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A Cloudy Day
|"A Cloudy Day"|
|Number in season:||2B|
|Original Airdate:|| February 21, 2022|
May 17, 2022
|Written by:||Jonathan Greenberg|
|Storyboard by:||Tahir Rana|
"A Cloudy Day" is the second half of the second episode in the twenty-five season of Arthur.
Arthur and his friends learn that old silent films are just as much fun as the movies they are used to.
The cartoon opens with a silent film called "Silent Times," introducing Arthur and his friends as various silent film stock characters.
Muffy invites her friends to join her at the Elwood City Tech Expo, but they have trouble finding it, and it starts raining. Running into George, he explains he is going to go see Silent Times at the Gaslight Theater, after being invited by Norman in the previous episode, so they follow him into the lobby to get out of the rain. Norman invites them to all to see the film, which is a silent one from the 1920s. Muffy is reluctant because she considers silent films old, but when Norman reveals that the screening is only five cents, the rest of the group agrees and Muffy reluctantly joins them.
Norman explains that silent films had live music, which he performs on a piano. The kids watch and quickly find themselves entertained by and invested in the story as they imagine themselves in the role of the various silent film characters. After the film ends, Norman reveals that the screening is actually a double feature. The rest of the group considers going to the Tech Expo, but eventually everyone decides to keep watching.
- Arthur Read
- Alfonz (cameo)
- Binky Barnes
- Buster Baxter
- Carl Manino
- D.W. Read
- Francine Frensky
- George Lundgren
- Mr. Saperstein
- Muffy Crosswire
- Bailey (mentioned)
- Moral: It's worth giving things a try, even if they're "old."
- Timeline: The events of the previous episode are referenced by George.
- As a tribute to silent films of the 1920s, this episode includes multiple references to the era:
- Whizbang Dupree is based on Charlie Chaplin's "tramp" character.
- "Silent Times" is a nod to the Chaplin film Modern Times.
- Posters in the theater's lobby include Arthur-themed renditions of A Trip to the Moon with a recreation of the film's iconic image of a rocket in the Moon's eye, Metropolis, Harold Lloyd hanging from the clock in Safety Last!, and The Great Horse Robbery which parodies The Great Train Robbery.
- Buster plays "Buster", referencing Buster Keaton.
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