Arthur Timothy Read is the main character from Marc Brown's classic book series, Arthur, and the PBS Kids TV series based on them. He is an eight year old male aardvark who loves Bionic Bunny (a parody of Superman), hanging with his best friends, playing the piano, and reading books. Some of his dislikes include the antics of his little sister D.W. and getting homework often. Like most book characters, Arthur often learns a life lesson such as how to handle being teased, responsibly, and honesty. The animated series expanded his other interests including Dark Bunny (a parody of Batman).
Roles in Other Holiday Specials
While none of the holiday-themed Arthur books got adapted into episodes of the show, Arthur did get to have some original holiday productions.
In the New Year's episode "Arthur's New Year's Eve", Arthur originally planned on not staying awake until midnight on New Year's Eve after many failed attempts to do so, but after listening to his friends on different ideas on New Year events, he reconsidered the idea. He and his Grandma Thora (who is babysitting him, DW, and Kate while his parents are out for the evening) are shown thumb wrestling, playing a game go fish, and blowing noise makers while waiting until midnight. He falls asleep until midnight and got disappointed that he missed the start of the New Year, but Thora assured him he didn't miss a thing.
In the Father's Day episode "1001 Dads", he tries to find a new dad for Buster Baxter before the Father’s Day Picnic, but stopped after seeing how unhappy Buster was.
In the Yom Kippur episode "Is That Kosher?", he won a free pizza party from Paula's Pizzeria to be held at his house on Saturday which happens to be the same day Francine was trying to fast on Yom Kippur.
In the second and final Father's Day episode "The Butler Did It", Arthur only appeared in the opening teaser as the entire episode focused mainly on Muffy.