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Every episode of Arthur has a title card which displays the title, the name(s) of the writer and storyboard artist, and a short animation encompassed within a center circle. Season 1 originally used six different title cards, but later seasons introduced more. With the exception of early versions of Season 1 episodes, the episode title is spoken aloud by either Arthur, Buster, D.W., or a variety of other characters. (as indicated below in the parentheses next to the episode title) The title card occurs 0:40 - 2:15 minutes into the episode. After Season 1, the typeface for episode titles was modified and they have double-story lowercase "a"'s instead of single-story ones. The title names were enlarged starting with Season 10. The title cards were replaced with a scene from the episode, making them all unique, starting with Season 16 in the United States and Season 14 internationally.

In the following list, ordered by first appearance, each title card has a list of episodes that use it. The name in parentheses is the character who reads the title aloud.

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Arthur Underwater Title Card
Francine and the Gong Title Card
Buster Making Roaring Sounds Title Card
Arthur and the Umbrella Title Card
Arthur and Super D.W. Title Card
Arthur and D.W. Chase Pal and the Frog Title Card
Arthur Swimming
Gong
Buster SFX
Umbrella
Super D.W.
Pal Chasing Toady
Pal Howling Title Card
Arthur and the Stampede Title Card
Binky Bubblegum Title Card
D.W. Interrupting Arthur in the Bath Title Card
Arthur and the Gang in the Photo Title Card
Hide and Seek Title Card
Pal Howling
Race
Bubble Gum
Bathtub
Family Photo
Hide and Seek
Buster Spaceship Title Card
Buster and the Magnifying Glass Title Card
Tibbles Scare D.W. Title Card
Brain Underwater Title Card
Prunella the Fortune Teller Title Card
Hot Air Balloon Title Card
Spaceship
Magnifying Buster
Octopus Tibbles
Brain Swimming
Fortune Teller
Hot Air Balloon
Arthur and the Gang in the Egg Title Card
Arthur and the Slot Machine Title Card
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Fern Writing a Letter Title Card
Good Sport Intro
Bird Egg
Slot Machine
Fairy D.W.
Tow Truck
Fern Writing
Scenes

Arthur Swimming

Arthur's Eyes title card

The center circle is full of water. We see fish swim by, followed by Pal, followed by Arthur. He says "Hi!" to the viewers and swims away. Sonar sounds are audible in the background. The fish and the fishtails are colored with different accent colors.

This title card is usually used in episodes in which Arthur is the central character (or Pal, in early episodes). The first title card made for the series, it was the first out of the original six title cards to be made for Season 1. It was retired after Season 14 in the United States, and after Season 13 internationally.

In "Fern's Slumber Party," when Fern suggests that they should move on to the title card, she says "Maybe that swimming one," also breaking the fourth wall saying it.

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Gong

Francine's Bad Hair Day title card

In a parody of the Rank Group logo, Francine walks up and hits the center circle with a banging noise similar to a gong. This causes Arthur to yelp and begin shaking the instant he comes up.

This title card is commonly used for episodes in which Francine is the central character. This was the second title card of the original six made for Season 1. Out of all the title cards used, this one was shown the most (30 times), along with Arthur Looks for an Umbrella. This title card was used at least once per season for Seasons 1 through 14. It was the 2nd of the original title cards to be retired in the U.S (and the 3rd overall).

In Israel, this title card is incorporated into the end of the theme song animation.

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Buster SFX

Arthur's Teacher Trouble title card

Buster walks into the circle, and roars (a parody of the MGM Lion logo). After he does, Arthur walks up beside him and laughs.

This title card is commonly used for episodes in which Buster, and/or Arthur is/are the central character(s). This was the third title card of the original six made for Season 1.

This is the last of the original six to be retired (and the 3rd last one overall).

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Umbrella

Arthur's Spelling Trubble title card

Arthur does a ta-da pose, but it starts to rain. Arthur rummages through a rubber ducky, a spaghetti strainer, and a bike horn before finding an umbrella, which he promptly uses.

This title card is primarily used for episodes that involve some sort of minor (and sometimes scary) calamity and/or Arthur is the main character. This was the fourth title card of the original six made for Season 1. Out of all the title cards used, this one was shown the most (30 times) along with Gong.

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Super D.W.

D.W

Arthur is in the title's central circle when D.W., dressed like a superhero, swoops in, causing Arthur to gasp as D.W. spins him around, and says "Ta-da!" as she lands. In Season 1, Bionic Bunny can be heard saying "Peskier than a mosquito... it's Super Sister!," "Faster and more annoying than a mosquito... it's Super Sister!," "More powerful than a locomotive... it's Super Sister!," or "Faster than a speeding bullet... it's Super Sister!," but these quotations were removed after Season 1.

This is another title card commonly used when episodes focus on D.W. and/or Arthur. This title card was the fifth out of the original six to be made for Season 1. It was retired after Season 13.

This the first of the original six title cards to be retired (and the seconded overall).

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Pal Chasing Toady

D.W

D.W.'s pet toad Toady is being chased by Pal, and D.W. says "Wait! Come back!" Toady returns to D.W., who catches her.

This is one of the title cards commonly used when episodes focus on D.W. and/or Arthur, especially with one of their pets. This was the last title card to be introduced out of the six that were made for Season 1.

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Pal Howling

Pal Howls

Pal sniffs around, howls, sniffs again, and walks away, dragging his collar.

This is one of two post-Season 1 titles to have the edges of the circle vibrating similarly to the Season 1 title cards (the other one being Fairy D.W.).

Originally used for episodes dealing with losing something/someone or scary/sad situations, but later became used mostly for episodes focusing on Pal and Kate. This was first used in Season 2, and was the first title card to be made outside of the original six that were made for Season 1. It was retired after Season 14.

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Race

S07E05 Title Card

Arthur running.

Arthur starts running in a race, but Francine, Binky, Sue Ellen, and Muffy easily pass him as he runs. Arthur sees D.W. riding by on her tricycle. He hops on behind her and says "Yee-haw!" as they both ride off the screen.

This title card is used when the episode is about Arthur and his friends and/or bicycles/sports. Introduced in Season 2.

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Bubble Gum

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Binky chews some bubblegum, then begins to blow a bubble. The bubble keeps expanding until it reaches the size of the center circle and pops. The bubble is so big that when it pops, Binky finds himself stuck in strings of gum. He struggles against the strings of sticky gum.

This was usually used in episodes where Binky is the central character. This title card was introduced in Season 2 and it was used twice in the Season 2 finale for both "How the Cookie Crumbles" and "Sue Ellen's Little Sister".

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Bathtub

The Rat Who Came To Dinner Title Card

Arthur takes a bath.

D.W. walks up to the center circle, looking for Arthur and opens the shower curtain. Arthur is behind the shower curtain, taking a bath and yells "Hey!" when he notices D.W. He is angry and sinks lower into the bathtub. D.W. meekly says "Oops," when she finds out about her mistake. On some episodes, Arthur screams instead, while some other episodes have D.W. being silent. In two episodes, Arthur growls D.W.'s name when he sinks into the tub.

This title card is usually used in episodes about embarrassing situations. It was introduced in Season 2. This title card was retired after Season 14.

Episodes used

  • 216b. "D.W. Blows the Whistle" (Francine) (The shower curtain is silent. Arthur gasps, then D.W. says "Uh-oh," and Arthur calls her name.)
  • 218a. "Arthur vs. the Very Mean Crossing Guard" (Binky)
  • 305a. "The Chips are Down" (Binky) (Arthur screams and calls D.W.'s name after she said "Oops!" Note the sound was also used in the Francine Hits Gong title card beginning in Season 11.)
  • 315a. "Arthur and D.W. Clean Up" (Francine) (Arthur says "Hey!" using his 1998 voice.)
  • 405b. "The Rat Who Came to Dinner" (Francine) (Arthur screams using Michael Yarmush's voice, then D.W. screams too, using Oliver Grainger's voice, which can only be heard in the U.S.)
  • 410a. "My Music Rules" (Buster) (Arthur says "Hey!" late and D.W. doesn't say anything.)
  • 505a. "The Lousy Week" (Buster) (The shower curtain is silent.)
  • 707a. "D.W.'s Time Trouble" (Buster) (The shower curtain is silent.)
  • 810b. "Bleep" (Francine) (The shower curtain is silent and D.W. doesn't say anything.)
  • 903a. "Arthur Weighs In" (Binky) (The shower curtain is silent.)
  • 1004b. "Family Fortune" (Francine) (The shower curtain is silent and Arthur screams using Cameron Ansell's voice.) (In the U.S., a circular "10" symbol appears on the title card to indicate that the episode was part of the Crazy 10's scavenger hunt, and commemorate the 10th season and 10th anniversary of the show.)
  • 1106a. "The Making of Arthur" (Francine) (Arthur screams using Michael Yarmush's voice, and D.W. doesn't say anything.)
  • 1203b. "Bats in the Belfry" (Muffy) (Arthur screams early using Michael Yarmush's voice, and D.W. doesn't say anything.)
  • 1408a. "Arthur Unravels" (Sue Ellen) (U.S. only) (Arthur screams using Dallas Jokic's voice and D.W. doesn't say anything.)

Family Photo

NPA 19

Arthur was chosen to take the picture. To prepare for the family portrait, he fixes his hair. Mrs. Read has Baby Kate in her arms, who's napping. Then Grandpa Dave steps in. As the family checks to make sure they're ready, Pal barks. D.W. realizes they forgot Pal and takes him into the portrait. Unfortunately, Pal's barking wakes up Kate from her nap. Kate starts crying just as Arthur and takes the picture. The final result is a black-and-white portrait of Grandma Thora reaching over to help Mrs. Read with Kate, accidentally knocking Mr. Read aside, Grandpa Dave stepping aside to see how the problem was dealt with and ending up getting cut, and D.W. hiding behind a startled Pal. Arthur is the only one looking at the blue camera and smiling.

This title card was used in episodes dealing with family matters and when the Read family are central characters. It was introduced in Season 2.

Episodes used

  • 217b. "Arthur the Loser" (Francine)
  • 218b. "D.W.'s Very Bad Mood" (Francine) (when the flash goes off, a squiggle can be seen on the bottom. Kate's crying is also redubbed.)
  • 304a. "Background Blues" (Binky)
  • 307b. "Dad's Dessert Dilemma" (Binky) (when the flash goes off, stripes can be seen.)
  • 312b. "Clarissa is Cracked" (Francine) (when the flash goes off, stripes can be seen.)
  • 405a. "The Blizzard" (Buster)
  • 509b. "The Big Dig" (Buster) (when the flash goes off, stripes can be seen.)
  • 610a. "Arthur Loses His Marbles" (Muffy)
  • 708b. "Is There a Doctor in the House?" (Buster)
  • 905b. "All Worked Up" (Muffy) (when the flash goes off, the top of the background can be seen, and the camera is green.)
  • 1001. "Happy Anniversary" (Francine) (when the flash goes off, the background can still be seen, in the form of a table, with a part of the background in the middle of the flash looking like a cone.) (In the U.S., a circular "10" symbol appears on the title card to indicate that the episode was part of the Crazy 10's scavenger hunt, and commemorate the 10th season and 10th anniversary of the show.)
  • 1202b. "The Frensky Family Fiasco" (Muffy) (when the flash goes off, the sides of the background can also be seen, as well as two squiggles on the sides, to go with the black dots.)
  • 1208a. "The Blackout" (Binky) (when the flash goes off, the top of the background can also be seen, to go with the black dots.)
  • 1305a. "No Acting, Please" (Muffy) (after the flash goes off, the background gets dark, except for a section at the top right corner.)
  • 1506a. "Grandpa Dave's Memory Album" (D.W.) (U.S. only) (when the flash goes off, it looks like a rectangle inside the title card.)

Hide and Seek

Desperately Seeking Stanly Intertitle

Arthur is seen sneaking away from the central circle's view just as D.W. passes in front of it looking for him. She looks for Arthur within the circle only for him to peek at her from behind unnoticed before hiding behind again. D.W. gives up and says his name, only for her side of the circle to rotate 180 degrees to show Arthur in the central circle's view where he says "Shh!" to the audience.

This title card is usually used in episodes involving secrets and/or Arthur and D.W. It was introduced in Season 2. This title card was retired after Season 14.

Episodes used

Spaceship

Spaceship buster

The central circle is a spaceship. It flies in and lands, causing dust clouds to form, with what looks like a blue alien that has red eyes. The top half of the circle, which is transparent, opens to the right and the alien reaches for its head and twists it. It pops off, revealing a smiling Buster wearing an old-fashioned space suit and a helmet.

Usually used in episodes with lots of science fiction, futuristic themes, and/or Buster. Introduced in Season 3.

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Magnifying Buster

Bitzisbreakup

Buster is searching the sides of the center circle, then goes behind it and says "Hey!" as it magnifies his face.

Mostly used for episodes revolving around Buster. This title card was introduced in Season 3.

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Octopus Tibbles

Tibble the Octopus

D.W.'s reading a story until some octopus tentacles appear. One of them taps her on the shoulder, scaring her and causing her to scream and run away. The Tibbles then come up and laugh, revealing that they put on octopus tentacles to frighten D.W.

This was used when one or both of the Tibbles are the central character(s). Introduced in Season 3. It was retired after Season 13.

This is the first of the original title cards to be retired.

Episodes used

Brain Swimming

Brain Gets Hooked Title Card

Identical to Arthur Swimming, but Arthur is replaced by Brain, the fish are dark grey and Pal is darker. Also, unlike Arthur, Brain says "Hey!"

This title occurs when Brain is the central character. This title card was introduced in Season 3, and is most notably used during a fantasy sequence in "And Now Let's Talk to Some Kids." This title card was retired after Season 14.

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Fortune Teller

Prunella Future

Prunella performs as a fortune teller on stage during the talent show. She presents a goldfish in a bowl. Holding the bowl, she says: "And I predict that you will shortly see..." into the mic with a slight echo, and does a ta-da pose thinking her talent will happen, but unfortunately the lights flicker and go out with a zap. Only Prunella's eyes are visible.

This title card was introduced in Season 4, where it was also part of a scene in the episode "To Beat or Not to Beat," and has since been used for episodes where Prunella is the central character. It debuted in "Prunella Gets It Twice" as a sneak peek for the next episode. This was one of two pre-Season 16 title cards to show an actual image from an episode, with the other one being Fern Writing.

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Hot Air Balloon

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Hot Air Balloon

Arthur, Mr. Read, Buster, Francine and Muffy go up in a hot-air balloon, with the center circle being the balloon. Buster peeks down at the ground.

Used in episodes about groups of characters. Introduced in Season 5.

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Bird Egg

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Arthur, Buster, Brain, Muffy, and Francine work together to break the egg they're in. The top half cracks open and Buster puts it on the side. Everybody looks at the viewer except Buster, who surveys the ground. A hen's claw then appears and clucks, and Arthur and his friends notice, gasp and clear the screen. However, when the title card ends, Brain and Muffy have not yet cleared the screen.

Mostly used for episodes involving many of the characters. This title card was first used in Season 5.

Episodes used

  • 504a. "The World Record" (Francine) (the hen keeps clucking as Arthur and his friends clear the screen.)
  • 601b. "Best of the Nest" (Binky)
  • 703b. "Don't Ask Muffy" (Buster)
  • 805b. "Sue Ellen Chickens Out" (Francine)
  • 903b. "The Law of the Jungle Gym" (Muffy)
  • 1010a. "What's Cooking?" (Binky) (since Cameron Ansell played Arthur and Paul-Stuart Brown played Brain at this time, the gasping was redubbed so it sounds like everyone was actually gasping, making Buster, Francine, and Muffy's voice actors sound as they were in 2006.) (In the U.S., a circular "10" symbol appears on the title card to indicate that the episode was part of the Crazy 10's scavenger hunt, and commemorate the 10th season and 10th anniversary of the show.)
  • 1204a. "For the Birds" (Binky) (since Dallas Jokic played Arthur and Lyle O'Donohoe played Brain at this time, the gasping was redubbed again, making Buster, Francine and Muffy's voice actors sound as they were in 2008. More importantly, Muffy now screams as she clears the screen.)
  • 1210a. "The Perfect Game" (Binky) (the gasping was left redubbed, and Muffy screams as she clears the screen.)
  • 1308b. "Prunella and the Haunted Locker" (Muffy) (the gasping was left redubbed, and Muffy screams as she clears the screen.)
  • 1405a. "Tales of Grotesquely Grim Bunny" (Francine) (U.S. only) (the gasping was left redubbed, the hen's claw vibrates the ground late, and Muffy screams as she clears the screen.)
  • 1505b. "S.W.E.A.T." (D.W.) (U.S. only) (despite being the same five actors playing the five characters who crack the egg at this time, the gasping was redubbed again so the animation for Muffy looks more complete. Instead of gasping, Muffy screams when she sees the hen, then says "Oh!" as she clears the screen.)

Slot Machine

Arthur pulls down a lever and a picture of the central character appears. The only four characters seen for this title card are George, Muffy, Sue Ellen, and Brain, whom there's only one for. A slot machine sound is heard when each section of the face appears. Arthur does a ta-da pose.

This title card was introduced in Season 5. The character fully shown in the slot machine is who the episode focuses on. This title card was used twice in the half-hour episode "Do You Speak George?"/"World Girls," disregarding the difference in the character face shown.

Episodes used

Muffy

The Election Title Card


Sue Ellen

Sue Ellen Gets Her Goose Cooked Title Card


George

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Brain

S14E01a Title Card


Fairy D.W.

Dw magic

D.W. swings down, tied to the end of a rope, in a fairy costume and uses her wand to make Arthur appear. He does a ta-da pose, but D.W. turns his head into that of a frog. He croaks, and D.W. does a ta-da pose. Popping sounds are heard when she uses her wand. This is one of two post-Season 1 titles to have the edges of the circle vibrating, similar to the Season 1 title cards (the other one being Pal Howling).

Error: When D.W. makes Arthur appear, her legs turn to their normal colors for a split-second, as if she wasn't wearing her pantyhose.

This is another title card usually used for episodes focusing on D.W. herself. This was introduced in Season 5.

Episodes used

Tow Truck

Tow Truck

A tow truck tows a car with a man inside dragging along the road. Its dual ignition is broken.

This title card was used in episodes involving cars in the plot. Introduced in Season 6.

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Fern Writing

Fern Writes

Fern, with her writing lamp turned on, intently writes a letter on a desk by the window.

This title card was first introduced in Season 10, and has since been used when Fern is the focus of the episode. This is the last of the pre-Season 16 title cards to be introduced (and the last one to be retired in the U.S.)

Fern Writes a Letter was one of two pre-Season 16 title cards to show an actual image from an episode, where Fern writes her first letter in "Fern and Persimmony Glitchet." The other one was Fortune Teller.

Episodes used

Scenes

A short clip from the actual episode is featured in the circle. First used in the "The Good Sport" from Season 6, and "Buenas Noches, Vicita" from Season 11. The scene title cards became the only title card type for international airings throughout Seasons 14 and 15, while U.S. airings continued to use the classic title cards. Starting with Season 16, the classic title cards were completely retired and the scene title cards were used through the end of the series. These have also been used on remasters of Seasons 1, 2 and 3 in syndication internationally.

Good Sport Intro
Vicita going to bed.

Borders

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Some title cards from the international 16:9 widescreen print of Season 12 & 13 have a background pattern border sourrounding the title card. This is likely done to compensate for the 4:3 only title cards that couldn't be reanimated to work with the 16:9 aspect ratio.

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