Answering long-held mysteries about the football head’s past and future, Hey, Arnold! The Jungle Movie feels engineered to be a crowd-pleaser for fans who watched the series over a decade ago. As a result, all the big moments my much-younger self hoped to see happen, but because those answers are so expected, it’s instead the little, unexpected homages to what made Hey, Arnold! such a joy originally that mark the high points of The Jungle Movie.
The Jungle Movie in many ways picks up where “The Journal,” the last Hey, Arnold! episode made for TV, left off, with Arnold still wistfully hoping to find his parents. And a possible class trip to San Lorenzo – his parents’ last known location – makes that hope a reality.