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Craig Bartlett

The series came to life after Craig created various versions of the football-headed hero. First came an Arnold comic strip for Simpsons Illustrated, then a claymation version for Pee-wee’s Playhouse. As the character and world emerged in a whole new way, Craig animated the first episode of Hey Arnold! in his living room, and then pitched it to Nickelodeon.

What medium was Arnold originally designed in?

Clay in the beginning

When it came time to do the series, all the stuff I had done before had to change
- Craig Bartlett