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"The World of Tomorrow"
Season/Series: 7
Number in season: 8a
Original Airdate: United States November 27, 2002[1]
Canada January 29, 2003[2]
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Written by: Peter Egan
Storyboard by: Robert Yap
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"The World of Tomorrow" is the first half of the eighth episode in the seventh season of Arthur.

Summary[]

Binky had been in Mr. Ratburn's class the previous year, so the sleepover at the Science Museum is boring — that is, until he finds a new exhibit about the future.

Plot[]

Arthur is woken up by D.W. blowing a whistle. She tells him to get up because it's time for school, and runs out of his bedroom. Arthur tells the viewers that D.W. does this approximately once a month, and always on a Saturday. He comments on how it's a brand new day, then asks what it would be like if it wasn't a new day, but rather, the same day forever? It could be a bad day that you are constantly stuck in, like the day the family went to see Mary Moo Cow on Ice. On that day, Arthur had wanted to go to the grand opening of the Bionic Bunny Store, but D.W. complained that their dad said she could go to Mary's Ice-cow-pades. To decide which one to go to, David flipped a coin, and D.W. ended up getting to go to what she wanted. To make matters worse for Arthur, he ended up having Baby Kate spit onto his food. The scene then gets replayed again, with Arthur losing the coin flip to D.W. He pulls his plate away from Kate, only for Pal to spit onto it. We then see Arthur in attendance at the Mary Moo Cow ice show, looking bored. He says it's a good thing bad days like this won't repeat themselves. He then gets startled by D.W. blowing her whistle at him again.

The World of Tomorrow

Mr. Ratburn tells his class that the sleepover field trip at the Science Museum is on Friday, and he asks if everyone's parents have signed their permission form. Binky is one of the few who hasn't had his form signed yet. Mr. Ratburn tells him he won't be able to go on the field trip if he doesn't bring in his form by the next day, and Binky doesn't seem to mind that consequence. He explains to Arthur that the reason he doesn't want to go is because he went on this same trip last year (having been in third grade then and being held back) and it was very boring.

Binky ends up going on the field trip, and his fears seem to be realized, as they go through the same (and boring) exhibits they did last year. This time, however, he sees an exhibit that excites him, "The World of Tomorrow", but to Binky's disappointment, it is closed.

Later, everyone is sleeping (except Binky). He gets up and sneaks inside "World of Tomorrow" when a janitor opens the door to the exhibit. Binky goes into a lunar module and presses some buttons, but nothing happens. In a frustration, he pounds his fist down and causes the door to close, trapping him inside the module. He goes to the seat and attempts to sleep. He is woken up by Thruster (who resembles Buster). Binky discovers he is in the "World of Yesterday" instead of "World of Tomorrow" and in the year March 10, 2203. He realizes he has been asleep for two hundred years, and Thruster is a robot (an "Immature Artificial Life-Form") who is on an annual trip with his class where they spend the night at the museum to recharge their batteries. Thruster had snuck away to see the "World of Yesterday" exhibit. Binky accidentally wakes up Thruster's teacher, Mr. Rocketburn, and Thruster tells Binky to run; if they're caught, Binky will be put in the landing craft forever, and Thruster might fail history. They end up also trying to avoid robot security guards, who consider Binky to be an escaped exhibit. Thruster takes Binky to the time travel exhibit, where the latter can go back in time. First, he has to be able to answer a science question. The question is "What tiny particles attract a washer to a magnet?" He has five seconds to answer, but is unable to do so before Mr. Rocketburn catches him and tells him he is going back to the exhibit forever.

Binky is woken up by Buster. It turns out he had fallen asleep in the lunar module and had a dream. He tells Buster about it, and Buster is intrigued to hear about himself being a robot. He asks if he did "cool stuff" like shooting lasers from his eyes and drinking motor oil.

When it is time to leave the museum, Binky learns the answer to what attracts washers to a magnet: the atoms. From this moment on, Binky has found a new found respect for science.

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Trivia[]

  • It is revealed that Binky was in Mr. Ratburn's class the year before. Previously, it was only understood that he was repeating third grade this year.
  • This episode takes place on March 10th, 2003 as Binky dreams that he slept for 200 years and the year in his dream is 2203.
  • This episode is a reference to what Terry said in Futurama which was "Welcome to the World of Tomorrow!".

Cultural references[]

  • In Binky's dream he sarcastically tells Thruster he is Engelbert Humperdinck, which could refer either to the classical German composer (best known for the opera "Hänsel und Gretel" or to the British singer who named himself after the composer).
  • Buster claiming he wanted to wear his robot pajamas to the sleepover, but he had to wear the cowboy ones because the robot ones are in the washing machine might be a reference to the plot of Toy Story, where a cowboy toy gets replaced by a space toy, which itself is a parody of a cultural phenomenon of the 1950s, where kids wanted to be cowboys. But with the launch of Sputnik and the subsequent space race between the US and the Soviet Union, kids wanted to grow up to be astronauts and abandoned their cowboy toys, which is explored even further in Toy Story 2.
  • Binky's dream of him ending up in the future, yet not visibly aging might be a reference to Futurama.

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Errors[]

  • In this episode, Binky hates macaroni and cheese, while in "Francine Redecorates" he says he loves it. However, he may have changed his mind, since he says it in a flashback in this episode.
  • Prunella wasn't in last year's class, despite specifically saying she had Mr. Ratburn last year in "Arthur and the Real Mr. Ratburn" (although she might have been absent). Billy and several others also were absent. The students from last year are likely filler characters, as they are never seen again in any other episodes.
  • Alex was missing in several frames.
  • When Binky tells Mr. Ratburn to go back and see The World of Tomorrow, two of his fingers go through Mr. Ratburn's left arm.

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