"The Long, Dull Winter"

The Long, Dull Winter

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Season/Series: 3
Number in season: 15B
Original Airdate: January 1, 1999
Flag of Canada May 31, 1999
Written by: Joe Fallon
Storyboard by: Jeremy O'Neill
"Arthur and D.W. Clean Up"
"D.W.'s Library Card"
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"The Long, Dull Winter" is the second half of the fifteenth episode in the third season of Arthur.


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.


It's winter in Elwood City, and time seems to be going by especially slowly. Arthur and his friends feel gloomy and wonder what's wrong. Then they realize the problem: there haven't been any holidays recently. So, everyone begins trying to figure out a new holiday.

D.W. wants the holiday to be Pony Day. Grandma Thora recalls the time the Graf Zeppelin flew over Elwood City. Arthur searches on.

Buster's idea is Give Me Candy Day, where everyone gives candy to him, and then he gives the remainder of what he ate to all the little children.

Francine thinks a holiday should be about relaxing and having fun, so they should have a holiday special.

Brain's idea is Igneous Rock Day, because he thinks a holiday should be about something that lasts for all time. Binky's idea is to have 24 hours of nonstop fireworks. Muffy doesn't care what the holiday is; she just wants to sell merchandise.

Arthur says that all of their ideas are too commercial, and it's not what a holiday is all about. Afterwards, they realize there is a holiday coming up: Valentine's Day. The episode finishes with Arthur finding out that D.W.’s idea of “Pony Day” was published in the newspaper. Binky mentions to Arthur he has a whole year to think of a new holiday.







  • 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.
  • In the movie Arthur and Buster watch, the animation of the building being demolished is recycled from "D.W.'s Baby."
  • This is the last episode to feature Michael Caloz voicing D.W.
  • This is the last episode to use cel animation.
  • This is originally the last episode of the series as many cartoons at the time end at their 65th episode, but the show's popularity prevented it from ending, so the show got renewed for Season 4.

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