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Arguably one of the best cartoons for us 90’s kids to watch. Hey Arnold! was created by Craig Bartlett in 1988, and first aired in 1996. As a fourth grade student in the city, Arnold is easily one of the chillest kids on the block. He is surrounded by a miscellaneous group of characters, including his best friend Gerald, his extremely odd grandparents, crazy classmate/lover Helga, and many others.
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Growing up as a kid, I loved watching this show, and my parents urged me to! Parents urging their kid to watch cartoons, isn’t that unheard of? Through five seasons, Arnold always did the right thing; he was a great friend, grandchild, and student. He always looked on the bright side and was polite to everyone around him, going out of his way to help others before thinking about himself.
The show was easily one of my favorite cartoons, and I still go back and watch it every now and then. Why? Because it’s so relatable, everything that Arnold goes through, you can relate to. Bullies, elementary school, girls, school projects, lunchtime, recess, school dances, days off, whether we enjoyed it all or not, we all went through it.
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Arnold did everything that a city boy would do, walking to school just a few blocks away your house, playing in the streets with friends, and yes…… he even took the subway. While I personally am not from a big city, I have classmates and friends that grew up in New York City. I decided to interview one of them just to see how relatable Arnold’s lifestyle is to his growing up in the city:
How realistic is Hey Arnold’s lifestyle to those that live in the city?
– It’s pretty realistic considering it’s a cartoon. The things that Arnold and his friends do, like go to school right by their house, along with hang out in their neighborhood are all pretty common things for city kids to do
As a kid that grew up in the city, how much can you relate to Hey Arnold?
– I think it’s pretty easy to relate to Arnold and his friends. As I mentioned before, the things that Arnold and his friends do, like playing ball in the streets or going to school a few blocks away, are all very similar things to what I did growing up in the city. There are also so many different characters, each having their own background and difference from one another, this is also like living in the city, there are so many different types of people.
What is your favorite thing about the show?
– My favorite thing about the show is how much it takes me back to my childhood. I remember growing up only being able to watch TV on the weekends and Hey Arnold brings back memories of watching cartoons on Saturday mornings.
If you loved watching Hey Arnold! as a kid, you’ll be happy to hear that they are coming out with a movie! Yes, you heard right, they are bringing it back. Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie will be dropping around Thanksgiving, just about a month away. Take a look at the trailer below, keep your eyes and ears pealed for the exact date, and let me know what you think!