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Do you like the episodes that focus on Pal and Kate, in which they can talk to each other, and other non-anthro animals?

Yes
1 (12.5%)
No
6 (75%)
Don't care
1 (12.5%)

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Author Topic: Pal and Kate Episodes: Love 'Em or Leave 'Em?  (Read 841 times)

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Re: Pal and Kate Episodes: Love 'Em or Leave 'Em?
« Reply #15 on: May 31, 2013, 10:31:11 am »
Looks like "Around the World in 11 Minutes" aired again. I think this episode was basically just a remake of Flea to Be You and Me but with the babies, so nothing original here. I guess I'm not too fond of these episodes either, considering how babyish they are...in fact, their overly infantile nature didn't really appeal to me and almost seemed like a totally different show. The places they visited weren't that many, and when they were, they're mostly places we've seen thousands of times in pop culture media, or that have been brought up in the show plenty of times (Istanbul, the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall). It's interesting, though, how in the intro, Arthur points out where the different things were made (and apparently, cheese can be exported from Canada!)

So I don't think there are too many redeeming qualities of this episode.

I've got to agree with ralfsmouse here, the Pal and Kate episodes do feel much more like Rugrats than Arthur, even if the sole reason is because they share the same concept. And while it's a cute idea, I don't think it works here, and I think the reason why is because Pal and Kate are too intellectual and perfectly spoken. The reason why it worked so well with Rugrats is because when the babies talked and played together, they still acted like babies, even if most of that came down to how often they would purposely mispronounce their words. When Kate talks to Pal, she often feels more like a child prodigy, and in my opinion, that shouldn't be.

That's a good point. I guess they think that intelligent babies are amusing? But yeah, there's that huge difference between the Arthur babies and the Rugrats.

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Re: Pal and Kate Episodes: Love 'Em or Leave 'Em?
« Reply #16 on: May 31, 2013, 10:33:21 pm »
"Around the World in 11 Minutes" reminded me of Muppet Babies, where they're always imagining they're having an adventure, and the scene switches between nursery and whatever place they're imagining. Are Rugrats episodes like that?
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Re: Pal and Kate Episodes: Love 'Em or Leave 'Em?
« Reply #17 on: June 01, 2013, 11:00:50 am »
"Around the World in 11 Minutes" reminded me of Muppet Babies, where they're always imagining they're having an adventure, and the scene switches between nursery and whatever place they're imagining. Are Rugrats episodes like that?

Yes, they are.

And while it's a cute idea, I don't think it works here, and I think the reason why is because Pal and Kate are too intellectual and perfectly spoken. The reason why it worked so well with Rugrats is because when the babies talked and played together, they still acted like babies, even if most of that came down to how often they would purposely mispronounce their words. When Kate talks to Pal, she often feels more like a child prodigy, and in my opinion, that shouldn't be.
This is exactly how I feel. Pal and Kate are much to educated to be entertaining. While sometimes the Rugrats lacked so much common knowledge that it was almost frustrating, Pal and Kate just make me roll my eyes because of how much they know.