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Arthur - Where is the Show Going?

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

  1. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I shoulda started an ImmaArthur account:

  2. D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Is this supposed to be Binky Week or something? Seems like just about every episode they've shown this week is Binky-related somehow
  3. Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    Haven't watched Arthur in quite awhile, but I did catch "In My Africa" once. Possibly the worst episode in the entire series? I can't really safely say that, as there are quite a few I still haven't seen.

    One of my favorite 'classic' episodes is the second half of Buster's return to Elwood City ("The Ballad of Buster Baxter"). Art Garfunkel's random presence always makes me laugh! The fact that the kids acknowledge him maybe twice in the episode makes it all the funnier. In one scene at Muffy's house, Art is clearly sitting with the kids, yet they act as though he's part of the furniture. Now that I'm older, I sort of wonder what the heck Garfunkel was doing there. But hey, I never bothered to take that episode seriously, so why start now?

    Incidentally, has anybody seen "Arthur's Missing Pal"? Any thoughts on it?
  4. Hubert Well-Known Member

    I did see "ARthur's Missing Pal" when it first debuted, but I haven't since. I don't remember it extremely well, but I didn't think it was bad. I really liked to see the characters in CGI-like animation, even if the animation wasn't that great, still something different for a change.
  5. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Yeah, the one with the cheap CGI and the wrong sounding characters? Somehow, I'd be more impressed with the movie if Cinar/Cookie Jar did it with their normal animation (only with a higher budget) and gave it a limited theatrical release like Clifford's Big Movie did. Oh... and if it had a better plot and story.
  6. D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Wait a minute... wait a minute...

    Okay, it's been about three weeks since we last saw a good episode on TV, but apparently, tomorrow's episode is supposed to be a repeat, however, it sounds new to me, as I don't recall reading or hearing about it until now: Story A has to do with Bailey going missing (so?) so Buster becomes a detective again to find him; whole Story B has Muffy trying to give Fern a prize since she never wins anything.

    I think we can do without another Bailey the ascended extra episode again, but hasn't Fern won prizes before?
  7. Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    Oh, I saw that episode...yeeeeaaahhhh

    I tried two times to stay interested in part 2, but failed both times. I gave up.
  8. Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    I can't believe I missed out on so many season of Arthur. Judging by people's thoughts, I'd say that's a good thing?
  9. Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    You really aren't missing anything. Its at the point where they've done everything they can think of and basically digging under the barrel to find ideas.
  10. Hubert Well-Known Member

    That one aired fairly recently. The Bailey actually isn't half bad, though for some reason I don't remember Buster looking for him...I thought it was just money. The trophy one is pretty terrible...

    Also, has anyone seen the Buster's Carpool Catastrophe/GRandpa Dave's Memory Album? I think it was supposed to air fairly recently, yet I must've missed it.
  11. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I rewatched the old Ocean Zone episode again, and I really have to say, it was styill terrible. Very generic, any gang of kids could have been used in that story. There wasn't even the loosest understanding of characters (no one had a microcosm of a personality), and Ratburn's random appearance/explained joke version of the opening theme song gag comes off clumsy and... well... something creepy As he wasn't there before. But they managed to remember he liked tests (which is more than I can say for anyone else in the episode).

    Luckily the guy's writing got better, and he made much better episodes with deeper understanding of the characters that blends in completely with the show... but Ocean Zone's one of my least favorite episodes... right up there with the Postcards from Buster pilot, That stupid one where his mother's his secret admirer, and In My Africa.
  12. Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    Slightly OT, but a few of the Arthur background cues have popped up on youtube. I always loved these tunes, even as a kid. They're so catchy, and being able to hear them uncut is great. I sure hope more show up soon.

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  13. D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Though I don't remember ever hearing the saxophone overtone in Cue #2.
  14. D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I'm assuming PBS has fallen back into their old pattern, because they've been playing nothing but bad/poor episodes for WEEKS on in now... I'm just going to have to assume they rarely play good episodes anymore because they're older, and they probably have this mentality that "older" = "dated".
  15. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Sesame Street doesn't play anything past the past 2 years. We should consider ourselves lucky we even get Arthur episodes, sometimes from the first season occasionally.

    Really. Sesame Street is the ONLY show that doesn't show episodes older than 2 years.

    I've also sort of noticed a couple things. Whoever wrote a couple current episodes with Dark Bunny in them manages to put in very obscure references to the Dark Knight.

    Remember the episode where Buster becomes a magician, and Arthur gets the idea to humiliate him from watching the villains in an episode, and the large Joker style cat has a sidekick that talks with a very stilted speech pattern? That's the EXACT delivery the 1960's Filmation animated Batman cartoon gave their version of The Riddler.


    This one I admit is grasping at Straws... but Buster Baxter: Lounge Lizard features a Dark Bunnymobile commercial with a jingle that sounds suspiciously like the most obscure Batman song I know of...

    (the opening one).

    Heck, even in the first episode he appeared "That's a Baby Show" the concept was a thinly veiled parody of Batman TAS, including a sound-a-like version of the theme song. And the comment about how he lives in a city that's "Always night."
  16. D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Is anyone besides me a little bothered by how newer characters are looking less and less in-universe stylized, and more and more humanish? I mean take Buster's dad for example, pre-PFB he pretty much looked more or less like an adult version of Buster, but then once PFB came into play, he looked like a creepy albino man with rabbit ears protruding un-naturally from the top of his head.
  17. Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    That's probably because each season is so different from the next, I guess they don't want to confuse kids with the format and such.
  18. Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    I think they are a bit more guilty of that with guest stars. Honestly, I can't think of any "new" characters that look overly human
  19. Hubert Well-Known Member

    I do agree there. I don't really notice any that look too overly human. Though I do think that some don't look as Arthur-like as they should. Lydia Fox, for example, is someone that just doesn't seem to have the Arthur style to her.
  20. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    That's the problem exactly. Not to mention the HD digital switch, even though they inconsistently use older footage in full frame. Arthur has the luxury of not having to screw up it format too mcuh, even though the animation looks very different season to season.

    Also... I noticed something. You know that newer episode where Arthur gets upset about Dark Bunny over the DB Max Energy Drink?

    They accidentally predicted this...


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