‘Amby & Dexter’ Was Like ASMR in the 90s on Nickelodeon

If you remember waking up in the morning as a child, then Nick Jr. may have been your go-to entertainment source. If you were watching Nick Jr. in the late 90s or early 2000s then you probably remember the animated shorts Amby & Dexter. Or at least faintly remember them somehow.

Amby & Dexter was a series of five shorts: Scotch Tape, Doorknob, Portraits (aka the infamous painting episode), Gardening, and Piano. The shorts were created by Paul Fierlinger, along with his wife Sandra Schuette, and composed by John Avarese.  IMDB summarizes the series synopsis as “small people who transformed from a pair into hands, and back again when their adventure’s complete. Amby is the playful one who loves to dance while Dexter is the serious one. The two never talk.” That is exactly what Amby & Dexter was, and despite the summary of the series sounding so simple, that’s what actually makes it still memorable today.

Just seeing the characters again makes me suddenly wonder if I’m 6-years-old again and getting ready for school. Amby was a raven-haired girl who wore glasses, a white hat that sort of looks like a beret, and a blue blouse and skirt. Dexter was a brown-haired boy who also wore glasses, along with a white long-sleeved short under a brown vest over it, and brown shorts. When the two transformed from the hands, they began exploring the giant world around them.

“Amby & Dexter” is a play on ambidextrous, which is a term used for someone who can use their left and right hand equally well. If that isn’t clever than I don’t know what is. What really made Amby & Dexter so unique and aesthetically pleasing that so many people have found themselves discovering the shorts all over again were the sounds. I included the uploaded episode “Portraits” above because that single short represents the entire series so well. In that episode, the tiny duo Amby & Dexter paint portraits of each other. A simple plot yet there’s a reason why this is the most memorable episode of them all.

If I could rename the Portraits episode to “ASMR painting sounds”, I would with no hesitation because that is what stands out the most. Hearing the paint brush dip into the water and then in the paint, along with some other texture sounds is like music to my ears. It takes me back to when these shorts used to air daily. Come to think of it, before YouTube existed, those of us who were kids back then got to experience ASMR prior to it being a thing. Another great episode that dominated in sounds was “Scotch Tape”.

Looking back on Amby & Dexter makes me wish kids today had such aesthetically pleasing animated shorts. If you think about it, the series could’ve also been useful for teaching kids about their hearing and visual senses. Visually, Amby & Dexter is one of the most beautiful short series I’ve seen. It was like seeing old school animation come back to life in the late 90s and early 2000s. Even hearing the background music again gives major nostalgic feelings.


Nickelodeon Is Reviving Blue’s Clues & They’re Looking for a Host

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Nickelodeon will have a new generation of preschoolers searching for clues, as it brings back the beloved puppy Blue in a remake of its groundbreaking series, Blue’s Clues.  Picked up for 20 episodes, the new Blue’s Clues will have a refreshed signature look and casting for the new host will begin this month, including an open call in Southern California on April 14. For more info, visit http://blues-clues-host-casting.nick.com.  Production on Blue’s Clues will commence this summer.

“With Blue’s Clues, Nickelodeon launched what became TV’s first generation of interactivity for preschoolers and set the bar for quality, curriculum-driven shows we have made since,” said Cyma Zarghami, President, Nickelodeon Group.  “The new, modern version of Blue’s Clues will capture all the original’s creativity and visual identity for a whole new audience ready for its fun adventures and expertly designed problem-solving curriculum.”

The new Blue’s Clues series centers on the energetic girl puppy Blue who invites viewers into her animated world to help solve the day’s puzzles with the help of a live-action host.  Preschoolers are encouraged to interact with the action on-screen by answering questions, pointing out clues, jumping on their feet and playing along.

The original Blue’s Clues series launched in September 1996 to critical praise from educators, parents and preschoolers and ran for six groundbreaking seasons.  Created by Traci Paige Johnson, Todd Kessler and Angela C. Santomero, Blue’s Clues drew acclaim and high ratings for its unique interactivity that helped change the way kids watch television and has remained one of the most popular preschool shows of all time.  The landmark series also raised the bar in preschool television by exploring advanced subject matter such as sign language, geography, physics, emotions and anatomy.

The classic Blue’s Clues library is currently available on NOGGIN, Nickelodeon’s video subscription service for preschoolers, and short-form content can be found on the Nick Jr. App and NickJr.com.

Nickelodeon, now in its 38th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated kids’ basic cable network for 22 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

Rugrats Seasons 3 & 4 out on DVD February 6 + GIVEAWAY

It’s your chance to see the adventures of Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Angelica & Susie yet again, because Season 3 and 4 of Nickelodeon’s Rugrats is set to be released on February 6, 2018!

The Rugrats took television by storm in the 90s, becoming one of Nickelodeon’s biggest shows to ever air. Main character Tommy Pickles is a baby with the need to explore, but he isn’t alone on his adventures – he has his best friends Chuckie, Phil and Lil by his side, and even his bossy cousin Angelica Pickles.

Wanna win both copies of Seasons 3 & 4 of Rugrats on DVD? Well here’s your chance!

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NEW YORK – January 19, 2018 – Following last year’s release of the first two seasons of Rugrats on DVD, fans will love the next set of baby adventures with Rugrats: Season Three and Rugrats: Season Four each available on DVD February 6, 2018.

Rugrats: Season Three contains all 52 episodes from the show’s third season and features classic episodes like “Naked Tommy” and “Angelica Breaks a Leg.” Viewers will have a blast as they join Tommy, Chuckie and the gang as they grab a screwdriver, break out of the playpen and embark on over ten hours of grand adventures to the moon, north pole and even to Chuckie’s first haircut!

Rugrats: Season Four picks up right where season three leaves off and contains over six hours and two discs of adorable adventures from season four. Fans won’t want to miss the chance to relive the classic Rugrats family vacation, meet Spike’s babies or laugh along as Phil and Chuckie discover the joys of dresses!

Produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Rugrats: Season Three and Rugrats: Season Four will be available on DVD February 6, 2018, for the suggested retail price of $16.99 and $10.99, respectively.


Rugrats: Season Three contains the following episodes:
• Dummi Bear Dinner Disaster/Twins’ Pique
• Chuckie’s First Haircut/Cool Hand Angelica
• Tricycle Thief/Rhinoceritis!
• Grandpa Moves Out/ The Legend of Satchmo
• Circus Angelicus/The Stork
• The Baby Vanishes/Farewell, My Friend
• When Wishes Come True/Angelica Breaks a Leg

• The Last Babysitter/Sour Pickles
• Reptar 2010/Stu Gets a Job
• Give & Take/ The Gold Rush
• Home Movies/The Mysterious Mr. Friend
• Cuffed/The Blizzard
• Destination Moon/Angelica’s Birthday
• Princess Angelica/The Odd Couple

• Naked Tommy/Tommy And The Secret Club
• Under Chuckie’s Bed/Chuckie is Rich
• Mommy’s Little Assets/Chuckie’s Wonderful Life
• In The Dreamtime/The Unfair Pair
• Chuckie’s Red Hair/Spike Runs Away
• The Alien/Mr. Clean

• Angelica’s Worst Nightmare/The Mega Diaper Babies
• New Kid in Town/Pickles vs. Pickles
• Passover
• Kid TV/The Sky is Falling
• I Remember Melville/No More Cookies
• Cradle Attraction/Moving Away


Rugrats: Season Four contains the following episodes:
• Vacation
• Mother’s Day
• Chanukah
• Spike’s Babies/Chicken Pops
• Radio Daze/Psycho Angelica
• America’s Wackiest Home Movies/The ‘Lympics
• The CarWash/Heat Wave
• Angelica’s Last Stand/Clan of the Duck

• Faire Play/The Smell of Success
• The Turkey Who Came to Dinner
• Potty Training Spike/The Art Fair
• Send in the Clouds/In the Naval
• The Mattress/Looking for Jack
• Hiccups/Autumn Leaves
• Dust Bunnies/Educating Angelica
• Ransom of Cynthia/Turtle Recall
• Angelica Orders Out/Let It Snow

Rugrats: Season Three Fast Facts
Street Date: February 6, 2018
Catalog: 59195090000 (US); 59195092000 (CAN)
Running Time: 10 hours and 39 minutes
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
S.R.P.: $16.99

Rugrats: Season Four Fast Facts
Street Date: February 6, 2018
Catalog: 59195091000 (US); 59195093000 (CAN)
Running Time: 6 hours and 53 minutes
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
S.R.P.: $10.99

Comic Review: Rocko’s Modern Life #2 – Out January 10


Rocko’s journey to finally snag himself a job may have lead him to making a big fat mistake that could cost him his soul for all eternity. There’s gotta be another comic book store in O-Town because Rocko just doesn’t cut it with any other job. Or maybe he should give the erotic phone line another try? Just a suggestion. Rocko’s Modern Life has always been considered a cult classic in my eyes, and it’s really exciting to know that they creators are interested in keeping the show alive. While we’re waiting for the TV movie reboot Static Cling to drop this year, we can indulge in even more Rocko with the BOOM! Studios comic series that was released in December 2017. Rocko is destined to find another job in order to make ends meet, but is selling over your soul worth getting a job where there’s a football table in the break room? We just might find out how far Rocko is willing to go in Rocko’s Modern Life #2.


One thing I love about the Rocko’s Modern Life series overall is the never ending struggle that Rocko has with either trying to find a job, pay his bills on time, or just keep his household and life in order altogether. It’s like this show was sort of made for kids, besides the sly mature jokes on the side, but they were trying to tell us something important all along. Kind of like a warning, or however you will take it. We saw Rocko dealing with the very heavy baggage that life had in store for him. Throughout the show, it was said that Rocko was somewhere in his 20s. BINGO. Though the show was comedic and entertaining through its run, there’s a message to be picked up. Adult life is nowhere near a piece of cake for most people.


I admire the team behind this comic’s attempt to recreate Rocko’s journey to get his life in order in this comic series. I also admire that they did not fail to display how his attempts always end up in quite some adventures. They’ve managed to take some common themes from the show and revive them into a new and fresh synopsis. 2018 is pretty much the year that Rocko’s Modern life is rebooted and revived into an even more modern world.


Rocko’s Modern Life #2 was published by KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios targeted for readers of all ages. It was written by Ryan Ferrier and David DeGrand. David DeGrand also did the artwork and illustration along with Ian McGinty. The cover artwork was done by Jorge Monlongo while Miguel Mercado illustrated the subscription cover. The comic book is set to be released on January 10, 2018 at the price of $3.99.


Animaniacs Gets the 90s Reboot Treatment by Hulu and Warner Bros

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The biggest stories in animation news today always seem to follow the same pattern: everyone wants their favorite 90s cartoons rebooted! Nickelodeon and Disney seemed to be leading the reboot movement but looks like Warner Bros is giving it a shot now!

Yup, Animaniacs has just got a two-season reboot order at Hulu and we couldn’t be more surprised by the news. Animaniacs tells the tale of Yakko, Wakko and Dot – three wild siblings who are always on an adventure of causing commotion wherever they go. The series originally premiered on Fox Kids in 1993 and additionally aired on Kids WB, becoming the faces of the programming block. Like the original series, Steven Spielberg will remain as the executive producer. In addition to this amazing news, Hulu will be streaming every episode of Animaniacs along with some other some other Warner Bros classics –  Pinky & the BrainPinky, Elmyra and the Brain, and Tiny Toon Adventures. The new seasons of Animaniacs are set to be released in 2020.

“We cannot wait to work with Steven Spielberg and the entire Amblin and Warner Bros. teams to bring more sketches, catchphrases, songs and laughs from the Animaniacs to kids and adults everywhere,” said Craig Erwich, SVP of Content, Hulu. “Now one of the most beloved, inventive and funny animated franchises in history, Animaniacs and its cast of witty characters can live on, on Hulu. This marks yet another big move for us as we continue our efforts to be the #1 streaming destination for premium animated content.”

“I am so pleased and proud that Animaniacs will have a home at Hulu,” said Executive Producer Steven Spielberg. “Together with Warner Bros., we look to bring new audiences and longtime fans into this wild world of Yakko, Wakko, and Dot. I am also excited that the full library of Animaniacsand Tiny Toon Adventures episodes are included in the deal.”

“Yakko, Wakko and Dot have been waiting impatiently inside the water tower, and now their hilarious brand of animated chaos will be unleashed — again! We’re incredibly excited to be partnering with Amblin and Hulu for new episodes of Animaniacs, filled with endless laughs — and ongoing plots for world domination by Pinky and the Brain,” said Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series. “Parents who grew up with the cartoon now have new episodes to share with their own families.”


The Best of MTV’s Daria: Sarcasm and All

Since her debut in the 90s, Daria grew to be the monotone misanthropist that a majority of us can relate to.

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MTV has had a few animated series with memorable characters, but there was none like Daria Morgendorffer. She was first introduced as a recurring character on Beavis and Butt-Head, but she wasn’t always as monotone or sardonic as her final form. Her character grew overtime and led to her getting her own spinoff, when she transferred schools. Daria is best known for being highly intelligent and extremely sarcastic. She has a strong personality and is able to stand her ground and distance herself from conformist values, despite her stand-offish nature. Daria definitely has a mind of her own and is not easily influenced, which is 100% the main reason she deserves all the praise.


Someone who can definitely relate to Daria’s cynical ways is the one and only, Jane Lane. Being the best friend of Daria is not an easy task for the average being. Although they both share an edgy fashion sense and a despise for society’s ridiculous expectations and social climbing, Daria and Jane could not be more different. Jane is slightly more outgoing and better adjusted than Daria, and she seems to know what direction she’s heading in life. Differences of not, Jane is the number one person who loves and accepts Daria for who she is. Too bad we can’t quite say the same thing about her own parents, Helen and Jake, and especially her younger sister Quinn, who has even been ashamed to call Daria her sister.

“But the greatest burden on the home front is Daria’s terminally cute, popular little sister, Quinn. Quinn and her pals constitute Lawndale High’s Fashion Club (”Friends don’t let shortwaisted friends wear hip-huggers” is one of their mottos). Quinn tells people that Daria is her cousin or just an unrelated girl who lives with her.” – Anita Gates, TELEVISION / RADIO; In Praise of the Most Unpopular Girl at Lawndale, The New York Times, 1999.

Daria is a series that I highly recommend to the newer generation. With all of the pressure to wear specific clothes, have a specific body shape, and listen to a specific type of music to be considered “cool”, I truly think Daria will show them that it’s better to not follow a trend or social status. Daria didn’t give a damn about being popular, and in the 2010s that’s hard to accomplish with the obsession to be famous and have a high follower account. I feel besides the constant pessimism and lack of hope for the future, Daria’s lessons in life can be lessons in your own. Of course, Daria’s advice always comes with a heaping load of sarcasm, but that’s what we love about her.

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When it comes to speaking the truth, Daria lays it on you straight forward and without hesitation. In fact, The name “Daria” is Greek and means “upholder of truth’. A very interesting coincidence and no surprise at all.

Being a teenager can come with a lot of fun and crazy memories, but it can also make you think of how those are your last years to really be responsibility-free and depend on your parents to solve all of your problems. The pressure of choosing a career path that teachers and counselors puts on students as soon as they start high school is not only unfair but can be damaging to someone’s future. Of course, I feel that Daria was totally knowledged on that spectrum. One memorable scene from the show centers around a speaker at Lawndale High School asking Daria about her career goals. Daria explains how her goal is to not have the realization and regret that she settled for a job that she hates because she was forced to decide in her teens. It’s one of those scenes that makes you go “BRAVO!” or “Finally someone said it.”

Out of all the things Daria wants you to know, the thing that definitely deserves 1000+ awards was her memorable ‘Misery Chick’ speech to Jane:

“Okay… but you know what I’ve been hearing? “You know how I feel Daria, you’re gloomy.” “I knew I could talk to you Daria, you’re always miserable.” Tragedy hits the school and everyone thinks of me. The popular guy died and now I’m popular, because I’m the misery chick. But I’m not miserable, I’m just not like them.”

Daria basically told everyone to don’t get it twisted. Her monotoned, sarcastic, cynical expressions should not be taken as a cry of misery. It all comes back to the lesson of individuality. Everyone is different and not every person you come across is going to be a jolly or optimistic, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re crying out for help. I say, if you’re lucky enough to meet someone like Daria, cherish their unique and intellectual way of thinking.

10 Nostalgic Nickelodeon Christmas Specials

Growing up can be a drag when you realize that some things will just never be the same. No more waking up to brand new toys under the tree and spending the entire day happy, cheerful, and responsibility-free. But… something that will always remain no matter how old you get is the cartoons! Nickelodeon had some of the best animated Christmas specials ever to air on television. If you aren’t in the spirit yet, you just need a little reminder of the episodes that made Christmas time excitable.

1. Fairly OddParents “Christmas Every Day” (2001)

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As Christmas approaches, which is Timmy’s favorite holiday, he makes the ultimate wish in hopes it will remain Christmas every day. It seemed like the perfect wish for a 10-year-old kid until it wasn’t.

2. SpongeBob Squarepants “Christmas Who?” (2000)

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SpongeBob, Patrick, and the rest of the Bikini Bottom residents learn the true meaning of Christmas. Well, sorta. It has a catchy musical number that we all know the words to so there’s that!

3. Rocko’s Modern Life “Rocko’s Modern Christmas” (1994)

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Rocko tried to get into the Christmas spirit, but when there’s no snow outside and his party invitees are no-shows, it becomes rather difficult.

4. Hey Arnold “Arnold’s Christmas” (1996)

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Arnold is destined to find the Christmas miracle that Mr. Hyunh is longing for, his long-lost daughter.

5. Rugrats “The Santa Experience” (1992)

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The adults take the babies up to the mountain cabin for a Christmas celebration. Angelica’s devious ways may have earned her a big lump of coal and a spot on Santa’s naughty list.

6. Danny Phantom “The Fright Before Christmas” (2005)

danny-phantom-the-fright-before-christmasAirdate: December 6, 2005

When it comes to Christmas, Danny isn’t having any of it. When his friends call him out on it, he attempts to destroy anything Christmas-related in Ghost World to relieve his stress, which he soon learns was a mistake.

7. As Told by Ginger “An Even Steven Holiday Special” (2001)

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When Ginger learns that she is part Jewish, she decides to celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah. Unfortunately, this becomes a problem to best friend Dodie, who insists that she is abandoning Christmas.

8. Jimmy Neutron “Holly Jolly Jimmy” (2003)

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After Jimmy tells his friends that he doesn’t believe him Santa, it leads the crew to the North Pole to get answers.

9. Invader Zim “The Most Horrible X-Mas Ever” (2002)

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Being amazed at how much power Santa has over humans during Christmas time, Zim creates a Santa suit and pretends to be him to gain control.

10. Doug “Doug’s Christmas Story” (1993)

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Porkchop is accused of attacking Beebe, which puts his life on the line and Doug’s Christmas spirit is in shambles.




Why Kids’ WB Was the Greatest

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We’re taking it back to the classic red & yellow water tower for a second. Some say the 1990s & early 2000s were the best times to be a kid when it came to entertainment. Well, at least those who were actually kids at that time. I guess they can add Kids WB to their argument. Kids’ WB was a programming block that aired on the used-to-be network ‘The WB’, which is now the CW. The network aired many acquired and original animated shows like Pokemon, Jackie Chan Adventures, Sailor Moon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Men in Black The Series, Xiaolin Showdown, Batman Beyond & much more. It was the lineup that you didn’t want to miss on Saturday mornings or in the afternoon right after school. Kids WB was a tradition like many Saturday morning and afternoon programming blocks that came before it. Put it this way: if you enjoyed action and comedy combined in your cartoons, then Kids WB was perfect for you.

Kids’ WB premiered on September 9, 1995. In its early years, it started with a basic schedule:

Saturdays: 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Weekdays: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This schedule was subjected to some tweaks and minor changes over the years, but nothing huge. Unlike other programming blocks, Kids’ WB was unique and that’s what made it great. The lineups never lacked variety, and it kept things non-repetitive and exciting. They probably aired almost 100 shows from Hanna-Barbera, Cartoon Network, Anime, Warner Bros, and more. Some memorable holiday specials and events aired throughout the years as well. Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo premiered on the block on September 16, 2006, a day after the show’s Cartoon Network premiere. Pokemon was also a big deal on the network due to its numerous movie premieres. More specials including the Canadian-American Christmas film, Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (2002). Kids’ WB aired so many shows and specials that you would’ve thought it would’ve become a channel itself eventually.

Like they say, all good things must come to an end. That’s what happened with Kids WB, at least it did everywhere except for Australia & Bulgaria. On May 17, 2008, the original Kids WB block came to an end. There were many online & offline successors, but nothing beats the original show lineup or even the promos & bumpers. What’s even more unfortunate is that you won’t find many programming blocks with the same show variety, entertainment, and longevity as Kids’ WB.


Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie Answers All of Your Burning Questions

It’s here. The highly anticipated revival film of Hey Arnold, Nickelodeon’s classic series. Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie aired tonight on Nickelodeon and it answered the ultimate question: What happened to Arnold’s parents?


What a brilliant way to spend Thanksgiving weekend than to watch the conclusion to a show that ended 10+ years ago. Arnold and the gang headed off to San Lorenzo to unfold the mysteries of his parent’s whereabouts. First off, bravo to creators and writers behind Hey Arnold. It was exciting, hilarious, mindblowing, and emotional to a lot of us who grew up watching Hey Arnold as kids. As someone in their twenties, this movie definitely brought my childhood self back out of me. It was a breath of fresh air to finally receive some kind of closure and conclude the cliffhanger once and for all. There was so much that happened in this movie that words can barely express it. Beware, this article contains spoilers. If you haven’t watched The Jungle Movie yet, it will be playing on Nickelodeon & TeenNick’s NickSplat block all weekend and possibly into next week. Also, prepare to have your mind blown.

1) Turns out Arnold’s last name was a revelation to a lot of people.


The name’s Shortman, Arnold Shortman. This piece of information has been on the internet for some time now but I guess some weren’t convinced. Who knew Grandpa Phil was calling him by his last name all along?

2) We finally figure out Mr. Simmons’ plus one?

We’re rooting for Mr. Simmons and Peter.



We’ve waited over a decade for this. HELGA FINALLY GOT HER MAN.

4) Love is in the air for Gerald & Phoebe as well!


Gerald and Phoebe are an item! We’ve always known this was going to happen. Our nostalgic hearts can’t take it.

It’s the moment of truth. Are you ready for this one?

5) YES, Arnold found his parents!


Miles and Stella Shortman were found, and they were reunited with Arnold and the rest of the boarding house family. The sight of Arnold’s pupils growing as he realizes that he no longer has to dream about finding his parents because they are right in front of him was almost too emotional to handle.

6) Brainy is the hero of the entire movie


Brainy’s obsession with Helga finally paid off. He managed to be the reason that Arnold and Helga are a thing, and that Arnold found his parents. Plus, he got a kiss from Helga. Brainy has officially won the game of life.

Thank you to Craig Bartlett, the Hey Arnold team, and Nickelodeon. You’ve let many relive their childhood tonight. Now, about a season 6…


BOOM! Studios and Nickelodeon Are Launching a Rocko’s Modern Life Comic Series


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Artist: Jorge Monlongo (Main cover)


If you’re excited for the big TV movie reboot of our favorite Wallaby, then you’re really in for a reboot ride. BOOM! Studios and Nickelodeon just announced that they’re teaming up for a Rocko’s Modern Life comic book series. This is Nickelodeon’s second partnership with BOOM! since they announced their upcoming Rugrats comic. You can get your hands on this futuristic-themed comic series sometime in December 2017.

Here’s the official press release:

September 15, 2017 (Los Angeles, Calif.) BOOM! Studios and Nickelodeon are excited to announce ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE, a new ongoing comic book series based on the popular animated show about everyone’s favorite wallaby! Writer Ryan Ferrier (Regular Show, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) and artist Ian McGinty (Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors) team to launch the first comic book in the series in December 2017. Each issue will also feature bonus short stories by different illustrators, including Tony Millionaire (Sock Monkey), KC Green (Invader Zim), and David DeGrand (SpongeBob Comics).

Rocko, Spunky, Heffer, Filburt, the Bigheads, and the entire cast of O-Town are back, but all is not well. The town is facing a job shortage and Rocko is hit hard. With unemployment and potential homelessness on the horizon, Rocko’s problems are just beginning. But with help from his best friends Heffer and Filbert and his faithful dog Spunky, Rocko is (mostly) ready to take on the world (maybe).

ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE was one of the standout series for me growing up, as it really struck a chord with me in how similar it was to my own sensibilities and sense of humor, even at that younger age,” says series writer Ferrier. “Working on this series, especially knowing how incredible Ian is going to make it, has made me an even bigger fan.”

Series artist Ian McGinty adds, “Fans are gonna be pretty blasted away by how well the new comic blends ’90s nostalgia with modern sentiment, and a Mystery Science Theater 3000-esque vibe that I find really, really cool.”

ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE marks the second series in the partnership between BOOM! Studios and Nickelodeon through BOOM Studios’ award-winning, all-ages imprint, KaBOOM!. The first series of this partnership debuts October 18 with Rugrats #1, from writer Box Brown (André the Giant: Life and Legend) and artist Lisa DuBois (Adventure Time).

“Working with Nickelodeon on Rugrats and now ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE has been amazing,” says Editor Whitney Leopard. “We’ve been a fan of their shows for years and to be able to work with them on bringing these characters to life in comics is a dream come true.”

ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE #1 features a main cover by Jorge Monlongo (Adventure Time Comics), a “look-and-find” cover by Bachan (Bill & Ted Save the Universe), and a variant cover by Nick Pitarra (The Manhattan Projects). BOOM! Studios will also be offering a blank Sketch Cover for this launch.

Print copies of ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE #1 will be available for sale in December at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or through the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play,  and the BOOM! Studios app.

ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ critically acclaimed KaBOOM! imprint, publisher of world-class licensed series such as Steven Universe, Over the Garden Wall, Peanuts, and Garfield, along with original series like Brave Chef Brianna by Sam Sykes and Selina Espiritu, and The Deep by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer.

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Rocko’s Modern Life #1 “look-and-find” variant cover by Bachan