Arthur

Arthur vs. the Piano / The Big Blow-Up

Season 2, Ep 8, Aired 11/10/97
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  • Episode Description
  • #20801"Arthur Versus the Piano"Arthur must play a Beethoven piece on the piano in the Spring recital. He thinks it'll be a breeze and he goofs off, but then he has a nightmare about messing up the recital big time, and he begins to worry. Meanwhile, D.W. has a serious hiccuping problem! #20802"The Big Blow-Up"Francine and The Brain get into a fight over which of them is the better soccer player. Their refusal to cooperate results in their team losing a bunch of games leading up to the big playoffs. Arthur and Buster have to find a way to get them to make up.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jodie Resther

    Francine Alice Frensky

  • Arthur Holden

    Mr. Nigel Emil Ratburn

  • Michael Yarmush

    Voice of Arthur Timothy Read (1996-2001)

  • Sonja Ball

    Janet Read

  • Bruce Dinsmore

    David Read / Binky Barnes

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Francine: That Arthur. Always thinks he knows what's best. What a buttinsky!

    • Arthur: (to Buster) You spell soccer with two k's and a q?

    Notes (3)

    • The story of "Arthur vs. the Piano" inspired a song with the same name and is available on the CD, Arthur and Friends.

    • The soccer team that keeps beating Arthur's team is made up of caricatures of the character design team and some of the layout artists.

    • The song Arthur plays on the piano is "Fur Elise" by Ludwig Van Beethoven.

    Trivia (2)

    • Haney Abuse Tracker: A couple times in "The Big Blow Up." Once when Francine and Brain argue over a plate of gelatin, it is flung backwards into the air and splats onto Mr. Haney's back. Twice during the mini golf scene when after a lamp post bulb destroys a windmill leaving the blade intact and the blade chases Mr. Haney away as he cries out in fear.

    • In "Arthur Versus the Piano," it is said that Arthur's music piece ends with a D-sharp. In reality, Fur Elise ends with A-sharp, and the "wrong note" Arthur hit was an A-flat, not a D-flat.

    Allusions (1)

    • Fur Elise

      Arthur plays Beethoven's "Fur Elise" on his piano recital. This may be a reference to the c Peanuts cartoons and comic strips where Schroeder always played Beethoven pieces on the piano (he also played "Fur Elise" in A Charlie Brown Christmas).

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