Arnold is up against a powerful industrialist who invades the city and buys everything in sight so he can knock it down and erect a huge \"mall-plex.\" Can Arnold and his best friend Gerald find the document that can stop the bulldozers?
When the villainous Scheck raises his tapioca-smooth voice (that of Paul Sorvino) to groan about an interloper — "the kid with the football-shaped head" — ruining his plan, the target audience for "Hey Arnold! The Movie" is likely to burst into happy, approving giggles. It's the way that Arnold is identified by almost everyone on his Nickelodeon series. That's the kind of mild laughter the bland feature-film version of "Hey Arnold!," the latest Nickelodeon cartoon to make the jump to movie screens, will probably get most often — chuckles of recognition from the kids who have watched his adventures on his series. — Elvis Mitchell
2002-06-28 | Elvis Mitchell | Read the New York Times Review of Hey Arnold! the Movie