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Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie
The Jungle Movie
Fan Poster by genaminna

producer

Craig Bartlett

co-director

Raymie Muzquiz

music

Jim Lang

distributor

Paramount Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies

Release date(s)

2002 (Original)

Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie, or Hey Arnold 2: The Movie, is an unfinished and unreleased film project that was intended to be the final installment of the Hey Arnold! canon.

In 2004, Nickelodeon cancelled both the TV series and the production of The Jungle Movie (TJM).  In recent years, the ever-growing Hey Arnold! fan base has been campaigning for the release of TJM through the use of petitions, social media, and fan mail. 

Background

Originally, The Jungle Movie was supposed to be released as the theatrical feature of the series. However, Nickelodeon executives decided that the made-for-TV movie, Arnold Saves the Neighborhood, should be given a theatrical release, instead. Hey Arnold!: The Movie was unsuccessful at the box office, grossing only $15.2 million worldwide. Despite this, Nickelodeon was still interested in making TJM and asked Craig Bartlett to produce a special one-hour episode called "The Journal" that would serve as a lead-in to the plot of the second movie.

In 2004, Nickelodeon decided to cancel the project and the series, citing a drop in viewer interest as a reason for their decision.

Bartlett still does not want to reveal the sequel's plot line completely, but much of it has leaked through his chats and interviews. Bartlett also stated in 2012 that if TJM were to be made today, he would "have to start from scratch."

In an interview with Harold's voice actor Justin Shenkarow, for The Arun Mehta Show, it was hinted that discussions between Nickelodeon and Bartlett had been going on about possibly green-lighting the second movie. Bartlett later confirmed that he was indeed going into meetings with Nickelodeon executives.

In 2013, it was rumoured that the movie would be released if there was strong enough interest among fans. Cyma Zarghami, the president of Nick, informed Bartlett about how she has been receiving numerous letters and fan mail about Hey Arnold! Since then, Bartlett has announced that he is now officially working on his new Nickelodeon show, Sky Rat, and would like to focus his attention on this show for the time being.  However, if his revived involvement with Nickelodeon continues to go well, it is possible that Bartlett may eventually be able to bring up Hey Arnold! to the Nick executives. 

In 2014, a rumor that the movie was going to be released on June 19, 2015 (or sometime during 2016) began spreading on the Internet.  Despite some fans believing this "news" to be true, such a rumor has not been confirmed by Bartlett, Nickelodeon, or Paramount.

Production

Drafts of the movie were written and developed between 1998-2001, and it's rumored the script was in its 6th or 7th draft. A number of storyboards were also drafted by then co-director Raymie Muzquiz.

Towards the end of the series, Snee Oosh Studios was only working with a small number of staff. Enough to produce the two final episodes of the show (April Fool's Day and The Journal) and the movie.

Legal Status

Nickelodeon and Paramount currently own the rights to the script and the Hey Arnold characters, but currently there are no plans to put it into production. It's highly unlikely that the project would be allowed to be revived under another production company.

Plot line

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The Jungle Movie concept art by Roger Luan

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The Jungle Movie concept art by Roger Luan

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The Jungle Movie concept art by Roger Luan

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Unknown concept. Though rumoured to be Sammy Redmond's Mansion.

While no official information has ever been released by Nickelodeon, Craig Bartlett himself has talked about the movie plot in various online chats and interviews.

Arnold's name is revealed in the opening scene. A man comes to the door of the boarding house with a package for him and he signs his full name.

The whole class, who are now in the fifth grade, go to San Lorenzo in Central America after Arnold wins them an essay contest. However, he has his own secret agenda to go look for his parents with the map that he found in the episode "The Journal".

Arnold meets the mysterious Green Eyed people, the people his parents were helping. When he was born, he silenced all of nature (the erupting volcano), which prompted the Green Eyes to believe that he is divine. The Green Eyes have designed a motif that is shaped like a football head in all their architecture. They are also impressed with Helga's ferocity. This makes the Green Eyes semi-worship Arnold and Helga. The Green Eyes also think very highly of Miles and Stella, because they’ve all saved each other’s lives before, many times.

La Sombra, a villain who was briefly seen in the episode "The Journal" is a big character of the movie, he is Miles and Stella's enemy. He is a mercenary treasure hunter and river pirate, who goes in disguise. La Sombra is after La Corazón, a fabulous jewel and a sacred relic of the Green Eyes, which can't be seen in the light of day.

In 2004, Craig Bartlett stated that if Arnold finds his parents he is going to stay with them, but in 2007 he said that they never decided whether Arnold had to stay in San Lorenzo.

Arnold finally takes the next step in his relationship with Helga. While in the first movie she confesses her love for him, but he dodges out of telling how he feels in return. In The Jungle Movie, he completes the conversation. She acts like she still hates him again, but after they "get together" they realize that they are meant for each other. In the end of the movie they share a short kiss (during a scene when they are in a hurry), but Gerald interrupts them. When they make a really lame excuse he says "Whatever you say". By that point, most of the characters in the movie would probably already notice what's going on between Arnold and Helga, and would start teasing them about it.

Raymie Muzquiz Storyboards

In July 2012, animation director Raymie Muzquiz launched his official website with examples of his work.[1] One to those examples was a PDF document showing storyboards of a TJM scene.

In the storyboards, La Sombra is revealed, turning out to be the blue shirted river pirate shown in Roger Luan's concept art. The scene starts with a monkey climbing over a long wall into the compound, with the text hinting to what happened in the previous scene. It pans into La Sombra's hut, where he has Arnold held captive.

Two of his thugs are also in the room. La Sombra instructs one of the thugs to open a plate of tastey-looking food, but Arnold ignores it. La Sombra persists, trying to get Arnold to tell him where the hidden city of the Green-Eyed people is, but Arnold again avoids the topic, arguing that if he knew that, he'd probably find his parents.

La Sombra grows angrier and orders his thugs to restrain Arnold. The same monkey from the opening scene fallows in the background, watching the thugs capture Arnold and through him in a storeroom. The map falls in after him. La Sombra explains how he thinks a good night's sleep might jog his memory. Plus, he'd hate to hurt Arnold's friends "on accident". Then the thugs close the door. Arnold runs to the door but it's locked.

Sketches

TJM Test Footage

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Hey Arnold Test

In 2012, Vimeo user and Artist Brent Forrest posted the test footage for TJM on his account.

The footage shows Miles and Stella on horseback chasing a masked La Sombra through the San Lorenzo jungle in the rain. Referencing a scene that was shown in the episode The Journal when Eduardo tells the story of La Sombra stealing the Corazon from the Green Eyes.

The animation is radically different from the artwork featured in the Hey Arnold! TV Series and also showed off some 3D effects.

In 2014, Craig Bartlett confirmed the footage to be genuine on his Facebook page, and that it was produced by his studio in 2001.

Characters that go to San Lorenzo

  • Arnold Now ten years old, he is on his quest to find answers to his parents' disappearance.
  • Helga Since the first movie, she's acted like she hates Arnold again but that appears to change.
  • Gerald He interrupts Arnold and Helga's kiss in the end of the movie, and after hearing their lame excuse he responds, "Whatever you say."
  • Harold He does his usual bullying stuff with Stinky and Sid. "I'm the boss and I say we're doin' it!"
  • Sid He tags along with Harold and Stinky.
  • Stinky He tags along with Harold and Sid.
  • Rhonda She totally freaks out in the jungle.
  • Nadine For her, the jungle is like heaven. "There are 20,000 species of spider in San Lorenzo!"
  • Brainy He helps Helga to get her act together, and is thrown overboard by her a couple of times. In the middle of the story, Helga is fed up and she gives up completely. However, Brainy kind of helps her back to life.
  • Eugene He jinxes it up like crazy by getting allergic attacks, his legs puff up like balloons and he is nearly eaten by piranhas; among other misfortunes.
  • Phoebe Her role is not known, but she is pictured in the concept art.
  • Olga She drives Helga crazy on the trip.
  • Mr. Simmons He is now the fifth grade teacher of Arnold's class.
  • Principal Wartz He tags along with the group because he always wanted to go to Central America.

Other students of Mr. Simmons's class also participate in the trip.

Other characters

  • Miles He is Arnold's father who went missing in San Lorenzo 9 years ago. His whereabouts are unknown.
  • Stella She is Arnold's mother and Miles' wife. She went with Miles to help the Green Eyes but also disappeared.
  • Eduardo He is Miles and Stella's most trusted friend who witnessed Arnold's birth "silence all of nature" in "The Journal." In one of the sketches, it's suggested Eduardo drives a steam-powered riverboat.
  • The Green-Eyed People They are the original and mysterious inhabitants of San Lorenzo.
  • La Sombra He is an evil river pirate and treasure hunter; Miles and Stella's arch enemy.

Trivia

  • This wasn't the only movie cancelled by Nickelodeon Movies at the time. Others include an Aaahh!!! Real Monsters movie, a Ren & Stimpy movie, and Jimmy Neutron: The Search for Carl.  A movie based on Doug was also cancelled, but was later renamed Doug's 1st Movie and made by Walt Disney Pictures.

Fan-led Campaigns

Fans of the Hey Arnold! series have set up campaign web sites and Facebook groups asking for The Jungle Movie to be released.

Fan Fictions closely related to The Jungle Movie

See also Fanfics about San Lorenzo

Fan Projects related to The Jungle Movie

References

  1. Storyboards by co-director Raymie Muzquiz, from his official site

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