Anonymous asked: However, I saw a lot of "Nightmare Before Christmas" and "Invader Zim" stuff for sale there, so while it did "come back" (as much as a semi-obscure Nickelodeon cartoon with a small fandom that got cancelled twelve years ago), for a while, it never experienced the resurgence in popularity that "Nightmare Before Christmas" and "Invader Zim" did; nor does it have the same staying power. If anything, "Hey Arnold!" is just another nostalgic fad that people will eventually get sick of.
You’re probably right.
Anonymous asked: I was actually just at Hot Topic not even a week ago and I didn't see ANY "Hey Arnold!" merchandise there; and this was at one of the biggest Hot Topic stores in one of the nation's biggest malls. I think the show had its day in the sun being an ironic hipster icon a whie back, but there's no way it's lasted.
Anonymous asked: Did you ever see the first Hey Arnold! movie? If so, what did you think of it? Also, I don't think it's becoming the hipster icon of our generation, nor do I think it's as popular as it's made out to be. I think people got sick of it being shoved in their faces all the time, to be honest.
Short answer: http://youtu.be/Mon1pnrk9ag?t=1m23s
Long answer: What can I say about the movie that hasn’t already been said?
- It’s our consolation prize as fans for being loyal to the show (No spinoff, TJM cancelled, but HEY! A TV-grade movie upgraded to the big-screen…yay?)
- It didn’t perform well at box-office (Came in 6th place in the box-office opening weekend, made $6 million dollars).
- Celebrity voiceovers? Christopher Lloyd? Jennifer Jason Legh? Paul Sorvino?? OK…
- I swooned when I first saw the trailer on TV with Helga’s confession, but let me tell you, I died a thousand deaths when I saw that resolution. (Really? Really?! Give me a f*ckin’ break, Nickelodeon)
- I find it laughable that HA: the movie got a PG-rating and yet it still pulled SO many punches (that seen at the “milk bar”, for example).
- There’s so much fanfiction potential in Bridget that it hurts.
- In my headcanon: I always thought that Sheik was actually the Sewer King when he got his sh*t together after season one. That or maybe they were twins?
- There’s something pornographic about the way Ernie plays the accordion. Just sayin’…
- Mr. Green’s vegetarian son? Just gonna…leave that out there as a non sequitur? GG.
- The movie was so obscure that when I read about it in a summer movies insert in the Detroit Free Press, they called it “Hello, Arnold”. True story.
- I think it’s telling that it took me five years after purchasing “Hey Arnold!: the Movie” before I finally ripped the cellophane off the package. It wasn’t a movie I wanted to revisit after an initial viewing. In contrast, I could watch the Rugrats first movie repeatedly (even though I despise Dil).
I wrote my own version of TJM, and I’m content with believing that’s what happens in the aftermath.
Look – word is you can get Hey Arnold! merchandise at Hot Topic now? If that’s not a sign of Hey Arnold! slowly becoming a hipster cult icon, then I don’t know what is. Lest we forget the impact of Nightmare Before Christmas and Invader Zim…if Hey Arnold! were subject to the same resurgence in popularity, that definitely would be a double-edged sword. I don’t think I have to tell you why.
Project Phi-B (Revised) Sneak Preview
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Part 5: The new agents
J leads the four friends to one of the rooms of the base.
J: Okay, guys! I have five hours to teach you all that I can!
Gerald: What will you teach us, exactly?
J: Oh, the usual. Handling of light weapons, methods for spying, basic alien life forms studies, stuff like that…
The four kids glance at each other, surprised. J turn on the lights of a room and everyone walks in. It’s a kind of classroom, with tables, boards and all that.
J: Have a seat! Class begins in five minutes!
Helga: Class! You’re not serious!
J: Hey! You want to save Phoebe, don’t you?
Helga: (resigned) Yeah, yeah.
J: Then, have a seat…
The four youths sit and J begins to write on the board.
J: Good morning, students! I’m your teacher, Mr.J (writes “Mr.J” on the board), but you can call me “J”.
Helga: (roll eyes) Oh brother…!