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Updated on Apr 19, 2019. Posted on Jul 25, 2016

No, Grandpa Phil's Head Is Not Supposed To Look Like A Penis

Childhood restored.

If you're a Hey Arnold fan, you know all about Grandpa Phil, Arnold's loving and eccentric caretaker.

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And whether you're a Hey Arnold fan or not, you've seen this picture:

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Yes — Grandpa's head does, at a certain angle, look exactly like a dick. But who did this? Why? Was this intentional? Again, why?

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Well, we caught up with Hey Arnold creator Craig Bartlett at San Diego Comic-Con to get some answers. And he immediately knew — all we had to say was, "So, about Grandpa..."

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"The comment always on the web is 'can't unsee' — which perfectly sums up what these things do. Once you see them, you can't unsee them," Bartlett said.

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But no, Grandpa's specific head shape was not intentional. "I draw characters that are pretty grotesque and lumpy. That's sort of a school of character design — like Rugrats. They're cool, they're fun, they're kind of lumpy and funky."

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"I just basically drew them because I thought they were funny. I didn't mean to ruin childhoods."

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So in conclusion, Grandpa's just got a lumpy head, not a dick-specific lumpy head. Childhood un-ruined.

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