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Arthur, who is an aardvark, has bunny slippers, and his best friend Buster, who is a bunny, has aardvark slippers.
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It is implied through glimpses of the future that Arthur and Francine end up getting married after they grow up.
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Even though D.W. is a girl, all of the voice actors for D.W. have been boys.
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Author Marc Brown recently revealed on the show that if you look carefully through the Arthur books, the names of his three kids can be seen hidden once in the illustrations.
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The first season cost more than $12 million to create.
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Tommy Tibble is older than his twin brother, Timmy.
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Arthur appeared as a guest in hand puppet form in a 1999 episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968), in which Fred Rogers makes a visit to Marc Brown's house and, later, Arthur makes a visit to the Neighborhood of Make Believe. Fred Rogers himself appeared (as an aardvark) in two episodes of Arthur (1996). (One of these episodes, Arthur: Elwood City Turns 100! (2002), was aired after Rogers' death.)
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With the exception of one episode, D.W.'s dress is always pink.
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Long before the television series, Arthur appeared in a 1983 episode of the PBS show Reading Rainbow (1983), in an animated reading of the book "Arthur's Eyes" narrated by Bill Cosby. A 1988 Reading Rainbow (1983) episode featured an animated reading of the somewhat Arthur related "The Bionic Bunny Show" book narrated by Gene Klaven.
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Seasons 1 through 15 were animated using hand drawn animation. Seasons 16 and on shifted to using Adobe Flash animation.
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Arthur (1996) is the longest-running children's animated series in the U.S., and is currently the second-longest first-run animated series in the U.S., behind The Simpsons (1989).
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While some of the child characters such as Arthur, D.W., and the Brain have been voiced by child actors, other child characters such as Buster, Francine, and Binky have been voiced by adult actors. Muffy is the only character whose original voice actress, Melissa Altro, began voicing the character as a child and has continued to provide her voice as an adult (despite the noticeable maturation of her voice in the more recent seasons).
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The color of the Reads' family car changes throughout the show.
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George's surname is Nordgren. It used to be Lundgren, but changed in recent seasons. Also, Mr. Ratburn's name was Emil Nigel Ratburn, but changed to Nigel Charles Ratburn.
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Arthur (1996) is the second longest-running show on PBS, behind only Sesame Street (1969).
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The town of Elwood City where the show takes place actually exists near Pittsburgh, PA.
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Arthur's mother's first name is Jane.
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There were many inside jokes on Arthur parodying real TV shows and films. Prunella's beloved "Henry Skreever" series was a parody of Harry Potter. The Scare Your Pants Off books and Vegemorphs books were parodies of Goosebumps and Animorphs. Keeping Up With the Kamerahounds was a parody of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. The Love Ducks parodied The Teletubbies. Galaxy Kittens was a parody of The Powerpuff Girls. The Sable Stallion, a book Francine and Bailey both enjoy, was a parody of the children's book The Black Stallion. The black-and-white horror film "The Squirrels" was a parody of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds". Peabrain and Nuthead was a parody of Beavis and Butthead. Mary Moo Cow was a parody of Barney. Fluffy the Unicorn was a parody of My Little Pony. Crazy Bus was a parody of The Magic School Bus. There were also lots of parodies of real-life toys and products. Woogles was a parody of Webkinz. Polly Locket was a parody of Polly Pocket. World Girls was a parody of American Girl Dolls and Barbie. Larry the Lemon, a lemon doll in striped pajamas owned by both D.W. and Muffy, was a parody of the talking bananas in the TV series Bananas in Pajamas. These joke parodies were often intended to be humorous for adult viewers such as babysitters and parents who were watching Arthur, as well as to poke fun at real-life trends and fads.
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In the Season 2 episode, "Buster and the Daredevils," Tobey and Slink tell Arthur and Buster at the comic book store that the comic book they are looking at is a baby comic, and they should check out one called "Pea Brain and Nut Head." Given a good look at it, a pea creature and nut creature laughing obnoxiously together can be seen. This is a direct homage to the cartoon Beavis and Butt-Head (1993).
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Mrs. Frensky's first name is Laverne.
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Arthur's full name is Arthur Timothy Read and D.W.'s full name is Dora Winifred Read. D.W.'s full name is used several times throughout the series while Arthur's full name is only used once.
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Muffy is the only character in the series that has never been grounded or really disciplined at all. However, in one episode, her father, Ed did tell her no when she wanted a hippopotamus. Ed started with a stern, "No," to which she, clearly crestfallen, replied, "Daddy, how COULD you?!" Ed then rephrased it to, "Er, not right now, Muffin, we don't have room for a hippo." This revealed that Muffy can be a brat because she cried very loudly after being refused.
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Henry Skreever is a parody of Harry Potter.
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In "Buster and The Daredevils," Arthur and Buster meet Tobey and Slink at the comic book store and have a conversation. When Tobey says, "He's not a peanut, he's a pecan," the background suddenly changes to the park and then back to the comic book store.
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The Read's, the Frensky's, the Barnes's, and the Crosswire's are the only families that have known relatives.
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There are four mini cartoons: The Bionic Bunny (Super Man), The Dark Bunny (Batman), Mary Moo Cow, and The Love Ducks (The Teletubbies).
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Francine and her family are Jewish.
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Arthur's father's first name is David.
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The Brain is the only character who seeked therapy. The Brain seeked therapy when he sprained his knee and ankle and after the hurricane. Binky pulled the false fire alarm but doesn't seek therapy for why he did it. D.W. keeps bothering Arthur about the snowball but her parents never take her to see a therapist or a psychiatrist.
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"93,000,000 Miles in a Balloon" is a fictional book and a fictional musical play. Its about a boy and a professor traveling the world by air and through portals. Its also based on the distance between the Earth and the sun.
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In the beginning few episodes, Muffy speaks with a slight lisp and has buck teeth (like she does in the books). However, the buck teeth and the lisp is were gone by season 2.
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Principal Haney's appearance and clothes change from young to old and from blue to green.
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The 'Riddle Quest' game show is a parody of the 'Jeopardy!' game show its host Alex Lebeck is a parody of Alex Trebek who appears as a guest voice in one episode.
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Muffy's toy, Arnie, is a four-legged plush version of Arthur Read.
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Binky and the Brain were held back a year in separate classes. The Brain was held back in Kindergarten and Binky was held back in the 3rd Grade.
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Wilbur Rabbit is an actor who plays the Bionic Bunny character on The Bionic Bunny Show.
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Bionic Bunny and Dark Bunny are twin brothers who were separated when they were just babies.
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The pet Sock Exchange is a parody of the stock exchange.
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Mr. Ratburn's hobbies are puppet shows and playing in a rock band as a lead vocalist and guitar.
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Buster and Mr. Morris both believe in aliens from outer space.
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In the episode Arthur's Perfect Christmas (2000), D.W. receives Quackers, the talking duck, as a Christmas present. In the later episode Arthur: Baby Kate and the Imaginary Mystery/Strangers on a Train (2007), a similar Quackers toy can be seen sitting on a shelf in Mrs. Tibble's Toy room.
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Binky is named after his great grandfather, Shelley Barnes.
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Freddy K., the owner of Meteor Comix, has a collection of very rare items hidden behind a bulletin board in his office.
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Many of the characters in Arthur are named after the real-life cast and crew of the show. For example, the rabbit librarian Ms. Turner is named after voice actor J.T. Turner. Muffy's butler/best friend Bailey was named after director Greg Bailey.
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In Marc Brown's book series, Muffy's butler Bailey was not named Bailey, and was drawn as a weasel rather than a dog, first appearing in the book "Arthur and the True Francine". On Arthur, Bailey first appeared as a beagle dog called "James" (the name James was later dropped and given to the little brother of school bully Molly). The character's name was eventually established as Bailey after director Greg Bailey. The character originally wore a turquoise suit, but this was later changed to a dark gray suit with a red necktie.
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Many characters on Arthur changed appearances over time. Muffy originally had buck teeth, but these eventually stopped appearing. Rattles had round ears and ruffled hair, but his ears disappeared in some versions of the character. Bailey's nose was originally shorter and he wore a turquoise suit, but later his appearance changed; he was drawn as being thinner with a lighter beige color, a black suit with a red necktie, and his nose was thinner and pointier. He also got longer ears. Mr. Haney was originally drawn with brown skin and an olive-green suit; later on he has gray skin and a slate-blue suit. The Brain was originally thinner but he took on a more chubby appearance later on. D.W.'s best friend Emily was drawn with short white hair and a dark salmon-pink dress; later on she has shoulder-length blonde hair, a dark teal dress and a matching hat. Paige Turner originally had brown skin, dark brown hair and a gray sweater; later on she is depicted with white skin, dark blonde hair and a beige sweater with a purple dress. Many of these changes occurred as the show's characters became more regularly established. As the animation style changed from hand-drawn to digital Flash animation, the characters, even the more minor ones like Bailey and Paige Turner, gained a more streamlined appearance.
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Arthur is one of the longest running animated shows to exist, topped as of 2018 only by The Simpsons, which just celebrated the release of its 30th season. As of November 2018, Arthur has had 21 released seasons, an animated film, a book series, four hour-long TV specials, and a line of coinciding products including toys, dolls, games, coloring books, clothing and children's hair products.
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Mr. Read's first name is David.
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When Michael Yarmush left the voice cast after Season 5, Justin Bradley was brought in to voice Arthur for Season 6. Viewers complained about the new voice sounding too whiny, and so Mark Rendall became the new voice actor, even re-dubbing season 6 for repeats on PBS stations.
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Despite the show's title and being the titular character Arthur is absent in six episodes.
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Spooky-Poo! is a parody of Scooby-Doo.
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After eating a green potato chip, D.W. believes that it's poisonous. Green potatoes are not poisonous, they are actually still edible. It's just that they are green because they have been exposed to the sun.
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Hugo is an interactive whiteboard that is introduced to Mr. Ratburn's third grade class. The teacher and students ask a question and it gives them the answer. It's used in school classrooms in real life too.
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Mr. Frensky's first name is Oliver.
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The telephone in the Read's house changes from cord to cordless and from purple to white.
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The Grebe is a real bird that lives near fresh water and salt water.
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Despite Arthur being an aardvark he looks more like a hyrax due to the facial appearance since real life aardvarks have pig-like snouts and longer ears, coincidentally aardvarks are close relatives to hyraxes and other mammals such as pinnipeds, elephants, and manatees.
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