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"Hey Arnold!" Theme Song (HQ) Episode Opening Credits Nick Animation

"Hey Arnold!" Theme Song (HQ) Episode Opening Credits Nick Animation

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From left to right: Helga, Arnold, and Gerald.

Hey Arnold The Main Characters with Background

The main characters. From left to right: Sid, Gerald, Stinky, Arnold, Harold, Eugene, Brainy, Sheena, Rhonda, Helga, Phoebe and Nadine.

Hey Arnold! is a Nicktoon created by Craig Bartlett for Nickelodeon, which ran from 1996 to 2004. The show's premise focuses on a fourth grader named Arnold who lives with his grandparents in a large city. Episodes center on his experiences navigating big city life while dealing with the problems he and his friends encounter, including urban legends.

The show spun off a theatrical film, Hey Arnold!: The Movie (which was actually originally produced as a 3-part episode), and a made-for-TV movie, Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie (which, ironically, was supposed to originally be a theatrical film).

History

Animator Craig Bartlett graduated from Anacortes High School and obtained a degree in communications from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. During high school and college, he studied painting and sculpture at the Museum Art School in Portland, and his first job after college was at Will Vinton Productions, a claymation house. Originally, Bartlett intended to become a painter "in the 19th-century sense", but he became interested in animation during a trip to Italy. In 1987, while working on Pee-wee's Playhouse, he created claymation cutaways about a character named Penny and her friend Arnold.

Six years later, Bartlett was teamed up with five writers from Rugrats to develop animation projects for Nickelodeon. These meetings were generally difficult and the writers became frustrated; Bartlett recalled: "Our ideas were OK, but such a large and motley group couldn't get far at pitch meetings. Network execs got migraines just counting us coming in the door." As a last resort, Bartlett played the "Penny" tapes, intending to highlight the Penny character. However, the executives were more impressed by Arnold, despite him being a minor character.

Synopsis

The show stars fourth grader Arnold Shortman, a boy who lives with his paternal grandparents, Phil and Gertrude, proprietors of the Sunset Arms boarding house, in the fictional city of Hillwood. In each episode, Arnold often helps a schoolmate solve a personal problem, or encounters a predicament of his own. The show also frequently focuses on Arnold's classmate, Helga Pataki, who often treats Arnold cruelly and bullies him constantly. However, a recurring theme of the show is the fact that Helga only pretends to dislike Arnold to hide the fact that she has possessed a profound, Shakespearean-in-magnitude love for him for years.

Cast and Characters

Main article: List of Hey Arnold! characters

Episodes

Main article: Hey Arnold! episode list

Broadcast history

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  • Nickelodeon
    • Original run: October 7, 1996-June 8, 2004
    • Reruns, June 9, 2004-December 6, 2007
  • NickToons (May 1, 2002-November 24, 2007, February 22, 2018)
  • TeenNick (September 5, 2011-present)

Home media

Main article: Hey Arnold! videography

Videos

External links

This show has a wiki of its own: Hey Arnold! Wiki.

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