The Nickelodeon gods blessed us at San Diego Comic-Con last weekend, when Hey Arnold! creator Craig Bartlett opened up about the upcoming Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie and offered answers to many of our burning questions. [Note: Nickelodeon and MTV News are both owned by Viacom.]
First up, what the hell happened to Stoop Kid after he summoned the courage to leave his stoop — with Arnold’s help — in Season 1, Episode 3? You know, this guy:
Bartlett told BuzzFeed that Stoop Kid went on to become a great globetrotter. “Once he had the power to leave the stoop, he left when he wanted to. He basically went around the world and sat on some huge stoops. Remember, Arnold showed him a bunch of stoops? He went to the Great Pyramids.”
So everything turned out swell for Stoop Kid in the end. Unfortunately, we still don’t know what his real name is, but Bartlett ended another name mystery from the show: Arnold’s surname, which is rumored to be Shortman.
“Yes, [his last name is Shortman],” Bartlett confirmed. “That one has just become a fact, but we still are going to do a joke where he reveals his last name in The Jungle Movie — just to confirm it. [And] I think [Arnold’s middle name] should be Phillip. Arnold P. Shortman, after Phil, his grandpa.”
Football head, also known as Arnold Phillip Shortman. That certainly has a ring to it.
For more answers to your decade-long Hey Arnold! questions, read BuzzFeed’s full interview with Bartlett here.