Nickelodeon — now celebrating its 25th year of original animation — has announced the title for the highly anticipated return of one of its cartoon classics will be title Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie. The made for TV movie, announced earlier this year, will feature 19 of the original voices from the beloved series, and Hey Arnold!‘s creator Craig Bartlett is serving as writer and executive producer. The two-hour Nickelodeon Animation Studios production will debut in 2017.
Returning voice actors reprising their TV roles are: Francesca Marie Smith (The Prince of Egypt) as Helga; Anndi McAfee (Tom and Jerry: The Movie) as Phoebe; Justin Shenkarow (Recess) as Harold; Olivia Hack (Family Guy) as Rhonda; Nika Futterman (The Boxtrolls) as Olga; Dan Butler (Frasier) as Mr. Simmons; Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons) as Grandpa; Tress MacNeille (The Simpsons) as Grandma; Antoinette Stella (Melrose Place, writer) as Stella; Carlos Alazraqui (Happy Feet) as Eduardo; Dom Irrera (Back at the Barnyard) as Ernie; Maurice LaMarche (Futurama) as Bob Pataki; Kath Soucie (Rugrats) as Miriam; Danielle Judovits (Toy Story) as Big Patty; Danny Cooksey (The Lorax) as Stoop Kid; Jim Belushi (According to Jim) as Coach Wittenberg; and Craig Bartlett as Miles.
The project will give new life to favorite characters Helga, a complicated and cynical girl whose mean act hides a wealth of emotions; Phoebe, Helga’s confidante and best friend; Harold, a former bully with a tough exterior and soft interior; Rhonda, a preppy fashionista from a prestigious family; and Olga, Helga’s intelligent, attractive and friendly older sister — and many more. Lane Toran (original voice of Arnold) and Jamil Smith (original voice of Gerald) will also be voicing several other roles for The Jungle Movie.
New voices in the Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie include: Mason Vale Cotton (Mad Men) as Arnold; Benjamin “L’il P-Nut” Flores, Jr. (Game Shakers) as Gerald; Gavin Lewis (Real Boy) as Eugene; Jet Jurgensmeyer (Bubble Guppies) as Stinky; Aiden Lewandowski (Comedy Bang! Bang!) as Sid; Laya Hayes (Santa Hunters) as Nadine; Nicolas Cantu (The Impossible Joy) as Curly; Wally Wingert (Sonic Boom) as Oskar; and Stephen Stanton (Star Wars Rebels) as Pigeon Man. Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2) voices resident villain, Lasombra, an infamous river pirate operating from a secret compound in the jungles of San Lorenzo.