Season 4 Episode 4

The Contest / Prove It

Aired Daily 4:00 PM Sep 27, 1999 on PBS
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The Contest / Prove It
"The Contest"
Written by Ken Scarborough
Storyboard by Robert Yap

Arthur and his friends enter a contest that they have to wait 5 years to find out who wins.

"Prove It"
Written by Joe Fallon
Storyboard by Jeremy O'Neil

When D.W. makes up a fake science museum, she makes up science to go with it! Can Arthur and the Brain stop her before she convinces everyone that snakes used to have feet?moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • The "visitors" in this episode were also incredible! Sure they were green and their eyes were horizontal instead of vertical, but it was a spoof, so it wasn't supposed to be exactly correct.moreless

    I was amazed at this episode and how well the spoof on South Park was. I know other people dissagree, but this is a KIDS show. They're not supposed to know what they're ripping off.

    The animation in the South Park ripoff was very well pulled off for the normal animation they use. I watch South Park like it's religion, so whenever another show does a spoof like that, it makes me all fuzzy inside. I don't care if it's totally inacurate, I just love hearing about it.

    The "visitors" in this episode were also incredible! Sure they were green and their eyes were horizontal instead of vertical, but it was a spoof, so it wasn't supposed to be exactly correct.

    I've seen this episode when I was younger, and it was my favourite show growing up. Now that I watched it again, I think the little things in this show make it so much better.moreless
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

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • And Now, a Word From Us Kids: Viewers are shown the life of Holly Hollen, the girl who came up with the idea for "The Contest."

    • At the end of "The Contest," during the scene featuring the kids in the future, Arthur's skin is lighter than usual in one scene.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Arthur: I'm just as edible as anybody!

    • Arthur: Dad, D.W. is about to bother us.
      D.W.: I haven't done anything yet.
      Arthur: I know you. You're goinng to start saying, "What are you watching?", "What's that?", "What's happening?"
      Dad: Leave the boys alone D.W., they have to watch something for school.
      D.W: What are they watching? What's that? What's happening?

    • Francine in the "South Park" spoof: Hey! You squished Buster! >:(

    • D.W.: Why is the sky blue? Beacause dirt is already taken by brown, Grass was already taken by green, Yellow for bananas, and apples by red!
      Brain: The sky is blue because because air particles from the ocean reflect blue light!
      D.W.: Oh yeah! PROVE IT!
      Arthur: Oh yeah? Well... you prove yours!
      DW: Is grass green, are bananas yellow, are apples red, IS THE SKY BLUE!?!?
      Tommy Tibble:
      She's right AGAIN!

  • NOTES (5)

    • The idea for this episode was made up by Holly Holland. Also the 5 stories you see are stories made up by kids who entered a real life contest to give ideas for the characters' ideas on the show.

    • Arthur and Buster watch a KSPS show called "NOVA".

    • The Arthur spoof of South Park is very crude compared to South Park. When the characters walk in the Arthur thing, they don't turn to the side, and the characters in the Arthur one look like they're made from felt, rather than construction. Also, how would a lot of the little kids understand any of these shows? (namely South Park, Beavis and Butthead, and Dr. Katz)

    • The stories that Arthur, Buster, Francine, Brain, Muffy and Binky do in episode A are parodies, spoofing "South Park", "Beavis and Butthead", "Dexter's Laboratory", wrestling matches and "Dr. Katz".

    • Episode A was created by TV Guide's Create Your Own Arthur Episode Winner Holly Holland of Canadian, Oklahoma


    • The story that Arthur writes in "The Contest" is a spoof of the animated series Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist.

    • When Francine says "Hey! You squished Buster!" in the South Park parody, it is a reference to when Stan says "Oh my God, they killed Kenny!" in South Park.

    • The various characters' entries into the contest in this episode are all spoofs of other well-known animated programs --- Muffy's contest entry resembles a Beavis and Butthead episode, Brain's (appropriately) is similar to Dexter's Laboratory and Buster's resembles South Park animation. The program also spoofed itself in that that the characters on the program that sponsored the contest were spoofs of the characters on Arthur.