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Magnezonomon

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Arthur @ NY Comic Con 2013
« on: September 23, 2013, 10:29:46 pm »
Announced this morning on Facebook and Twitter, Arthur will be at the New York Comic Con 2013!

New York Comic Con Session Details:
http://nycc13.mapyourshow.com/5_0/sessions/sessiondetails.cfm?ScheduledSessionID=18A9CDC4


(below is a copy-paste of the details at the above link, for future reference in case the event's page is taken down after time)

Arthur: Aardvark for the Ages

Date: Sunday, October 13
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Location: 1A08

Speakers: Peter K. Hirsch, Carol Greenwald, David Steven Cohen, Greg Bailey, Ken Scarborough, Linda Simensky, Marc Brown

Description:
Come say "Hey! What a wonderful kind of day!" Celebrate Arthur, TV's longest running animated children's series with the Emmy-winning creative team behind the world-famous aardvark. With its 17th season debuting in November (and two more seasons in production), Arthur is second only to The Simpsons in animated longevity for any age group. Author and illustrator Marc Brown introduced Arthur in his award-winning 1976 book Arthur's Nose. Two decades and many volumes later, Brown's beloved characters were brought to animated life on PBS. Today, Arthur has over a million Facebook followers and has aired in over 80 countries worldwide. With a long list of glittering guest stars including Joan Rivers, Neil Gaiman, Matt Damon, Yo-Yo Ma and Mr. Rogers, Arthur remains a favorite among new fans and those who grew up watching it. Join Arthur creator Marc Brown, producer Carol Greenwald, director Greg Bailey, head writers Peter K. Hirsch and Ken Scarborough, and PBS Vice President of Children's Programming Linda Simensky in conversation about Arthur's evolution from page to screen, secrets of the show's ongoing and ageless appeal and why so many stars love being animated (and "animalated") into the world of Arthur and his pals in Elwood City. Q&A will follow. Panel moderated by Emmy-nominated scriptwriter and lyricist David Steven Cohen (Arthur, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Strangers With Candy, Pee-wee's Playhouse).

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Animation, Kids, TV

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Re: Arthur @ NY Comic Con 2013
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2013, 11:25:46 pm »
No! No-no-no-no-NO! This can NOT be happening! Worlds are continuing to collide!!!

First it was Sid & Marty Krofft... THEN it was the Muppets... NOW it's Arthur! Nooooooo! Civilization continues to crumble! Things like puppets, Muppets, and Arthur need to be kept as faaaaaaaaar away from creepy-peepy, freaky-deaky fan conventions as possible! Worlds are colliding!
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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2013, 10:23:33 pm »
No! No-no-no-no-NO! This can NOT be happening! Worlds are continuing to collide!!!

First it was Sid & Marty Krofft... THEN it was the Muppets... NOW it's Arthur! Nooooooo! Civilization continues to crumble! Things like puppets, Muppets, and Arthur need to be kept as faaaaaaaaar away from creepy-peepy, freaky-deaky fan conventions as possible! Worlds are colliding!

My thoughts exactly. Part of me knows that I want to go now, but the bigger part of me knows that I would never go to Comic Con.

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Re: Arthur @ NY Comic Con 2013
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2013, 10:36:31 pm »
Well this is interesting. Looks like we have Season 18 and 19 coming in. As for the Comic-Con if I was given the chance I would go. It will be interesting to see what is asked.

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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2013, 12:19:20 pm »
I think it's cool they're doing this. If I was able to be there, i'd ask them what characters they think they're the closest to in personality, and what characters they personally ship as couples.
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Re: Arthur @ NY Comic Con 2013
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2013, 04:29:07 pm »
My thoughts exactly. Part of me knows that I want to go now, but the bigger part of me knows that I would never go to Comic Con.
I know I really shouldn't say anything, because a number of different friends of mine do actually go to these different kinds of conventions (matter of fact, one friend of mine actually met Doug Walker at an anime convention), but based on the photos and video footage I've seen from people who do attend those kind of cons... it just really disturbs me...

Some people have justified that cons are usually an opportunity for people to forget about their troubles, responsibilities, and such for a short time, and just have fun... I guess I can see that, but when I see grown men and women running around dressed up and acting like different anime/manga characters, that kind of weirds me out.

Even scarier was an article I read not too long ago that cosplaying has become such a big deal in recent years that many people who do it regularly consider it a "way of life".

I will admit, there was that MuppetFest in 2002, which I didn't know about at the time, but had I known, I would have wanted to go, but other than that...
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Re: Arthur @ NY Comic Con 2013
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2013, 11:44:40 pm »
This is the big chance to be in the audience and ask  about any deep dark secrets about the making of the series. You will have  the one time only chance to get all these that  people that never hang out together in one venue and in the spotlight. There should be some fireworks. I will be there and hope to see some well posed questions in the Q&A section.

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Re: Arthur @ NY Comic Con 2013
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2013, 01:58:02 am »
Since I can't afford to travel cross-country on a school weekend, I'll just list my questions now, in case someone living in New York sees this topic.
  • According to a Press Release from 2009, Lydia is planned to be in two additional future episodes. What's the status on those?
  • Steve's design was taken from a character in the book Arthur's Teacher Trouble. How many others were like this, and which ones were freshly designed for the show?
  • What are the names of the Lakewood kids who are not in Ratburn's class?
  • Who's Dewey?
  • Are the books and the cartoon considered to be part of the same canon? If so, which takes priority in conflicting accounts?
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Re: Arthur @ NY Comic Con 2013
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2013, 03:39:54 pm »
Since I can't afford to travel cross-country on a school weekend, I'll just list my questions now, in case someone living in New York sees this topic.
  • According to a Press Release from 2009, Lydia is planned to be in two additional future episodes. What's the status on those?
  • Steve's design was taken from a character in the book Arthur's Teacher Trouble. How many others were like this, and which ones were freshly designed for the show?
  • What are the names of the Lakewood kids who are not in Ratburn's class?
  • Who's Dewey?
  • Are the books and the cartoon considered to be part of the same canon? If so, which takes priority in conflicting accounts?

You know Magne, Arthur is on Twitter. If you do have the chance you could potentially ask that question days before the event takes place, which is next Sunday.

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Re: Arthur @ NY Comic Con 2013
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2013, 04:01:45 pm »
You know Magne, Arthur is on Twitter. If you do have the chance you could potentially ask that question days before the event takes place, which is next Sunday.
I've tried asking question 3 before, but to no avail. It irks me that they confirm Maria's name, then seemingly ignore any other requests to provide the names of any other characters.

In fact, if not for Earwig providing those modelsheets here on ECC, we wouldn't have 8 or 9 names that we do now. If the other character names are ever going to be released, it will most likely be here on ECC. (Unless they give the names in an episode, which would be preferred by far ;D)

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« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2013, 10:25:30 pm »
You know Magne, Arthur is on Twitter. If you do have the chance you could potentially ask that question days before the event takes place, which is next Sunday.
I've tried asking question 3 before, but to no avail. It irks me that they confirm Maria's name, then seemingly ignore any other requests to provide the names of any other characters.

In fact, if not for Earwig providing those modelsheets here on ECC, we wouldn't have 8 or 9 names that we do now. If the other character names are ever going to be released, it will most likely be here on ECC. (Unless they give the names in an episode, which would be preferred by far ;D)

Maybe they don't have the modelsheets available at the time. We all have to wait. Besides, we can easily figure out who Sharon, Mark, Dawn, and Alex are. It's pretty simple from what I see.

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« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2013, 08:44:28 pm »
This is the big chance to be in the audience and ask  about any deep dark secrets about the making of the series. You will have  the one time only chance to get all these that  people that never hang out together in one venue and in the spotlight. There should be some fireworks. I will be there and hope to see some well posed questions in the Q&A section.
I keep telling myself that I don't want to go... but it sounds like it would be so interesting to hear.

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Re: Arthur @ NY Comic Con 2013
« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2013, 11:54:28 pm »
UPDATE: Both the Facebook and Twitter pages specifically talk about them answering questions posted to either of the two sites live at the event.

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Re: Arthur @ NY Comic Con 2013
« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2013, 08:10:42 pm »
https://www.facebook.com/PBSArthur/posts/10153330808875203

Well, these highlights really reflect what happens when you don't prepare for such an event to take place: Only one useful answer is given. The first one is actually interesting, the second is old news from December, and the third is a "what's your favorite ____" question.

  • Question: How did you choose the theme song?
    Answer: Our goal was to expose kids to real music, not just music made for kids. Reggae is a genre few kids are familiar with. But it was the perfect fit for ARTHUR. Executive Producer Carol Greenwald had the opportunity to fly down to Jamaica and record the beloved theme song with the entire Marley family. The rest is history!
  • Question: There are two kids in Mr. Ratburn’s class who remain a mystery: a female rabbit with brown hair and a gray male rabbit with a peach sweater. Who are these characters and will they ever speak?
    Answer: The female rabbit is named Maria and the male rabbit is named Alex. They’re both a bit shy. But we may hear from them in the future.
  • Question: Who is your favorite character?
    Answer: George is one of our favorites. He has faced a lot of challenges, including dyslexia. But he’s an incredibly creative and smart kid. Who doesn't love George?

Personally, I was hoping for an explanation on those two Lydia episodes.

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« Reply #14 on: October 14, 2013, 12:38:02 pm »

Answer: Our goal was to expose kids to real music, not just music made for kids. Reggae is a genre few kids are familiar with.
I hate to say it, but unfortunately, I think it's because of the stigma reggae has of being druggie music.
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