Arthur

Arthur Writes a Story / Arthur's Lost Dog

Season 1, Ep 12, Aired 11/25/96
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  • Episode Description
  • #11201"Arthur Writes a Story"Mr. Ratburn gives the class an assignment --- to write a story about anything they want. It seems like a simple assignment and it doesn't even have to be bound and sent to a publisher as Muffy suggests. Arthur, however, finds it a hard task when he starts trying to write to please everyone's tastes. He starts out with the simple story of how he got his dog Pal, but after following the advice of each of his friends, it morphs into a bizarre country tune about baby elephants being born in outer space.More Info - ECDC#11202"Arthur's Lost Dog"It's Downtown Day in Elwood City, with all sorts of fun games and activities. Arthur, D.W., their parents, Baby Kate and Pal are all out enjoying the activities when suddenly Baby Kate starts crying. The noise seems to upset Pal and he ends up with D.W., then breaks away and runs off. As Arthur and his friends chase after the apparently lost dog, Pal seems to be on a mission the entire time.More Info - ECDCmoreless

  • 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 (19)

    • Mrs. Wood: (kissing with lips) Kiss me, you fool.
      (The shot rips in two which cuts to Arthur's mouth on close-up.)
      Arthur
      : (while holding his ripped paper) I can't do it!
      Other people in the library
      : SHHHHH!
      Arthur: (screams while rips of paper is blown off from the wind of the shushing)

    • Man at the Bank: Free giveaways! Free giveaways! (A whole crowd runs up to the bank in hopes of free valuable giveaways; however, the man holds up a bunch of bank-branded pencils) Man at the Bank: Sample pencils! (The crowd boos and leaves, disappointed) Man at the Bank: What did you think? They have the name of the bank written on them. Anybody?! (voice breaks) Nobody wants a pencil!

    • Mr. Read: How did you get Kate to stop crying? Mrs. Read: I don't know. I guess we'll never know what was bothering her. Pal: (whines)

    • Arthur: Pal? He ran away from me. What did I do wrong?

    • Pal: (barks and leaps away from Muffy) Muffy: What a rude little dog.

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    Notes (7)

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Pickles the Clown. He reappears on occasion in later episodes.

    • The events of "Arthur Writes a Story" are made into a track on the original Arthur and Friends album. The proper spelling of the name of Arthur's fictional planet is Shmelafin, as seen on the text that appears on the bottom of the screen at the end of the country western music video: PLANET SHMELAFIN ARTHUR DESPERATE RECORDS

    • "Arthur Writes a Story" contains many references to as well as flashback scenes from "Arthur's Pet Business."

    • Haney Abuse Tracker: Arthur absentmindedly ties his bike lock chain around Mr. Haney's foot and then babbles about blue elephants, causing Mr. Haney to grumble about a different career path he should have taken.

    • "Arthur Writes a Story" is based in part on a book by Marc Brown. "Arthur's Lost Dog" is available as part of the Step Into Reading series under the title Arthur's Lost Puppy.

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    Trivia (3)

    • Carefully watch some of the background characters in "Arthur's Lost Dog" --- many of them are completely still!

    • In "Arthur's Lost Dog," Pal slips out of his leash and collar and escapes. As the show tracks his progress, he's shown with his collar still on! Eventually, the collar does disappear and is not seen for the rest of the story.

    • In "Arthur Writes a Story," Mr. Ratburn assigns the stories to be due Friday. Since Arthur changes his story, he doesn't have it written down. Mr. Ratburn lets him off the hook, telling him "I do expect you to write that story down and hand it in first thing tomorrow." Apparently both he and Arthur forgot that the next day is a Saturday. However, some have suggested that they are both merely metaphorically speaking of the next class.

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