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"D.W. and the Beastly Birthday"

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Original Airdate: United States May 29, 2017 [1][2][3][4][5][6] [7][8][9][10][11][12]
United Kingdom December 25, 2018 (part 1)[13] and December 26, 2018 (part 2)[14]
Credits
Written by: Peter K. Hirsch
Storyboard by: Gerry Capelle
Bernie Denk
Olivier Migneron
Dev Ramsaran
Cilbur Rocha
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"D.W. and the Beastly Birthday" is a one-hour[15] special that premiered on May 29, 2017 on PBS.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12]

Synopsis

"Time to put on your party hats and dancing shoes - D.W. is turning five! When her birthday doesn't go as planned, D.W. runs away to the magical island of Ukubonga. Meanwhile, Arthur has skipped her birthday party to go on a school trip to the planetarium - but instead of transporting him into outer space, it transports him 4 years into the future! This is one party you don't want to miss."[16][17]

Characters

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Minor

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Trivia

  • The plot surrounding D.W. is based on Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are,[12] one book which inspired Marc Brown to become a writer and illustrator.[18][19] The monsters on Ukubonga are designed just like the "wild things" from the book. D.W. also finds her own private sailboat, just like Max does in the book.
  • Vicita does not appear at the party.
  • The name Ruthra is based on the backward spelling of Arthur.
  • The title card for this episode is the only title card of the series without a center circle in the middle. All it has is D.W. walking by and breaking a piñata open with her crown, causing all the candy to fall out. It is also the only title card that immediately happens as soon as the theme song ends and before the special begins.
  • The llamas on Arthur's birthday card to D.W. are confused for aardvarks. This could be referencing the common real-world confusion over what animal Arthur's family is.
  • An online game based on the special, titled D.W.'s Island Bugball, was released on the Arthur page of the PBS Kids website on May 26, 2017.

Cultural references

  • Future D.W. is wearing a shirt with her name (Dora) in Japanese Katakana (ドラ).

Episode connections

  • D.W.'s fifth birthday is also celebrated in the episode "D.W.'s Perfect Wish." However, this episode is a re-imagining compared to the earlier one.
  • While at the planetarium, Mr. Ratburn receives a phone call from Mr. Haney in Tanzania. It is revealed why he is in Africa in "The Hallway Minotaur."
  • D.W. mentions how her encounter with the octopus on Ukubonga is like a nightmare she has had. This is in reference to the Season 1 episode "D.W. All Wet". She is known to be afraid of octopuses in other episodes.
  • Nine-year-old D.W. mentions her snowball, which is part of the running gag from "D.W.'s Snow Mystery" and "The Blizzard."
  • Ruthra's imaginary friend was his teddy bear. It is a reference to how Stanley, Arthur's teddy bear, was his imaginary friend in "The Friend Who Wasn't There."
  • D.W. gets Confuse the Goose as a birthday present, but she previously had it in "Arthur's Almost Boring Day."
  • Arthur time travels to the future with D.W. older, similar to how D.W. time traveled to the future and met her older self in "D.W.'s Time Trouble."

Animation errors

  • When Muk asks, "What's your name?", D.W. is briefly seen in her usual pink and white outfit, rather than her birthday dress.
  • At the end when D.W. and Arthur do the Big Beasty Boogaloo, there are two Bobblebays and no Bobbleboo.

Production notes

  • This is the first one-hour special since "Arthur - It's Only Rock 'n' Roll."
  • It is one of two hour-long specials produced as part of the Oasis Animation production deal[20] (alongside Seasons 20 and 21); the second being "Arthur and the Haunted Tree House."
  • The title and synopsis of the special were known unofficially almost a year before the actual release date, based on PBS KIDS marketing information that was posted online.[21]
  • The title was confirmed in press releases for the launch of the PBS Kids 24/7 Channel.[22] The press release also confirmed it will premiere on the channel as part of the “PBS KIDS Family Night” block (launched on April 21). The synopsis was announced (along with "Arthur and the Haunted Tree House") in an infokit for the block.[23]
  • IMDb lists this episode as "D.W. And the Beastly Birthday Party."
  • A commercial for the special and the surrounding tentpole event (a week of new episodes in the days following the premiere) was posted to the PBS Kids YouTube channel on April 29th, 2017.[1]

Home Video

D.W. and the Beastly Birthday (DVD) was released on DVD on August 14, 2018.[24][25]

Gallery

D.W. and the Beastly Birthday has a gallery at the Elwood City Art Museum.
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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 PBS KIDS (April 29, 2017). ARTHUR | Tune in to the All New Arthur Special and New Episodes All This Week | PBS KIDS. YouTube. Archived from the original on November 19, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 PBS KIDS (May 17, 2017). ARTHUR | Catch D.W. and the Beastly Birthday on Monday, May 29th! | PBS KIDS. YouTube. Archived from the original on November 19, 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Arthur (May 8, 2017). Where is D.W. going on her birthday? Look out for a 1-hour Birthday Special to start off a whole week of new episodes later this month! #WhereIsDW #BirthdayGirl #newARTHURepisodes #DWBirthdaySpecial. Facebook. Archived from the original on November 19, 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Arthur (May 18, 2017). Get your party shoes on for D.W.’s birthday! The all-new Arthur special premieres Monday, May 29th.. Facebook. Archived from the original on November 19, 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Arthur (May 25, 2017). Happy Birthday, D.W.! Ever feel like your birthday party is a letdown? Here’s a little sneak peek of the #DWBirthdaySpecial airing this Monday (5/29) on PBS KIDS! #newARTHURepisodes. Facebook. Archived from the original on November 19, 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Arthur (May 26, 2017). Walk, run, dance, or ride your way over to PBS KIDS for a week of all-new ARTHUR episodes starting MONDAY 5/29 with the 1-hour #DWBirthdaySpecial! #newARTHURepisodes #almosthere. Facebook. Archived from the original on November 19, 2020.
  7. 7.0 7.1 KUAC (May 27, 2017). Walk, run, dance, or ride your way over to PBS KIDS for a week of all-new ARTHUR episodes starting Monday 5/29 with the 1-hour #DWBirthdaySpecial! #newARTHURepisodes. Facebook. Archived from the original on November 19, 2020.
  8. 8.0 8.1 KUAC (May 24, 2017). D.W. is the birthday queen! Get excited to watch her birthday adventure in an all-new 1-hour special Monday, May 29th at 4 on KUAC TV! #newARTHURepisodes #DWBirthdaySpecial. Facebook. Archived from the original on November 19, 2020.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Detroit PBS Kids (May 29, 2017). Here’s a sneak peek of the #DWBirthdaySpecial airing TODAY on #DetroitPBSKids. Facebook. Archived from the original on November 19, 2020.
  10. 10.0 10.1 West TN PBS @WLJTDT (May 29, 2017). *Drum roll please* The #DWBirthdaySpecial airs TODAY on @PBSKIDS! Tune in and help her celebrate! #newARTHURepisodes #finallyhere #birthdayadventure. Facebook. Archived from the original on November 19, 2020.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Distefano, Christian (May 25, 2017). Ever feel like your birthday party is a letdown? Here’s a little sneak peek of the #DWBirthdaySpecial airing this Monday (5/29) on PBS KIDS ! #newARTHURepisodes #DW. Archived from the original on November 19, 2020.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Milligan, Mercedes (May 15, 2017). D.W. Finally Turns 5 in New ‘Arthur’ Special. Animation Magazine. Archived from the original on May 16, 2017.
  13. CBBC - Schedules, Tuesday 25 December 2018. BBC. Archived from the original on November 19, 2020.
  14. CBBC - Schedules, Wednesday 26 December 2018. Archived from the original on November 19, 2020.
  15. Arthur (May 19, 2017). D.W. is the birthday queen! Get excited to watch her birthday adventure in an all-new 1-hour special! #Birthday #Queen #WhereIsDW #newARTHURepisodes #DWBirthdaySpecial. Facebook. Archived from the original on November 19, 2020.
  16. Arthur: D.W. & The Beastly Birthday. WTTW. Archived from the original on November 19, 2020.
  17. D.W. and the Beastly Birthday - Arthur. PBSUtah.org. Archived from the original on November 19, 2020.
  18. Marc Brown Interview Transcript. Scholastic (2002 or 2003). Archived from the original on June 24, 2012.
  19. Sullivan, Brittany (June 11, 2018). 5 Questions with Marc Brown, children’s author, illustrator & creator of Arthur. Scholastic. Archived from the original on June 13, 2018.
  20. Wolfe, Jennifer (September 29, 2015). Oasis Animation Tapped for New Seasons of ‘Arthur’. Animation World Network. Archived from the original on October 10, 2019.
  21. PrettyCoolStairs (June 24, 2016). Possible Arthur Special Title. The Slums of Elwood.
  22. Milligan, Mercedes (January 15, 2017). 24/7 PBS KIDS Channel Launches Across US. Animation Magazine. Archived from the original on January 17, 2017.
  23. PBS KIDS 24/7 Channel & Live Stream. PBS Pressroom (2017). Archived from the original on November 2, 2017.
  24. Arthur: D.W. And The Beastly Birthday: Jacob Ursomarzo: Movies & TV. Amazon.com. Archived from the original on November 19, 2020.
  25. Arthur: D.W. and the Beastly Birthday DVD. Shop PBS. Archived from the original on August 10, 2020.



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