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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 episodes from Season 1, the title is read aloud by either Binky, Buster, Francine, D.W., Muffy, or The Brain The title card occurs 0:40 - 2:15 minutes into the episode. After Season 1, the typeface for episode titles was modified. 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

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!", but sometimes he will say something else like "Yay!" Sonar noises are audible in the background. This title card is most likely used in episodes in which Arthur is the central character. The first title card made for the series, it was retired after Season 14.

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  • In Fern's Slumber Party, when Fern suggests they should move onto the title card, she says "Maybe that swimming one." She breaks the fourth wall saying it.

Francine Hits 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 "Agh!" and begin shaking. The sound of Arthur yelping was changed in Season 11. Initially, Arthur would yelp the instant he comes up, but in later seasons he would do so after he comes up, and in some occasional cases he is silent. 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.

Episodes used

Arthur Looks for an Umbrella

Arthur's Spelling Trubble title card
Arthur does a Ta-da! pose (and in some episodes says "Yeah!" or "Hey!"), but it starts to rain. Arthur rummages through a rubber ducky, 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 calamity. 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 Francince Hits Gong.

Episodes used

Buster Makes Sounds

Arthur's Teacher Trouble title card
Buster walks into the circle and roars (a parody of the MGM Lion logo), burps, trumpets like an elephant, or another different sort of sound (such as a rooster or horse sound) for most title cards. After he does, Arthur walks up beside him and laughs. The sound of Arthur laughing was changed in Season 3, but the original sound returned in Season 12. This title card is commonly used for episodes in which Buster is the central character. This was the third title card of the original six made for Season 1.

Episodes used

Magnifying Glass

Buster is searching the sides of the centre circle, he goes behind it and it magnifies his face. He either says "Hey!" or "Ah!". Mostly used for episodes revolving around Buster. This title card was introduced in Season 3.

Episodes used

Hide-N-Seek Circle

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. D.W. gives up and shouts his name only for her side of the circle to rotate 180 degrees to show Arthur in Central Circle's view where he says, "shh!" to the audience. Mostly used for episodes about Arthur and/or D.W. This title card was introduced in Season 2. This title card was retired after Season 14.

Episodes used

Arthur Takes a Bath

Title Card

Arthur takes a bath

D.W. walks up to the centre circle, looking for Arthur and opens the shower curtain. Arthur is behind the curtain, taking a bath and screams or yells "Hey!" when he notices D.W. He is embarrassed and sinks lower into the bathtub. Sometimes D.W. may meekly say "Oops," or scream herself ("IHH!") or be silent. On at least two earlier episodes, Arthur yelled "D.W.!" after the "Oops." This title card was introduced in Season 2. This title card was retired after Season 14.

Episodes used

Hot Air Balloon

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Hot Air Balloon

Arthur, Mr. Read, Buster, Francine and Muffy go up in a hot air balloon. The centre circle being the balloon. Used in episodes about groups of characters. Introduced in Season 5.

Episode Used

Arthur Playing a Slot Machine

The Election Title Card
Arthur pulls down a lever and a picture of the center character appears. The only 4 characters seen for this title card are George, Muffy, and Sue Ellen and the 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 character face shown.

Episodes used

Brain Underwater

Brain Gets Hooked Title Card
Identical to Arthur Underwater, but Arthur is replaced by Brain, the fish are dark grey and Pal is darker. Brain says "Hey!" or occasionally says nothing. 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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Big Bird Foot

Arthur, Buster, Brain, Muffy, and Francine work together to break the egg they're in, the top half cracks open and falls to the left. A large bird claw then appears and they all gasp and clear the screen. In later seasons, Muffy yells "Aah!" Mostly used for episodes involving many of the characters. This title card was first used in Season 5.

Episodes used

Family Photo

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The Read Family is taking a photo, they're all ready until suddenly, Kate starts crying. It's too late, Arthur has taken the picture and it turns out chaotic. Used in episodes dealing with family matters or The Read Family are central characters. This title card was introduced in Season 2.

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Prunella Sees the Future

Prunella Future
Prunella is performing as a fortune teller on stage, saying: "now, I predict that you will shortly see...", at which point the lights flicker and go out with a zap and the title is read. This title card was introduced in Season 4, and has since been used for episodes where Prunella is the central character.

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(Note: This intro is also part of a scene in the episode To Beat or Not to Beat.)

Binky Blows a Bubble

Binky is chewing pink gum and blows a bubble that pops once it reaches the size of the center circle. Strings of gum hang everywhere, he struggles, but is unable to get out. Used usually in episodes with Binky as the central character. This title card was introduced in Season 2.

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D.W. Chases the Toad

D.W.'s Imaginary Friend title card
D.W.'s pet toad Toady is being chased by Pal; D.W. screams "Wait! Come back!" Toady returns to D.W. She embraces her. Sometimes D.W. will just scream, then say "Hey!" when she picks up Toady. This is one of the title cards commonly used when episodes focus on D.W. herself. This was the last title card to be introduced out of the six that were made for Season 1.

Episodes used

Arthur and Super D.W.

D.W. All Wet title card
Arthur is in the title's central circle when D.W. dressed like a super-heroine, swoops in, causing Arthur to spin, and shouts "Ta-da!" In some episodes of Season 1, Bionic Bunny can be heard saying "Faster and more annoying than a's SUPER SISTER!!", "Peskier than the mosquito! It's SUPER SISTER!!!", "More powerful than a's SUPER SISTER!! or "Faster than a speeding bullet, it's super sister!", but these quotations were removed after Season 1. On Season 3-4, D.W. occasionally becomes silent when she swoops in, as well as Season 12-13. This is another title card commonly used when episodes focus on D.W. herself. This title card was retired after Season 13.

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(Note: In D.W. the Copycat, There was an intro scene with the outfit on D.W.)

Fairy D.W.

Dw magic
D.W. swings down, tied to the end of a rope, in a fairy costume; she uses her wand to make Arthur appear and do a Ta-da! pose, and promptly turns his head into that of a frog or toad that croaks. Popping sounds are heard when she uses her wand. This is another title used for episodes focusing on D.W. herself. This was introduced in Season 5.

Episodes used

Fern Writing

Fern Writes
Fern is pictured in the central circle, sitting at a desk and writing intently. This title card was first utilized in Season 10, and has since been used when Fern is the focus of the episode.

Episodes used

Buster Arrives on Spaceship

Spaceship buster
A spaceship, the central circle, 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, starting to twist it. It pops off, revealing a smiling Buster wearing an old-fashioned space suit and helmet. Usually used in episodes with lots of science fiction, futuristic themes, and/or Buster. Introduced in Season 3.

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Arthur starts running, then the rest of the kids start running after him. Arthur jumps on the back of D.W.'s tricycle or (something he says "Yee-haw!" or "Yahoo!"). This Title Card is used when it's about Arthur and his friends. Introduced in Season 2.

Episodes used

Car Getting Towed

Tow Truck
A man is in his car while it is being towed along the road. Used in episodes involving cars in the plot. This was the last of the intertitles to be introduced, as it first appeared in Season 6.

Episodes used

Pal Howls

Pal Howls
Pal sniffs around, howls, sniffs again, and walks away. Originally used for episodes dealing with losing something/someone or scary situations, but later became used mostly for episodes focusing on Pal and Baby 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.

Episodes used

Octopus Arms

D.W. is sitting, enjoying a book until some octopus arms, coming from the centre circle, grabs her shoulder. This causes her to scream and run away (sometimes she is still screaming off camera). The Tibbles then come up from under the octopus arms, revealing that they are the ones that were responsible, they then laugh. Used when one or both of the Tibbles are the central character(s). First used in Season 3. It was retired after Season 13.

Episodes Used

Tibble the Octopus


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. While North American airings continued to use the old style title cards, the scene title cards became the only title card type for some international airings throughout seasons 14 and 15. They became the universal title card style in season 16, being used to present. These have also been used on remasters of Seasons 1, 2 and 3 in syndication,

Good Sport Intro
Vicita going to bed.

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