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    Hey Arnold!

    After rediscovering my love for this show on Netflix, I found there was no discussion thread for this show, so... discuss this great show.
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    Highly enjoyable show from my youth. I re-watched several episodes recently and was surprised by how many voices Dan and Tress did. Favorite episode remains "Grandpa's Birthday." His reaction to Oscar being in the afterlife is the hardest I ever laughed at any joke in the series.

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    Did you know that Craig Bartlett is Matt Groening's brother-in-law? (Bartlett is married to one of Groening's sisters)

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    Quote Originally Posted by D DEBBS View Post
    Did you know that Craig Bartlett is Matt Groening's brother-in-law? (Bartlett is married to one of Groening's sisters)
    I sure did!

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    Quote Originally Posted by D DEBBS View Post
    Did you know that Craig Bartlett is Matt Groening's brother-in-law? (Bartlett is married to one of Groening's sisters)
    Did you know there's Arnold stories in some of the old Simpsons comics/Simpsons Illustrated?

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    YUP!

    (Helga was always a favorite of mine)

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    i've always liked this show, and as a kid it was tied with rugrats as my favorite cartoon.

    i should probably watch some of it on netflix to see how it holds up. my guess; extremely well.

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    Yeah the connection between them was made aware to me when Groening mentions it during one of the audio commentaries, pretty cool.

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    that was like my favorite tv show factoid as a kid.

    "did you know the creator of hey arnold and the creator of the simpsons are brother-in-laws?!"

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    Wonderful show, I rewatched the whole series on Netflix last year. My favorite episode is still "Helga on the Couch," which remains as funny and heartwarming as ever. Hey Arnold has a ton of respect for its characters, and the ensemble gives me some serious Charlie Brown vibes at times. I also adore both the art of the show and its cool, jazzy soundtrack. And their Sinatra homage in Dino Spumoni.
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    Do y'all know about the Jungle movie they never made?

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    i learned about that a while ago. it sucks it was never made.

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    Funny, I've been watching that lately on Teen Nick, or whatever it's called. It's a great show, I loved it as a kid.

    I love those Arnold and Lila episodes, with Helga trying to mess it up. Always funny.

    It's a shame about the Jungle Movie, I would still love to see that, Bartlett claims he's willing as long as Nickelodeon is up for it.

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    Yeah, I remember reading an interview recently where he let slip a bunch of details about the Jungle movie. Sounded like a lot of fun.

    I'm pretty sure he also confirmed Arnold's last name, saying it's something Grandpa had been saying throughout the whole series. So, "Arnold Shortman."

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    I was SUPER into Hey Arnold, the ending of the episode "Ghost Bride" freaked the fuck out of me when I was little.

    I hate the how the jungle movie was cancelled. It sounded really good too. Apparently Nickelodeon decided to can it because of how poorly the first movie did in theatres. Thing is, it was intended as a made for TV movie but Nickelodeon was like "TO THE BIG SCREEN YE SHALL GO! NOW GET OUT THERE AND RAKE IN SOME DOUGH!".

    Fuckin' networks.....

    Also, do you guys know about the OTHER abandoned Hey Arnold project? It was a spin-off about Helga called "The Patakis" which was intended for Nick at Nite. They thought it was too dark for their audience, so it was then offered to MTV, who felt it was too similar to Daria.

    http://heyarnold.wikia.com/wiki/The_Patakis

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    Nickelodeon only canned Hey Arnold and the future projects because of Craig Bartlett working for Cartoon Network, not because the first movie didn't do so hot. Nick wanted Bartlett to stay exclusively at their network, and Bartlett wanted to express his artistic freedom by making a new movie called Party Wagon(which he had hoped would turn into a TV series; obviously that didn't go anywhere) for CN, so Bartlett left and Nick killed Arnold, so to speak.

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    The Patakis just sounds... really weird? I really can't imagine Helga sustaining a Daria-ish show on her own

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    Good show. Been watching this recienly again on netflix. Brings back some good memories.

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    for some reason the patakis sounds kind of interesting to me. would've definitely watched it if it were made

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    I watched a lot of the episodes when I was kid and I remember liking it; damn do I need to rewatch it, I barely remember much from the series and I may need to see if I still like it or not.
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    Arnold's Grandma was easily the best character. Such a unique person she was but she was incredible

    As for Hey Arnold, easily the best 90s cartoon of my childhood
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    Someone linked me to the Chocolate Boy episode on YouTube which I enjoyed. It's the first time I've watched the show in a good few years.
    I still quote the Stoop Kid episode from time to time, though.

    Personally, I'm glad they didn't make the spin-off. Helga's mother was a rather dark theme for a children's TV show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Krikt View Post
    Personally, I'm glad they didn't make the spin-off. Helga's mother was a rather dark theme for a children's TV show.
    I don't think it was being made with children in mind. I mean, if MTV's reason for rejection was its similarity to Daria then I'm willing to bet it was conceived as more of a teen show.

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    I went on a nostalgia spree last year and watched a whole bunch of episodes on YouTube. Surprisingly, like every single segment was on there and hadn't been taken down yet. Looks like they're gone now, though.

    It stands up surprisingly well. The writing is very smart, managing to balance both broad parodies and dream sequences with the mundane, bored-kids-on-an-afternoon stuff. There's actually some pretty nuanced writing in some of the episodes... The most notable example is that scene with Mr. Simmons' family in the Thanksgiving episode. They don't come out and tell you, uh, what's going on in the scene but you can infer the subtext of the dynamics. Same with Helga's mom and her "smoothie" drinks.

    They obviously did it that way to avoid controversy (being a kids show), but it's actually kind of refreshing for a show to have the audience make the connection on their own.

    Arnold got a little annoying in the later seasons, though, with how uber-mature and wise he got.

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    I used to think it was boring when I was smaller but now it's just...good. It's grown on me.
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    didn't like this at all way back when. it would probably be even worse then i remember if i watch it now. the only thing i liked about the show was that black kid with the eraser haircut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jims View Post
    It stands up surprisingly well. The writing is very smart, managing to balance both broad parodies and dream sequences with the mundane, bored-kids-on-an-afternoon stuff. There's actually some pretty nuanced writing in some of the episodes... The most notable example is that scene with Mr. Simmons' family in the Thanksgiving episode. They don't come out and tell you, uh, what's going on in the scene but you can infer the subtext of the dynamics.
    That whole episode is pretty great

    I remember TV Guide (I used to read TV Guide as a kid ) described the show as Peanuts-like characters in a Simpsons-y world and that description has always stuck with me

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    Hey Arnold!

    Just saw a couple of episodes of this show. Used to watch it all the time back in the '90s, but I could barely remember it, so don't think I enjoyed it through nostalgic eyes or anything.

    This show is great! It's nice to have a main character who's actually good -- a majority of shows tend to keep their main characters evil, bad, or at least with questionable morals. Arnold is actually a decent person, and he doesn't come off as pretentious or sickening either.

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    Pretty sure we had a Hey Arnold thread, but oh well.

    Yeah, I loved this show. It's a shame they never made the second movie that was supposed to be about Arnold finding his parents.

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    Man this show was great, I recently watched the last episode on netflix for the first time and man that really sucks they leave us on that cliffhager (sort of) all because Nick didn't want to fund a second movie. From th looks of the production art it was going to awesome.
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