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Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Long-awaited sequel sends Arnold on quest to find parents.

Movie NR 2017 81 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Rip off of Jungle Book

Rip off of Jungle Book and there’s no Garfield
age 5+

Kung Fu Panda copy has violence, some name-calling.

The quality of the computer animation isn't the worst, but it certainly isn't the best. For families who have not seen Kung Fu Panda or Kung Fu Panda 2, your best bet is avoiding this movie and going straight to the original source. Although some recognizable talent (Jon Heder, Tom Arnold, Rebecca Black, Michael Clarke Duncan) lent their voices to this Chinese computer-animated feature, the bottom line is that the similarities between this movie and Kung Fu Panda are too numerous to be ignored. Furthermore, some of the voicings of the other characters (for instance, Biggie) are potentially annoying. Families familiar with Kung Fu Panda can expect to have a field day pointing out all these similarities, and it just might be more entertaining than the actual movie.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (5 ):

For fans left hanging after Hey Arnold!: The Journal hinted at an eventual reunion between Arnold and his parents, this movie was a long time coming. Arnold's jungle adventures and quest to find his mom and dad settle into the show's timeline as though no time has passed, let alone the 10-plus elapsed years since new episodes aired. Every bit of what viewers have come to appreciate about the characters and superb writing in this series is on display here, including more of Arnold's kind and humble nature that hides his courage and perseverance. But he doesn't act alone, and ultimately it's an unlikely hero who emerges to save the day with a selfless act.

Its animated style might appeal to young kids, but Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie is a more mature watch than its appearance initially suggests. Arnold wrestles with the loss of his parents and puts himself and his friends in danger attempting to find them. Even though there's much humor to the story, there are also numerous scenes that show the young characters in real danger at the hands of a scheming grown-up with his own selfish agenda, who's eventually responsible for some minor characters' deaths. But there are also positive examples of friendship, especially with regard to Arnold and Helga, and a satisfying ending that celebrates family bonds.

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