The Creator Behind “Hey Arnold” Talks About The Latina Influences In The Show

As a kid in the ’90s, quite a few of my TV thrills came directly from watching Nickelodeon’s cartoon “Hey Arnold!”

The show was about a 4th grader who maneuvered within the big city alongside a group of racially and ethnically diverse friends. Characters like Nadine (a brown skinned girl with blonde, coily hair) and Phoebe (a girl with a Southern American mom and a Japanese father) were easy for me, a Black Latina who rarely saw characters like myself on screen, to relate to.

Still, despite our physical similarities, the main character I looked forward to seeing on screen most was the show’s blonde pigtailed villain Helga G. Pataki. We had our differences but in a lot of ways, Helga was the character I connected with most.

She was a unibrowed (check) volcano of poetically ferocious emotions (check), and I loved her for it.

Recently, I learned that Helga and I had more in common than I had initially thought.

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In August of last year, the show’s creator, Craig Bartlett, posted an old childhood photo of iconic Mexican artist and activist Frida Kahlo to his Instagram page. The caption read “#tbt little Frida #helgagpataki” and it didn’t take long for fans to speculate that the young Frida in the portrait had inspired the show’s infamous bully. After all, like the Frida in the Image he posted, Helga sported an oversized bow, thick brows, a strong attitude and (as exampled by her bubblegum shrine) an affinity for art.

In a recent interview with Bartlett, FIERCE finally got down to the bottom of the real inspiration behind Helga.

When I initially asked Bartlett about the correlations between Frida and Helga he chuckled a bit.

“When I first designed Helga I gave her that monobrow because it just seemed right for a villain character,” Bartlett explained before noting that Arnold’s other harasser, Harold, also had a monobrow. “But you know, in art, I’m aware that Frida has the world famous monobrow. So when I think of Frida paintings I always think of Helga too. I’m also a big fan of Frida Kahlo.”

He adds that he thinks Kahlo is cool, smart, creative, and “kind of magical, like Helga, so yeah she is definitely an influence.”

“On the outside [Helga is] angry, brittle, a bully, and then on the inside she’s super sensitive and creative and vulnerable and that’s the side that nobody gets to see thats her secret side, “Bartlett says while noting the stark attributes his character shares with the Mexican icon.

It turns out, Frida left her mark on the series in more ways than one.

Bartlett admits Frida’s artistic influences are stretched throughout the very cityscape the show’s characters occupied, particularly in the way she used color.

When it comes to other Latino influences, Bartlett admits the music and literature are also sprinkled throughout. While creating the show, Bartlett began to read Gabriel García Márquez’s “Love In The Time Of Cholera,” a book infused with magic realism that would go onto inspire the show’s mysterious traits and characters like Pigeon Man and Stoop Kid.

But the Latin influences don’t end there. For Bartlett, portraying all that makes up city culture was also a key part of creating an engaging, magical, and still realistic world his young viewers could get lost in.

“The thing about it was, if you were a kid growing up in a modern city, you pull into the parking lot of 7-Eleven and music is booming out of one car that is something Latin and out of other the car that’s kind of Hip-Hop and the city soundscape is kind of a cool mix up of all these different cultures and I was definitely trying to put that across.”

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This Quietly Posted IMDB Page Could Mean ‘Coco 2’


This Quietly Posted IMDB Page Could Mean ‘Coco 2’

To say our worlds were rocked when Pixar finally gave us a touching film about la cultura a few years ago would be the biggest understatement of the century. ‘Coco,’ the 2017 American 3D computer-animated fantasy starring Gael García Bernal and Benjamin Bratt filled our hearts and also brought us to tears. Still, as satisfying as the film was, there’s no doubt it left us craving more. And it looks like we might just get it.

An IMDB page for Coco 2 has been created and I’m sorry but I can’t stop freaking out!!

According to IMDB user anthandsoc-95189 who appears to have long had the inside scoop on upcoming films, ‘Coco 2: Return To the Land Of the Living’ is in the works! Some digging around has also revealed that another sight might have information on the plot and characters of the sequel film. Of course, this information has yet to be confirmed and might be purely a wish, but if it is we’ll dream big!

According to IMDB ‘Coco 2’ will take place 6 years after the first film

‘Coco’ / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The IMDB page says “It’s been 6 years since the events happened for Miguel. But when Hector, Imelda, and his great grand-abuelos need Miguel’s help to come back to the Land of the Living because some mysterious sinister masked skeleton is haunting and rules their world with an iron fist and sword and hates music.”

Which means, if IMDB is correct, we haven’t seen the last of Mama Coco!

‘Coco’ / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Sweet Coco could have a really big role in the new film!!

Of course, other sites have other insights into the could-be sequel…

‘Coco’ / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Because of course everyone has an opinion!

According to Fandom.com ‘Coco 2’ will take place six years after the first film.

‘Coco’ / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

We’ll see Miguel’s family attempt to throw him a fiesta, but sadly Miguel, still upset about Mama Coco’s death, will be upset.

When Miguel meets a sophisticated, ghostly and well-bred skeletal spirit Miguel will attempt to return to The Land Of The Dead for a vacation.

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Now that’s an insane idea for a spring break.

In this version of the sequel, Miguel will a dark black hole to go back to The Land Of The Dead, to see Papa Hector and Mamma Imelda.

‘Coco’ / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Of course, Miguel will be astonished when he sees his old family members for another time and finally gets to see Mama Coco.

Soon enough, Miguel is racing against time, once again, to avoid being a skeleton.

‘Coco’ / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

But this time, Marcel might not be so bothered by the idea of living amongst the dead for forever.

Of course, all of this is speculative. Who knows if Pixar has plans for a sequel in the works, but as one fan points out this clip by Pixar on the DVD release has some great hints!


Fingers crossed!

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Video Dug Up From Cardi B’s Past Shows Her Saying She Used To Drug And Rob Men


Video Dug Up From Cardi B’s Past Shows Her Saying She Used To Drug And Rob Men

Stay grateful you did not grow up in the era of Snapchat/ Instagram/ Facebook kids because you can delete but your recorded actions can still come back to bite. Cardi B knows the story. While the Afro-Latina queen of Trap isn’ making any apologies, the latest video to be dug up from her past is requiring her to give some answers.

Video of the singer, recalling a time in her life in which she felt forced to drug and rob men while seducing them has resurfaced.

Over the weekend, video of the “Money” rapper recalling how she used to drug and rob men resurfaced.

The video, which was recorded during an Instagram live broadcast, sees Cardi as she goes on a tearful verbal tirade about her past. This after, someone apparently questioned her success and accused her of not “putting in no fucking work.”

“I had to go ‘oh yeah, you wanna fuck me? Yeah yeah yeah let’s go to this hotel.’ And then I’d drug [expletivie] up and I’d rob them. That’s what I used to do.”

Users online were quick to comment.

“The fact that cardi b admitted to drugging and robbing men she would take back to a hotel for sex blows my mind,” wrote Twitter user @itsangelaa. “That’s not ‘keeping it real.’ that’s a crime.”

“I wonder what woulda happened if it were the other way round,” @BTSisthecauseo5 commented.

At the onset of the backlash, the rapper seemed to take the comments rather lightly.

The following day she also tweeted “IM THAT BITCH THEY LOVE TO HATE, IM THAT BITCH THEY HATE TO LOVE and I love it.”

On Tuesday, however, after users on Instagram and Twitter continued to simmer, she was forced to issue comment.


In a post to her Instagram, the rapper responded to the comments about the video by saying: “I’m a part of a hip hop culture where you can talk about where you come from talk about the wrong things you had to do to get where you are.”

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