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27th Apr '16 11:10:38 AM aye_amber
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** There's a couple in the movie involving the episode "Dino Checks Out." Out of his album covers spoofing TheDoors Strange Days is seen in Grandma's jail cell, and the Dino Impersonator is seen in the bar Arnold and Gerald sneak into.

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** There's a couple in the movie involving the episode "Dino Checks Out." Out of his album covers spoofing TheDoors Music/TheDoors Strange Days is seen in Grandma's jail cell, and the Dino Impersonator is seen in the bar Arnold and Gerald sneak into.
24th Apr '16 7:22:26 AM kquinn0830
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* ButForMeItWasTuesday: A heartwarming example. Gerald's father tells him, Arnold, and Arnold's grandpa about his experience as a desk clerk in the Vietnam War and offhandedly mentions finding a wounded soldier and making a bandage for him using his files. Later on when they're in Washington D.C. they run into the man who reveals that if Gerald's father hadn't done that he would've bled to death and he's been waiting twenty years to thank him.
8th Apr '16 7:30:02 PM Upgrader
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* ConspicuousCG: In the third act of ''Hey Arnold! The Movie'', the [=FTi=] helicopters, the bulldozers, Scheck's car, and Murray's bus are very clearly 3D models. They stand out because they aren't like that all the time. If you pay attention, you can see how in one shot, the bus/bulldozer is hand-drawn, while in the next it's 3D.
** Justified, since the movie ''was'' made in 2000-2001.


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** To an extent, Arnie is this as well.
2nd Apr '16 8:19:28 PM ThorfinnRowle
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** After "Arnold Betrays Iggy", Iggy never had a major role again, reportedly due to Craig Bartlett's hate for the episode.

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** After "Arnold Betrays Iggy", Iggy never had a major role again, reportedly due Torvald seems to Craig Bartlett's hate for the episode.have completely disappeared after only a few appearances.


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** Ludwig never appeared again after his debut episode despite the implication that he and Wolfgang would join forces from then on.
13th Mar '16 12:19:43 PM Upgrader
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* DependingOnTheWriter: A lot about the way the kids relate to one another change depending on the plot - which makes a bit of sense for grade school kids. Most obvious is how close the gang is: sometimes they're one huge tightly knit group of friends, other times they seem more like just classmates with their own cliques. This is particularly the case with Harold and ''especially'' Helga - one episode might have them treated more as bullies and be somewhat separate from the others, while other episodes might have the others treat them as regular members of the gang who just happen to be jerks. This also extends to Helga's relationship with Arnold - sometimes he sees her as a bullying nuisance and doesn't seem to like her very much, whereas others make it more evident that he is aware her abrasive attitude is a cover of some kind and approach her as a friend regardless of her behavior (compare "Helga vs Big Patty" with "Egg Story," for instance). Notably, the TrueCompanions approach to the characters is most often used in episodes where they go on some kind of adventure, and got a bit more common in general episodes as the show went on.

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* DependingOnTheWriter: A lot about the way the kids relate to one another change depending on the plot - which makes a bit of sense for grade school kids.
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Most obvious is how close the gang is: sometimes they're one huge tightly knit group of friends, friends that hang around together with little to no friction ("Arnold's Halloween"; pretty much any time they play on the vacant lot), while other times they seem more like just classmates to have no problem with insulting/making fun of their own cliques. This is particularly friends.
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the case with Harold and ''especially'' Helga - one episode might have them treated more as bullies and be somewhat separate from TrueCompanions approach to the others, while other 4th graders is most often used in episodes might have where they go on some kind of adventure ("Ghost Bride") or are up against a common enemy ("New Bully on the others treat them Block"; "New Teacher"), and got a bit more common in general episodes as regular members of the gang who just happen to be jerks. This also extends to show went on.
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Helga's relationship with Arnold - sometimes he sees her as a bullying nuisance and doesn't seem to like her very much, much ("Summer Love"; "Married"; and ''particularly'' "Egg Story", so much that it seems out-of-character), whereas others make it more other times, it's evident that he is aware that her abrasive attitude is a cover of some kind and approach approaches her as a friend regardless of her behavior (compare "Helga ("Helga vs Big Patty" with "Egg Story," for instance). Notably, the TrueCompanions approach to the characters is most often used in episodes Patty"; any episode where they go on some kind of adventure, Helga has a family problem and got a bit more common in general episodes as the show went on.Arnold gives her advice).



** Helga at times, particularly when her secret is in danger of getting out. The climax of "Helga's Parrot" in particular has her single mindedly driving herself through the roof to keep things under wraps.

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** Helga at times, particularly when her secret is in danger of getting out. The climax of "Helga's Parrot" in particular has her single mindedly single-mindedly driving herself through the roof to keep things under wraps.
21st Feb '16 10:32:32 PM Upgrader
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* EnsembleCast: While Arnold is the kid with his name on the show's title, the series doesn't focus only on him. There's a certain (and rather large) group of characters that appear pretty darn often: [[{{Deuteragonist}} Helga]], Harold, Gerald, Phoebe, Sid, Rhonda, Stinky, Eugene, Mr. Simmons, Big Bob, Miriam, Grandpa, Grandma, Oskar, Ernie, and Mr. Hyunh.
** Then there's characters that appear fairly often, but not quite enough to be considered part of the main circle: Principal Wartz, Curly, Lila, Brainy, Suzie, and Olga



* EvilLaugh: Curly wins in the best psychotically evil laugh department, but Helga has a pretty impressive one as well. Some of the other characters get one in certain episodes: Sid for example gets on in "''Sid's Revenge,''" and [[BewareTheNiceOnes Phoebe]] gets a brief but creepy evil chuckle in "''Phoebe Breaks A Leg.''"

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* EvilLaugh: Curly wins in the best psychotically evil laugh department, but Helga has a pretty impressive one as well. Some of the other characters get one in certain episodes: Sid for example gets on in "''Sid's Revenge,''" and [[BewareTheNiceOnes Phoebe]] gets a brief but creepy evil chuckle in "''Phoebe Breaks A a Leg.''"
19th Feb '16 8:42:58 PM Upgrader
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* BigDamnMovie: Originally the Trope Namer, called "Why Is Arnold Saving Something".

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* BigDamnMovie: Originally the Trope Namer, In spades.[[note]]There's a reason why this trope was originally called "Why Is Arnold Saving Something".[[/note]] While the regular series is purely SliceOfLife and features down-to-earth problems faced by each individual character[[note]]The only episodes that could be described as having an action scene are "Runaway Float" and "Save the Tree".[[/note]], the movies are an entirely different deal.
**''Hey Arnold! The Movie'' is an expanded version of "Save the Tree", featuring Arnold and Gerald sneaking into a corporate building using spy gadgets, Helga revealing her secret love for Arnold, the main characters on a runaway bus, the overpass behind the boarding house being blown up, underground explosions, and an army of bulldozers.
** The upcoming ''Jungle Movie'' is set to be even bigger, featuring no less than a trip to the uncharted jungles of San Lorenzo to find the titular character's [[ParentalAbandonment long-lost parents]] while facing a vicious crew of river pirates, and encountering the mysterious Green-Eyed people. Also, Arnold and Helga finally [[RelationshipUpgrade getting together]].



** Mr. Hyunh's daughter was never seen again. Possibly justified - after all, she presumably had adoptive parents in the US, given that her father hadn't been in her life for about 2 decades.
** Ruth [=McDougal=] (the sixth grader Arnold had a crush on in the first season) also mysteriously disappears. One could guess that she simply graduated from P.S. 118, since she was already in sixth grade, and Arnold never mentions her (or his crush on her) after the Valentine's Day episode in which Arnold tries to go on a date with both Ruth (who thinks she's seeing a famous poet named "Anonymous") and his French pen pal, Cecilia, and discovers that Ruth isn't all that bright or interesting to be around. In "What's Opera, Arnold?," she appears for the last time mainly for Helga to have a foil in Arnold's dream opera.

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** Mr. Hyunh's daughter was never seen again. Possibly justified - after all, she presumably had adoptive parents in the US, given that her father hadn't been in her life for about 2 decades.
decades. She is mentioned only once, in "Family Man".
** Ruth [=McDougal=] (the sixth grader Arnold had a crush on in the first season) also mysteriously disappears.disappears towards the middle of the series. One could guess that she simply graduated from P.S. 118, since she was already in sixth grade, and Arnold never mentions her (or his crush on her) after the Valentine's Day episode in which Arnold tries to go on a date with both Ruth (who thinks she's seeing a famous poet named "Anonymous") and his French pen pal, Cecilia, and discovers that Ruth isn't all that bright or interesting to be around. In "What's Opera, Arnold?," she appears for the last time mainly for Helga to have a foil in Arnold's dream opera.opera. Afterwards, she only cameos two or three times.



** Indeed, by the end of the series, it's easier to count the secondary characters who ''didn't'' ever get an episode focusing on them[[note]]Sheena, Park, Joey[[/note]]; practically every kid in Arnold's class and "permanent" member of the boarding house had at least one.

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** Indeed, by the end of the series, it's easier to count the secondary characters who ''didn't'' ever get an episode focusing on them[[note]]Sheena, Park, Joey[[/note]]; Joey, Brainy[[/note]]; practically every kid in Arnold's class and "permanent" member of the boarding house had at least one.one. Even Helga's parents had at least one each.
4th Feb '16 6:36:02 PM Upgrader
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* AnimationBump: The first season was handled by Creator/HongYing and Creator/WangFilmProductions. While the animation quality wasn't ''bad'', it just looks slightly off compared to the rest of the series, which was animated by Creator/Saerom.
** At the beginning of Season 4, the show switched from cel animation to digital ink and paint.
** Another animation bump appeared right at the end of the series, when ''Hey Arnold! The Movie'', ''April Fool's Day'' and ''The Journal'' were being made. All three of them (particularly the movie) look considerably better than the rest of the series.
** The test footage made for ''Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie'' [[https://vimeo.com/36323643 looks even better]] than the first movie.



* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: In ''Hey Arnold!: The Movie'', Helga gives one to Arnold along with a [[TheBigDamnKiss passionate kiss]]. [[spoiler:Then revealed at the end that she denies it.]]

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* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: In ''Hey Arnold!: Arnold! The Movie'', Helga gives one to Arnold along with a [[TheBigDamnKiss passionate kiss]]. [[spoiler:Then revealed at the end that she denies it.]]



* ArtEvolution / AnimationBump: Faces became more detailed and expressive as the show went on. Compare Arnold and Helga's heads in the first episode "Downtown as Fruits" with their heads in the late Season 1 episode "Biosquare".
** Plus, the overall animation quality noticeably improved after the first two seasons; particularly seasons 4 and 5, which switched from cel animation to digital ink coloring.
** The Movie made good use of its additional budget too. (And the two episodes made after it keep some of the improved animation quality.)

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* ArtEvolution / AnimationBump: ArtEvolution: Faces became more detailed and expressive as the show went on. Compare Arnold and on (particularly Grandpa's). Arnold's head looked more like a blimp at first, but then became taco-shaped. Helga's heads in the first episode "Downtown as Fruits" with pigtails also got thicker and shorter over time. And for most characters, their heads in the late Season 1 episode "Biosquare".
** Plus, the overall animation quality noticeably improved after the first two seasons; particularly seasons 4
arms became thicker and 5, which switched from cel animation to digital ink coloring.
** The Movie made good use of its additional budget too. (And the two episodes made after it keep some of the improved animation quality.)
their necks got shorter.
17th Jan '16 7:36:46 AM Brainbin
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** In fact, Arnold is probably the character that got the ''least''.

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** In fact, Arnold is probably the character that got the ''least''.''least'', and what little he ''does'' get usually pertains to his feelings for his LoveInterests. After pining after Ruth [=McDougal=] for most of the first season, he finally goes on a date with her in "Arnold's Valentine" and almost instantly loses interest after spending time with her. His more notorious attraction to Lila, which began in season 3 with "Arnold & Lila", actually comes to an end in "Timberly Loves Arnold", late in season 5. Tellingly, in "Eugene, Eugene!", which immediately followed "Timberly Loves Arnold", he shows absolutely no interest in her - even in a scene when he and Stinky are watching her audition (while Stinky fawns over her).
16th Jan '16 5:43:31 PM Upgrader
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* TheCameo: During later seasons, it's pretty common to see past/minor characters in crowd shots and backgrounds. ''Hey Arnold! The Movie'' has a ton of these during its first act.



* CastingGag: The antagonists in the season 5 episode "New Bully on the Block" are Wolfgang (voiced by Toran Caudell, Arnold in season 1) and Ludwig (voiced by Phillip Van Dyke, Arnold in seasons 2 and 3).



** Gerald has "Are you thinkin' what I'm thinkin'?" He apparently got it from his father, who does it to Phil in the Veteran's Day episode.

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** Gerald has "Are you thinkin' what I'm thinkin'?" He apparently got it from his father, who does it to Phil in the Veteran's Veterans Day episode.



* EarlyBirdCameo: Monkey Man can be seen (and heard) in the background in several episodes before his debut.

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* EarlyBirdCameo: Monkey Man Monkeyman can be seen (and heard) in the background in several episodes before his debut.Season 4 debut. In fact, he appears in the very first episode "Downtown as Fruits".
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