Heartwarming / Arthur

Animated Series

  • Molly wrote George a letter to apologize for all of bullying that she and the Tough Customers did to him in the sixteen years since his introduction. George finally caught a break.
  • Dr. Fugue tells Arthur's class to perform in the diner they're stuck at instead of the concert that they were preparing for. When they ask why, he says that they worked too hard not to hear how good they sound.
  • The entire town pulling together to make it through the blizzard. Some highlights:
    • Mr. Ratburn staying with Mr. Morris to keep the pipes from freezing. Mr. Haney stays with more reluctance, since he's starving.
    • Also Mr. Ratburn giving Francine an extension on her pioneer essay, with the proviso that she write three pages instead of one. Francine finally writes her report on how the pioneers are Not So Different from the blizzard survivors, because during tough times they had to pull together and work as a team.
    • After selfishly taking the bread, eggs, and milk, Mr. Crosswire brings it for future meals until the power comes back.
    • Despite that above event, which left Dave without any groceries, Arthur's parents invite the Crosswires for evening stew, made from the ingredients everyone else brings when the Reeds invite them, on learning they don't have power either.
    • We finally see why the snowball means so much to D.W.; she makes it on the day the power comes back and the family can play in the snow again.
  • Any moment where Arthur and D.W. act like loving siblings to each other. For all their sniping and arguing with each other, we see plenty of evidence that they genuinely care about each other.
    • In "Arthur's Spelling Trubble", although D.W. teases Arthur in the run-up to the spelling bee (when he says he has to learn 100 words, she jokes that that's 92 more words than he already knows), she is the loudest member of his rooting section during the bee itself, shouting "Yay, Arthur!" as the contestants take the stage, and whistling for him when he wins. And when Mr. Ratburn tells Arthur he knew he could do it, D.W. adds that, more importantly, now Arthur knows that as well.
    • "Arthur and the Crunch Cereal Contest", when Arthur enters D.W.'s song into a contest he wanted to win. Arthur gives D.W. full credit, and she wins.
    • A special mention should go to the intro to "What's in a Name?", in which Arthur spent the entire segment with D.W., helping with her little ritual of naming a new stuffed animal she got without complaining. He actually seemed to enjoy it.
    • For most of "Lost!", D.W.'s distress at the possibility that Arthur is gone forever comes across as her typical drama queen histrionics, but when he finally returns home, the episode's final scene makes it clear that she was truly worried about him and would miss him if he were to disappear.
      (Arthur is about to fall asleep when a bright light suddenly shines from his bedroom door)
      Arthur: Huh? What's going on? (he sees D.W. standing at the door with a flashlight, which she then turns off) D.W., what are you doing?
      D.W.: I'm making sure you're not lost. Arthur, you scared me. (climbs into bed alongside Arthur) You'd better promise never to get lost again.
      Arthur: (moving over to make room for D.W.) Okay. I won't.
      D.W.: Do you promise?...
      Arthur: I promise.
      D.W.: Cross your heart?...
      Arthur: (sleepily) Cross my heart... (he nods off; D.W. smiles, rolls over, and falls asleep)
    • The above scene doubles as Heartwarming in Hindsight since in earlier episodes D.W. claims that if Arthur were to leave she'd take his room, and was pretty angry with him and Francine for getting locked in the library and making everyone worry while they were fine, but the reality is quite different.
    • "D.W.'s Time Trouble". After spending the episode dreaming about what life would be like if she were the first born child, D.W. wakes up realizing that she prefers Arthur the way he is as he comes in to give her the toys she left in his room. D.W. then tells Arthur that she's glad he's her big brother as she gets into bed with him.
      • There's another heartwarming scene early on. During the dream, D.W. convinces her parents to take her baby version instead of Arthur. After traveling into the future and seeing her parents have decided not to have any more children, she feels sorry for Arthur, and leaves him on her parents doorstep so that he can have a family. Even in a dream, she loves him too much to be without him.
    • In "Never, Never, Never", after the Tibbles have tricked D.W. into giving them her old toys with false claims of love only to begin destroying them, she tries unsuccessfully to get them back. Arthur then enters the Tibbles' house to try his luck, and we hear sounds of a scuffle inside, until eventually Arthur emerges with a box of toys and a broken earpiece on his glasses. During the scuffle, Nadine tells D.W. that Arthur's bravery on her behalf in the face of the twin terrors shows that he really does love her. D.W. decides to repay Arthur's kindness by selling some of her toys to help raise money to fix his glasses.
    • In "Mom and Dad Have A Great Fight," after Arthur and D.W. imagine all the worst-case scenarios that could happen if their parents split up, Arthur decides that they'll go confront their parents since he believes as a family they can get through anything. Then when they beg their father not to leave, up until he says he's just going to the store to buy milk for an important dinner, their parents reassure Arthur and D.W. that just because they have a fight doesn't mean that they've fallen out of love with each other.
    • D.W. apologizes to Arthur for starting the name-calling contest in "D.W. And the Name Game" following an Opinion-Changing Dream where her name-calling melts him into a puddle and she barely saves him from going down the drain with her cow mug.
    • In "D.W. the Picky Eater" Arthur's first plan to get D.W. to want to come to the fairy tale restaurant for Grandma Thora's birthday is to show her what she'd be missing. He takes her on a bike ride to the restaurant and shows her a princess and unicorn through the window. It doesn't work, but it was a sweet first attempt since each subsequent plan uses more direct manipulation.
  • David Read: "Spanky, I'll always remember the time you got loose in my kitchen, and you didn't eat a single poppyseed. Thanks." Coming from a caterer, that's huge.
  • After everything neat that Buster has seen and done on his trip with his father, the first thing that he wants to do when he gets home is play checkers with Arthur. They pick up right where they had left off.
  • In "The Great MacGrady", Mrs. MacGrady is about to clean up a mess that D.W. accidentally made while she, Arthur and Muffy were visiting. Upon noticing that the cancer has made Mrs. MacGrady rather weak, Muffy, of all people, immediately stands up and offers to clean it up herself.
  • The episode where Arthur cuts his knee on a tin can lid while finding a wheel in the junkyard for his school project, where D.W. and Brain show genuine concern for his well-being. D.W. convinces him to tell their mother what happened, at the cost of You Are Grounded after his visit to the doctor, by reminding him of her telling on herself for climbing the tree.
  • The entire Crossover episode featuring Mister Rogers.
    • Given that it's Mister Rogers we're talking about, this is kind of a given.
  • A bit of an overlooked one in Bleep. When D.W. hears a teenage boy utter a swear word censored by the titular bleep, his mother drops a drinking glass. D.W. is curious about what the word means and is about to ask Grandma Thora, but has an imagine spot where she says the word and causes Thora to drop the glass bowl she just bought at the store.
  • The ending to "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Tibble", in which the Tibble Twins realize that they like painting more than the toy they spent the whole episode raising money to buy and sell said toy to Binky so they can have money for more painting supplies. The Cold Open even implies that they grow up to be famous artists in the future (granted, with an unconventional approach to their craft).
  • Regardless of your feelings about the tantrum, when D.W. calms down and accepts Quackers as being "kind of cute for someone who's not a kitty."
  • The relationship between Molly and her little brother James. It's obvious that she adores him and she's always willing to listen him and give advice when life seems to be going wrong for him.
  • Any time that Mr. Ratburn shows himself as a Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • When Arthur and Buster accidentally crash Ratburn's puppet show at a carnival, he remains in character as a Jack puppet and escorts them off the stage. Then he talks to them about how he's able to do so much, to be a coach, a puppeteer and a teacher.
    • Arthur after being chosen to compete in a spelling bee confesses he can't do it because he didn't study; Mr. Ratburn tells him You Are Better Than You Think You Are and says he knows Arthur can win.
    • Mr. Ratburn giving Buster an extension on his book report, giving him some general critique, and telling him he hasn't flunked.
  • After nineteen seasons of fearing and bemoaning Mr. Ratburn, Arthur and his classmates decide that they actually want him back for 4th grade.
  • Muffy's Character Development throughout the series, from a Spoiled Brat to a Spoiled Sweet. As Francine reveals at a slumber party during Truth or Dare, Muffy as a new transfer student befriended Francine, only to copy off her test and then claim she would never cheat. She also displayed an It's All About Me attitude, and Consummate Liar moments. Muffy also later reveals her insensitivity about friendship, such as trying to bribe her friends to abandon the Scare Your Pants Off petition against her parents, and being a terrible house guest at Francine's apartment. With this, it's amazing that she has any friends. As the seasons progress, however, she becomes more generous, like helping Buster study for a big test, buying Sue Ellen new diaries after her old one gets destroyed in a fire, and helping with Ms. Mac Grady when the latter is weak from chemotherapy.
  • It's short and ironic given what happens later in the episode, but the fantasy sequence of Muffy and Francine as little angels twirling around side-by-side in "Arthur and the True Francine" is insanely adorable.
  • Muffy's friendship with her butler, Bailey is actually quite sweet, especially considering how spoiled rich kids are usually depicted as treating their staff. In one episode, it's shown that she likes him enough to buy him a birthday card with a really sweet little poem in it ("Who says that good help cannot be found? Thank you so much for driving me around!"). And the feeling seems mutual, as Bailey always sticks by Muffy and helps her out when she needs it.
  • Even though David and Jane Read make the better part of their money in the service of the Crosswires, the Crosswires don't look down their noses at the Reads, and the two families enjoy a good friendship. "Arthur's Birthday" might be one of the best examples of this, and it comes early on in the series.
  • "Shelter from the Storm" - Muffy meets a new friend at the shelter where her family stays when part of their home is flooded. Muffy is telling her friend how she misses all her luxurious stuff—but then is invited to see the other girl's house. When Muffy learns her friend's home has been destroyed, she is genuinely touched and selflessly offers to let her friend's family stay with the Crosswires. Granted, the girl politely turns her down because she is going to live with her uncle, but still a very sweet moment.
  • "The Last Day" has a huge one. Arthur and Buster have spent the entire episode trying to ensure they end up in the newest teacher's class for fourth grade, because he appears to be a Cool Teacher. However, they eventually learn he is more of a Hippie Teacher with tired material. This inspires Arthur and Buster to reflect on how much Mr. Ratburn really taught them. They end up giving Mr. Ratburn the poster they worked hard on for the other teacher. Their choice is rewarded when Mr. Ratburn is not only moved, but announces he'll be moving up to fourth grade. Extra points because this also means that Binky, who was held back the year before, passed and gets to go to fourth grade with his friends.
  • It's very sweet to see Binky and DW bonding in "The Chips are Down".
    • At the end, at the ballet concert, Arthur, Francine, Buster, and the Tough Customers tell Binky he was the best part. In fact, Rattles is the first one to say it.
  • In The Pageant Pickle, Jane forces Arthur to attend D.W.'s preschool pageant. Not only is this something Arthur doesn't want to do, but the pageant is on the same day as Muffy's pool party. Muffy decides to start the party after the pageant ends so Arthur won't miss out. Very nice since Muffy is under no obligation to change what time her party starts, and it shows Character Development from "Arthur's Birthday" where she couldn't change her party date because of who she booked.
  • "April 9th" is full of many heartwarming moments to go with the Tear Jerker territory:
    • Arthur's relief when the firefighters save his dad, who suffered some smoke inhalation.
    • Dave later on comforts Arthur when the latter is scared that something will happen to his dad at an aquarium catering event. This is right after Arthur tries to fake a sore throat and beg for his dad's chicken soup so that Dave won't leave; Dave understands why Arthur is worried sick, and relates how he felt the same way when his mother, Arthur's Grandma Thora, got into a car accident when he was a child. "It's my job to worry about you, Arthur. Not the other way around."
    • Francine's dad Mr. Frensky comforts Binky about his fear of fires, since he went through a similar situation after seeing his first fire. Binky had just run away from school after having a panic attack. Mr Frensky calls Principal Haney to let him know Binky's with him and takes Binky with him on his rounds.
    • Muffy tries to help Sue Ellen, who lost her journal in the fire, by buying her several new ones. While Sue Ellen at first doesn't feel better, she does respond politely to Muffy, and later on tries writing in the personalized one.
  • Towards the end of Locked in the Library!, Arthur thinks Francine is in trouble and comes to rescue her. When he finds out she's perfectly fine, he says "Don't scare me like that!" They start to fight, with Arthur pointing out that she's conveniently forgotten the number of times she made fun of him while taking offense at his "marshmallow" comment until...
    Francine: Wait a minute! You were worried about me?
    Arthur: Of course!
  • Anything involving Muffy's friendship with her butler Bailey. In most cartoons, the rich kid would be no end of trouble for his/her servants, but Muffy is shown to be very kind to Bailey, and Bailey in turn is shown to be practically a second father to Muffy, as well as something of a confidant to her. In one episode, she even buys him a sweet birthday card (with a little poem that goes "Who says good help cannot be found?/Thank you so much for driving me around!").
  • Most of "Operation D.W." qualifies. When Arthur finds out D.W. is having surgery, he goes out of his way to be nice to her, bringing her snacks, letting her have the last coveted pizza roll, and agreeing to see a girly movie she wants to see. He also calls his little sister brave and gives her a good luck mark from his lucky pencil. Arthur and D.W. also talk amicably about the excitement and newness of her doctor's appointments (like when she learns how to say "anesthesiologist.")
  • Any of the episodes about writing a story, a poem or a graphic novel:
    • Everyone in "I'm A Poet" has so much fun writing their poems as part of The Bet that they decide to sign up for the poetry club, and listen to Jack Prelutsky recite his poems.
    • In "Arthur Writes A Story" Arthur finally manages to tell the story he meant to tell- of how all the hard work in taking care of Perky led to him getting his beloved Pal- when Mr. Ratburn hears the country music version with elephants and says he wants to hear what actually did happen.
    • Binky finally manages to recite a poem for his mother on Mother's Day after having a dream where William Carlos Williams gives him a handy book on rhymes to survive in a world where if you can't rhyme, you can't go to jail.
    • Persimonny Glitchet giving Fern solid writing advice on how to start writing, handle criticism, and avoid Her Code Name Was "Mary Sue" while rewriting. He then comes out of hiding to sign her book after recognizing her as the letter writer.
    • In "Falafelosophy" with Neil Gaiman guest-starring, there are chock-many moments. First Neil gives Sue Ellen a free copy of Literature/Coraline in graphic novel form, which is the most child-friendly Neil graphic novel as of 2016. He then appears to her as a muse in her falafels and her smoothies, encouraging her to keep writing about the battle between circles and triangles. The real Neil then shows up while Sue Ellen is getting a falafel wrap, asks to read the book, and tells her that her friends may not understand her book after they find it by the falafel truck, but they do like it.
  • In Carried Away, Pal's cousin Dr. Yowl takes Pal, Kate and Mei Lin throughout the solar system and stops at Pluto where Pal's relatives have a family reunion. Once they return home, Kate says Pluto has everything Pal wants. Pal agrees that Pluto does have everything he wants...except for Kate.
  • In "The Last Day," D.W.'s plot arc involves her preparing for kindergarten, along with Bud Compson. They try to behave like big kids, which for D.W. involves trying to take out the trash. However, the chore is too heavy for her, and the trash bag ends up spilling all over the yard. D.W. bursts out crying and reveals her stress over kindergarten to Jane, who comforts her, saying she doesn't have to know or do anything special to prepare for big school. All she has to do is be herself.
  • In "Prunella Gets It Twice", Prunella tosses aside a Polly Locket doll Francine got her for her birthday without even looking at it because she got another one from her sister that morning, seriously bumming Francine out. Being visited by The Ghost Of Presents Past, she finds out Francine worked extra chores to afford the doll, begged from her sister, and even paid extra to personalize the doll's shirt to saying "You Are Great". Feeling guilty, Prunella makes up for it in a big way by finding Francine the next day, telling her she loves the doll and showing that she put a picture of Francine inside the doll's locket-head, "where you're supposed to keep your most precious thing". She then gives Francine the other doll, which she has personalized to say "#1 Best Friend" and says that since she doesn't need two, they can play with them together now. Now that is a really sweet apology.

1981 Film

  • Linda realizing just how important Hobson is to Arthur, asking if she may kiss him on the cheek.
    Hobson: Is it important to you?
    Linda: Yes, yes it is.