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The Gentle Principles of Hey Arnold | Video Essay

In this video, we discuss why Hey Arnold was such a unique and impactful '90s cartoon, and how it left a lasting impression on its fans.
Music composed by the marvelous Jim Lang.

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  1. prncess azula

    prncess azula

    پیش 5 روز

    Arnold’s room was my dream room.

  2. Samuel Ogonuwe Jr.

    Samuel Ogonuwe Jr.

    پیش 6 روز

    started rewatching the series again recently and it really amazed me how many life lessons that went over our heads as kids but really strikes a nerve as an adult. that Christmas episode is the most impactful one and still manages to bring tears in my eyes

  3. civildefense

    civildefense

    پیش 7 روز

    I have a serious question for you all. I assume many of you think Hey Arnold was probably one of the best Nickelodeon shows of the 90's if not all time due to the voice acting, animation, story writing/telling, soundtrack, and overall feel of the show. While that's the way I feel about the show, I think there might be 2 more reasons why the show did so well. 1: Nickelodeon was still in it's infancy in the mid 90's so they worried about quality just as much as quantity. 2: This show did so well in the 90's because it was the 90's. Think about it, the Cold War was over and the 9/11 attacks hadn't happened yet so there wasn't a really large fear of global terrorism yet. While the 1990's had its fair share of problems, it was still a relatively peaceful decade compared to the decades that were before and the decades that fallowed it. This may have given us a relatively more innocent childhood in the 90's compared to other decades that may have allowed us to have such a show. What are your thoughts on the subject?

  4. Lily Grace

    Lily Grace

    پیش 15 روز

    Fun fact: The creator of Hey Arnold is married to Matt Groening's sister

  5. BirdmanDeuce26

    BirdmanDeuce26

    پیش 19 روز

    You encapsulated many of the feelings that I had of this amazing show; Hey Arnold is almost always my go-to example for how a show could let "real" speak for itself.

  6. JV aka RedBlaqueGolden

    JV aka RedBlaqueGolden

    پیش 22 روز

    Not me out here crying over Hey Arnold. XD

  7. KC Mic Official

    KC Mic Official

    پیش 22 روز

    Hey arnold is my favorite. Always has brought down my anxiety, even hearing the theme jazz in the background gives a home feeling. Great vid. I miss hey arnold💔

  8. Kaitlin McMurray

    Kaitlin McMurray

    پیش 25 روز

    WELL THIS MADE ME EMOTIONAL

  9. Sam Ortiz

    Sam Ortiz

    پیش 26 روز

    I am in love with your video essays!!! If you watched As Told By Ginger or Avatar: The Last Airbender, I'd love to see one!

    • Quality Culture

      Quality Culture

      پیش 26 روز

      I did watch As Told by Ginger, I'll consider that! And AtLA is probably my favorite show ever :) but there are tons of video essays on it so I'm not sure what I could possibly add haha

  10. Omar Garcia

    Omar Garcia

    پیش 28 روز

    This was so amazing. ❤️

  11. Stevey TV

    Stevey TV

    پیش 28 روز

    Tbh the best and most relatable show nick has ever created

  12. Chris De Leon

    Chris De Leon

    پیش 29 روز

    Do RECESS next? Please?🙏

  13. Bam Chap

    Bam Chap

    پیش 29 روز

    Perfectly encapsulates why I consider Hey Arnold to be the best kids show of the 90s.

  14. Brotha Hoskins

    Brotha Hoskins

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    Beautiful Essay.Until this day now i still go back and Watches Hey Arnold Episodes.Im now 32 years old.I don't have any shame at it!

  15. Shane Amenta

    Shane Amenta

    پیش ماه

    15:53 LOL

  16. Jason Smith

    Jason Smith

    پیش ماه

    Beautiful video!!

    • Quality Culture

      Quality Culture

      پیش ماه

      Thanks!!

  17. Brian Yerby

    Brian Yerby

    پیش ماه

    If a cartoon make you cry they out did themselves

  18. mortse 90

    mortse 90

    پیش ماه

    Man, has it really been 20 years...I feel like a real heel

  19. jrbugz

    jrbugz

    پیش ماه

    I didn't know this cartoon was so diverse. Thanks for highlighting this 🔥💯.

  20. House of Matrix

    House of Matrix

    پیش ماه

    This video was incredible

  21. Russian with Dasha

    Russian with Dasha

    پیش ماه

    Such a great essay, thank you! One of my favourite shows, I have to rewatch it

  22. Kelsey Dorn

    Kelsey Dorn

    پیش ماه

    This video was profound and inspired me in a new way.

  23. Vuulcan

    Vuulcan

    پیش ماه

    So beautiful

  24. Karyn Garnett

    Karyn Garnett

    پیش ماه

    This is so sweet how you wrote a literary analysis of Hey Arnold. I adore this.

  25. Snufkin

    Snufkin

    پیش ماه

    damn, this vid made me cry. Amazing job dude.

  26. Snufkin

    Snufkin

    پیش ماه

    In all generes period, this is the best series I've ever watched. Plan on buying all these series and box sets. Really looking forward to looking back.

  27. Captain Sanchez

    Captain Sanchez

    پیش ماه

    excellent video! thank you so much

  28. Just__Tira

    Just__Tira

    پیش ماه

    Well done!!!

  29. Arthur Mallmann

    Arthur Mallmann

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    man, I didn't like this show when I was a kid. There was no action, no comedy, no violence, no simple destroyable evil. It always felt weird, slow and pointless to the childish point of view that I had.

  30. JaLeesa

    JaLeesa

    پیش ماه

    I absolutely loved this show as a kid. I'm going to have to go back and rewatch it as an adult.

  31. Spencer Jones

    Spencer Jones

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    I love this show

  32. Michelle Smith

    Michelle Smith

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    Arnold was my second favorite, I think. He was an emapthic Libra (Craig Barlett said so and gave him the shows debut date as a birthday in series), like me. Lol. Helga was my favorite even if she weirds me out, as always.

  33. A C

    A C

    پیش ماه

    Such a beautiful video thank you

  34. Finely Natural

    Finely Natural

    پیش ماه

    This is so well done 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 It was the Jazz fa me ☺️

  35. DREWGOTGAME

    DREWGOTGAME

    پیش ماه

    Bruh hey Arnold has the best music in a cartoon Jim Lang is a legend 👏🏾

  36. Aleals7777

    Aleals7777

    پیش ماه

    Trust me, this show touched many hearts in Latin America too, and I will be forever grateful for all the lessons I learned with it, I’m crying so much :(

  37. Kris 8813

    Kris 8813

    پیش ماه

    Great video you made some excellent points about the show even stuff I didn’t notice!

  38. Vanessa Amesty

    Vanessa Amesty

    پیش ماه

    I've never realise Helga was so little compare to the adults

  39. Vanessa Amesty

    Vanessa Amesty

    پیش ماه

    Hey Arnold has a big place in my heart, I just love it...

  40. eabbe531

    eabbe531

    پیش ماه

    Awesome work!

  41. Sam Stanford

    Sam Stanford

    پیش ماه

    I have a conspiracy theory for the show: Phoebe has Autism

  42. Alpie Atabay

    Alpie Atabay

    پیش ماه

    Thank you for this.

  43. Lacquer Black

    Lacquer Black

    پیش ماه

    ARNOLD IS DEFINITELY AN EMPATH

  44. kiyo123

    kiyo123

    پیش ماه

    Wow... I don't know what I was expecting when I clicked on this video, but it wasn't that. Very impressive, thank you for making this.

  45. Melissa Marie

    Melissa Marie

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    I wasn't this deep as a child so a lot of this went over my head back then. Still, I absolutely LOVED the show. Makes sense now as to why. Thanks for this video essay. Amazing breakdown.

  46. marolinegdon

    marolinegdon

    پیش ماه

    Okay so your channel is amazing and I’m so glad it was in my recommended videos...

  47. Johnny Mac

    Johnny Mac

    پیش ماه

    I didn't even remember/notice the teacher putting air-quotes around the word "psychiatrist" until seeing this video. How insulting, and true -- of attitudes towards them. xD As an education professional, I hope this has changed. They are definitely more respected in my neck of the woods than they were in the 90s.

  48. lilgabbyangel

    lilgabbyangel

    پیش ماه

    Bought the series on DVD.. definitely a show worth saving for my future kids.

  49. home9dog2blue

    home9dog2blue

    پیش ماه

    Idk why such a SIMPLE SHOW is SOO GOOD. Must've been The voice actors and the score. Watch it on MobDro app they have FULL SEASON SHOWS but they're streams so.....u click and it plays from where ever it's at and u just go from there. Look up the MobDro website on Google

  50. Frosty Jones

    Frosty Jones

    پیش ماه

    Came here from the One Minute Review ( irmys.info/more/gaekrW-DjMWFYJI/fy-lm-h-y.html )

  51. Elle r

    Elle r

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    I enjoyed this cartoon so much as a child because it made me feel different emotions for the characters and the storylines felt unique.. there was a real emotional connection with the show unlike any other I had. childhood is filled with emotions, bullying, disappointment and lessons to learn. This show bought me through! Born in 1991 :) in the country on a big block of land in a small town. I always longed to freely play with other kids and the freedom of city life that Arnold and his friends had. Not to mention the ceiling in his bedroom omgggg! Haha!

  52. Underground Retail

    Underground Retail

    پیش ماه

    Love this show. Back when Nick Toons had culture.

  53. Jeanna Padilioni

    Jeanna Padilioni

    پیش ماه

    I loved Hey Arnold for the music, the artwork, the lifestyle everything about this show just made me want to go to PS 119 !

  54. Tristan Roberts

    Tristan Roberts

    پیش ماه

    At 6:29 right now as I'm typing this. I actually... resonate with Torvalt (or however you spell his name...) I wasn't a bad kid, I wasn't a bully and I never went to juvenile hall. But I didn't have great grades because of my learning disability. But when I moved on to college, I got my first, real, earned good grade. I got a B in English composition. I EARNED that B. Yeah, I don't get an A but I was never raised to care about that. I felt like I did ok, but then I got that email from my writing professor. I felt that thing we humans call pride. And just like Hey Arnold, it was imperfect, but still good.

  55. TrueEnergizerBunnies

    TrueEnergizerBunnies

    پیش ماه

    I loved the urban setting in this show. It was different and more real and I loved the diversity of characters. This show was an example of doing things right. It was not forced diversity. I think in recent years though there has been a good deal of that. Forced diversity is when you include characters and most of their personality as a character is their race, or gender or whatever. All the other characters point out their race or gender or whatever. It's forced and annoying because it's obvious it's just for publicity and brownie points. It's pandering. Has anyone in this show ever pointed out that Gerald is black? Or was Harold constantly talking about being jewish and never did anything else or have any other likes and personality traits? No! None of these characters had their race or sexual orientation or gender pointed out. They were just people who happened to have these traits. No worse or more special than any of the others and that's how it should be. We are all just people with different traits.

  56. EZdelFresco

    EZdelFresco

    پیش ماه

    Great video. Hey Arnold was THE slice of life cartoon for me. Especially the earlier episodes. Those moments of silence with just jazz music playing was something that I was even able to appreciate and FEEL as a six year old.

  57. Bloombaby99

    Bloombaby99

    پیش ماه

    We often start out as an Arnold, Helga, or Olga but we end up as a Pigeon Man, Agatha Caufield, or Bob Pataki.

  58. Liam

    Liam

    پیش ماه

    Craig is very active on Instagram! I’m sure he would give you feedback on this/ be open to speak about the series!

  59. K Knight

    K Knight

    پیش ماه

    I remember getting up earlier in the mornings to watch hey Arnold before I left to school. Us to come on at like 5am and I had to be at the bus by 6:50am. Only took me 15 minutes to get ready so I really would hop up just to get my bowl of cereal and feel the sense of calmness hey Arnold brought me.

  60. Blue Snail

    Blue Snail

    پیش ماه

    You're a great story teller, looking forward to more !

  61. silverfalconcosplay

    silverfalconcosplay

    پیش ماه

    I heard someone once say "It's not forced diversity when people just exist" and they're right.

  62. Olivia Kugler-Umana

    Olivia Kugler-Umana

    پیش ماه

    I LOVED Hey, Arnold! That christmas special gets me.

  63. Aria

    Aria

    پیش ماه

    Beautifully done! This is an incredible essay. Thank you for this masterpiece. ❤️

  64. Dee

    Dee

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    This was a really thought provoking and well done analysis on a show i loved as a kid. It's interesting to look back on this show now as an adult. I subscribed so I can check out more of these videos. This seems like an awesome channel!

  65. Bloombaby99

    Bloombaby99

    پیش ماه

    These 90s shows were the last of their kind. The things they teach kids are so sorely needed nowadays. They didn't just entertain kids but adults, too.

  66. Bloombaby99

    Bloombaby99

    پیش ماه

    For me, it was the jazz music. That and it never fails to impress me how nine year old kids know more about romance and life than adults.

  67. Erica Reign

    Erica Reign

    پیش ماه

    Love this show and channel

  68. Jeff Hough

    Jeff Hough

    پیش ماه

    Legit loved hey arnold growing up still have many fond memories of the show and the times early in my life it brings back those treasured memories absolutely a brilliant cartoon

  69. kira sussane

    kira sussane

    پیش ماه

    Loved this series when I was a kid. Free of irony,sacarsm or cynicism is really hard to picture such a wholesome and deep cartoon in these modern times.

  70. Cam Art Gallery

    Cam Art Gallery

    پیش ماه

    i still think its funny that Harold was apparently 13 in the 4th grade so he was afraid of the 5th graders who are 3yrs younger than him lol

  71. donnellia24

    donnellia24

    پیش ماه

    Great video! Can't wait to show this one of many great pieces of art that is this show to my kids someday. Hope they like it as much as i did.

  72. worchab

    worchab

    پیش ماه

    As a 90’s kid who still finds himself lost at times in this world, I searched “Hey Arnold” on youtube to revisit the good-natured feelings the show brought me as a kid, then I and found this. The video essay is exactly what I needed to hear today. I'm a grown man now, and this brought me to tears. Thank you so much for this.

  73. Milton Flusk

    Milton Flusk

    پیش ماه

    Thank you for this. I thought I was alone after listening to this. Defs gonna watch the series

  74. Isaac Buckley

    Isaac Buckley

    پیش ماه

    Probably what I like most is Arnold himself simply because he’s not like other main cartoon characters. He’s not zany, eccentric, goofy or real energetic. He’s not the strongest, smartest or richest kid but he’s the everyman. He’s quiet but not shy, friendly but not overbearing. And yet he’s still incredibly likable despite him being a down to earth kid (heck, his grandparents and other friends would more likely be the main character in any other show today) He probably has the best moral compass of any kid hero I’ve seen: almost every episode is how Arnold helps someone and he won’t give up. He’s someone i think we all can learn a lesson from: he sees good in everyone, from Helga, to Gerald, to Mr Hyunh, his grandparents, Pigeon Man and even characters like Oskar and the Jolly Olly Man. We could use more Arnold’s in this world honestly

  75. Isaac Buckley

    Isaac Buckley

    پیش ماه

    The endings of “Arnold’s Christmas” and “Pigeon Man” are seriously some of the most beautiful endings of cartoons I’ve seen

  76. oooh19

    oooh19

    پیش ماه

    funny how adults expect more from kids yet they can be worse. or older adults expect more from younger adults yet they do the same thing lol

  77. oooh19

    oooh19

    پیش ماه

    this is why i always loved and still love hey arnold. this ex friend of mine didnt like it but hey she didnt like looking beyond others' surfaces/getting to know ppl. she was very judgmental and close minded

  78. la bruja sofi

    la bruja sofi

    پیش ماه

    I was listening to Hey Arnold's soundtrack when your video appeared. This was such an amazing show. I love that it didn't talk down on children, it didn't sugarcoat the tough themes. Thank you so much for reminding me why I love this series so much. I think I'm going to watch it again.

  79. テクパラとハイパーテクノChannel

    テクパラとハイパーテクノChannel

    پیش ماه

    Urban reality. Contradictory characters, emptness, emotions that aren't tacky. I love this show.

  80. Rogin Losa

    Rogin Losa

    پیش ماه

    ok that made me cry

  81. EveryDay Marvin

    EveryDay Marvin

    پیش ماه

    I think you did a terrific job here. I was a fan of this show growing up and I have started re-watching it recently. It does hold up pretty well considering it is now a few decades later. I appreciated what it had to say and how it conveyed it's message. Keep up the good work. I really enjoyed the break down of it all. Best, Marvin 😊

    • Quality Culture

      Quality Culture

      پیش ماه

      Thanks Marvin, appreciate you 😊

  82. Kevin Meléndez

    Kevin Meléndez

    پیش ماه

    Felicitaciones, a mi hermano mayor y a mi nos encantó tu vídeo...

  83. BowlUndrFire

    BowlUndrFire

    پیش ماه

    It's not a 'gem' Everybody liked Hey Arnold.

    • Quality Culture

      Quality Culture

      پیش ماه

      Not sure what your definition is but generally when you call something a gem it just means it’s special 😊

  84. Livia Marques

    Livia Marques

    پیش ماه

    Wow I did not expect to cry over a video about a kid's cartoon😭

  85. Ziemowit Ratomski

    Ziemowit Ratomski

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    I'm 31 years old and still watch Hey Arnold from time to time. I even bought all the seasons on DVD. I love this show so much.

  86. Jenny Doe

    Jenny Doe

    پیش ماه

    Hey Arnold was an underrated masterpiece

  87. Daniel Gusmão

    Daniel Gusmão

    پیش ماه

    great stuff!

  88. Elliot

    Elliot

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    Your channel is literally everything bro. Quality content indeed

    • Quality Culture

      Quality Culture

      پیش ماه

      Thank you!!

  89. Reghan Funderburk

    Reghan Funderburk

    پیش ماه

    I really like your voice. It has such a relaxing tone.

  90. Krysten

    Krysten

    پیش 2 ماه

    Wonderful essay. You described my feelings about this show perfectly. As an adult, it still has a place in my heart and I still watch from time to time. I would say it taught me valuable life lessons that I am forever grateful for; how to treat others with empathy and how to cope with problems you can't fix. I absolutely love cartoons because of 90s cartoon shows.

  91. Brittany D

    Brittany D

    پیش 2 ماه

    I subscribed after watching your video on The Lovely Bones. This is another great video. I was tearing up during most of it. It brought back a lot of feelings I had while watching the show as a kid. I agree, it still resonates. Thank you for another awesome video. I look forward to watching more.

    • Quality Culture

      Quality Culture

      پیش ماه

      Thanks, I really appreciate that! Glad you've been enjoying :)

  92. Lucas Villanueva

    Lucas Villanueva

    پیش 2 ماه

    The wandering sort distally suspend because writer subsequently knit via a elfin arithmetic. lumpy, curvy sundial

  93. John Bradford

    John Bradford

    پیش 2 ماه

    "Hey Arnold" is "Peanuts" for millennials. And that's a good thing.

  94. Chantal Kellyman

    Chantal Kellyman

    پیش 2 ماه

    I loved Charlie Brown and Hey Arnold. In fact I really think the 90's were a simpler time. Nowadays shows are so intense and they seem to need a resolution every single time.

  95. Daytime Sky

    Daytime Sky

    پیش 2 ماه

    I only watched the first season when this cartoon came on when I was in high school, and found it mediocre. Then I was told decades later that the episodes after the first season were better, and I was seeing so many people say this cartoon was amazing for many of the reasons you described. After finding this video essay, I'm gonna have to give this show a second chance!

  96. Jimmi Stone

    Jimmi Stone

    پیش 2 ماه

    PNW

  97. michael churchill

    michael churchill

    پیش 2 ماه

    Yessss 🙌 one of the best shows ever!! I love this video.

  98. fcentauri8

    fcentauri8

    پیش 2 ماه

    I love this show so much

  99. IceQueen975

    IceQueen975

    پیش 2 ماه

    Mr. Simmons being gay was not a surprise when confirmed. As a child I didn't get it but the hints are there if you know. Mr. Simmons is one of the rare examples of having gay characters done well; not beating you over the head, it's not their personality and it's not screamed about every other minute. Also there was lead-up (I'm looking at you, LoK...)

  100. Lianne Abrahams

    Lianne Abrahams

    پیش 2 ماه

    Anybody else love As Told By Ginger?

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