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Arthur - Where is the Show Going?

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

  1. Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    I used to really enjoy the Arthur books. As a kid, I remember wondering why some books (The April Fools Day book, the Thanksgiving book) never made their way to TV. Anyway, Marc Brown's early Arthur drawings (back when Arthur had a giant nose) always fascinated me.
  2. D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Well, the problem with a Thanksgiving episode is that it may cause some confusion, as the show is co-produced in Canada, and Canada's Thanksgiving is not the same as American Thanksgiving.
  3. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Actually, they never made any episodes based on any of the Holiday related books. Not Valentines Day, not Christmas (they had a Christmas special, and strangely a book based off of that, but it wasn't based on the story), not Halloween (despite the fact it introduced Mrs. Tibble... but then again, just watch Fat Albert's Halloween Special of the Nelvana produced Berenstain Bears "Trick or Treat" episode... that Arthur and Berenstain Book are ripoffs of Fat Albert's plot anyway). So it's just a tradition of not having holiday themed episodes, until Francine and the Pilfered Paper and Hic or Treat.
  4. Redsonga Active Member

    I just really started to get to watch episodes on Netflix, pretty much the only place I can find it anymore.
  5. D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Oh yay, as it turns out, we're getting another good/classic episode today, it's about time.
  6. D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    The question still remains: is Ladonna Compson going to be a one-shot character (like the wheelchair girl, or George's Asperger's friend), or is she going to end up being a semi-regular fixture (like the Molinas, or Marina)?
  7. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Actually, Carl was used in 2 episodes. The second time was when Buster builds a rocket and George brings Carl along saying "If there's anyone who you'd need on a project, it's him." Out of the entire meh-ness of that episode, I really liked how they showed how the thorough knowledge and incredible attention to detail in certain subjects that comes with Asperger's comes in very very useful. Plus, it shows him socializing with others. That's a pretty uplifiting message, if you ask me.

    But Lydia Fox I could care less about. I kinda dug her at first, but the more I watch the episode, the more she turns into Lola Bunny to Brain's Bugs Bunny.

    Ladonna could very easily be a staple character or disappear for good. She could ALSO very well become the show's new Scrappy. And they have that with Binky's annoying brat sister, Mei Lin. She's fine as a baby, but when they do one of those lame talking Kate and Pal episodes, she's completely insufferable.

    And hopefully Cheik never returns either.
  8. Hubert Well-Known Member

    I am thinking that Ladonna will turn out a bit like Carl...who, as Drtooth said, has appeared once after his initial appearance and maybe more later on, yet not to the extent of the intitial appearance. Like, I think she will be used again later as maybe a minor character, yet no where near the extent of the Molinas or Marina.
  9. D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I also have to wonder too, if she's supposed to be from Louisiana, can we expect her to have a highly exaggerated and un-realistic-sounding southern accent? Well, probably not too highly exaggerated or un-realistic... it seems like when actors fake a southern accent, they sound more like Cajuns than they do an actual southern from, say, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, or the Carolinas, and I know Louisiana is big Cajun region, so yeah.
  10. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The show is voiced in Canada. Think about it. Or should I say think abooot it.
  11. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Preview of the new animation...



    It's not quite as bad as I thought, but it looks like Jacob Two-Two. It just doesn't fit.
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  12. Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    I hate to be harsh, but Ladonna's voice is already getting on my nerves.

    And I agree, the animation doesn't quite seem to fit. It looks more like something you'd see on PBS's website. And man, the characters sure are stiff.
  13. D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    You can tell it's Flash... I mean granted, it LOOKS pretty good for Flash animation (I'm wondering how they managed to pull off coloring those characters when the outlines don't even fully connect), but the characters' overall expressions and body movements are too stiff and robotic... Buster's reaction to Muffy dropping a snowball down his back? Yeah, that looked really unconvincing.
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  14. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    There are far better Flash animated shows out there...

    Look at The Mr. Men Show.



    That's incredibly fluid stuff right there. I wish they got Renegade Studios instead of 9 Story.

    Heck, that thing about Ponies has some straight up fluid Flash animation. Even the first Flash cartoon, Mucha Lucha had more fluidity than this. But it's not terrible. Just... I think PBS gave them the squeeze job do to lack of funding. If they had Arthur Merchandising that went back into the TV show, they could have kept the overseas outsourced stuff a little longer.

    Sigh... Really. It's been on 16 years, and there's no merchandising anymore except for Gluten free baked good mixes and Annies Macaroni and Cheese (which is actually VERY good. Much better than Kraft's stuff).
  15. D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Actually, you know what this is starting to remind me of? Those 32-bit computer story books from the early 90s (before the TV show)... remember those? I remember in Grade 2 or so, we had "Arthur's Teacher Trouble".
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  16. Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    The facial expressions! My eyes! They Burn! >_<

    I'm sorry, but I am going to have to disagree with everyone and say that animation has to be some of the worst flash animation I have ever seen on a tv show.
  17. D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Wait a minute...

    Is Arthur in wide screen now? Gee, can't they leave ANYTHING alone? Even Martin Scorsese is saying enough with all this digital filmmaking and stuff.
  18. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Yeah. They use TOO many motion tweens... but I've seen worse. Shows where they don't have head turns at all, even more motion tweens. The worst would be Doodlebops Roadshow. From the clips I've seen, it looks like a high school kid's art school project when he was just learning the program. They were even stiffer than THIS, if you can believe it.

    I still think it's sad that the first Flash Animated cartoon series (Mucha Lucha) looks more modern than this does. Why can't anyone take cues from Fosters Home or The Mr. Men show? It's a tool to animate, just stop using too many short cuts.

    Yeah? It was supposed to be two or three seasons ago. It aired in wideframe everywhere else in the world, while we had it cropped.
  19. Mo Frackle Well-Known Member

    I see they brought back some of the old unnamed Tough Customers. But Slink seems to have vanished.
  20. Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    I noticed that. Wasn't gonna say anything since people already know how I feel about Slink never being on the show...but since you brought it up...

    AAARRRGGGHH!!! Bring back Slink already! :mad:

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