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Carrottop

I know this sounds like a strange question, but I'm dying to know. Will you release a soundtrack to the show anytime soon?

CraigB

I would if Nick wanted one, but probably only the movie's release will prompt it
Nick has no plans as of yet
write to Nickelodeon for Arnold stuff! It may help!
who knows

malevolent4

Do you have any plans where Olga loses favor with her parents?

CraigB

what a good question...
our patakis pilot involves that

Carrottop

For the spinoff?

CraigB

yes, a spinoff
we're good to write it
helga is fifteen
olga is back home from Bennington
and wants to persue a career as an actress

MaxJ1800

where's Arnold in the spinoff

CraigB

he's ... MOVED AWAY!
okay, calm down, he's still her true love
a lot of stuff happens before the patakis starts
between arnold and helga
they are meant for each other, you know
duh
i mean doi
they will get together, but
i want helga to have her own show in the meantime
ya know?

Carrottop

Good idea.
Develop Helga alittle more.

Chloe15

Ah....hm? So they don't get together till _after_ "The Patakis"...

Argent

Yeah, we understand. Its a great idea since mostly everyone loves Helga.

CraigB

Arnold is arnold and how could it be the patakis unless he's out of the way for a while

KatHelga

What about Phoebe? Is she still there?

CraigB

yes, phoebe is there

Carrottop

Yeah. Are any of the other kids still there?

CraigB

in fact, everyone could be there

KatHelga

Oh ok! PHEW! thank you

Sid

what about Sid?

CraigB

it's still arnold's city
sure, anyone you know and love

Chloe15

Will Helga get rid of those pigtails?

CraigB

no, she keeps them stubbornly

HaroldShapedGuyI

craig, have you thought of a name for arnolds city yet? ;)

CraigB

it has no name,
but it's seattle
or close enough

ArnoldRules2000

They live in Seattle?

CraigB

you could say that

Carrottop

Close enough.

Bighead

Seattle with a Brooklyn Bridge

CraigB

right, hi bighead
how's it goin'

Chloe15

And a few of the old brownstones look distinctly like Brooklyn.

CraigB

right again chloe

Cptgalant

How will the 15 year old helga LOOK different than the nine year old helga

CraigB

i love brooklyn

ArnoldRules2000

Yeah does she shave the unibrow?

CraigB

helga is taller, skinnier,

Chloe15

Skinnier? She'd have to be anorexic.

GeroldFan

Heheheheh. The unibrow's a classic

CraigB

not quite anorexic

Cptgalant

Does she keep her bow?

CraigB

she keeps her bow, but hides it under a cap

Cptgalant

Hides her bow? How sad.

CraigB

she'll never get rid of the bow, but her feelings for Arnold are even more underground now

Carrottop

A little blue cap, perchance?

Argent

Could it be Arnold's cap?

malevolent4

Heh. Like exchanging rings or jackets?

CraigB

no, arnold keeps his cap

Littlebluehat

it'd be hard to hide it under Arnold's

CraigB

i should say hat

MaxJ1800

Can you see Arnold wearing Helga's bow?

Chloe15

he HAS to keep the hat! Or start side-parting his hair. lol \ Arnold with a pink bow…

CarmHelga

will the patakis tell us more about the lives of Olga, Bob and Miriam?

CraigB

the patakis is all about the family
so we'll have eps with all four characters stories and go into individual stuff

Bighead

What I'd like to know is, where do you come up with the character names? For example, does "Pataki" come from...
...the governor of New York, the voice of George on "Ren & Stimpy", or is it just a good-sounding name?

CraigB'

governor pataki?

CraigB

we like pataki, it sounds funny.

Bighead

(What I'd REALLY like to know is, is it just coincidence that you have a character named "Big Patty" and an older sister-in-law named Patty?)

CraigB

and Helga is , you know, "hellish"
at least she started out that way
the rest of them are really kinda Seattle names
and you know we use the ikea catalog for obscure names
like torvald
it's a couch or something

Eve13

'chest of drawers' in the interview.

CraigB

okay, chest of drawers

Bighead

Don't remind me about Ikea; they just opened one up in my area, and I had to park in the overflow lot to the overflow lot

CraigB

ikea openings are insane
i went to the jersey opening
it was nearly a riot

HaroldShapedGuyI

but u have to admit, they make nice stuff ;)

CraigB

my brother in law bought a couch

ArnoldRules2000

  1. 1... Are you going to make new holiday episodes for each year or are we going to see the same ones yearly?

CraigB

probably the same ones, maybe some new holidays we haven't done
i wouldn't want to make other xmases or thanksgivings, i like those
groundhog would be good

ArnoldRules2000'

  1. 2... Are Dino Spumoni (legendary singer) and Nancy Spumoni (fashion boots designer) related?

CraigB

you bet!

ArnoldRules2000

how?

CraigB

nancy is dino's daughter

ArnoldRules2000

The episode where it snows is the best

CraigB

your fave?

ArnoldRules2000

yes it is

ao175

No work ethic!

CraigB

I like the end credit mx
how bout that dang navigation they're doing now? it sux

Carrottop

(coughs) exactly why I want a soundtrack (cough)

CraigB

blocks off our end credit mx

Carrottop

It sucks majorly.

CraigB

right, cause that music will be lost!

dustind

for navigation they have some people talking some goofy comments about the next show
while credits roll

Cptgalant

We can only hope in later repeats it will be restored.

CraigB

i know, the comments aren't exactly astute

helgasfriend

Yeah, why?

CraigB

everyone all channels, are doing this now

Carrottop

I really would rather hear the credit music than those two announcers.

Chloe15

Me. I asked how there could be football-shaped helmets if it's such an anomaly?

CraigB

you mean arnold's motorcycle helmet?

Chloe15

Hey, maybe we'll rewrite Hamlet! Yeah, that's what I mean, Craig.

CraigB

Isn't it funny when frankie g tosses arnold that custom helmet?'

Chloe15

anomaly: strange occurrence, out of the ordinary.

CraigB

i know it makes no sense
but arnold looks cool in it
that's usually the kind of logic we use here

Littlebluehat

I always figured he got it made to fit the window

Chloe15

It is. My brother was wondering why, though. Also: Do you look at fanfic or fanart?

CraigB

i love that window
what a nutty concept

Chloe15

It is an..er...interesting window.

KatHelga

Do you ever look at the posts at phoebes message boards?

CraigB

chloe asks do i look at fanart
you bet!
send it to me!

Chloe15

do you ever get ideas from that, or fanfic?

CraigB

in this way
i look at stuff in general to see what everyone is asking
or wanting to see
like thekids older
as teens
or twentysomething

helgasfriend

cool!

CraigB

and without being specific, i use it as a guide to see what fans want
i admit that i don't have time to read all fanfics
there's a lot of stuff out there!

malevolent4

Well I can understand there's just too many fics to read sir. Especially from the more prolific writers.

CraigB

i know, the fics are long!

helgasfriend

To craig: Are you going to make a Pheobe/Gerald ep?

CraigB

mini series
no phoebe gerald ep yet
it's more fun to keep their relationship in the background
phoebe and gerald share meaningful glances

helgasfriend

I guess. Yeah, your right.

CraigB

yknow
maybe as older kids
in the Patakis

AllyandCurly

(Ally)--so, all the kids, not just Helga, are gonna be in the Patakis?

CraigB

right

Chloe15

I can see Phoebe and Gerald "going steady", or at least being a couple.

CraigB

here is the deal with the patakis.
nick has ordered a script
a half hour script
more structured like the simpsons
three acts, half hour
if they like the script they order the ep
or if they were really cool, they'd order a series

PeapodKid

Will Arnold and Helga be together in the Patakis?

CraigB

as i said earlier, he's moved away
but helga still loves him
i've got this idea:
she writes to him at the start of each ep
dear arnold...
and he's still her "higher power"
but she is not with him even tho she loves him
i have an idea for an ep where helga runs away to find Arnold

Chloe15

Does this mean the entire boardinghouse crew has moved as well?

CraigB

a cool thing for a fifteen year old
good question
we'll see

ao175

Wow, Craig you have some big plans

CraigB

yep

Carrottop

Will she actually send the letters to Arnold? Or will they just gather in her drawer?

CraigB

that is such a good q
she writes the letters, then at the end of the show,
mails it,
then takes it out of the mail
and files it away

helgasfriend

why??

CraigB

in a binder
because helga is very complicated

CarmHelga

so the main thing here will be for her to finaly mail a letter?

CraigB

volume 1000
maybe

KatHelga

you mean she doesn't actually send them?? what?

CraigB

she and arnold are in a difficult stage at fifteen
who knows what happened in the intervening years

PeapodKid

Where's he going anyway?

Chloe15

will they be...friends?

CraigB

I havent decided yet
mostly it's about getting him out of the picture so the patakis can be about the patakis
write to nick and ask for it

PeapodKid

Will there be any Big Bob or Miriam eps?

CraigB

you bet
it's the patakis
after all

helgasfriend

how does helga look?
like ceccile?

CraigB

she's taller skinnier
gettin boobs

ArnoldRules2000

Does she still have the one eyebrow?

CraigB

but she hates growing up and being a teen
she still has the monobrow
an awkward teen
proud of her awkwardness

Cptgalant

Do you have any preliminary sketches of her at 15 that Phoebe could post on her board?

CraigB

i better get nick's reaction first
before we post any pics

Cptgalant

Gotcha.

CraigB

i sent phoebe a comic recently
she should post it

ArnoldRules2000

I wonder if Brainy still follows Helga and breathes over her shoulder and gets the inevitable no-look punch

CraigB

about my charlie brown experience

phoebe1533

say what?

CraigB

they all are still there
phoebe, a comics' coming in the mail

phoebe1533

ooh, cool

helga_pataki2

My question is about the Patakis spinoff
Will it have a mostly new cast of characters or a mix of new and the old?

CraigB

right, some new, many old
dr. bliss
nick vermicelli
phoebe
the gang

helga_pataki2

One last question then does some one like the art of Oskar Kokoshka on the show or is it a name randomly picked?

CraigB

i based oskar on the painter
it was random, but i always loved that name
he's based on gabor csupo in accent

MandiNicole

In "The Pataki's" will Arnold ever come back and visit?

CraigB

i want to do an ep where helga runs away to find arnold
sounds like a cool fifteen year old plotline
i mean

PERIART

heh

CraigB

one ep
not a series
she's going through some changes

Argent

May I ask a minor question about that?

CraigB

okay

Argent

Does she find him when she runs away?

CraigB

i haven't written it!

KatHelga

Ok frst. What is "Arnold saves the neighborhood" about?

CraigB

the whole neighborhood is getting torn down
and arnold must save it
it's a buddy pic
arnold and gerald
but the whole cast is in it!
EVERYONE
helga has a big part

bigbobpataki

will helga confess her love in the movie??

ArnoldRules2000

The world needs more Arnolds

CraigB

it's the right thing to do
helga reveals her secret
she tells

helgasfriend

The series will end!!!!!!!!!
nooooooooo

CraigB

come on, it's been one hundred eps
two hundred stories
it's time
the series won't end
unless nick wants to end it

CarmHelga

In most series its the guy who has a crush on the girl, where did u get the idea to make helga have a crush on arnold?

CraigB

helga's secret crush on arnold was lisa's idea

CarmHelga

did she sugest it while you were writting the pilot?

CraigB

when we went to pilot.
she said, what if she secretly loved him?

KatHelga

Will Helga get a song in the movie?? like a slow song to Arnold about her love to him

CraigB

it won't be that kind of musical
it'll be more you know, dramatic

PeapodKid

Oh so the songs are in the background?

KatHelga

Yea I mean to HERSELF not to arnold gosh would that be a sight! LOL

CraigB

right

helgasfriend

Will we be in tears?
please say yes!

CraigB

i hope. the helga confession scene is awesome

Cptgalant

Okay, first I want to thank you for being so devoted to us loyal fans. My question is two-fold...
In The Pataki's, is Olga now living at home again? And secondly, will Franny still be the voice of Helga.

CraigB

good questoin
yes, olga comes home from bennington
moves back in
and one of the main reasons for growing helga up to fifteen

PeapodKid

Does she still drive Helga up the wall?

CraigB

is so we can work with franny!
you bet!

Cptgalant

That's wonderful news on both counts.

CraigB

franny just turned fifteen
life imitates art

Littlebluehat

good, she's really good at Helga

CraigB

franny started with me at nine
auditioned when she was eight

ArnoldRules2000

jeez, that's seven years

CraigB

fully half her young life
a quote from the dentist ep

Carrottop

Actually the quote is "two thirds of my young life." ;)

CraigB

oops

Argent

Yipee!! First things first. Thanks so much for coming and answering these questions. Its greatly appreciated=)

CraigB

not yet two thirds
sure!

Argent

Is it okay if I ask 3 questions?

CraigB

sure

Argent

Thanks=) Okay first will there be a soundtrack for the movies or show? If so, which artists are you planning?

CraigB

no plans yet, though jim lang wil surely do the score
we're going afro-cuban

Argent

If you can, may you try Sarah Mclachlan. I think shed be great to use for a song about Helga or somewhat. Anyways my second question is will Helga be a little bit depressed in the Patakis?

CraigB

she's still the underdog.
she's still pretty grumpy
she needs to be the underdog so we'll love her
not exactly depressed,
just pissed off

Argent

My last question is will there be a future ep aside from the Patakis?

CraigB

and i loved sarah mc on toy story
you mean after ep 100?
it's up to nick
write to them and request more eps

John2000

ok. Will olga get a job teaching at Helga's school?

CraigB

she's decided to become an actress
a good move, since she's already an award winning over-reactress
helga is more of an artist
writer-photographer-painter
olga's always auditioning for plays
off-off-off-off-off broadway
helga still thinks she's an annoying dork

ArnoldRules2000

Does she keep straight A's throughout college?

CraigB

yes
she's like a machine

John2000

does arnold get over lila?

CraigB

he really does
i promise
we have milked that one to the teeth

KatHelga

Is LILA in the Patakis??

CraigB

no

HaroldShapedGuyI

does lila get run over by a truck too?? ;)

CraigB

lila does not get hit by a truck
but she and arnold are done by ep 100

Selena116

I've got three quetsion.
What inspired you to make Hey Arnold?

CraigB

i wanted to do my own cartoon
and created arnold based on me
a daydreamer
that was the clay shorts

helgasfriend

you were a daydreamer?

CraigB

but nickelodeon like the shorts
and so i made him nine, so he could talk and etc

Carrottop

He's not much of a daydreamer anymore.

CraigB

yes, i was a majoy daydreamer
it's a wonder my teachers let me finish grade school

Selena116

How did you come up with his head to be a foot ball shaped (although it looks like a taco but still cool).

CraigB

because he started out in clay
and the shape was funny
the wide eyes, etc
the big hair
he works well in silhouette
like helga and gerald

Selena116

Ok that was it. I had another but I forgot it.

Eve13

I'm curious. Are Dino and Nancy Spumoni related?

CraigB

yes, father and daughter

ArnoldRules2000

I asked that about half and hour ago

CraigB

these boots are made for walkin'

BrainyRimbaud

Sinatra in joke, everyone...

Carrottop

and that's just what they'll do . .

CraigB

dino is a low rent frank sinatra
our idea of a rat pack joke

ArnoldRules2000

Spumoni is way better than Sinatra

Chloe15

VERY low rent...

CraigB

thanks

Periart

and one of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you

CraigB

we think rat pack is funny

helgasfriend

Craig, is it fun doing brainy? I mean with the wheezes and all...lol he's pretty fun to imitate!!!

CraigB

i love doing brainy
it's easy
he loves helga and wants to marry her
but he won't
cause arnold will

Carrottop

It must take you HOURS to get his lines right. :) (j/k)

Littlebluehat

poor brainy

CraigB

i have to go and focus
get in character
wheeze

Chloe15

(wheeze) No, a touch more pathos...

helgasfriend

I'm writing from Australia, have you ever been here?

CraigB

nope
wish i could

helgasfriend

Come then! Remember, I live in Adelaide!! lol

CraigB

tom waits wrote a song about adelaide

helgasfriend

Yo!! I haven't finished...Will we be in tears by the end of the movie? tears of joy?
Please say yes

CraigB

i hope tears of joy
and i don't do a very good job of playing a kid
i sound too old
but i don't care
brainy sounds ...

helgasfriend

funny

ArnoldRules2000

i think Brainy has asthma

CraigB

i hope everyone finds the movies very satisfying
ya know

CarmHelga

are they done?

CraigB

only written
the tv movie is nearly storyboarded
the theatrical is only written

AllyandCurly

(Curly)--does arnold keep his hat in the patakis?

CraigB

yes
he'll never lose it
helga never loses her bow
she hides it under a cap tho
the reveal will be funny

Popperpot

You obviously love your job, but what are your plans for the future? Will you some day retire to some Irish farm and foster gardern gnomes and greenhouse vegetables or will you continue to do this until you are an 85 year old and die in mid-draw of your latest incarnation?>

CraigB

i hope to do at least one more series
and i want to go live in hawaii
but i love the west coast
so i plan to just stay and make cartoons for now
cause i love it

helgasfriend

Does the series have to end? :(

CraigB

no the series does not have to end

PeapodKid

Goody! Could Peapod Kid have an ep of his own?

CraigB

indeed..
i love peapod kid

PeapodKid

Why is he just a background character?

CraigB

he's jamil
i don't know, we haven't thought of an ep yet

Carrottop

I'm sure Jamil can play him easily because his voice has changed.

CraigB

but i love him

PeapodKid

Like where they reveal his name!

BrainyRimbaud

I live in Hawaii and I used to live in Seattle for awhile, so I was pretty stoked by what you said....

CraigB

yeah, they both are great places

BrainyRimbaud

Basically my question revolves around your earlier interview....
When you said you were influenced by magic realism...

CraigB

yes

BrainyRimbaud

I am wondering what particular author has greatly influenced you from that genre?
I'm guessing Gabriel Garcia Marquez...

CraigB

i love gabriel garcia marquez
hundred years of solitude

BrainyRimbaud

Heh, i thought so...

CraigB

yeah
love love in the time of cholera

BrainyRimbaud

hey, do you know the root of my name, Rimbaud?

CraigB

an amazing story about unrequited love
yeah, i read the drunken boat as a teen
love his picture

BrainyRimbaud

Yeah, screwed up my mind good. ;-)
heh, I have a poster of it...

CraigB

i had a teacher who turned me on to existentialists in junior year
freaked me out
i have no idea why she did that

BrainyRimbaud

Well, I'd love to discuss art and lit more, including my own productions and achievments, but I'm wasting others times...

CraigB

drop me a line

Periart

Ok my question is about the Pataki series
I know you mentioned that you were trying to get rid of Arnold basically but will the rest of the characters like Gerald and Phoebe be shown
on the pataki series

CraigB

i think so. who ever works in the stories
i'm just moving arnold out so the patakis can move to the forefront

Periart

so we might see them all grown up

CraigB

ya know

helgasfriend

Why does Arnold have to move? If she confesses in the movie, how can you have another show?

CraigB

there can be arnold eps as well ya know

bigbobpataki

will arnold and helga be together in the parents day mivie?

CraigB

yes
helga has a huge role in tv movie and theatrical movie

bigbobpataki

how bout the rst of the 6th seson?

CraigB

you mean fifth
she's all over it
yes

CarmHelga

is it in tv movie or big screen movie that she confesses?

CraigB

tv movie

helgasfriend

how can there be a theatrical movie then?

bigbobpataki

will there be a 6th seson?

CraigB

because the story goes on!
if you want a new season, write nick
demand it!

Periart

The Hey Arnold is a lot ore complex then just Helga's confession

CraigB

exactly

bigbobpataki

do you think i can come to work at nickelodeon once i have enough art back ground?

CraigB

send your portfolio
to nick

Littlebluehat

Will we ever see Pigeon man again?
And not a bit part

CraigB

he makes a cameo on the tv movie
as does everybody else
the whole city shows up

Littlebluehat

YEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!

CraigB

but no entire ep

PeapodKid

PK included?

CraigB

sure
peapod included

bigbobpataki

even dr. bliss?

GoddessQ

it's a gigantic reunion of the arnold universe

CraigB

she's in the patakis
right
a reunion

Tyoria

Is Lila as innocent as she appears, or she hiding something?

CraigB

she has layers
but not like helga

CraigB

she's got subconscious stuff going on

CraigB

i think she manipulates without really knowing what she's doing
she means well

helgasfriend

does she like arnold deep down?

CraigB

yeah
doesn't want to stop his attention

Cecile

Okay, I heard rumors about Hey Arnold books coming out this summer, is there other merchandise?

CraigB

yes to arnold books
in the fall
i wrote em with maggie groening
cool stuff
you guys
i have to go
you fans are the coolest
bye i'm gone

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