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Hi everyone! Welcome to Nick.com's Blab-a-torium!
Tonight we are having a special guest ...
Craig Bartlett, the genius behind "HEY ARNOLD!"
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Nick Yapper

Hey Everyone!! Are you ready to chat with Craig Bartlett?

MODERATOR

I am, Yapper!
I can't wait! So get your questions ready for the Football Head himself, Craig Bartlett!

Nick Yapper

I know. I am such a big fan!!
I can't wait to hear what this guy has to say!!

MODERATOR

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Nick Yapper

Be sure to type your questions in the text box just below the chat window
Hey guys, I think we are about to get started

MODERATOR

Who can stump the expert of "Hey Arnold!"? Get ready cuz I think I hear him coming!

Nick Yapper

Craig Bartlett is in the building
He's just getting himself a cup of coffee and we will get going!!
He's here!!!
He's here!!
Hi Craig!!!

Craig Bartlett

Hi everyone!

MODERATOR

HI CRAIG!!
Everyone, with us tonight is Craig Bartlett, the creator of "Hey Arnold!"
Our first question tonight comes from ranidbay

randibay

What made you think of making Arnold's head football-shaped?

Craig Bartlett

When I first designed Arnold, he was made of clay...
because I was animating the Penny Cartoons for"Pee-Wee's Playhouse"
In those days I would pour out a big sheet of clay and cut shapes out like cookies..
So the football shape was sort of like a cookie cutout and I thought it was funny!

MODERATOR

Craig, can you explain to us what you actually do to create "Hey Arnold!"?

Nick Yapper

Excellent question!!

Craig Bartlett

My job on "Hey Arnold!" mostly concerns the early parts and the later parts of making every cartoon...
the beginning and the end of every cartoon.
I work on the story and I'm one of the writers...
and I direct the voice actors and I cut the voice tracks to length...
then I hand out the show to the artists. I meet with them and talk about the scenes they are going to draw.
First we record the voices then we do the storyboards
then the show is drawn and goes overseas to be animated...later it comes back to me again.
Then when it comes back I cut the picture to exactly 11 minutes...
I sit with Jim Lang and we spot the show for music .
I sit with the sound effects guys and we spot the sound effects for the show...
then we go to a place in Hollywood where the final half hour tape is made..
I always go to that because there might be some final detail we want to change.

Nick Yapper

I just LOVE the music!!!

Craig Bartlett

I would never miss that. My favorite parts of the whole process are making the final tape...
and the beginning when we record the actors.

hiomannnn

What do Arnold and Gerald call their hand shake?

Nick Yapper

OOOH! a Stumper!!

Craig Bartlett

It's simply called their secret handshake
and you can tell it's a secret handshake by the weird sound it makes .
They do it different ways. Sometimes they link their hands and wiggle their thumbs...
Sometimes they just hold their hands next to each other and wiggle their thumbs.

helgagp123

Do any of the characters relate to you?

Craig Bartlett

I'm Arnold, but there are some big differences.
I have parents and I didn't grow up in a boarding house with my grandparents under a freeway...
but Arnold is the conscience of the show, and I always think of what I would do if I were in the same situation Arnold is in.
And then Helga is an amalgam of all the girls I loved or loved me when I was in grade school.
Unrequited love is the main theme of the show!

Nick Yapper

I bet all the girls loved you, Craig.

MODERATOR

The next question is one that was sent to nick.com before the chat. Why does Harold have his belly button sticking out?

Craig Bartlett

Harold is a slob...
and he's just that kind of a kid who would have a too-short t-shirt, and his belly button sticking out.
Even when he wears a suit at his Bar Mitzvah he still has his belly button sticking out.

Nick Yapper

Aww—it's just baby fat...
I think he'll grow out of it.

MODERATOR

corey_nick has a great question!

corey_nick

How come Helga never tells Brainy to get away?

Craig Bartlett

Well, Helga just thinks socking him should be enough!
She's a girl of action.

Nick Yapper

She's my hero!!

Craig Bartlett

Helga for President!

MODERATOR

juliac is asking the question on all of our minds ...

juliac

What happened to Aronld's parents?

Craig Bartlett

Didn't she watch "Parent's Day"?

Nick Yapper

I did!

Craig Bartlett

"Parent's Day" introduces Arnold's parents to the audience...
who they were and how they disappeared.
The movie will continue the story

MODERATOR

And on a more personal note, from frisket ...

frisket

Hey, Craig, what's your favorite animated show online?

Craig Bartlett

I don't know about online, but my favorite animated show on TV is "The Simpsons.."
It's the biggest influence on cartoon shows today because it's so well-written.

MODERATOR

I love this question from 105!

105

How does Arnold get his shirt on over his head?

Craig Bartlett

Well, he tends to put it on and then button it. He doesn't actually have to pull it over his head...

Nick Yapper

I always wondered that myself!!

Craig Bartlett

He pulls his sweater over his head in "Crush on Teacher."
We also see him undress in "Helga's Parrot" but we cut away before it's too late...

Nick Yapper

I have a question, Craig... Nick Yapper: Why doesn't Brainy, who always finds Helga looking at the heart-shaped picture of Arnold, ever tell anybody?

Craig Bartlett

Brainy secretly loves Helga...
cares about her so much that he won't tell her secret.
It's his way of showing that he loves her.
In the episode "Helgo on the Couch" he sort of proposes marriage to her...
he offers her a little ring, a little gum machine ring.
She just looks at it and chucks it over her shoulder.

MODERATOR

Craig, I think they're trying to stump you tonight! raccon186 asks a tough one

raccon186

Why is Gerald the Keeper of all the Legends?

Nick Yapper

Oooh, another Stumper!!

Craig Bartlett

Gerald's just a very good public speaker...
and over the years the kids just unofficially made him the Teller of Urban Tales..
Sid is the Gatekeeper...
so Sid always introduces the urban legend, and introduces Gerald...
and then Gerald tells it.

later66

What advice does your grandpa give you in real life?

Craig Bartlett

Both my grandpas have died, but when I was a kid, my grandpa would give me advice like Arnold's grandpa...
like "never eat raspberries."
Arnold's grandparents are like fantasy grandparents, the kind you wished you had.
They're capable of doing anything, really physically fit...
really smart and funny.

MODERATOR

Oh a hypothetical question from artluver...

artluver29

How do you think the show would differ if Arnold actually lived with his parents?

Craig Bartlett

That's a good question, I've been thinking about that.
I think Arnold would probably move away and travel around the world...
because that's what you see his parents do in "Parent's Day."

Nick Yapper

Well, that would be totally different!

koolgurl

Why is Helga always mean to Arnold when she likes him? And the first time she tried to be nice, HE was mean to HER!!!!!!

Craig Bartlett

Well, Ihave to defend Arnold...
because she had been mean to him hundreds of times...
by the time she was nice to him.
But more importantly, the reason that Helga always acts mean to Arnold is that she feels she would die of embarassment if the other kids knew her secret.
I think it would be funny to do an episode where all the kids learn Helga's secret...
and they just say "Duh!"

MODERATOR

Craig, we have a real stumper here that came in this week to nick.com ... it was asked ...I know Arnold's grandma's name is Pooky, but is that her real name?

Craig Bartlett

No, Pooky is her nickname...
that's what grandpa calls her.
Her real name is Gertrude..
We see her name is Gerty when grandpa talks about meeting her as kids...
in the episode "Girl Trouble."

Nick Yapper

That's right, the man behing that terrific Nicktoon, "Hey Arnold!" is chatting with us here on nick.com!

mariposa4

Why exactly are fourth-graders out in the city alone at night? Especially the episodes where Helga and Harold are left at the factory...or where four of them go to Chez Paris?

Craig Bartlett

The world that Arnold and the kids live in in "Hey Arnold!" is kind of an idealized and romantic world...
where it's dangerous but it's safe...
where the kids can go out at night and do all sorts of things...
and be safe.
It's our idea of an idealized urban world...
where there's a real community and everybody cares about each other.
I know there are episodes liked "Mugged" which are about strangers in the city...
so we sometimes deal with that.
But mostly it's about the kind of world where kids can go out day or night...
and pretty much do anything they want.

Nick Yapper

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MODERATOR

a background question now...

tutut

Where did Stinky live before he moved to Arnold's neighborhood?

Craig Bartlett

Good question. Stinky is from Arkansas.
And we chose Arkansas because President Clinton's from there...
his entire backstory is beautifully told in the episode "Stinky's Pumpkin"
where we see him tell his whole family's story through the pictures on the wall.
My favorite picture is his house being towed by a truck...
they towed his house to Arnold's city.

MODERATOR

midget24 asks a very popular question...

midget24

Craig, will there ever be an episode where Arnold's last name is announced?

Craig Bartlett

Among the crew at "Hey Arnold!" the question of his last name has become kind of a joke...
I didn't give him a last name
because Ithought calling him "Hey Arnold!" was more powerful...
but there have been so many requests we thought we would just casually mention his name in the movie...
and then just move on.

redberry92

Does Phoebe really have a crush on Gerald?

Craig Bartlett

Yes, and it's mutual!
They've sort of been boyfriend and girlfriend ever since the first season.
Their love is not unrequited.
I guess that means it's requited!

Nick Yapper

That's sooo romantic!

123dalla

Why is Sid such a back-stabber?

Craig Bartlett

Sid's kind of a weasel..
He's a sweet enough kid but he's sort of a coward and a wimp...
and you can't count on him for much.
He sort of cracks under pressure.
But I really love Sid, he's one of my favorite characters.

Nick Yapper

Hey guys, if you're just joining us, we're chatting with Craig Bartlett, the creator of "Hey Arnold!"

gummi1197

Will Stoop Kid ever be in another episode?

Craig Bartlett

Good question!
Stoop Kid makes a cameo in a couple of shows...
"Cool Party" and we see him in the TV movie "Arnold Saves the Neighborhood"
which will be our hundredth episode.
So look for it in Spring 2001.

Nick Yapper

If you want to ask the original "Football Head" a question, just type it into the text box below this window and hit send!!

MODERATOR

And another stumper for ya, Craig!

nicktunlvr

Where did Arnold get Abner from?

Nick Yapper

Abner is Arnold's Pig, right???

Craig Bartlett

Yes, Abner is Arnold's pig.
I guess from the animal shelter. He saved Abner from being made into bacon!
Abner shows up a lot more in the fifth season. he's sort of around the house nowadays.
In the dinner scenes, he's under the table.

roxy92225

How can someone like me get started in cartoon drawing, like as a career?

Craig Bartlett

Nowadays there are a lot of colleges that teach animation.
Los Angeles has a lot of schools that are excellent...
including Cal Arts, USC, and UCLA...
and New York and the other major cities as well.
My main advice is to draw all the time.
Get those blank notebooks and fill them with drawings.
I used to like to carry blank books on the bus. and draw the people who got on the bus.

ertel1080

When did the show first start out?

Craig Bartlett

I made claymation "Arnold" shorts, short films ten years ago...
but I first brought them to Nickelodeon in '93.
I started work on the "Arnold" pilot in '94...
and we got picked up to go to a series in '95.

Nick Yapper

WOW—has it been that long?! Time Flies!!

MODERATOR

Craig here's a stumper again from the mail we received! What's the name of the episode when Helga and Harold get lost at the chocolate factory?

Craig Bartlett

It's called "Buses, Bikes and Subways" and it's episode 75b!

nicktunlvr

Will you ever show Mr. Smith's face?

Craig Bartlett

I don't think so...
I have a feeling Mr. Smith flew away in that helicopter...
in the episode "Door 16" and was never heard from again.
Or maybe he still lives in the boarding house.
He's very mysterious.
He still pays his rent. He's a very weird guy.

dramagirl2

Have you ever considered doing a live television show?

Craig Bartlett

Yeah, it would be fun.
I had a dream once I was in Arnold's actual room...
and it was perfect in every detail...

Nick Yapper

He has the coolest room!!

Craig Bartlett

and I thought I must be in an Arnold movie!
The only problem is I don't know how we'd cast someone to play Arnold...
because of the football head!

dunkin316

Craig, what is your favorite episode?

Craig Bartlett

That's tough.
I guess I'd have to say "Parent's Day."

MODERATOR

My favorite one was "Pigeon Man". I loved that!

Craig Bartlett

But I'm also very fond of "Helga on the Couch.
"Pigeon Man" is great!
I even love the very first one we ever made, "Downtown as Fruit."

Nick Yapper

I like the one with the Parrot!
The one that recites Helga's poem!!

Craig Bartlett

That's "Helga's Parrot."

Nick Yapper

Craig Bartlett, the creator of "Hey Arnold!" will only be with us for another 10 minutes, so send us your questions!!!

krisbecool

Who was Arnold's first friend?

Craig Bartlett

Gerald. All of the kids in "Hey Arnold!" met in pre-school.
It was instant friendship.
They even did their secret handshake in pre-school.
They're all friends for life.

knickknack

Who is the oldest out of the kids?

Craig Bartlett

Out of the immediate group, Harold is the oldest...
He's been held back a lot.
He's 13, as we learn in "Harold's Bar Mitzvah."
It's not that he's stupid, he just doesn't apply himself.

Nick Yapper

I had the same problem, but I got over it!!

joe1990

Are all of the kids who do Arnold's...Helga's...etc. voices nice?

Craig Bartlett

Yeah, they're great!
I love going to record them...
because they're so much fun to hang out with.
Some of them I've known for 6 years.
Franny and Jamil have been with the show since the pilot.

dontknow

How old is Arnold's grandma?

Craig Bartlett

Arnold's grandma is about a year older than Arnold's grandpa...
and he's 81 so she must be 82.
Only a few weeks older. In "Parent's Day" Arnold says she's the oldest.

MODERATOR

Another one from mail at nick.com this week... What does it feel like having the cartoon you made up on television?

Craig Bartlett

It's great!
It's a dream job.
It's the most fun I've ever had.

martian64

How did Gerald get the hairstyle he has today?

Nick Yapper

Five more minutes, Folks!! Craig will be answering just a few more questions!!

Craig Bartlett

He started combing it up right away.
He had the same hairstyle in pre-school...
so I figured as soon as he had hair, he started combing it up.
He doesn't need any hair care products—it's natural!

mather1

Why doesn't Arnold ever take his hat off?

Craig Bartlett

It's come off a couple of times but it's been really bad when it comes off.
Helga steals it from him in "Arnold's Hat"
and it falls off in "Stuck in a Tree."
It's really bad when the hat comes off...
because he almost has a bald spot.
The reason the hat is so important to Arnold is that his parents gave it to him when he was a baby.

MODERATOR

Craig we've enjoyed having you here with us tonight! Can you tell us all about some of your upcoming projects?

Craig Bartlett

Two things I'm working on right now...
a spinoff called "The Patakis" about Helga and her family,

Nick Yapper

Ooh!! Inside scoop!!

Craig Bartlett

and Helga's 15 years old.
It would be an original show for Nick at Nite!
The other project is the Arnold movie...
We've been writing the script and are waiting for Paramount to give it the go-ahead.
I'm currently finished episodes 90 to 100 of "Hey Arnold!"

Nick Yapper

100, that's huge!!

Craig Bartlett

The last 3 episodes are a TV movie...
called "Arnold Saves the Neighborhood."
And the amazing thing is Helga tells Arnold her secret!

Nick Yapper

Omigosh!!!

MODERATOR

Craig, before you leave, can you show me the secret handshake?

Craig Bartlett

Here's the secret handshake! It looks like this
lol

Nick Yapper

Wow, this is great info! Thanks, Craig.

MODERATOR

Thanks again for joining us tonight! It was great talking with Craig Bartlet, the creator of "Hey Arnold!"

Craig Bartlett

Bye everybody!

Nick Yapper

Yeah, Craig! You were a great chatter!!

MODERATOR

Don't forget to come back next week when we have our favorite undersea characters .. SPONGEBOB AND PATRICK!
Next Thursday, July 13th at 7pm ET !! Join us then!

Nick Yapper

Thanks for joining us!!

Craig Bartlett

Stay tuned! Keep watching. Thanks for the cards and letters!

Nick Yapper

BYE CRAIG!!!
And Craig Bartlett has left the building!!

MODERATOR

(practicing the handshake)

Nick Yapper

Thanks for joining us, everyone!
Please come back next week and chat with SpongeBob and Patrick!!!
You've been a wonderful audience!

MODERATOR

Yapper that was great!! Craig Bartlett was FUN!
Thanks everyone for coming tonight!

Nick Yapper

Transcripts will be available for all nick.com chats in the Blab area...
These are coming SOON!!
gnight!

MODERATOR

Folks...this room is closed now. It's time to exit please. Come visit us next Thursday evening at 7pm ET for a chat with SpongeBob and Patrick from "SpongeBob SquarePants!" See ya then

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