Arthur

Background Blues / And Now Let's Talk to Some Kids

Season 3, Ep 4, Aired 10/12/98
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  • Episode Description
  • #30401"Background Blues"Written by Peter K. HirschStoryboard by Robert YapMr. Ratburn assigns a project that involves family ancestors. Muffy and Francine turn this project into a competition to see who has the best ancestors.#30402"And Now Let's Talk To Some Kids"Written by Joe FallonStoryboard by Stefanie GignacArthur's class gets picked to be on a television show in which the Brain does not want to go on.

  • 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 (1)

    • Muffy: The Crosswires are too important to be in this public library. We have our own private archives.

    Notes (3)

    • It's revealed that R4 and 3W are Arthur's great-grandkids as shown in the prologue and epilogue of "Background Blues".

    • On Mr. Ratburn's pedigree chart, his name is given as Emil. He has one sibling--his sister, Rodentia, from "Arthur's Substitute Teacher Trouble". Later episodes give Ratburn's name as Nigel.

    • This is a clever parody of Arthur's own "And Now a Word From Us Kids" interstitials. "Magic Toolbox" sounds a little like "Magic School Bus", but not enough to convince me that it's a reference.

    Trivia (1)

    • Look closely: in And Now Let's Talk To Some Kids, the map on the geography quiz Mr. Ratburn gives the kids has the Soviet Union on it! (It's in Asia, where Russia is now.) The Soviet Union broke up in 1991, five years before the show started airing.

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