Season 11 Episode 6

The Making of Arthur / Dancing Fools

Aired Daily 4:00 PM Sep 03, 2007 on PBS



  • Trivia

    • At the end of "Dancing Fools," George remarks to Francine that the medal they won for coming in second in the dance contest was the first thing he's ever won, but in "To Beat or Not to Beat," the other kids kept saying that George wins the school's talent contest every year.

    • Stop-motion animation (which Arthur experiments with in his video in "The Making of Arthur") is the same animation technique used in Gumby, The Adventures of Davey and Goliath, Robot Chicken and various Rankin/Bass holiday specials like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

    • The video editor Buster shows Arthur when demonstrating editing video seems to be loosely based on iMovie, a popular video editing program available for Macintosh computers.

    • The legendary explorers Lewis and Clark are referenced by Arthur in the opening teaser of "Dancing Fools" when he discusses the idea of two people sometimes being able to do things better than one. Lewis and Clark were also portrayed in a fantasy sequence in "Background Blues."

    • Francine reads the title card for "The Making of Arthur." It's the one where Arthur is taking a bath and is interrupted by D.W. Binky reads the title card for "Dancing Fools." It's the one where Arthur and his friends rise up in a balloon.

    • Postcards from You: The first postcard comes from kids at the Delano Optional School in Memphis, Tennessee. They go out looking for celebrities and their search takes them to the Peabody Hotel. The second postcard is from the Boy's and Girl's Club in Lewiston, Idaho. The village is named after the famous explorers Lewis and Clark. In the postcard, a couple of the kids dress up as Lewis and Clark and portray them chopping down wood to make canoes. They receive advice from kids dressed as Chief Twisted Hair and Sacajawea.

    • In "The Boy with His Head in the Clouds," George's last name is given as "Nordgren," but he is referred to in both "The Making of Arthur" and "Dancing Fools" as George "Lundgren."

    • Matt Damon guest stars in "The Making of Arthur" as the host of Postcards from You, a fictional TV series designed as a tie-in to the real "Postcards from You" initiative first seen on episodes of Postcards from Buster and added for this season of Arthur.

  • Quotes

    • Muffy: That dress doesn't have any sequins. What a waste!
      Binky: Hope you don't trip, Antler Boy!

    • Binky: (trying to taunt George into giving up dancing) Walking away, huh? Is that all you got? What do you call that move? The "Chicken?"

    • Francine: I didn't choose to be here, so don't get the impression I'm enjoying this.
      George: I'm only here because my Mom's friends with Mrs. Molina. I'd lose an antler to get out of it.

    • Arthur: You don't really think there's a chance we could win, do you?
      Buster: Who knows? They put Mary Moo Cow on TV. Why not you?

    • Arthur: It's my Dad making a chocolate soufflé.
      Muffy: A cooking video? Well, there's always cable. Ciao.

    • Buster: Arthur Read leaves his house with his finished one-minute video. All his hopes and dreams are in that envelope.

    • Buster: Arthur sips the last of his smoothie, trying to come up with a new idea, but his head's as empty as his glass.
      Arthur: Would you cut that out?!
      Buster: Ooh. That was good. But you moved your head out of the frame.

    • Arthur: Something I made could actually be on TV? Imagine how cool that would be.

    • Casey: Matt Damon, what drives you?
      Matt: Well, Casey, I prefer to ride my bike whenever I can. (laughs)

  • Notes

    • Peter K. Hirsch is the writer for "The Making of Arthur" and Jeremy O'Neill is the storyboard artist. Cusi Cram is the writer for "Dancing Fools" and Stephanie Gignac and Nick Vallinakis are the storyboard artists.

    • Matt Damon receives a "Special Appearance" credit. Kyle Damon receives a "Special Thanks" in the closing credits.

  • Allusions

    • The video Muffy makes, Muffy the Vampire Slayer, is a spoof of the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

    • Francine: What's the prize?
      Mrs. Molina: The Fred and Ginger Award. Ramon and I won it years ago.
      Francine and George: We'll do it!

      The "Fred and Ginger Award" is a real award given out at some dance studios, a reference to the famed, dynamic dancing duo Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, known for their work both on-stage and in films.

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