Craig Bartlett

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Craig Bartlett
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Craig Bartlett performing with the Ready, Jet Go band at a solar eclipse viewing event at the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Neb.
Born Craig Michael Bartlett
(1956-10-18) October 18, 1956 (age 60)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Education The Evergreen State College
Occupation Animator, writer, storyboard artist, director, voice actor
Years active 1985–present
Known for Hey Arnold! (1996–2004, 2017)
Dinosaur Train (with The Jim Henson Company; 2009–2017)
Ready Jet Go! (2016–present)
Spouse(s) Lisa Groening (m. 1987)
Children Matt Bartlett
Katie Bartlett

Craig Michael Bartlett (born October 18, 1956) is an American animator, best known for writing and creating the television series Hey Arnold! and Dinosaur Train.


His first job, after graduating from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, was at Will Vinton Studios in Portland, Oregon, where he learned the art of stop-motion animation, working on movies such as The Adventures of Mark Twain. Bartlett moved to Los Angeles in 1987 to animate the "Penny" cartoons, with assistance from Nick Park for Pee-wee's Playhouse on CBS. He later made an animated ID for NBC with Klasky Csupo.[1] He later worked at BRC Imagination Arts directing projects such as Postcards and Mystery Lodge for Knott's Berry Farm.

Snee-Oosh's logo (a totem pole) and a vocalization (which was later added) of the company's name can be seen at the end of every Hey Arnold! episode.

Bartlett met the Nickelodeon execs while story editing Rugrats in its first seasons. He pitched Hey Arnold! to them in fall of 1993, produced a pilot in spring of 1994, and the series was greenlit in January 1995. Hey Arnold! was in production continuously from 1995 to 2001, made by Bartlett's own production company, Snee-Oosh, Inc, which he founded in 1986. The series culminated in a TV movie originally titled "Arnold Saves the Neighborhood", but Nickelodeon decided to release it theatrically as Hey Arnold!: The Movie, in June 2002.

A dispute over a second planned Arnold movie then resulted in Bartlett leaving Nickelodeon to write and produce a TV movie for Cartoon Network called Party Wagon (also produced[2] by Snee-Oosh), a story originally intended as a pilot for an ongoing series. It ended up being the first Cartoon Network movie-length pilot to be broadcast, but not picked Editions by indycar

In 2002 he published the official novelization of the first Hey Arnold! movie (having written it with Maggie Groening, ISBN 978-0-6898-5136-0). In 2005 Bartlett returned to BRC to make a multimedia simulator attraction for NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, called the Shuttle Launch Experience. In the course of the 3-year project, Bartlett interviewed 26 astronauts to gather their experiences from launch to orbit. One of the astronauts Bartlett interviewed was four-time shuttle flier and commander and current NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr..

After developing various pilots and feature scripts, Bartlett moved to The Jim Henson Company, where he co-wrote the computer animated film Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs and a Baby. Bartlett stayed at Henson to work as story editor on a PBS Kids preschool show called Sid the Science Kid with PBS executive Linda Simensky, whom he had worked with at Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network.

In September 2008, a show for preschoolers called Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train was picked up by PBS Kids; produced by Brian Henson, this was the first show created by Bartlett to be picked up since Hey Arnold!.[3] The series debuted on PBS stations on September 7, 2009.[4]

In April 2015, Ready Jet Go! (formerly Jet Propulsion) was picked up by PBS Kids; produced by Wind Dancer Films, the series premiered on PBS stations on February 15, 2016.[5]

In November 2015, Viacom announced that Bartlett will be returning to Nickelodeon to write Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1985 The Adventures of Mark Twain Calaveras Miner (voice) Claymation artist, voice actor
1985 Return to Oz Claymation artist
1986–1990 Pee-wee's Playhouse Animator for Penny cartoons
1987 A Claymation Christmas Celebration Claymation artist
1988 Meet the Raisins! Writer
1988 Arnold Escapes from Church Producer, director, writer, animator
1990 The Arnold Waltz Producer, director, writer, animator
1991 Arnold Rides His Chair Director
1991–1994 Rugrats Story editor, writer, director, storyboard artist (segment "Stu-Makers' Elves")
1995 The Ren & Stimpy Show Director
1996–2004 Hey Arnold! Brainy, Abner the Pig, Ned, Miles, others (voice) Creator, developer, executive producer, writer, director, voice actor
2002 Hey Arnold!: The Movie Brainy, Murray, Grubby, Monkeyman (voice) Producer, writer, voice actor
2004 Johnny Bravo Writer, story editor
2004 Party Wagon Romeo Jones, Ferryman #2, Cheyenne #1 (voice) Creator, storyboard artist, producer, director, voice actor
2008 Unstable Fables Co-writer
2008–2013 Sid the Science Kid Story editor, writer
2009–2017 Dinosaur Train Spider (voice) Creator, executive producer, director, voice actor
2016–present Ready Jet Go! Creator, executive producer, director
2017 Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie Miles, Brainy, Abner the Pig, Monkeyman, Himself (voice) Executive producer, writer, storyboard artist, voice actor
TBA Sky Rat[7] Creator, executive producer, storyboard artist, writer, director
TBA Frog and Toad[8] Screenwriter

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Lisa Groening since 1987, sister of Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons and Futurama, after whom Lisa Simpson is named.[9] They have two children, Matt and Katie.[10]


  2. ^ Editions by indycar Background: This is the vanity card for Hey Arnold! and Dinosaur Train producer Craig Bartlett. (October 7, 1996-June 8, 2004; February 15, 2016-) Snee-Oosh Inc.Snee-Oosh Inc. (1996)Snee-Oosh Inc. (2004)Snee-Oosh Inc. (2016) Nicknames: "The Totem Pole", "Snee-OOOOOOOSH", "Creepy Chorus of Doom", "That Weird/Scary Logo After Hey Arnold" Logo: On a brown background, we see a tall, stylized totem pole bird, which has a yellow haze around it. Under it are the words "SNEE-OOSH INC.", made out of brown sticks. Variants: The early version of the logo has "IN ASSOCIATION WITH" (in the Hey Arnold! logo font) be above the logo. On Party Wagon, the logo has a white haze, is zoomed in a bit, sepia toned, and has a film effect. Ready Jet Go! uses the above variant, but the logo zooms in slightly, in color, and lacks the film effect. The logo also has a flash at the end to transition to the Wind Dancer Films logo. FX/SFX: None. However, Ready Jet Go! has the logo zoom in and has it flash at the end. Cheesy Factor: The Party Wagon variant seems to make the logo look blurry. Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show. However, when Nickelodeon started using credits pushback on their shows in September 2000 (which as a result cuts off the ending theme in favor of promos), the logo gained a theme. It consists of a chorus singing the company name, followed by a mysterious flute/gong tune (similar to Native American tribe woodwind music) which played over the following Nickelodeon or Nickelodeon Productions logo. Composed by Jim Lang, the head composer for Hey Arnold! Availability: The original version survives on DVDs of Hey Arnold!, as well as all airings of the series on TeenNick's The Splat block. The variation with the chorus is extinct and has not appeared since the show was last aired on Nicktoons Network in 2008, and all airings of the series on TeenNick use the early variant of this logo. Also seen on the Cartoon Network pilot Party Wagon. It is currently seen on Ready Jet Go! on PBS Kids, and it might also appear on the upcoming TV movie Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie. Don't expect to see this logo on Dinosaur Train. Scare Factor: Depending on the logo variant: With the closing theme of Hey Arnold!: None to low. The totem pole of the bird can creep a few people out. Split-Screen Variant (The Chorus Variant): Low to high. The chorus, the gong and the flute sounds are very creepy, and can catch you off-guard (especially for those who are not used to this), but this is a favorite of many. Later Variants: Low to medium, since the logo looks creepier than usual.
  3. ^ "Muppet News – Facts And Then Some". 
  4. ^ Inc., Gopherwood Studios LLC; Flash Games by FableVision,. "Dinosaur Train - PBS KIDS". 
  5. ^ "PBS KIDS intros Ready Jet Go!". 
  6. ^ "'Hey Arnold' TV movie in works at Nickelodeon". Chicago Tribune. November 23, 2015. Retrieved November 23, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Craig Bartlett Offers Inspiring Keynote at Ottawa". 20 September 2013. 
  8. ^ Valerie Gallaher (June 14, 2012). "JIM HENSON COMPANY TO MAKE ANIMATED 'FROG AND TOAD' MOVIE". Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  9. ^ Archived from the original on August 20, 2008. Retrieved July 23, 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ Craig Bartlett, Maggie Groening, Richard Bartlett: Hey Arnold!, Simon & Schuster, 2002, p. 144 [1]

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