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Hosted by Salvemos an Arnold Latinomerica
(http://groups.msn.com/SalvemosaArnoldLatinomerica)
Date 2004-06-25
Hosts Kagomesashi and Megawacky Max

Question

Craig is here!

Bartlett

ha!
hey dudes!
right here.

Question

I love Lila

Bartlett

i love lila too.
even if she's evil

Question

Is a pleasure to have you here

Bartlett

thanks, it's nice to be here.
were any of you at the chat when my keyboard messed up
and i could only type in caps?

Question

[…] my favourite characters are Helga, Brainy, Arnold and the Jollie Ollie Man...

Bartlett

yes, the jolly olly man. have you seen "grandpa's packard"?
dan castellaneta plays Grandpa, Ivana, and J.O.M.
i love it when they buzz the front door and J.O.M. says "Yyyyeah??"

Question

Have you ever received my letter?

Bartlett

Yes! and i still haven't written back.
what a scmo.
i will tho
maybe
i actually found some good xeroxes of arnold stuff to mail in letters today,
and was thinking about it.
not enough hours in a day.
any questions, peeps?

Question

does lila have a double personality?

Bartlett

does lila have a double personality?
hmm
she has a dark side, but we never really got to it.
it would be fun to do an evil lila ep
arnold visits arnie is, but that's just a dream.

Question

Yeah, I was surprised, when in "Phoebe's Little Problem", Lila was sort of half-eyed and bored when Phoebe was giving her inspirational speech.

Bartlett

i know, it's funny when we did eps where a character doesn't have a big role
and they act kind of blase.
right, like how helga and gerald were in that ep.
the truth is, the writers didn't think about them, just the main story...
and the artists may draw them looking bored for example
and the fans are all: hey, they don't even care about Phoebe!
helga was pretty funny in that one.
we didn't give her much to do.
it was like she was just being a butt that day...
it's funny, all the characters have to make sense in that way,like
gerald should always be kind to Phoebe, etc.
and vice versa

Question

Hey, I just noticed, Gerald never went in to her bedroom.
to say anything

Bartlett

can you believe it!
what a bum.
sometimes we cut down their roles on purpose.
because then they'd take over the story.
y'know?
they keep their relationship on the quiet side.

Question

will we ever see an "official" Helga image of how she would have looked in The Patakis.

Bartlett

that's a good idea!
i made a bible, and there were several pix of Helga.
i love that pic that someone did on a website
helga sitting on a stool and trying to think of what to paint.
it's a great picture.
very soulful

Question

have your heard the characters voices in other language?

Bartlett

i did, right when we first went international
in 96. i guess
i loved Helga in french,. they got real kids to do it, and she was as ferocious as Franny.

Question

did you hear the german voices?

Bartlett

the german voices... yes!
i remember that they did s story on the german kids
who played A, H, and G

Question

I'm sure as the mastermind behind the show, he heard all the voices

Bartlett

i didn't get to audition them, thought.
though.
the international people did.

Question

In English?

Bartlett

in english, yes indeed.

Question

why Arnold´s room is so cool?

Bartlett

why is Arnold's room so cool...
well, because i wanted him to have a supercool batcave.
every kid wants a batcave.
i like skylights.
and old brick buildings.
did i ever mention that i had a dream that i was in arnold's actual room?
very funny dream. Helga has that dream all the time.

Question

You would be in Helga's position, Craig
"Oh, I'm I'm in his room!"

Bartlett

right! I wrote that.
i'm in his room! swoon...
although in my dream, i was making a live action arnold movie.
the room was like a set.

Question

Where's Lila's mom?

Bartlett

i think lila's mom died, but we never figured it out.

Question

Have you got any new project? Can you tell us about it, please.?

Bartlett

oh, yes, many new projects.
always new projects these days, because
it takes so many to finally sell a series!
both "Party wagon" and "Lenny and Nate" are done...
but Cartoon Net hasn't picked them up for series.
so i either have to take them elsewhere
or start again.
i'm doing both.
I told the folks at NIck that Lenny and Nate would be a great Nick show.

Question

What'd they say, Craig?

Bartlett

Nick hasn't answered me yet.
they are rather aloof these days.
they know ya when they need ya.

Question

Sheena always seen with Lila . They are bests friend?

Bartlett

okay, sheena and lila.
sheena and lila...
the artists like to draw them together.
it's like Sheena is tall, so she makes a good background character between
say... Lila and Nadine.
the artists would put whoever they wanted in the BG...

Question

Craig , what was your inspiration for making hey arnold?

Bartlett

well, i wanted to make a show about being a kid,
and that is about all there was to it!
Arnold had to be sensitive, and with a sense of justice,
you know, the powerlessness of being a kid in an adult world
beyond that, i just surrounded him with nutty characters and
boom, a show.
i especially needed him to have kooky grandparents
because old people are funny
and yet wise, good storytellers, etc.

Question

did you spent lot of time thinking the ideas of your projects?

Bartlett

yes, i do! and it takes tons of time,
and you have to hope something will go, so your time isn't wasted.

Question

why arnold didnt keep practicing karate?

Bartlett

it's funny,
we decided that he was "over' his karate phase
because he was to superhuman
too superhuman, i mean.
he had to return to the status quo.

Question

whatever happened to Toran Caudell and Phillip Van Dyke?

Bartlett

yeah, toran and phillip and spencer,
all got too old-sounding.

Question

Alex Linz was good

Bartlett

yeah, i liked alex.

Question

too bad it was only two episodes

Bartlett

would have been fun to do a bunch of eps with him.

Question

Arnold's grandmother is very funny, specially when she is chasing the fly

Bartlett

yeah, i like that fly gag.
she swats, then says "nerts!"
that was from the pilot. her first scene ever.
i love arnold walking away saying "thanks grandma" totally deadpan.

Question

Is Gloria an older version of Lila?

Bartlett

gloria.
cookies, anyone?
yeah, gloria is another evil dream anti-Helga.
you could argue that helga made her up
i like the idea that the whole arnold world is kind of made up by
helga in a long fever dream.

Question

but why did she apear with Stinky at the movies?

Bartlett

interesting.
she returned, in another cameo...
i think we writers just liked messing with Helga's head.

Question

in the first movie , why arnold makes helga to retract? and why does helga retract?

Bartlett

we talked a long time about that.
we wanted to end the first movie with arnold and helga
at least pretending that things were still the same.
like "let's agree that this never happened."
arnold is still a kid, and he's not ready for such intense information.
he's kind of "whoa, i need to lie down."
the truth is, i was saving his reaction for the second movie.
ha!
it all happened so fast...
arnold is like me in that he has to think things over a long time,
before coming to a decision.
that i believe is a libra characteristic.
go libras.

Question

Have you think of usign another type of music beside jazz?

Bartlett

music for cartoons?
yes, every new cartoon needs its own music.
i love my relationship with Jim Lang,
so i'd use jim for any cartoon.
for Party Wagon we did a completely different vibe.

Question

I think Jim Lang´s music it´s a very important part of the series...

Bartlett

me too.
i used to say it was my secret weapon
because jim's music would "sell" any emotion
and help so much with both pacing and meaning of the scenes.
jim was cranky if i cut the shows too fast
he likes them to have good "handles" at the ends of scenes

Question

We love HA's music

Bartlett

i agree, but sometimes i just had too much good stuff
and would cut it fast,
like the final cut of "Party Wagon.
"

Question

The jazz music was very good in the chasing scenes, like "ransom"

Bartlett

yeah, i love the music in Ransom.
when they interrogate Curly.
i can go for another 25 minutes, okay?
sorry it took a while to get in.

Question

"Kidnapping's not my game - too messy"

Bartlett

yeah, i love that line.

Question

We love the music of "Pigeon-Man"

Bartlett

me too.
i have tons of lang music on my ipod.
you know that you can go online to jim's site
and download arnold tunes.
check it out!
you can email him and make requests.

Question

Could you tell us any more about Brainy?

Bartlett

let's talk about brainy.
i kind of relate to him.
he's my shadow self.
brainy is kind of all knowing
even though his name is ironic.
because he's always doing stupid stuff like
showing up in Wheezin' ed's cave.
(my favorite scene)
and the one where the kids throw him off the train.
..."uh, something."
my daughter is watching "runaway float" in the other room

Question

You're daughter is how old?

Bartlett

katie is 11.

Question

Was it fun doing the April Fool’s Day episode {especially the tango scene}?

Bartlett

the tango scene was a blast.
Tuck Tucker boarded it...
and the pool scene was a straight rip off.

Question

of what?

Bartlett

there's a play here in LA called "it's a Stevie Woinderul Life"
have any of you heard of it?
a troupe called the troubadors puts on musicals that combine
old shakespeare stories and movies with pop music.
they also did "Fleetwood MacBeth."
they are HILARIOUS.

Question

Are you going to write a book about TJM?

Bartlett

ah, the jungle movie.
no plans yet.
it would be the jungle book.
and disney already took that name!
those bastards.
ha

Question

what do you mean with no plans YET?

Bartlett

well, i know i should finish the arnold saga
and i guess i keep waiting for Nick to get interested again.
i can hear the big crashing scene in "runaway float"

Question

brainy has asthma?

Bartlett

i guess he does.
he's just a noisy breather.
needs nasal work somehow.

Question

when is helga's birthday? it is at March 25?

Bartlett

i don't really know. Maybe Franny's bd

Question

Who is the girl in blue that is often seen arguimg with Rhonda? (like in Polishing Rhonda)

Bartlett

you aren't talking about Nadine, are you?
oh, arguing.
that's just some sixth grader.
has no name.

Question

I thought her name was Marnie

Bartlett

marnie. good.

Question

What kind of modification would you suggest to me for my comic based on The Patakis?

Bartlett

is it at a website?
i'll google "the patakis" and look for it.

Question

I can't recall where I saw it - It might have been on Stephen's site

Bartlett

cool, i'll come look at it.,

Question

Did you planned to include Brainy in the Patakis, did he still stalk Helga and get punched for that?

Bartlett

yeah, if i did the patakis, i'd have everyone there

Question

Even Lila?

Bartlett

yeah, can't resist.
it's fun to see them all as teenagers.
except not "all growed up."
yknowwhatimean?
these teens would be evil and dark and stuff. .

Question

ugh, not that show...
I think "all growed up" lost the charm of the rugrats being babys
they need to grow back down

Bartlett

ha!
all growed down.
embryos.
little tadpoles.
a show about tadpoles, called
"tadpoles."
i used to love to hear gabor csupo say "rugrats."
he had an Oskar K accent.
rrrugrrrats.
with a kind of whiney end to each sentence.

Question

Did you planned to include Brainy in the Patakis, did he still stalk Helga and get punched for that?

Bartlett

i'm having deja vu.

Question

when is the pataki's coming on in the US?

Bartlett

i'm afraid patakis is gone the way of all my other crazy projects.

Question

can you make a drawing for the page?

Bartlett

sure.

Question

Thanks!

Bartlett

uh oh,
it's time to go!
i'm going out to a play again.
it was nice to be in s. america
if only for an hour and a half
thanks y'all..
you're great to keep in touch.
take care and see ya!
adios muchachos
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