What If Helga From 'Hey Arnold!' Was A Disgruntled Bartender?
But do they still have jazz?
Remember the good ol' days of waking up in the morning, switching on Nickelodeon, and joining your New York friends at P.S. 118?
That's right, we're talking about everyone's favorite city kids in "Hey Arnold!"
But where are those jazzy fourth-graders now?
Artist Nuri Durr decided to clue us in with a reimagined version of the television show in his original art series called "Yo, Pataki." The artwork, featured on Durr's website, Instagram and Tumblr, includes drawings of the characters as adults and original captions outlining their stories and new lots in life.
In an email, Durr told A+ the inspiration for "Yo, Pataki" came from a planned spin-off by "Hey Arnold!'s" creator Craig Bartlett. Bartlett's script never aired, however, because it was deemed too dark for Nickelodeon viewers.
"I liked the idea of a more mature 'Hey Arnold!' spin-off that focused on Helga though," says Durr. "So I thought it would be fun to try and expand on Craig Bartlett's original idea in my own way."
Durr's story centers around 26-year-old Helga Pataki who is a disgruntled bartender at her family-owned business Big Bob's Cafe. Other characters exist in relation to her, and their stories are a mix of references to original "Hey Arnold!" episodes, and character personalities from today's pop culture.
"I've always felt a I could identify with the characters of "Hey Arnold!" Durr told A+. "I lived in a similar house and neighborhood as a kid in Chicago. Kids hanging out after dark and stuff."
Check out Durr's artwork for "Yo, Pataki" along with his original captions below:
When Big Bob's Beepers goes out of business, Miriam is forced to attend AA meetings for her alcohol problem. 26-year-old Helga Pataki is forced to drop out of school to help support her family. She now works as a bartender at the new family business, Big Bob's Cafe.
Sid formed electronic band Wheezin' Ed with childhood classmates Phoebe and Stinky. Due to his irrational paranoia of becoming famous and being harassed by paparazzi, he wears an antique diving helmet at gigs to conceal his identity.
Helga's best friend Phoebe Heyerdahl earns her Ph.D in neuroscience at the age of 17. In her free time she provides the vocals in Sid's band, Wheezin' Ed as a way to unwind. She is in an on again / off again relationship with Gerald.
Stinky Peterson's smooth southern drawl earned him a job as a late night radio host. He also plays bass in Sid's band, which has made him popular with the ladies.
After witnessing Helga mercilessly attack Brainy throughout their childhood, Sheena is inspired to become an advocate for domestic violence victims. She is married to childhood sweetheart, Eugene Horowitz. Ironically, there is a belief among her friends that she physically abuses Eugene due to her large size and Eugene's own clumsiness.
Brainy works as a one hour photo technician. He has apparently outgrown his obsession with Helga and now spends much of his time hanging around P.S. 118 where he snaps pictures of children, particularly little girls with blond hair.
Rhonda Wellington Lloyd inherited her family's fortune and is now a successful fashion designer. She is narrow-minded and highly competitive, referring to herself as the queen of fashion. Former best friend Nadine claims Rhonda developed a severe cocaine problem to cope with her loneliness.
Mr. Green leaves his meat market in the care of Harold Berman after he runs for city councilman. Harold converts Green Meats into a kosher meat market out of respect for his Jewish faith. He is in a relationship with Big Patty.
After earning her degree in entomology Nadine begins teaching 4th grade science at P.S. 118. She's also a self proclaimed bug whisperer, which makes people uncomfortable. Former best friend Rhonda claims Nadine can't keep a boyfriend because they're weirded out by her unusual fascination with tarantulas.
Despite a lifetime of unusual bad luck, Eugene Horowitz followed his dream of becoming a famous Broadway actor. He manages to incorporate his clumsy behavior into his act which turns out to be so well received it lands him the leading role in a television series based on the play, Eugene Eugene.
Former city arm-wrestling-champion-turned-weightlifter Patricia Smith became an internet phenomenon after videos of her in the gym surfaced on social media. She's referred to as "Big Patty" in memes which according to Harold, makes her feel socially awkward.
Gerald Johanessen currently attends Hillwood School of Art & Design and is working towards a degree in film and television. He creates short films based on the urban legends from his childhood with his good friend, Fuzzy Slippers. After making plans to leave for LA after graduating, Phoebe decides it's best to end their relationship for good in order for him to pursue his dream.
While working as a waiter, Lila decides to pursue a career in stage acting. She makes her Broadway Musical debut alongside Eugene. He lovable personality and on stage chemistry with Eugene lead to the two starring in their on successful tv sitcom.
After graduating from college Arnold moved away to reunite with his parents in San Lorenzo, where he remained for 5 years. He returns home when he receives news that Grandpa Phil passed away. With no other other tenants living in the boarding house other than Grandma Gertrude, he decides he is more needed in Hillwood. Arnold works closely with children as a child psychologist. And, according to Gerald, Helga is noticeably more affectionate to Arnold now.
After gaining the courage to step down from his stoop, Stoop Kid stumbles upon a winning 10 million dollar lottery ticket. With his new found fortune, he decides to travel the world with his lawn chair in search of grand stoops to take selfies on which he refers to as #StoopSelfies. He catalogs his journeys on his blog, The Stoop Connoisseur.
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