Hey Arnold!: Season 1, Episode 8

List, The/Haunted Train (25 Nov. 1996)

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Arnold's best laid plans for the "ultimate Saturday" go up in smoke when he tries to complete all of his favorite things to do in one afternoon.On a boring summer night Grandpa tries to ... See full summary »

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Arnold (voice)
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Gerald Martin Johanssen (voice) (as Jamil W. Smith)
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Arnold's Grandpa / Moving Man / Engineer (voice)
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Arnold's best laid plans for the "ultimate Saturday" go up in smoke when he tries to complete all of his favorite things to do in one afternoon.On a boring summer night Grandpa tries to liven things up by telling a story about haunted Train Number 25. Written by Anonymous

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When Grandpa is telling the story at the beginning of the episode, he is eating an orange-colored ice cream cone, except in one shot, when it is white. See more »

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Arnold: Brainy? What are you doing here?
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[wheeze]
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"One of those days that memories are made of..."
25 September 2013 | by (ukwitchcountry) – See all my reviews

Yeah right(!) Both stories in this, yet another classic and brilliant episode of the generally fab first season of this show, are equally great, but in two very different ways. To me "The List" is all about how things never quite work out the way you'd like them to, and also sweet hope and the unexpected little things that can "come out of the blue" to brighten up a cloudy day... As a kid, I'd try to emulate the inspired magical idea of the story and try my hand at my own little kid's day! I love the freaky little tribal ways of those neighbourhood kids as they reverently listen to the legend of "The List!" There's several really great laughs in the first half, like the parody hyper-action show tune that blares from the cartoon that poor Arnold plans to watch until the TV promptly explodes, and also all the noises in the movie theatre of the B-movie that's showing just before the screen breaks down crack me up every time! "What are you doing!? No! Where are you going!!?!" That whole scene reminds me a lot of a very similar scene from one of my favourite '80s horror movies-"The Blob!" Euch, the ugly 'kid' that runs off with Arnold's ball sure was creepy... And then there's the uplifting ending where the kind of a subplot with and Granma and her piano and Arnold's plight converge in such a perfect way that for me just makes for the most heartwarming moment in the whole series. The way she sets everything right with nothing but a sweet simple song is beautiful and sure to put a smile on anyone's face. It's a very true and great message, in that song. The feeling of the closing scene is one so profoundly positive and warm that it practically shines like the pure gold it is. "There ya go!" ::: Ever since I saw my first ghost train ride when I was really little, that was topped by this awesome giant model of a skeleton with glowing red eyes grabbing hold of a doomed train that was plummeting off the tracks that was filled with skeleton passengers of the damned as it were, I have always dearly loved the notion of the "Haunted Train" and found the whole macabre idea so spooky and darkly enchanting. And Granpa's urban legend(or is it?) of one is my very favourite of all the folk tales that he ever told. And after all the shenanigans it turns out to be the bizarre practically mute "Brainy" that ends up actually seeing the phantom locomotive. The Mad Engineer's song that plays over the usual end credits theme is so cool! Hey Arnold's fantastical elements was one of the series' best traits, it had such a great sense of fantasy when it had a mind to. And it was precisely the bluesy rhythm and sheer uncanny moments like that, and episodes like this, that helped to make this timeless show so damn special and gave it its very endearing identity. "I'm have to say so long!"


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