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Hey Arnold! (TV Series 1994–2004) Poster

(1994–2004)

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Arnold's last name is Shortman.
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The city that Arnold lives in is a combination of Seattle, Brooklyn, and Portland. There are possible hints that the city is called Hillwood. For example, the Hillwood Medical Center or Hillwood Zoo.
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The girls of the show are based on girls that creator Craig Bartlett liked as a kid.
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What actually happened to Arnold's parents was never revealed until Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie (2017).
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This was the first animated series on Nickelodeon to use children as voice actors.
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The show began as a series of claymation shorts by Craig Bartlett, many of which aired on Sesame Street (1969).
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This series was originally supposed to end with three half-hour episodes. These episodes became Hey Arnold! The Movie (2002).
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Arnold's teacher Mr. Simmons is homosexual according to the show's creators.
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The sign outside the Sunset Arms Boarding House reads "No Children, Pets OK". This sign can be seen in various places in other episodes, most noticeably at the pool Arnold and Gerald unsuccessfully get into in the heat wave episode.
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Arnold was voiced by four different actors during its run which were Lane Toran (Season 1), Phillip Van Dyke (Seasons 2 and 3), Spencer Klein (Season 4) and Alex D. Linz.
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In Hey Arnold!: Arnold's Halloween (1997) where Arnold and his friends fake an alien invasion, the name of the place where the "U.F.O." (actually the water tower with Christmas lights) landed is Well's Ridge. This is a reference to Orson Welles, who did a fake radio broadcast in which aliens landed on Earth.
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Craig Bartlett, the show's creator is a brother-in-law of Matt Groening, maker of The Simpsons (1989). In fact Dan Castellaneta who voices Homer Simpson on The Simpsons (1989) also stars on this show as the voice of Arnold's Grandpa.
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Helga's middle name, Geraldine, is a tribute to former Nickelodeon executive Geraldine Laybourne. This was confirmed by the show's creator Craig Bartlett in a chat in which he revealed that Geraldine was what the G. in Helga G. Pataki stood for.
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There is a DJ known as Nocturnal Ned who works at Arnold's hometown radio station MJZZ. Nocturnal Ned is actually a caricature of "Hey, Arnold!" creator Craig Bartlett, who also provides his voice in various episodes.
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Sid has been voiced by two brothers: Sam Gifaldi for most of the series, and one time by Taylor Gifaldi.
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The character of Mr. Green the butcher is based on Ernest Borgnine's character in the 1955 film Marty (1955). Ernest Borgnine himself later stared in SpongeBob SquarePants (1999) as the voice of Mermaid Man from 1999 until his death in 2012.
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Ruth P. McDougal was originally Arnold's love interest, and as Arnold talks about her, Gerald constantly tells him that it's hopeless because she's a sixth-grader. However, as Lila was introduced, Ruth was phased out.
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A second Hey Arnold Movie with the subtitle "The Jungle Movie" was released in 2017.
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Before the series premiered on Nickelodeon an episode was shown in front of Nickelodeon's first movie Harriet the Spy (1996)
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When Stinky starts recording TV commercials, the studio has a gate that reads "Snee-Oosh Studios." This is the actual name of the studio that worked on the show.
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All the children were voiced by child actors from ages 9-15
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Oskar Kokoschka's name is taken directly from a turn of the 20th century Viennese painter, though their personalities are completely opposite.
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Arnold's grandfather drives a Packard.
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The name of the boarding house is Sunset Arms Boarding Home.
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The character Eugene Horowitz gets his name from Michael Landon's birth name, Eugene Orowitz.
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Many stores in the city are named after the writer's and director's in the city - such as Viksten's Pharmacy and many others.
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San Lorenzo is also the name of the Caribbean insular republic in Kurt Vonnegut's "Cat's Cradle"
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In Hey Arnold!: Curly Snaps/Pre-Teen Scream (1998), Curly locks himself in Principal Wart's office with a bag of kickballs and says " I'm mad as heck, and I'm not going to take it anymore!". This is a rendition of the famous line "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!" from the 1976 film "Network (1976)".
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After Nickelodeon green lit the pilot, it aired first as a special before Nickelodeon's first movie, Harriet the Spy (1996). It was titled "Arnold" & would end up being re animated with a nearly identical premise.
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2 of the children's hair resemble food items 1. Gerald's hair style is an upside down ice cream cone 2. Eugene hair is a can of soup open at the top
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Hey Arnold! started as 3 claymation shorts from creator Craig Bartlett. The third aired on Sesame Street (1969) In 1990 & would eventually catch the eye of Nickelodeon.
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In episode "World Records", one of the records in Arnold's book is set by a fictional person named Frannie Caudell. The voice of Helga is Francesca Marie Smith, and the voice of Arnold at the time was Lane Toran.
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Arnold has a pig named Abner and the character Abner on Green Acres had a pig named Arnold
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