~I received Hey Arnold! The Complete Series for review. Opinions and stories of my favorite animated classics are mine own.~
Hey Arnold! is one of the classic animations that stuck with the kids that grew up in the late 90s. Airing on Nickelodeon in 1996 and running for 8 years, Teen grew up with this show during the latter years and it was one of the cartoons that both of us found amusing. For those of you that might not have heard of this cult classic. It’s the story about a 4th grade boy who lives with his grandparents in the boarding house they own in the city and his adventures navigating the city life, strange urban legends and problems that him and his friends come across.
Life in the big city is one big adventure for Arnold. Living with his grandparents, who run the Sunset Arms boarding house, Arnold shares a roof with a diverse and unusual menagerie of characters (including his pet pig!). But as any fourth grader knows, some of the most memorable people you’ll ever meet are in school. With friends like Arnold’s (including storyteller Gerald, class jinx Eugene, sometime-bully Harold, and the tomboy Helga, who harbors a secret crush on our hero), you can be sure that he’s got some funny exploits to share with fans.
Oh, and I forgot to mention the most important part. Arnold has a head shaped like a football.
Hey Arnold! The Complete Series has all 99 Episodes on 16 Discs. This is the first time all the episodes have been together in a series, so it’s pretty amazing. That’s a whole lot of episodes to write out on there, so instead I’ll introduce you to some of the main characters!
- Arnold is a sweet kid who goes out of his way to help people (even when it isn’t a good idea). He always sees the best in the people around him, no matter how crazy or mean they are to him. As the center of the show and one of the most mentally stable characters, Arnold is the one everyone goes to to solve problems. This makes him the semi-reluctant hero in his 4th grade world. Here’s a few interesting little tidbits about Arnold: 1) He is NOT wearing a kilt! I had always thought he wore one, but it is actually just his untucked shirt. 2) No one ever figures out his last name. Something always happens when someone tries to say it.
- Helga Pataki is a nine year girl in the 4th grade who is simultaneously obsessed with Arnold while also being the one who criticizes him the most. She puts on a very tough tomboyish demeanor as a way to hide her true feelings about her parents, her sister and of course – Arnold. She mostly writes poetry about him while collecting various items of his to add to her Arnold Shine. Even though Helga is kind of insane, I always found her to be one of the most in-depth adult characters in the show. At a time when most cartoon characters were always from loving and friendly homes, Helga had very distant inattentive parents (one which was an alcoholic) who she called by their first names and a sister she loved, yet resented.
- Grandpa Phil & Grandma Gertie are the owners of the Sunset Arms boarding house. Both of them are rather eccentric and are always being silly or doing odd things around the house.
- Gerald Johanssen is Arnold’s best friend and the one that helps Arnold out when he’s in trouble or needs someone to talk to. A bit more irresponsible than Arnold, he loves sports and has a crush on Phoebe Heyerdahl. He lives with his father Martin (an extremely strict Vietnam War Veteran), his Mom (the neighborhood cashier) and his brother and sister who are always causing him trouble.
- Phoebe Heyerdahl is Helga’s best friend and confidant; as well as Gerald’s crush. She is the most academically intelligent of the children in 4th grade and has serious issues whenever anyone does better than her. She lives with her Father who only speaks Japanese and her mother from south Kentucky.
- Harold Berman is the bully and was held back so many times that he is a lot older than the other children. His friends are Stinky, Sid and Patty.
- Stinky Peterson is one of Harold’s best friends, but he isn’t the bully he originally is made out to be. Although he lives in a shack with his father, his southern drawl makes him the ladies man on the show and he tends to profess his love to every girl, including Helga.
- Sidney “Sid” is mostly known for telling urban legends with Gerald. He’s a hypochondriac and goes into states of complete panic over simple things or always finds himself in ridiculous situations that Arnold has to save him from.
- Rhonda Wellington Lloyd is the typical popular girl who comes from a wealthy family who can see no wrong in her and of course she loves fashion (and lots of shoes).
- Eugene Horowitz is a sweet kid, but he is also known as the jinx. There is always an accident when he is around and he is often the target of bullying.
- Lila Sawyer is the newest student who moved to the city with her father from the country and is the girl Arnold has a crush on (much to Helga’s dismay).
You can pick up this exclusive Hey Arnold! The Complete Series at Walmart. It’s a great buy for classic toon lovers for the holidays or just for passing on the great shows to your kids.