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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 Binky, Buster, Francine, D.W., Muffy, Brain, George, Sue Ellen, Ladonna, Arthur, or Kate. 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, each title card has a list of episodes that use it. The name in parentheses is the character who reads the title aloud.

Arthur Underwater

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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 are colored red, green, and purple and the tails of the green fish are colored yellow.

This title card is usually used in episodes in which Arthur is the central character (or Pal, in early episodes). It is the first title card to be used in the series.

In the cold open of "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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Francine Hits a Gong

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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. It is the second title card to be used in the series.

Out of all the title cards used, this one was shown the most (30 times), tied with Arthur Looks for an Umbrella. This title card was used at least once per season for Seasons 1 through 14.

In Israel, this title card is used as the series' title card, appearing at the end of the intro.

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Buster Roars

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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). It is the third title card to be used in the series.

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Arthur Looks for an Umbrella

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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 as the main character. It is the fourth title card to be used in the series.

Out of all the title cards used, this one was shown the most (30 times), tied with Francine Hits a Gong.

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Arthur and Super Sister

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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 no longer used after Season 1.

This is a title card commonly used when episodes focus on D.W. and/or Arthur. It is the fifth title card to be used in the series.

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D.W. Chases Toady

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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. It is the sixth title card to be used in the series.

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Pal Howls

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

This is one of three post-Season 1 titles to have the edges of the circle vibrating similarly to the Season 1 title cards (the other two being Arthur Plays a Slot Machine and Fairy D.W. Turns Arthur into a Frog).

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. It is the seventh title card to be used in the series.

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Arthur and the Stampede

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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. It is the eighth title card to be used in the series.

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Binky Blows Bubblegum

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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. It is the ninth title card to be used in the series.

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D.W. Interrupts Arthur's Bath

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 is the tenth title card to be used in the series.

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  • 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., the "10" logo appears on the side of the title card, to congratulate ten seasons of Arthur.)
  • 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" (Buster) (U.S. only) (Arthur screams using Dallas Jokic's voice and D.W. doesn't say anything.)

The Family Portrait

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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. When the flash goes off, it looks like the camera has become a train, with puffs of smoke coming out. 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 is the 11th title card to be used in the series.

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 less annoying and brief.)
  • 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., the "10" logo appears on the side of the title card, to congratulate ten seasons of Arthur.)
  • 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 top of the background gets dark for a split-second.)
  • 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

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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 is the 12th title card to be used in the series.

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Buster Arrives on a Spaceship

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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.

This title card is usually used in episodes with lots of science fiction, futuristic themes, and/or when Buster is a main character. It is the 13th title card to be used in the series.

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Buster and the Giant Magnifying Glass

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

This title card is typically used for episodes revolving around Buster. It is the 14th title card to be used in the series.

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The Tibbles Scare D.W.

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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 title card was used when episodes focused on the Tibble twins. It is the 15th title card to be used in the series.

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Brain Underwater

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

This title card occurs when Brain is the central character. It is the 16th title card to be used in the series.

It is most notably used during a fantasy sequence in the episode "And Now Let's Talk to Some Kids." In this instance, Francine narrates the title of the imaginary episode, "Brain's New Puppy." The animation is cut off at the end, the water sounds completely different, Pal doesn't bark, and Brain doesn't say anything.

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Prunella Deegan, Fortune Teller

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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 is used for episodes where Prunella is the central character. It is the 17th title card to be used in the series.

This was one of two pre-Season 16 recurring title cards to show actual footage from an episode, with the other one being Fern Writes a Letter. However, the scene in this title card is actually from the episode "To Beat or Not to Beat" which debuted after "Prunella Gets It Twice."

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The Hot-Air Balloon Ride

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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.

This title card was commonly used in episodes about groups of characters. It is the 18th title card to be used in the series.

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The Gang Ruins Mother Hen's Birth

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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.

This title card is mostly used for episodes involving many of the characters. It is the 19th title card to be used in the series.

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  • 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., the "10" logo appears on the side of the title card, to congratulate ten seasons of Arthur.)
  • 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.)

Arthur Plays a Slot Machine

The circle is divided into three slot machine reels, each with one third of a character's face. Arthur pulls down a lever on the left side of the circle, and the reels spin and stop on a completed picture of the episode's central character. The only four characters seen for this title card are George, Muffy, Sue Ellen, and Brain, the last of whom only appears once. A slot machine sound is heard when each reel stops. Arthur does a Vanna White-style gesture at the completed face, and a red light travels clockwise around the circle. At the start of the animation, the left reel shows part of Muffy's face, the center reel has Buster's face, and the right reel has Francine, despite the latter two characters never being used for this title card. In some episodes, Arthur paces as he pulls the lever.

The character fully shown in the slot machine is who the episode focuses on. It is the 20th title card to be used in the series.

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.

This is one of three post-Season 1 titles to have the edges of the circle vibrating similarly to the Season 1 title cards (the other two being Pal Howls and Fairy D.W. Turns Arthur into a Frog).

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Muffy

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Sue Ellen

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George

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Brain

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Fairy D.W. Turns Arthur into a Frog

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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 three post-Season 1 titles to have the edges of the circle vibrating similarly to the Season 1 title cards (the other two being Pal Howls and Arthur Plays a Slot Machine).

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. It is the 21st title card to be used in the series.

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A Car Gets Towed

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A tow truck tows a car with a man waving inside.

This title card is used in episodes involving cars in the plot. It is the 22nd title card to be used in the series.

Out of all the recurring title cards used, this one was shown the least (3 times).

The first use of this title card in "Buster's Sweet Success" ties in with the cold open, in which Mr. Crosswire sells a man a car with no wheels. It is the same man and car in the title card.

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Fern Writes a Letter

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

This title card is used for episodes where Fern is the central character. It is the 23rd and final title card to be used in the series.

Fern Writes a Letter was one of two pre-Season 16 recurring title cards to show actual footage from an episode, with the other one being Prunella Deegan, Fortune Teller. In this case, the scene is from the episode "Fern and Persimmony Glitchet, the same episode the title card debuted in."

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Scenes

A short clip from the actual episode is featured in the circle. These title cards are only used once and are not recurring title cards.

The first use of this type of title card was for "The Good Sport" from Season 6, and "Buenas Noches, Vicita" from Season 11. After that, international airings of Season 14 and Season 15 used a unique scene title card for each episode, while U.S. airings continued to use the former recurring title cards. Beginning with Season 16, all episodes (as well as one-hour specials) used a unique scene title card.

These have also been used on remasters of Seasons 1, 2 and 3 in syndication internationally.[citation needed]

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