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Arthur - Where is the Show Going?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by D'Snowth, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. Ignatz

    Ignatz Well-Known Member

    The sock market one was probably my favourite of the episodes. I find I like the concept of the baby Kate and Pal stories often more than how they are executed, I think it's a great idea that the babies and dogs have their own world and are mostly smarter and more mature than the adults and kids on the show. What happens in Around the Worls in 11 Minutes? I don't think I've seen it.
  2. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    Is Around the World in 11 Minutes the one with that annoying talking flea (voiced by Daniel Brochu)?
  3. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    No, that would be, "Flea to Be You and Me".
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  4. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    Though I'm pretty sure that Pepe the flea makes a return appearance in "Around the World in 11 Minutes."
  5. Ignatz

    Ignatz Well-Known Member

    Oh yeah I hated that flea!
  6. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

  7. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    And people hate on Corporal Capeman.

    Poor, poor Corporal Capeman. Making a joke far before it's time.

    What am I saying? Clearly, Arthur needed some sort of hybrid between Sandy Cheeks from Spongebob and Pip from Animaniacs. I can't wait for Ladonna to drone on about Baloney and Cheeseball sandwiches.
  8. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Guess what famous children's author I attended a lecture of and met last night?

    I might as well share some highlights while they're fresh in my memory. If someone wants to relay them to the Arthur Message Board, they can.

    He's NOT kidding about writing what he knows and basing characters on friends. Strangest case, and I wouldn't believe it if I didn't hear it directly from him... Muffy IS based on a real person who's dad DID own a car dealership! And her name really was Muffy. Francine is actually based on one of his sisters, and D.W. was based on all three of his.

    He hated the Interactual Arthur toy. He told a story about how WGBH was in a partnership with Microsoft and they got a licensing deal. He called it an "elitist toy" that no parent could afford, added to a 30 dollar box to connect to the TV.

    I feel sorry for, and will no longer complain about, Postcards from Buster. He described in detail that the episode where the kids just so had lesbian parents got the show to lose it's funding (no thanks to the Bush era Department of Education jerk), and Marc had to explain to the little girl why her family wasn't allowed on TV. She was actually in attendance, but I didn't meet her.

    They're working on an 18th season, but Arthur Goes Green may be the last Arthur book. Respectfully, Marc wants to explore different kid's book venues and mediums. He worked on a book with collage as the medium.

    And the reason why it took so long to get an Arthur cartoon? He turned down a LOT of other offers because he couldn't stand the animation outlets at the time. It was PBS that he allowed make a cartoon series, and that's after a LOT of writers being screened. There were some of the bigger names in kid's television (he didn't name any), and he didn't care for any of the scripts.
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  9. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Really interesting, thanks for sharing Drtooth!
  10. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    You mean ActiMates, right? They're was something that actually came before that called TV Teddy, which is pretty much the spiritual successor to Teddy Ruxpin.

    Is it just me, or is that Kath Soucie (Phil and Lil from Rugrats) voicing him?

    I'm glad it wound up on PBS in the end. Imagine all the executive meddling it would go through on other networks.
  11. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    That is definitely Kath Soucie! It's hard not to distinguish her voice work, especially the laughs she gives her characters. I always have her voice and laugh in the back of my mind whenever I think of Julie Squirrel.
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Except Actimates were MUCH more expensive and the line was designed with clear delusions of grandeur. They were meant for bigger things that never ever came to because they were too darn expensive for such a specific task... interacting ONLY with Arthur episodes and specific games. Marc spoke about those with such disdain. Personally, I liked Hasbro's action-ish figure line, but never got any of them. Except for Camping Arthur. And they never made Bionic Bunny, which was a waste if you ask me. Not to mention how hard those were to find.

    I can only imagine that they were trying to get the series done in the 80's, and it would have ended up as a warmed over Get Along Gang knockoff. Plus, PBS gave it a LOT of longevity. A lot of shows on PBS get that sort of treatment, actually. It can be a good or bad thing, really.
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  13. mostlikemokey

    mostlikemokey Well-Known Member

    I wish they put Lydia Gordon in more episodes. And kept Uncle Fred.
  14. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Is Lydia the Wheelchair character? I dunno... I'm mixed about it. She's better than most Wheelchair characters, but at the same time she has that annoying Lola Bunny quality to her. Being an equal, yet superior to Brain, that is. Yet more episode appearances could give the character much needed development.

    Personally, I wanna see Ratburn's sister make a comeback. Maybe as a substitute for D.W.'s Kindergarten teacher.
  15. mostlikemokey

    mostlikemokey Well-Known Member

    She does need development, but I was impressed with how accurately the subject was dealt with.
    Uncle Fred was great. I could relate to his clumsiness.
    I don't think DW would have no patience with Ratburn's sis. That would be funny.
  16. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I dunno... she likes Mary Moo Cow, and it's essentially the same thing.

    What I want to see is her deal with the Tibbles. THAT'S an episode right there.
  17. mostlikemokey

    mostlikemokey Well-Known Member

    LOL. I wonder how they'll be as adults. Either criminals or geniuses. Or criminal geniuses.
  18. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    It was used in a few episodes. One that comes to mind is the cheating montage from the "No Guessing" episode.
  19. Ignatz

    Ignatz Well-Known Member

    Just watched some of the new season, has the animation changed? It apears more clunky then previous seasons and the fantasy seasons which were usually where the show expelled seem to have become more downplayed to fit into the animation.
  20. Mo Frackle

    Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    Arthur is now animated with Flash. Not particularly well, I might add. Not to hate on Flash. Some Flash shows are actually very well done (Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, for instance).

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