|"The Long, Dull Winter"|
|Number in season:||15B|
|Original Airdate:|| January 1, 1999|
May 31, 1999
March 13, 2002
|Written by:||Joe Fallon|
|Storyboard by:||Jeremy O'Neill|
"Arthur and D.W. Clean Up"
"D.W.'s Library Card"
Arthur and his friends are feeling dreary, but can't put a finger on why. It eventually dawns on them that their listless feeling is a result of the fact that there have been no major holidays in quite some time, so they plan to try inventing a new one.
Arthur sits in math class and everything around him seems to happen in slow motion. He does not think he is simply bored, like when he is watching Mary Moo Cow with D.W. and Kate, so he wonders what is happening to him.
The Long, Dull Winter
Later on the playground, Buster suggests that Arthur is suffering from a distortion of the space-time-continuum. Francine suggests that Arthur is in love, though she actually wants him to leave so that she can have his place on the swings. Binky suggests eating an apple to make Arthur less cranky.
At school, Brain, Muffy and Buster confess that they have not felt like doing their favorite things lately. However, they fondly remember holiday specials on TV. That gives Arthur the idea to create a new holiday.
Arthur asks Grandma Thora about important events to commemorate as a holiday. She recounts seeing the first zeppelin reach North America, but Arthur thinks it is too boring. D.W. suggests 'Pony Day', which Arthur does not like either.
Buster suggests ‘Give Me Candy Day’, a holiday where people put on costumes and give him presents and he shares what he cannot eat with little children. Francine instead suggests ‘There's Nothing to Do Today Day’, where everybody can do whatever they want.
At the library, Brain suggests 'Igneous Rock Day', since rocks last for a long time. Binky wants a 24-hour fireworks to drown out Mr. Ratburn. Muffy wants to sell T-shirts and souvenirs for the holiday.
Arthur is exasperated and calls another meeting in the Sugar Bowl. He believes that a holiday should be more than TV specials, presents and fireworks. Just then, Francine mentions her original theory that Arthur was in love. Everyone remembers that Valentine’s Day is coming up and runs out to buy gifts. D.W. comes in and proudly shows Arthur an article about ‘Pony Day’ which her mom wrote for her and Mrs. Baxter put in the paper. Binky congratulates Arthur on making everybody forget the dry spell between New Years Day and Valentine’s Day. Arthur is disappointed that he did not think of a new holiday, but Binky reminds him that he now has the whole year. They start planning.
- Jane Read
- Prunella Deegan
- George Lundgren
- 4th Grade Male Rabbit
- James MacDonald
- Amanda Hulser
- Maria Pappas
- 3rd Grade Female Aardvark
- 3rd Grade Male Cat
- 3rd Grade Male Dog (Number 3)
- Jenna Morgan
- 3rd Grade Male Rat
- 3rd Grade Female Aardvark (Number 2)
- This was originally the last episode of the series as many animated series at the time ended at their 65th episode, but the show's popularity prevented it from ending, so the show got renewed for Season 4.
- In "The Play's the Thing", George was able to balance Binky on the see-saw, so this see-saw might have been frozen stuck, and Binky was tricking them.
- Buster is drawing a picture of Arthur at the beginning.
- This is the last episode to feature Michael Caloz voicing D.W. Oliver Grainger took over the role in Season 4.
- The episode title mirrors "The Short, Quick Summer". Both episodes have their title card read out by Binky.
- In the movie Arthur and Buster watch, the animation of the building being demolished is recycled from "D.W.'s Baby."
- A different flashback of little Thora seeing a zeppelin was shown in “Clarissa is Cracked”.
- The Kid Who Got Clothes for Christmas is parody of Charlie Brown in A Charlie Brown Christmas.
- In the movie, the stone age man throwing a bone in the air is a reference to a similar scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- The LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin, named after the inventor of zeppelins, visited New York State in October 1928 and again in August 1929.
- At the beginning in Mr. Ratburn's classroom, Prunella can be seen sitting at a desk even though she is supposed to be in fourth grade. This is the second time after "Locked in the Library!"
- This is the last episode in which Peter Alves is the post-production supervisor.
- This is the last episode in which Louise Marach is the production accountant.
- This is the last episode to use traditional cel animation. Starting with the next episode, digital ink and paint was used even though the original color pallet is still used.
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