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Title: Another Arthur spinoff in the works?
Post by: GrebeGirl on January 27, 2013, 01:03:41 am
According to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_DHX_Media_programs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_DHX_Media_programs), under the Cookie Jar list, it is rumored that Muffy will be getting her own spinoff sometime this year.

If this turns out to be true, then it's probably why they put 9 Story in charge of the main show's animation for the time being. What do you guys think about this?
Title: Re: Another Arthur spinoff in the works?
Post by: MCCJ on January 27, 2013, 01:05:44 am
According to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_DHX_Media_programs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_DHX_Media_programs), under the Cookie Jar list, it is rumored that Muffy will be getting her own spinoff in 2013.

If this turns out to be true, then it's probably why they put 9 Story in charge of the main show's animation for the time being. What do you guys think about this?

I have to look into this. Until I find more I will take this as a grain of salt. Since this came from Wikipedia it's usually not a reliable site, but there are those times they are actually correct.
Title: Re: Another Arthur spinoff in the works?
Post by: Snowth Woogle on January 27, 2013, 01:35:25 am
I agree, Wikipedia is not a very reliable source most of the time.

Besides, of all the characters to be given a spinoff, I honestly cannot see Muffy carrying a show by herself; she's too obnoxious of a character to star in her own show and have it be appealing, it'd be like giving Randall from Recess his own show.

I know there's been the fear that "In My Africa" is basically a poorly disguised pilot for a spinoff series focusing on D.W. and Cheik, or however you spell his name... I doubt that'll happen either, but still.

Postcards From Buster was a good attempt, it was just odd to see the second banana carry the torch, and the mix of both live action of animated segments has become an overused gimmick in most PBS shows these days. Arthur is such a true ensemble series, that it's really difficult to try to give any specific character(s) from the show their own spinoff and have it reach a level of success... like with M*A*S*H, after that series ended, they tried to do a spinoff with Colonel Potter, Klinger, and Father Mulcahy, and it failed miserably. Similarly, they tried a BUNCH of different Sanford and Son spinoffs that didn't work, one of which was basically just Sanford without Son... none of them worked.

A successful spinoff would probably be something that kind of takes place within the same universe (Elwood City, or maybe like Crowne City, or whatever), by focusing on a slightly new cast of characters that don't have much significant relevance to the Arthur cast (though they could make crossover appearances)... kind of like Green Acres was to Petticoat Junction, and even what Petticoat Junction was to The Beverly Hillbillies: each of those shows took place in the same universe, but had different casts of characters, and they even crossed over into each of the shows occasionally. If they took an interesting one-shot character from Arthur and gave that character a spinoff, it MIGHT work, but it would all depend on how well it's executed.
Title: Re: Another Arthur spinoff in the works?
Post by: MCCJ on January 27, 2013, 02:21:15 am
I agree, Wikipedia is not a very reliable source most of the time.

Besides, of all the characters to be given a spinoff, I honestly cannot see Muffy carrying a show by herself; she's too obnoxious of a character to star in her own show and have it be appealing, it'd be like giving Randall from Recess his own show.

I know there's been the fear that "In My Africa" is basically a poorly disguised pilot for a spinoff series focusing on D.W. and Cheik, or however you spell his name... I doubt that'll happen either, but still.

Postcards From Buster was a good attempt, it was just odd to see the second banana carry the torch, and the mix of both live action of animated segments has become an overused gimmick in most PBS shows these days. Arthur is such a true ensemble series, that it's really difficult to try to give any specific character(s) from the show their own spinoff and have it reach a level of success... like with M*A*S*H, after that series ended, they tried to do a spinoff with Colonel Potter, Klinger, and Father Mulcahy, and it failed miserably. Similarly, they tried a BUNCH of different Sanford and Son spinoffs that didn't work, one of which was basically just Sanford without Son... none of them worked.

A successful spinoff would probably be something that kind of takes place within the same universe (Elwood City, or maybe like Crowne City, or whatever), by focusing on a slightly new cast of characters that don't have much significant relevance to the Arthur cast (though they could make crossover appearances)... kind of like Green Acres was to Petticoat Junction, and even what Petticoat Junction was to The Beverly Hillbillies: each of those shows took place in the same universe, but had different casts of characters, and they even crossed over into each of the shows occasionally. If they took an interesting one-shot character from Arthur and gave that character a spinoff, it MIGHT work, but it would all depend on how well it's executed.

If they choose any character from Arthur to do a spinoff of IMO Alex or Maria or both are probably the best candidates for that due to the fact neither have ever been focused upon before. On top of that they are in Mr. Ratburn's class meaning they will be able to interact with Arthur and the other main characters in the class. It's like you said it depends on how it's executed is the difference between the show doing well and the show becoming a bigger flop then the movie Glitter.
Title: Re: Another Arthur spinoff in the works?
Post by: GrebeGirl on January 27, 2013, 01:34:40 pm
I also agree that anything on Wikipedia should be taken with a grain of salt, which is why I said "rumored" and "IF it's true."

And I agree with the Alex and Maria idea! They should be depicted as cousins/best friends (though I prefer the former) who live right on the edge of Elwood City limits, and who are mainly friends with the Mighty Mountain/Glenbrook/etc. kids who live near them. That would explain why they are never shown hanging out with the Arthur gang. It's genius!
Title: Re: Another Arthur spinoff in the works?
Post by: MCCJ on January 27, 2013, 02:36:32 pm
I also agree that anything on Wikipedia should be taken with a grain of salt, which is why I said "rumored" and "IF it's true."

And I agree with the Alex and Maria idea! They should be depicted as cousins/best friends (though I prefer the former) who live right on the edge of Elwood City limits, and who are mainly friends with the Mighty Mountain/Glenbrook/etc. kids who live near them. That would explain why they are never shown hanging out with the Arthur gang. It's genius!

Now your thinking what I'm thinking. :P That could be a good explanation as well as a bunch of other things that have yet to be explained. Also Jenna could potentially get involved. In my opinion I don't think enough was done with Jenna. They could also add other characters seen at Lakewood as well. It would further more backup what you say about not being seen with the gang all the time. I mean Alex and Maria are with the gang in some episodes outside of the school, but not all the time.
Title: Re: Another Arthur spinoff in the works?
Post by: Roabe on January 27, 2013, 03:13:59 pm
While I like Muffy, I can't see her getting a spinoff. She's such a central character on the show, and unlike Buster-- who regularly goes on travels and therefore a travel show with new characters makes sense-- Muffy more or less stays in Elwood City and tends to hang around the main group of Arthur characters.

If anything, I'd like to see a spinoff involving the Frenskys (with Francine being more or less an ancillary character or not appearing at all). They've introduced so many members of Francine's family over the years, I could see it working.
Title: Re: Another Arthur spinoff in the works?
Post by: Sweetclax on August 10, 2016, 08:31:55 am
I never get to experience this as well. We share common ash Aaa.