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Arthur - Where is the Show Going?

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

  1. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Is there any reason why they're cutting the episode count? Is this show not cheap enough already? :confused:
     
  2. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I think at least for the next two seasons, it partly is due to the fact that in addition to only 14 half-hour episodes, we're also getting two new specials as well - one of which is a feature-length TV movie about D.W. turning five (again, so apparently "D.W.'s Perfect Wish" never happened).
     
  3. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    The new season will supposedly be premiering next month. I got this off of Wikipedia, so please take with a grain of salt.
     
  4. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    KET released the airdates sometime last month, and it's only been within the last week or two that they finally revealed episode titles. Admittedly, some of them do sound fake (one episode is simply titled "Cereal"), but KET is a reliable source.

    Supposedly, one of the new episodes may be from a Facebook contest from 2013.
     
  5. Mr Snrub

    Mr Snrub Active Member

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    No, PBS. Just no.
     
  6. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Geez, how long does it take for them to make/air an episode? :p
     
  7. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Typically over a year from what I understand, lol.

    But, generally, I don't think it was the winning entry, but apparently an idea that was submitted that was really popular, so that may be why they're using it. Greg Bailey once explained to me that if they get ideas/suggestions that sound like they have potential, they "reserve" them in an idea bag for writers to reference for B-stories and such.
     
  8. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    If this promotion image for Season 20 confirms anything, it's that the animation will remain Flash:
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    Honestly, I can't understand how and why people were so sure that the show would go back to traditional animation - in this day and age, that would make no sense.
     
  9. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Well, I hope they at least improve on the character's designs. Though, judging by the way Arthur looks in the picture I doubt it.
     
  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Hopefully, it's at least better, more fluid flash.
     
  11. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    I sure hope they can. I've seen some clips of the stuff they do, and they provide a good amount of life to things in their productions.

    With cels, of course it wouldn't make sense. But now that cels have been obsolete since the late '90s and digital inking & painting have made the process a lot cheaper, I don't see how much more expensive it would be. Methinks studios are just looking for any excuse to cut corners.
     
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'm seeing more digitally animated cartoons with frame rates so fluid that they actually blow traditional animation out of the water. I'm impressed by how Wander over Yonder Looked, and I love the movement of The Loud House. The new Danger Mouse actually has more movement in digital than it did in the original. Though to be fair the original had like 5 people working on the show. Flash/Toon Boom can be a tool to make a cartoon look great, provided you use the short cuts as tools and not rely on them for everything. Lots of various indie animations on the internet look great with the same equipment as a major television studio has. If Arthur can look at least as good as Nature Cat, I'd be happy with it.

    9 Studio is one of the motion tweeny companies. Not as bad as all those awful European preschool shows you see on qubo. Especially not as bad as Gofrette, or as I like to call it "eye poison," that makes Problem Solverz look like a poster of fluffy kittens sitting on clouds. Or even Cookie Jar's other shows that used the animation. The awful Doodlebops show no one asked for and the disappointing Hooray for Huckle. I still am surprised they didn't switch over to the same flat Flash animation they used for those shows before. But 9 Story's stuff looks nice when the artwork is flattered by that animation. Jacob Two-Two, WildKratts, Peg + Cat. That animation works with that style. But with Arthur, it looks flat and wrong. And things (ears, mostly) that never moved before now bobbed in the wind to give movement that didn't need to be there. And the opening scene of "Muffy Takes the Wheel" where Grandma Thora is playing computer games has some embarrassing animation.
     
  13. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Interesting thing about ARTHUR is that according to Greg Bailey, though the show did used to be hand-drawn and animated, it was always colored digitally (well, the animation itself, that is, we know the backgrounds and layouts were hand-painted), but it must be a chore having to work around the disjointed outlines when coloring.
     
  14. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Wow. They're clearly so out of ideas after all these years they're actually completely recycling an episode title for the upcoming season.
     
  15. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    With Arthur's sudden resurgence of popularity thanks to the internet, it's a shame they didn't do anything for the show's 20th anniversary. It would've been the perfect time, sell all the nostalgic merchandise and DVDs while the original audience is still in their 20s. Not to mention, Arthur is such a beloved and influential series, I wish they had at least released the first few seasons somewhere considering how hard it is to find those episodes.
     
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  16. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Well, we are getting this TV movie about D.W.'s fifth birthday (which again, retcons her last fifth birthday) this year, so I suppose that's something.

    But yeah, a lot of people have been asking for DVD sets of older episodes and seasons.
     
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  17. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    OMG! Buster is actually wearing ear buds in his ears!
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    *Universe explodes*
     
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  18. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    As opposed to?
     
  19. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    The characters almost never actually put the headphones in their ears, they're usually just on the sides of their heads. For example:

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    It's been a meme for a while.
     
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  20. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

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