actors will return for the new film, including 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 Hey Arnold! creator Craig Bartlett as Miles.

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Jamil Smith, the voice of Gerald and Lane Toran and the Arnold voice, also will return, but in different roles, Entertainment Weekly reported. Mason Vale Cotton and Benjamin "L'il P-Nut" Flores, Jr. will take on the roles of Arnold and Gerald, respectively.

New actors taking on roles from the series are Gavin Lewis as Eugene; Jet Jurgensmeyer as Stinky; Aiden Lewandowski as Sid; Laya Hayes as Nadine; Nicolas Cantu as Curly; Wally Wingert as Oskar; and Stephen Stanton as Pigeon Man. Alfred Molina will give voice to the villain Lasombra, a notorious river pirate scheming from a secret compound in the jungles of San Lorenzo.

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Hey Arnold! ran on Nickelodeon from 1996 to 2004 and followed the adventures of fourth grader Arnold, who lived in a boarding house with his grandparents. A Hey Arnold! movie, sensibly titled Hey Arnold!: The Movie, hit theaters in 2002 and grossed $15 million. The new two-hour TV movie, Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie, premieres next year and resumes the action where the show left off. The new movie promises to "resolve unanswered questions and plot lines, including Arnold finally getting answers about the whereabouts of his missing parents."

"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," said Chris Viscardi, senior vice president of content development, Nickelodeon Franchise Properties. "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."

Craig Bartlett, the original Hey Arnold!, is writing and exec producing the TV movie, Variety reported.

The announcement comes amidst Nickelodeon's 25th anniversary celebration.

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