Arthur

Season 3 Episode 4

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

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Aired Daily 4:00 PM Oct 12, 1998 on PBS
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Background Blues / And Now Let's Talk to Some Kids
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"Background Blues"
Written by Peter K. Hirsch
Storyboard by Robert Yap

Mr. Ratburn assigns a project that involves family ancestors. Muffy and Francine turn this project into a competition to see who has the best ancestors.

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"And Now Let's Talk To Some Kids"
Written by Joe Fallon
Storyboard by Stefanie Gignac

Arthur's class gets picked to be on a television show in which the Brain does not want to go on.moreless

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    Jodie Resther

    Jodie Resther

    Francine Alice Frensky

    Arthur Holden

    Arthur Holden

    Mr. Nigel Emil Ratburn

    Michael Yarmush

    Michael Yarmush

    Voice of Arthur Timothy Read (1996-2001)

    Sonja Ball

    Sonja Ball

    Janet Read

    Bruce Dinsmore

    Bruce Dinsmore

    David Read / Binky Barnes

    Danny Brochu

    Danny Brochu

    Buster Baxter

    Mark Camacho

    Mark Camacho

    Oliver Frensky

    Recurring Role

    Ellen David

    Ellen David

    Bitzi Baxter

    Recurring Role

    Walter Massey

    Walter Massey

    Principal Herbert Haney

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • The map on the quiz Mr. Ratburn gives the kids has the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on it! The Soviet Union broke up back in 1991, five years before the show started airing.

    • QUOTES (1)

    • 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.

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