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The writers of both stories are new to the series, however, Gentry Menzel has previously written for Postcards from Buster.
Francine reads the title card for the first story. It's the one where D.W. appears as a superhero and says "tada!" Binky reads the title card for the second. It's the one where Buster searches around the title card and then looks inside it, making his face look big.
In what is likely another tribute to the tenth season, both D.W. and Nadine's spacesuits bear the number 10.
Real-Kids Segment: A group of kids learn about the different planets in the solar system, including the recently discovered 10th planet, and then they create their own imaginary planets.
Binky reads the title card for the first story. It's the one where Francine gongs it, startling Arthur. Francine reads the title card for the second. It's the one where D.W. interrupts Arthur while he's talking a bath.
Real-Kids Segment: A group of kids test how well various materials work at cleaning water by placing a coffee filter into a glass and pouring clean water through it.
In "Desert Island Dish," after Buster decides he wants ice cream to be his only food on the stranded island, the blond haired rabbit who is sitting next to Muffy has red hair and white fur. When the next scene comes, the rabbit is back to her normal blond hair and beige fur.
The closing credits of this episode include a Special Thanks to the Joslin Diabetes Center.
Real-Kids Segment: A group of kids, including one with diabetes, prepare healthy snacks. They make a fruit smoothie using frozen yogurt, strawberries and bananas. They also create apple slices wrapped in turkey.
The organ music from the "Phantom of the Store" sequence in "D.W. Gets Lost" is used in the teaser for "The Squirrels" when Arthur warns how scary the episode is going to be. It also shows up in later episodes such as Bats in the Belfry and Tales of Grotesquely Grim Bunny.
Real Kids Segment: Dean from Curious Creatures visits a class and shows them various animals, including a tarantula. The kids learn that while some animals may seem scary, they all have important purposes in nature.
Buster reads the title for the first story and the title card features him roaring like a lion. Francine reads the title for the second story. The title card is new --- it features Fern writing at her desk.
Carol Greenwald is promoted from Executive Producer to Executive-in-Charge. Stephanie Simpson is now an Executive Story Editor, along with Peter K. Hirsch.
Real-Kids Segment: The segment is changed from "And Now a Word from Us Kids" to "And Now a Word from Buster" for this episode. Buster presents the top ten reasons that were sent in for why kids like the show. In the order presented --- it's about friendship and family, Arthur has a wild imagination, Pal is a good dog who doesn't bite anyone, Buster eats a lot and reminds me of my cousin, I look like him, D.W. is my favorite because she's funnmy, he's an active kid, he teaches kids how to deal with everyday life and some of the characters are real. The top reason was he makes me laugh and cheers me up. Throughout this segment, some of the actual letters that were sent were shown. If you pause (or read quickly), you can read the full contents.
Francine reads the title card. It's the photo of Arthur's family, with an animated "10" logo indicating the show's tenth anniversary. In fact, this logo appears on all the title cards for this season. Maybe it's a reminder to look for hidden 10's as part of the Crazy 10's Scavenger Hunt.
Only one "A Word From Us Kids" segment was shown and Arthur stories were aired sometimes with and sometimes without opening and closing credits.
Those who watched till the end of the special were rewarded with a password for a new game on the official Arthur website --- The Tibbles' Super Action Challenge. The password was GRACIAS, however, the password is no longer needed to play the game.
If the tigers really were Siberian they should be white and black.
On the crates containing the "Siberian tigers," there are Chinese symbols despite the fact that Siberia is in RUSSIA!
Arthur, Buster, Brain, and James all appear shirtless at once.
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