There’s a specific window of Nicktoons that a certain generation of Millennials hold in dear, powerful nostalgia. Nickelodeon went through a phase in the ‘90s that was rife with charming characters, zany animation, and touching stories — whether it was through the eyes of preverbal infants like in Rugrats, or through weird teenage monsters trying to learn the ropes of scaring like in Ah! Real Monsters. But everyone’s favorite animated depiction of city block life was Hey, Arnold! This popular Nicktoon featured a kid named Arnold, raised by his whacky grandparents, navigating what it means to grow up in the city.
Arnold was surrounded by wonderful kids and adults alike — he lived in a shared boarding house his grandparents ran, and went to school down the street, so we got to see Arnold engage with all sorts of characters in all sorts of ways. The show didn’t shy away from showing what it’s actually like to live in a city, with all the highs and lows. The least realistic aspect of Arnold’s city life was his sweet room with a skylight and electronic controls.
Hey, Arnold! creator Craig Bartlett, who based the show on a minor character he created when he was working for Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, has revealed that the next Hey, Arnold! movie will be focusing on the origins of the question the show avoided for its eight year run — who are Arnold’s parents and what happened to them? It’s a fun world we live in now, where it seems everywhere time we turn around, a beloved ‘90s television show is getting a reboot, a redux, or a weird re-analysis. (We’re looking at you, Twin Peaks, we’re looking right at you, David Lynch.)
So, prepare yourself for some unearthed Hey, Arnold! content with these tattoos. The movie is straight to TV, but what does that mean anymore anyway, since our phones are our TVs now and everything is distributed by either Hulu, Amazon, or Netflix?