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Re: Season 16
« Reply #150 on: May 01, 2013, 12:58:04 am »
GrebeGirl's prediction about the episode where Arthur and Buster are roommates is interesting because Arthur is known for being a messy. Prunella was a cleanie according to "Fern's Slumber Party" but a messy for "Prunella the Packrat."

Strange coincidence that happened with the characters. They can't make up their minds sometimes.

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Re: Season 16
« Reply #151 on: May 02, 2013, 04:07:03 pm »

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Re: Season 16
« Reply #152 on: May 02, 2013, 10:23:52 pm »
Another video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o23aus7nlaE

I just noticed how googly eyed the Tough Customers (and I think pretty much every other character minus glasses-wearers, Mr. Ratburn, Molly, and Slink) look this season. Reminded me of Bud Compson's power stare.

Once again, I think the animation did improve a little. I mean, after seeing that full episode clip where we saw Molly get bullied, it was actually pretty good, I almost forgot that there was even an animation change. Movements are still a little robotic, but I just took another look at "Get Smart", and that looked like it was fanmade. This newer clip didn't seem so much. I hope it just gets better as time goes on (even if it isn't the original animation).

I bet Sergeant Slink is happy to see her favorite character (I assume) this season. Speaking of Slink, the way his arm was bent when he said "Check, please!" was a little strange...it's like so many of the characters, actually, bend their arms at a 135-145-degree angle ALL THE TIME whenever their arm is supposed to stick out or something.
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Re: Season 16
« Reply #153 on: May 04, 2013, 10:40:34 am »
You bet I'm happy. I nearly squeed over the fact he actually had lines :P

I'm also surprised someone remembered me considering I haven't posted in months.
Buster: "Hey fresh dudes, mind if we chill your crib?"
Slink: "WHAT?!?"
Buster: "Me and my homefry here wanna be in your possum, I mean, posse!"
Toby: "What's he trying to say?"

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Re: Season 16
« Reply #154 on: May 04, 2013, 02:03:09 pm »
You bet I'm happy. I nearly squeed over the fact he actually had lines :P

I'm also surprised someone remembered me considering I haven't posted in months.

Yeah, that does not happen a lot. Slink is back. :D

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Re: Season 16
« Reply #155 on: May 06, 2013, 05:55:39 pm »
I was busy today and didn't get to see today's new episode, how was it?
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« Reply #156 on: May 06, 2013, 09:00:22 pm »
I watched it today, but I'd have to watch it again to determine how good the stories were. I was surprised how different Molly's hair looked when she was a little girl. You could see her eyes! I liked the different alternations of the name "Tough Customers." The parody of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was unexpected.

I was confused about the tease of "Brain's Chess Mess." What was D.W.'s motive for being nice to Arthur? We're introduced to chess genius Los Dedos. Apparently Lydia Fox was a one-time only character. She was, after all, a contest entry. I can understand why they paired up this story with "The Last Tough Customer."
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Re: Season 16
« Reply #157 on: May 06, 2013, 09:29:11 pm »
I was surprised how different Molly's hair looked when she was a little girl. You could see her eyes!
That's one thing that always confused me: we've see Molly's eyes before, so it's not like we don't know what her face looks like, yet in "Don't Ask Muffy", they treat it like it's supposed to be a really big secret what Molly looks like when we see her eyes, so I never understood that.
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« Reply #158 on: May 06, 2013, 11:11:18 pm »
I was surprised how different Molly's hair looked when she was a little girl. You could see her eyes!
That's one thing that always confused me: we've see Molly's eyes before, so it's not like we don't know what her face looks like, yet in "Don't Ask Muffy", they treat it like it's supposed to be a really big secret what Molly looks like when we see her eyes, so I never understood that.

Same here. I was like wow, so that's what she use to look like? As for her eyes they probably made a big deal out of it since her eyes are rarely seen in the show.

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Re: Season 16
« Reply #159 on: May 07, 2013, 05:14:20 pm »
Once again, I was extremely busy today and didn't get to see the new episode for the day, so, how was it?
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Re: Season 16
« Reply #160 on: May 07, 2013, 06:34:06 pm »
Both were OK, IMO. "Baseball Blues" seemed to me like a George version of "Arthur Makes the Team". George isn't very good at baseball, and even shows a bit of jealousy towards Francine at times. When Francine gets sick, he goes through several people's cell phones and discovers he has a great talent of play-by-play announcing while doing so for Francine over the phones. One of the phones George was using looked exactly like the iPhone. Only a matter of time before we saw that in the Arthur universe. :P Harry Mills, Carl, and Brain's mom make their Flash debuts, and I think Mr. Frensky as well (was he in the first half of S16 at all?). Carl looks the same, and I don't believe he had any lines. Harry I believe has a new voice and now has buck teeth. They don't look good, IMO. Brain's mother appears in both episodes, and she has reverted back to her original appearance! :o (light brown skin/fur and dark brown hair) I actually think it works better for her, though.

I don't know why "Brain's Biggest Blunder" was titled as such. Maybe to keep with the alliterative B theme? With the story being about a math competition similar to that seen in "It's a No-Brainer", but with 3-person teams, you'd think Brain would have made a fatal mistake like in said episode when he said trapezoid instead of traingle. It turns out the "blunder" was him overworking Buster through really hard tutoring. Binky tutors Buster and it works out for them. Buster solves multiplication problems by thinking of layer cakes. (12 x 3 = thought bubble of three 12-layer cakes)

The Flash seemed pretty lazily done in "Baseball". The worst thing about any Flash show, IMO, is how characters often "sway" or "bounce" when talking or changing facial expression. This effect really shows in the scene where everyone is in the ice cream shop. There were some points in "Blunder" where the Flash was barely noticeable. For me, in all the new S16 episodes I've seen, the Flash seems to keep switching between "Tolerable" and "I'm considering changing the channel". There are times where it has the old "frame-by-frame" look, usually when Arthur is seen at a side angle. He looks and talks (concerning mouth movement) exactly like he always did. Other times, it looks like something a teenager posted on Newgrounds. A great example is near the beginning of "Sue Ellen Vegges Out" (currently on YouTube) when Buster is poking Sue Ellen's food with his fork. It is also made obvious that Buster's head has only been drawn a small amount of times, because whenever he's facing front, his right ear is always bent in some odd way that I never noticed on the old animation. That really bugs me.

Also, I know the show, like many children's shows, are fond of recycling characters' gasps and such, but they need to let George's actor record some of his own. He gasped twice in "Baseball" and it was clear they were taken from other characters' VA. The second time was actually Buster's gasp (I'll compare them if "Baseball" ever shows up on YouTube), and I remember during one episode (I think "George Blows His Top"), George groaned using Michael Yarmush's old Season 1 Arthur groan!

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Re: Season 16
« Reply #161 on: May 07, 2013, 07:00:50 pm »
What surprised me was that in Brain's Biggest Blunder, is that Steve actually spoke. Shocker considering that they rarely use the fourth graders for anything other then just them being there. I was also surprised to see Carl again and was glad. At least they are using him for something instead of nothing, even though he did not speak. It's a sign that they will use Carl when needed in episodes.

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« Reply #162 on: May 07, 2013, 07:52:48 pm »
About "Baseball Blues": That was one of the episodes I thought was going to have a guest star. Well, it didn't. Do the events in this episode contradict the events in "Arthur Makes the Team"? I know that they're a Little League team, and that the name of their team is the Grebelings.

About "Brain's Biggest Blunder": This episode has elements from "Buster Makes the Grade," "It's a No-Brainer," and "D.W., Dancing Queen." I don't think I've ever seen Mrs. Powers with light skin and brown hair before. I've seen her with dark skin and brown hair, and I've seen her with light skin and blonde hair. How many times have they had a character wear another character's outfit? It was interesting seeing Buster dressed like Brain. What's also interesting is that they remembered that his name was Steve.

So far I'm disappointed that I haven't found any more D.W./Brain parallels or possible allusions to sitcoms Leave It to Beaver, Get Smart, and Full House.
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« Reply #163 on: May 08, 2013, 12:29:54 am »
About "Baseball Blues": That was one of the episodes I thought was going to have a guest star. Well, it didn't. Do the events in this episode contradict the events in "Arthur Makes the Team"? I know that they're a Little League team, and that the name of their team is the Grebelings.

About "Brain's Biggest Blunder": This episode has elements from "Buster Makes the Grade," "It's a No-Brainer," and "D.W., Dancing Queen." I don't think I've ever seen Mrs. Powers with light skin and brown hair before. I've seen her with dark skin and brown hair, and I've seen her with light skin and blonde hair. How many times have they had a character wear another character's outfit? It was interesting seeing Buster dressed like Brain. What's also interesting is that they remembered that his name was Steve.

So far I'm disappointed that I haven't found any more D.W./Brain parallels or possible allusions to sitcoms Leave It to Beaver, Get Smart, and Full House.

I'm surprised they remembered Steve's name too. Same with Amanda during the first half of Season 16.

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Re: Season 16
« Reply #164 on: May 08, 2013, 04:48:39 pm »
I finally got to see a new episode today, so here's what I thought:

On the whole, I enjoyed the entire episode, both entries at that, I liked the messages that both of them made. The animation seemed to go back and forth between being really poor (the length of character's arms changing, their hand positions when holding something looking weird), and being really fluid and believable (the battle between Kilgor and Loki was really great).

Now, as far as "Buster's Book Battle" goes, I was at first expecting a rehash of "Buster Hits the Books", but there's a lot of differences... just about the only similarity is the underlying of reading a book that you really enjoy, as opposed to just reading for the sake of reading (in this case, Buster trying to read different books to earn points, but not liking what he's read, until Bitzi gives him a co-worker's manuscript about Kilgor the cyborg detective of the 22nd century). It was interesting how only certain books were registered in the IRP system, but others weren't... now, it doesn't come as a surprise to me that an unpublished manuscript wouldn't be registered in the system, but I can see why Ratburn would be surprised at the exclusion of classics like TREASURE ISLAND. The downer ending kind of lives up to expectation, with the mediocre prizes and such, it reflects real life, where kids really can't get decent prizes for anything anymore... heck, cereals hardly have free-inside prizes anymore (last one I got was a prepaid credit card with $5 on it), and toys in Cracker Jack were looooong gone before I was born. I'm curious though, is that whole Loki whatever his name was series supposed to be a parody of anything in particular?

"On the Buster Scale" wasn't quite as good, but still enjoyable... I do like the eventual message of "agree to disagree", because it really does seem like people have come to a point in time where anymore, everybody thinks their opinion is the only opinion that matters, and if anyone else should disagree, then unnecessary debates and disputes errupt, because nobody respects anyone else's opinions. I did like how Brain eventually called Buster out on him limiting his reviewing to the same kind of movies in the same kind of genre over and over again, and always giving them a 10+ rating... I also kind of like how at first, it seems like the others are easily lead based on their different reviews, I've been thinking recently on how despite how much I love NOSTALGIA CRITIC (pre-2013) and his sarcastic and cynical sense of humor, that too many people base their own opinions on certain movies on his reviews, without even seeing the movies for themselves (because face it, nine out of ten times, he says whatever show or movie he reviews is terrible, even though I personally enjoy a number of what he's reviewed).

Oh... and people have been talking about how off-model Francine and Muffy look... I think I may have figured out another reason why that is (aside from the size and shape of their noses/mouths): I've noticed that when they're presented at a 3/4 angle, their eyes appear to be too close together, so that could probably be it.

Also, I have to ask... that Rafi guy working at the Sugar Bowl in "On the Buster Scale"... he sure does sound awfully familiar... that wasn't Michael Yarmush, was it?
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