Arthur the Aardvark (Arthur Read books and series)
In the first season (at least), Muffy had these odd front teeth (kind of like a hippo). Where'd they go? I guess they thought she looked better without them (which, in all honesty, she does).
This was an animation error. They also had white-colored tongues. Both of which were fixed after season one.
I wouldn't say it was an animation error. Muffy had those teeth in the Arthur storybooks, from 1982 (Muffy's first appearance "The True Francine") until around the time the show first premiered. She even has them in some of the early Arthur-related merchandise and toys as well. Despite this, there were some season one episodes where Muffy's teeth didn't show. For example, in "Meek For a Week", Muffy looked as she does in the later seasons, but in the very next episode "Arthur, World's Greatest Gleeper", she had her front teeth again.
I just always assumed that those were her baby teeth. Either that or InvisAlign really works wonders.
Maybe the animators thought she was a hippo, then when they found out she was a monkey, they nixed the teeth to make her look less hippo-ish.
Same place Arthur's huge nose went.
In "Spoiled Rotten", Muffy sneaks back into the school to recover the jacket she put into the donations bin. When she reenters the school, it is completely dark in the hallways, as all the lights are out. Normal schools leave their lights on after-hours, and it is revealed that Francine turned the lights out. Why is that necessary?
Most schools, at least all the ones I went to, have these weird light switches that need a special key to turn them on or off, to prevent students from playing with the lights. I guess Francine somehow had access to one of the keys, or maybe their school is cheap and just has ordinary switches. But yeah, most schools leave their lights on at all hours. That whole scene was basically a setup to show how smart and clever Francine is.
How come all the anthropomorphic animal characters are tailless except Nadine?
Obviously tail-docking has become the norm, not unlike circumcision and shaving.
Because Nadine is an imaginary friend that D.W. made up. If D.W. wanted Nadine to have a tail, she will.
This has to do with their Medium Awareness, but how do their ears work? When DW went to the doctor for her ears, they checked her actual ears. In another episode from the same season or so, when they wanted to block out their hearing they put their hands on the sides of their heads...where there are no ears.
It's possible that in that example, they were actually holding her head as opposed to her ears, much like you would hold your forehead with both hands when dealing with a headache or something similar. That, or maybe the writers/animators forgot?
I just noticed this: Why is it that Arthur can't close his eyes, only his pupils?
Well, that is kind of typical of cartoony characters with glasses.
Why do the kids keep believing Prunella and Rubella no matter how many times they're proven wrong? This is especially idiotic with Prunella, since she uses the same tricks as Rubella and always believes her.
I think that it has something to do with the fact that they're both older (yet still relatable), so the kids probably think that it's easier to go to them with their problems rather than ask their parents about what's bothering them. Especially since most of the time they go to Prunella because she's been in similar situations before (like when they were all worried about having Mr. Ratburn as a teacher). I think that the basics of it is simply, in their minds, older=wiser.
This thing bothers me: In "Is That Kosher?", whose idea was it to throw a pizza party on Yom Kippur? I mean, didn't it cross their mind that maybe the winner celebrated that holiday?
Why is Nadine so much smarter than D.W. when she's a product of her mind?
I don't think that it's a matter of "smarter", but what course of actions and decisions D.W. wants to make. I think that when D.W.'s talking to Nadine, it's just a way of weighing the pros and cons of what she can do and contemplating the situations at hand, and D.W.'s just too impulsive to go for the more sound ideas. Also, notice how Nadine is naturally quiet and meek against D.W.'s loud and brash personality. It's not that Nadine is smarter, it's that D.W. doesn't want to listen to that part of her psyche at the moment. She knows that the Nadine part of herself is right, but she's too stubborn to admit it.
Why does Elwood City, which has a population of nearly 80,000 people, have a volunteer fire department? Volunteer fire departments are more common in rural, unincorporated areas, and not within larger towns. It's not like Elwood is strapped for revenue either, as evidenced by the top-notch school system and other amenities.
Indeed, VFDs are more common in rural areas, but they are not unheard of in larger towns and cities. I grew up in a town of 50,000 people, and we operated a VFD as well as a paid one.
This has bugged me for a while now... Why is it the Frenskys live in such a small apartment? What job does her mom have? Is she a homemaker?
Yes, she's a homemaker. They probably could live in a house, but the show tries to have kids in lots of different situations to show realism. They go from a "mom+dad-Christian-household" family to a "single-parent-apartment" family.
And I imagine a garbageman's salary isn't exactly luxurious.
Actually, garbagemen don't pull in half bad of a salary, especially for a job that doesn't require post secondary. Maybe not enough to move into a larger apartment with two kids and a spouse who doesn't work, but still not half bad.
In the episode about cell phones: WHERE DID MUFFY'S BIG BROTHER COME FROM?
I watched this episode with the very well-off kid I babysit and asked the same question. The five-year-old matter-of-factly replied that Muffy's brother obviously went to boarding school, just like her older brother and sister did. Makes sense to me.
In the Christmas special from back in 2000, right next to Muffy's oversized stocking was one that said 'Chip.' I guess the writers finally put him in after so many seasons...
He's been acknowledged since the book series, he appeared in Muffy's family portrait in Arthur goes to Camp. Which means he's been around just as long as the Brain had since he that was also his first appearance.
Muffy's big brother is a college student.
From "The Play's the Thing": what kind of smartphone has such a wavy, lumpy shape and thick shell, even with a case on it? It seems more like one of those kid-safe fake smartphones than a real one, meaning it shouldn't have been able to do half of the things Muffy used it for (like sniffing a pizza box?).
The third episode ("Arthur and the Real Mr. Ratburn") show them going into 3rd Grade. What grade were they in in "Francine's Bad Hair Day", the episode before?
The episodes are not shown in chronological order, so they were in the 3rd grade. I remember they put an episode about a blizzard, in between a swimming episode and an episode set in autumn.
If you're talking about the ones where they have Mr. Marco instead of Mr. Ratburn, 2nd grade.
"Arthur's Eyes". What grade was he in when he got the glasses? Mr. Morris (and Arthur and co. not looking that different) would suggest it was 2nd Grade, but... why was DW making baby sounds (the same as Kate, I might add)? She would have been about 3, meaning she should be able to talk a LITTLE BIT (and, it's DW, she talks a lot).
There is probably a trope for this, but I don't know for certain. Sometimes when TV shows are just beginning, all the facts aren't set in stone. It would only be later when they come to definite conclusions that would remain for the rest of the series. Sue Ellen was shown in Arthur's 2nd grade flashback, because it wasn't yet decided that she would transfer to his show in the middle of the third grade.
Early Installment Weirdness is the trope you're looking for. Francine tends to act jarringly out of character in those early episodes as well.
It's also a lot easier to use stock baby noises than it is to dub fairly unimportant dialogue. D.W. wasn't exactly critical to the plot in that episode. She also stays 4 in every episode after her birthday, where she turns 5, so I'd chalk it up to negative continuity if cheap isn't a satisfactory answer.
Didn't Arthur says she was two when he got glasses? But that doesn't make sense, so he probably meant in the baby pictures.
In "Arthur The Wrecker," it appears that the writers back then had no grasp on technology. Let's look at this: the computer's keyboard is wireless. The mouse is on a wire attached to the keyboard. The keyboard gets knocked off the desk, at least five feet away, and the computer turns off and they can't turn it back on. This pretty much shows that whoever thought this up has never used a computer before.
The computer did not actually shut off—it went into sleep/hibernate mode and the kids didn't know this, so they thought it was broken. When the keyboard was dropped, it hit the sleep/hibernate button on the way down. This is why Arthur's mom was able to get it to work by jiggling the switch—jiggling the switch took it out of sleep/hibernate.
Why didn't Brain, the resident nerd, catch this?
Maybe Brain isn't all that educated when it comes to computers/electronics in general. He knows how to use one, but if nobody knows what the problem was with the computer when it shut off and apparently crashed/broke, how would you be able to fix it?
Why is the Tibble Twins' grandmother such a pushover? She views the twins as if they are angels, despite their actions proving otherwise. (The episode "Attack of the Turbo Tibbles" comes to mind; on top of the twins being allowed to wear/mimic the Power Rangers knock-off, I don't recall the twins receiving any punishment whatsoever for sending D.W. to the hospital.)
Because that's how grandparents are. Grandparents don't really do any disciplining like parents do, so kids can pretty much get away with murder, and their grandparents wouldn't think anything of it... they seem to have a sense of what it's like to be kids, not only were they kids themselves, but they also raised kids, so I think they pretty much think kids are just being kids.
In the lice episode why didn't they get lice in their fur?
There was a scene where the lice were shown to be in Buster's fur, but his fur was too dirty to live in (Truth in Television, as lice love clean hair; it makes it easier for them to move around) and they decide to go back to Mr. Ratburn, instead.
In "To Eat Or Not To Eat": The Big Boss Bars were revealed to not only to have a chemical in them that makes them about as addictive as real life drugs but to also have radioactive materials in the damn things! Why the hell would the FDA allow the bars to be sold publicly without any type of restrictions or warnings!?
For that matter, why would the FDA allow them to be sold in the first place? If the owner of the company himself panicked and ran when asked to eat one (presumably because of the apparent toxicity of the bars) and was subsequently jailed for distributing the bars, one would think that the FDA would have intervened early on.
How are Binky's parents oblivious to his bullying and other bad actions? He's gotten in trouble so often surely they must have been called at least once.
Truth in Television - maybe his parents are simply apathetic. Or they always take his side and think he was provoked, the subject of Disproportionate Retribution, etc. Or maybe they try to call his home and leave a message saying what he did, but he gets home first and deletes the messages, allowing him to get away with everything. (Truth in Television - my sister's a teacher and she's seen all of these...even down to parents who refuse to give their cell phone numbers so the messages are on the home answering machine.)
Why does all-dressed pizza never cross their minds in "Desert Island Dish"?
Well, pizza isn't really all that healthy for you. Maybe a salad with some sort of dressing and protein (like steak or chicken) on top would've been better.
Whole-wheat crust, low-fat cheese, vegetables, possibly pineapple for fruit, lean meats. Sucks for you if you don't eat meat/are lactose intolerant, though.
I myself was thinking of a stew with milk (dairy), meat (protein), tomatoes (fruit) and carrots (vegetables) with bread chunks inside (grains).
This thing really bugs me. Even Alan/The Brain couldn't think of that! And he said it was impossible!
For more added inanity, both my grandmother (she's 86! Silly Brain.) and me said "salad", and on a subsequent viewing, I said "burger" (with a tomato being the fruit).
In MacFrensky, Francine and Muffy frame Brain and then almost frame Arthur and Buster because Francine can get to be Student of the Month that way and she can invite Muffy along to lunch with some famous person, which is the prize. After Muffy's callousness throughout the episode why does Brain forgive her so fast and even invite her to go with him, once the prize is restored to him? At least Francine told Mr. Ratburn the truth.
How are Arthur's glasses not falling of his head?
Clearly Arthur is psychic, but his powers limited him to hovering eyewear within a few millimeters in front of his eyes.
There's an episode where Arthur gets overweight from eating too many snacks and not exercising enough. He, like most of the other kids in his class, regularly play on a soccer team, and a baseball team, as well as ride their bikes around town, have PE lessons at school, and more, so how and when did he get overweight? Did he stop doing all his sports teams? It's never mentioned and the sports/exercise he is shown to get regularly is completely forgotten about.
A lot of kids have really good metabolisms, and can eat anything and stay thin, but people often grow out of it as they get older. Maybe he's just getting older and beginning to go through puberty? I know I started puberty when I was eight, but I'm female, and they often start growing earlier... Let's just chalk this one up to studio mandate for a healthy eating plot.
Why haven't they tackled racism yet? It is a bit dark, yes, but racism is still a huge problem, and they've covered other potentially depressing topics (death, cancer, 9/11, etc.). There was a Bernstein Bears book about racism, and other shows (That's So Raven, The Proud Family, etc.) have covered it. They could do something with actual race (The Brain is black, after all) or the lack of non-mammal characters or even a specific type of mammal characters being discriminated against.
As everyone is a different "race" or species, this would not exactly play out the same as with humans. The closest idea seems to be a rejective attitude to new people or ideas.
Actually, they could pull this off. While it wouldn't be racism as we humans understand it, I could see maybe the 'bunny species' of Buster Baxter being racist/segregationist toward the 'wolf-dog' characters. Imagine a future episode where Buster begins to basically act like a jerk toward a new kid in his class because the kid was of the canine species.
Why is Arthur the only person in his class wearing glasses?
Why shouldn't he be? Not everyone wears glasses from when they are quite young, some kids I know didn't wear them until we were in middle school, and I was 12 before I started wearing glasses. Plus, there's only, what, 10-12 kids in Arthur's class? Wearing glasses now is fairly common, but it's not as if every other person wears them.
I'm well aware that not everyone wears glasses at an early age, it's just that in a classroom full of kids, there's usually more than one kid with glasses.
From a character standpoint, it could be to help him stand out more among other characters. In fiction, producers or whoever will look for ways to distinguish to help them stand out, and easy to identify at a quick glance.
The episode where Francine wants to skip a pizza party in order to stick to her fast. The pizza was pepperoni, making it doubly non-Kosher, so she shouldn't be eating it anyway.
In the spinoff series "Postcards from Buster" she stated that her family wasn't orthodox which is why she's allowed to eat non-Kosher foods.
Also there is turkey pepperoni.
But pizza would still be non-kosher because it has cheese, and kosher foods can't have both meat and dairy products in them.
If they are animals do they have fur?
Buster mentions having fur in "My Club Rules".
"Arthur's Almost Live Not Real Music Festival". Does Ray Bradbury really rhyme with "hurry"?
In the episode with the sleepover at the science museum (forgetting the name), Binky doesn't like mac & cheese. In "Francine Redecorates", he likes it. How?
Kids' tastes change. Haven't you ever tried something you thought you didn't like and went, "Hey, not so bad"?
The episode "April 9th", while a great episode, brings up a pretty significant plothole: When Buster goes to visit Mr. Morris, he first says to him, "Hello Mr. Morris. My name is Buster Baxter, and I'm here to see how you're doing!" as if they've never met each other. Not only does it seem like the first time they met, but at the end of the episode, Mr. Morris retires and moves to New Mexico. However, in "Arthur Accused!", he recognizes Buster with a mop on his head, and gets questioned by him as well, and I'm sure they had interaction in following episodes. Why does Mr. Morris not know who Buster is? Did he suffer from memory loss when injured?
That always bothered me too! Not just "Arthur Accused!", but don't forget, in "Binky Rules", Mr. Morris was actually one of Buster's main witnesses/suspects in Binky's mystery, so he was among those that he questions. At the end of "April 9th", we also have this exchange between Arthur and Buster that further confuses things:
Buster: I was just thinking about Mr. Morris, I really miss him. You know, he'd still be here if it wasn't for that stupid fire.
Arthur: Yeah, but you two might not be friends, you only met because of that stupid fire.
Buster: That's true. So, yeah, doesn't make a whole lot of sense either way.
In "Big Brother Binky", what Chinese dialect was Binky speaking at the Chinese restaurant? He did correctly say "little sister" and "big brother" in Mandarin/Putonghua, but what dialect has "shay shway" mean "thank you"? For that matter was it a mispronunciation, both, or neither?
I fussed about this as well. Mind you, my experience is with Mandarin, and I don't even come close to saying I speak it. But what I heard from an actual Chinese speaker was "shi shien". "Shay" could be a mispronunciation of "shi", but "shway", I have no idea. I seem to recall that he was supposed to be speaking Mandarin, but my memory may be faulty.
I've studied Mandarin/Putonghua, and was taught that "xie xie" （谢谢） is how you say thank you. Maybe "shi shien" is used in a regional dialect?
The good behavior award in "My Fair Tommy". What if more than one student was especially well-behaved?
It's just a little incentive given out for good behavior, like how a lot of Preschool and Elementary School classes give out various incentives for good behavior, good grades, etc. which usually happen a once a week, or once a month. This is very, very common. It's merely up to the teacher to decide who to give it to. Also, it was pretty much gathered that the Tibbles were the only ones to have never gotten the award.
"To Eat, or Not to Eat?" - How would the Big Boss bar ever get sold, much less made? I'm not the most knowledgeable at chemistry, but I imagine that not only would such a bar be difficult to mass produce, but wouldn't someone die after eating them, let alone a whole lot of them like Fern and George did?
Remember, this is aimed at kids. The Big Boss bar seems to be the food equivalent of energy drinks, giving one a sugar-caffeine high for a few hours. Eating too much would make you sick, but wouldn't kill you.
Analyzing any food does break it down into chemicals.
Why do Arthur's parents punish Arthur when he does something wrong but not D.W? Like in the Christmas special when D.W threw a freakin' tantrum over a stuffed animal and they sided with her! And in "Arthur's Big Hit" when she wrecked the model plane (by deliberately throwing it out a window) that Arthur spent months making and Arthur punched her (which she kind of deserved), hey treat Arthur like he's the bad guy! And when Binky punches him his parents are like "well that's what you get for hurting pwecious wittle D.W!" Well they don't really say that but it feels like it. Are Arthur's parents that dumb?
More specifically, PBS has a veeeeery strict "No Hitting, Ever" policy for their programming, but D.W acting out is treated as annoying... And yet, since she's not being part of any of PBS's aesops at the time, her parents are inevitably going to coddle the tyke. Arthur's Big Hit was meant as a particularly Anvilicious episode to begin with, as stated elsewhere, but it comes down to this. Bad/rude behavior is tolerable. Hitting isn't, in any context, for PBS.
They didn't really side with her over the duck/tabby, either. Jane rubs her back when she's tantruming, but then she snaps herself out of it. Just terrible for a mother to comfort her upset child on Christmas, it really is.
The problem wasn't that her mom was comforting her, it's the fact that she threw a screaming fit at a family Christmas party because she got a doll that was different than the one she wanted (which was sold out, if I remember correctly).
Arthur's parents have shown themselves to be rather incompetent over the show's run. For example, in one episode, they grounded Arthur for getting a cut on his knee from the dump even though he already learned his lesson in advance, and in another episode, they dragged him (but not D.W., for some reason) to a party full of grown-ups simply because they wanted him to learn that "sometimes, we all have to do to things we don't want to do" when it was already shown that he helps his parents do chores (things that most people, if not all people, don't want to do) on a regular basis. It doesn't help that whenever D.W. is being rude to Arthur, the parents don't do anything, but when she's being rude to them or Kate, they don't hesitate to punish her.
Where did Emily's obsession with France come from?
From... the beginning? If you remember from the first episode where she's formally introduced to the audience, "D.W. Flips", she bids farewell to her nanny in French. Her nanny is French, and there's probably a significant amount of French culture in her home.
In keeping with the above, Emily may be part French, so it would be normal for her.
In the teaser for Sue Ellen Gets Her Goose Cooked, what was the Chinese gamer yelling out? I think she said "mei guo Hui zi ji", American Devil? Can someone provide translation?
In the episode featuring the horror movie "The Squirrels", everyone in Arthur's class/group of friends save Binky spend the entire segment being so afraid of squirrels they don't want to go outside...except one of those kids is Fern who is repeatedly shown to LOVE scary stuff, the scarier the better. Why wasn't she talking sense into the others?
Either she wanted to play along with the others, or figured that it was useless to talk sense into them. That or maybe she was secretly enjoying the fact they were all afraid, and didn't want to ruin the fun for herself.
Not exactly looking for an answer here, just putting it out there: It always seemed to me like the characters were always more mature than their age; their behaviour, the way they conducted themselves, the way they spoke; it never really seemed third-grader to me. I know third-graders and they almost never act the way they do in the show. Does anybody else feel this way?
What must be understood is that kid's shows like Arthur tends to have their kid protagonists be wise beyond their years so that the creators can impart a lesson through their characters and set up a good role model for the kids. Who would you want your kids to mimic? Arthur and Buster? Or Muffy? If I had kids, I'd want them to be like Arthur and Buster.
In "Arthur's Big Hit", Arthur was punished for hitting D.W.; his punishment was no TV for a whole week. Contrast that to "Arthur's Treasure Hunt" where he was grounded for two whole weeks for digging up his backyard. Why is wrecking the backyard considered more serious than hitting your little sister?
Broken Aesop. Keep in mind that in the episode where Arthur hits D.W., his parents don't even react when he gets punched by a third-party for seemingly no reason, only telling him, "Now you know how she feels."
Why do Brain's parents have seafood as ice cream toppings in their shop?
It's their shop, they can do whatever they want.
Buster, and people that have similar appetites. Also, the family are bears, sort of, so they like seafood?
So, in-universe, is Mary Moo-Cow a local show in Elwood City, or not? The show seems to go back and forth on that... on the one hand, apparently, Mary Moo-Cow is known world-wide, Adil's little sister sent D.W. a CD of the show's soundtrack in Turkish, and the show obviously seems to have a lot of fully-licensed merchandise that D.W. has collected (plush toys, CDs, VHSs/DVDs, tea set, etc.) but in, "The Last of Mary Moo-Cow," the studio where they produce the show is in Elwood City, and it appears to be just an ordinary public-access/news studio... granted, Mary Moo-Cow certainly doesn't look like an expensive show to make, but I find it alittle far-fetched that an internationally-known and loved(?) show is made in a small town that wouldn't normally have a studio lot big enough that's capable of producing mass entertainment.
Why haven't Arthur and his friends moved on to the 4th grade yet? It wouldn't change anything and they could still find a way to keep Ratburn as their teacher or something. I just don't see the point in keeping them in the 3rd grade forever.
It would probably confuse the little kids watching, God forbid. That's probably why we never see the older episodes in reruns anymore: it might throw kids in a tizzy to hear the characters with different voices, see Binky as a bully instead of one of the gang, see Francine act like a Jerkass, see Muffy as a less flanderized version of herself, among other things.
...Seriously? It's just a CARTOON thing. It's why the Peanuts kids never age. It's why Ash Ketchum is still ten years old. It's why Bart, Lisa, and Maggie are all still the ages they were when the show first began in the 1980's.
In "Just Desserts", Arthur wanted to try the amazing cake that his dad made, but it was for a wedding. So, after dinner, he left a few pieces of the cake behind for the kids to eat as a surprise… so, David just delivered that whole cake with three big pieces missing? The hell?
Wouldn't Ladonna Compson's Southern accent make her a teasing target and even bully bait?! I talk from experience; when someone from another part of the USA goes to another region (the South to the Northeast, the Northeast to the Upper and Deep South, the Midwest to Southern California, etc), their accent and vocabulary will make them stick out from everyone else; a Southern fried child in the Northeast would be teased and bullied because they're immediately considered an "outsider". (FYI, Arthur is heavily implied as being set in the Northeastern USA.)
Well, the U.S. has kind of adopted that whole Anti-Bullying campaign in the last few years, so that probably has something to do with it. And you're right though, realistically, it seems like Ladonna would get teased about her accent, especially southerns in particular always have these stereotypical stigmas put on them over the way they talk, ranging from them talking really slow (I'm actually from the south, but my best friend is Canadian, and she thinks I stretch my vowels when I talk) to basically talking like simple backwoods rednecks. I remember Billy Bob Thornton once said on a talk show that he always gets a little annoyed how southerns are always portrayed as talking like Foghorn Leghorn. Ladonna's accent is an exaggerated one anyone (though admittedly, since she's voiced by a Canadian, she pronounces certains words more like a northern would).
The whole episode "So Funny I Forgot to Laugh" really got to me and not just because of Arthur's behavior; Sue Ellen's behavior is puzzling too. Why did she get so upset with Arthur's bullying behavior when she dealt with Binky way back in the season 1 episode "Bully For Binky". Sue Ellen actually stood up to Binky and scared him into stopping his bullying ways. How come she couldn't handle Arthur this way?
It might be because Binky was a stranger (at the time) looking for a physical fight, and Sue Ellen wasn't intimidated because she didn't know his reputation and knows karate (?). But Arthur was a good friend that suddenly started being really rude to her — she wasn't expecting the insults and they hurt more coming from someone she likes.
Okay... this irks me... "D.W. the Picky Eater" is basically all about what a picky eater D.W. is, and she hated everything that wasn't peanut butter and jelly sandwiches... so, aside from setting up her, "I! HATE! SPINACH!" meltdown in the restaurant... why the hell did she order a salad in the first place when she doesn't even like any of that stuff?!
Arthur the Rich Idiot With No Day Job (Arthur Bach movie, sequel, and remake)
At the end of Arthur 2: On The Rocks, how the heck did they get approved for adoption, despite being separated without contact for a minimum of two weeks, during which Linda moved? Since it's "not about money", bribery seems an unlikely reason for things to have gone the way they did.