Craig Bartlett

Craig Bartlett, in the 1990s

Craig Michael Bartlett (born October 18, 1956 in Seattle, Washington) is an animator best known for creating the television series Hey Arnold!.

Craig Bartlett now

Craig Bartlett as of 2017


His first job, after graduating from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, was at Will Vinton Studios in Portland, Oregon. Craig Bartlett is married to Lisa Bartlett née Groening, sister of The Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening, after whom Lisa Simpson is named.

He worked on the Penny claymation cartoons for Pee-Wee's Playhouse. After this, Craig created three claymation shorts and some comic strips of his own in the late 80s and early 90s, which became precursors to Hey Arnold, as they featured Arnold, Helga, Harold, and even the beginnings of a few other characters.


Craig Bartlett as he worked as a story editor on Rugrats.

Craig also worked in Rugrats in its first few seasons, and directed a few episodes of The Ren and Stimpy Show. He then went on to create his own show, Hey Arnold! and produce it for Nickelodeon from 1995 to 2001. Craig Bartlett also played several characters, including Brainy and Miles Shortman; Ned is drawn to look like him.

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Cartoon Craig Bartlett in Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie

Some of his post-Arnold work include the Cartoon Network telefilm Party Wagon, produced as a pilot for an animated TV series about settlers making their way to the northwest. However, CN did not pick up the series. He also began working for The Jim Henson Company, contributing to the computer animated film Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs and a Baby, as well as The Skrumps. In September 2008, a show for pre-schoolers called Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train was picked up by PBS Kids; produced by Henson, this was his first show created by Bartlett to be picked up since Hey Arnold!.[1] The series debuted on most PBS stations on September 7, 2009.[2] In 2014-2015, Craig created another show for PBS called Ready Jet Go!.

Also during the mid-2010s, Craig returned to his roots at Nickelodeon to finally conclude the Arnold saga, and produce the previously-cancelled Jungle Movie, which premiered in 2017.

Voice Credits

Other Credits

Craig is also always credited as Creator, Developer, Original Character Designer, and Executive Producer.

# Episode Credits
Arnold Writer, Storyboard
1 Downtown as Fruits / Eugene's Bike Writer
2 The Little Pink Book / Field Trip Writer
6b Snow Writer
9a Mugged Writer
12b Wheezin' Ed Writer
13b Gerald Comes Over Writer
18b 24 Hours to Live Writer, Director, Storyboard Director
20 Arnold's Christmas Story
23b Four-Eyed Jack Writer
31b Big Caesar Writer
36a Helga's Love Potion Writer
39b What's Opera, Arnold? Writer
40 Arnold's Halloween Writer, Story
45a Helga Blabs It All Writer
50b Gerald's Tonsils Writer
51b The Pig War Writer
52b Cool Party Writer
54a Grandpa's Birthday Writer, Story
56 Arnold's Thanksgiving Writer, Story
57a Girl Trouble Writer, Story
60 Parents Day Writer
61a Eugene's Birthday Writer
67b Chocolate Turtles Writer
72a Back to School Writer, Story
75 Monkeyman! / Buses, Bikes, and Subways Writer
76a Grandpa's Sister Writer
78 Helga on the Couch Writer, Story
84a New Bully on the Block Writer
92a The Racing Mule Writer
94b Grandpa's Packard Writer
97 Timberly Loves Arnold / Eugene, Eugene! Writer, Lyrics
Film Hey Arnold! The Movie Writer
98 April Fool's Day Writer
99-100 The Journal Writer
Film Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie Writer, Voice Director


See also

External links


  1. The Muppet Newsflash: "Henson Moving Forward with "Dinosaur Train" and "The Skumps"", 9/17/2008.
  2. Official site for "Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train"
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