Last week when we were talking about the new Concept Art for the film, Sarah and I mentioned this cartoon we used to watch when we were younger. It’s called Hey Arnold! and it used to play on the Nickelodeon network. There is a character in it named Helga and it seems like she had a similar fixation with a boy she liked… So I thought I’d post a few pictures from the show that I found:
This is the shrine she made of Arnold in the back of her closet, made out of gum she collected from him/items he’s dropped on the ground.
I’m not sure if this is helpful at all, but I think it’s an interesting comparison to Zombat. Both are characters that, if put in the wrong light, could be over-creepy, but are loved. For example, Helga, despite her shrine, is someone rooted for throughout the show (At least, when I was 12, I was rooting for her).
Actually I just finished reading The Phantom of the Opera and came across a similar issue. The Book-Version of the Phantom is extremely unlikable and kind of scary, whereas the Play-Version of the Phantom is loved and a tragic character. It made me wonder what the difference of:
I was thinking about it, especially in relation to Zombat. In my opinion, the difference between the two is that the Play-Phantom is set up as a sad, misunderstood character. I think this is really important for Zombat as well. I like the idea of combining the techniques for both Hey Arnold! and Phantom of the Opera; and I think his room would be a good place to create this misunderstood devotion to another character… maybe have elements of a shrine, but also keep him in the realm of tragic.
I’m sorry if this made no sense.
I hope this helps in some way, if not, I’m sorry you read all of that!