Few things take you straight back to yesteryear like the pop culture gems of your childhood. Whether it's a throwback song you used to listen to incessantly or a TV show you used to watch religiously, these cultural time stamps come to shape some of our earliest, fondest memories. For those who grew up in the '90s and early 2000s, Nickelodeon (in its pre-"Nick" days) held a special place in our hearts. The cool-kid channel of its competitor set, Nickelodeon always promised laughs, some wholesome rebellion, and plenty of green slime.
Nickelodeon Movies was founded in 1995, and a year later, we had Harriet the Spy as its inaugural release, swiftly followed by a series of feel-good films guaranteed to transport you right back to your younger days. If you're feeling like indulging in a healthy dose of nostalgia over the weekend, queue up a Nickelodeon movie (or two, or three), and head right back to the early aughts.
Young Michelle Trachtenberg plays precocious Harriet M. Welsh, an 11-year-old spy, in a movie based on Louise Fitzhugh's 1964 novel of the same name. In theaters, the pilot episode for another Nickelodeon favorite, Hey Arnold!, played before the film.
A year after its first film, Harriet the Spy, the studio released Good Burger, a comedy starring Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. The movie was based on the Good Burger sketch from Nickelodeon's sketch comedy series All That, of which the duo were two of the original cast members. Thompson and Mitchell also starred in their own show, Kenan & Kel.
The Rugrats Movie was the first animated release from Nickelodeon Movies and first to be based on a Nicktoon. The film featured the voices of guest stars Whoopi Goldberg, Margaret Cho, and Busta Rhymes and grossed $140 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing animated film based on a television program and first non-Disney animated film to gross over $100 million.
Moving into the early aughts, Nickelodeon Movies released Snow Day, starring Chevy Chase, Josh Peck, Chris Elliott, and Emmanuelle Chriqui. It was originally planned to be based on the Nickelodeon television series The Adventures of Pete & Pete, but in the end, it was rewritten and produced as a stand-alone story.
Nine months after Snow Day hit theaters, Nickelodeon Movies released its first sequel to The Rugrats Movie. The film received favorable reviews and is the most critically acclaimed Rugrats film to date.
The next year, Nickelodeon Movies released its first CGI animated film. It was based on a series of shorts that aired on Nickelodeon in 1998, and after the success of the movie, the channel released a television series, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, that aired from 2002 to 2006. The film was nominated for the first Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, but it ultimately lost to Shrek.
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