Nickelodeon knows what its fans who attend Comic-Con want: to revisit their favorite shows from the ’90s. So it combined the powers of two properties that remain popular all over the internet today–kid sketch series All That and history-adjacent game show Legends of the Hidden Temple–into one panel.
Former All That cast members Josh Server, Lori Beth Denberg, Kel Mitchell, and Danny Tamberelli returned for a mini-reunion, and talked about the beginnings of the show, taking the famous guest stars for granted, and the enduring popularity All That has enjoyed. Tamberelli, who got his start on Nickelodeon touchstone The Adventures of Pete and Pete, joined the cast in the fourth season, only to be hazed as the new kid during table reads and rehearsals. “Everyone would laugh at everyone’s jokes,” said Server, “but we would purposely not laughing at Danny’s.” At several points, the panel devolved into trading jokes, with Denberg repeatedly circling back to imply Tamberelli hangs out at Chuck E. Cheese’s as an adult.
The Legends of the Hidden Temple half of the panel largely trafficked in the same type nostalgia, but it did bring a preview of something new. Nickelodeon has begun to lure in its original fans by creating updates and sequels to some of its ’90s properties (earlier this weekend, the first character designs surfaced from next year’s TV movie Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie), during this panel, the network debuted the trailer for the upcoming narrative television film Legends of the Hidden Temple: The Movie.
It’s something wildly different for Nickelodeon: taking a game show, adapting it into a film with characters and a predetermined story, and imbuing it with all the references nostalgic fans will notice and understand. Show host Kirk Fogg and executive producer Mike Sammaciccia say the script has references to pretty much everything fans have latched onto over the years, from the teams (Red Jaguars, Silver Snakes, Orange Iguanas), to the temple guards to the Steps of Knowledge. Most notably, the tag on the trailer references the much-maligned Shrine of the Silver Monkey, where most teams on the original show would fail to win the game’s final Temple Run obstacle course. Just because it’s a fond look back, though, doesn’t mean that everyone involved shared that nostalgia: Isabela Moner, the film’s star, made the crowd audibly groan during the panel when she mentioned that she wasn’t even born in the 90s.