Sunday, October 18, 2009

October 18

Today's blog goes out to Craig Bartlett, creator of the underrated animated series Hey Arnold! The urban Charlie Brown ('Footballhead'? C'mon...) started as a series of clay-animated shorts, which Nickelodeon optioned for a cartoon series. The TV show was really about a lively Brooklyn-esque neighborhood, and one good kid that made the neighborhood a better place for everybody.
Here's the pilot:

I couldn't confirm the rumor that he started working for NASA after he left Nick, but I do know he's got a new PBS kids series, called Dinosaur Train. Soon as my son's 4, we'll probably be watching it all the time. Incidentally, his wife is Lisa Groening Bartlett - yes, her brother Matt named Lisa Simpson after her.

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