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Arthur => Episodes => Topic started by: Snowth Woogle on September 26, 2012, 04:41:43 pm

Title: Sue Ellen Chickens Out
Post by: Snowth Woogle on September 26, 2012, 04:41:43 pm
I was watching "Sue Ellen Chickens Out" today, and while I like it, it's a somewhat depressing episode, because of how unrealistic it is.

Well, not totally unrealistic, but the outcome of the episode paints a rather broad picture of progress... in the real world, I don't believe Mr. Meneno (sp?) would have been able to change his mind on selling the Sugar Bowl or not... I don't believe he even would have had a choice in the matter anyway, unless he alone owns the Sugar Bowl and the building itself, but other than that, unfortunately, the Sugar Bowl would have closed anyway, and the new Chickin-Lickin would have taken over.

Again, it paints a broad picture, and is one of the few occasions (at the time anyway) where a situation was somewhat sugar-coated within the Arthur universe, plus, I'm not sure what kind of message kids are supposed to take from the episode... that they should stage protests over something they don't like? That there's always a chance your favorite establishments might not sell out after all? I'm just not sure what they're trying to get across.
Title: Re: Sue Ellen Chickens Out
Post by: Muppetfan on September 26, 2012, 06:09:46 pm
I believe it is spelled Manino. And Mr. Manino is the sole owner and founder of the Sugar Bowl, so he would have a choice in the matter.

I think that the message to get across is to stand up for things you believe in.
Title: Re: Sue Ellen Chickens Out
Post by: Sergeant Slink on September 26, 2012, 06:11:22 pm
I actually thought it was supposed to be another "Don't eat fast food, it's bad for you" type episode. But I'm glad I'm not the only one confused by the message it was trying to get out :/
Title: Re: Sue Ellen Chickens Out
Post by: Snowth Woogle on September 26, 2012, 06:55:17 pm
I actually thought it was supposed to be another "Don't eat fast food, it's bad for you" type episode. But I'm glad I'm not the only one confused by the message it was trying to get out :/
Funnily enough, I never picked up on that vibe in all the times I watched this episode... of course, then again, I think this was a little before the world of children's educational entertainment became obsessed with health food.

One thing I DO love from this episode on the other hand are the two flashbacks of Thora bringing Arthur and D.W. to the Sugar Bowl for the first time: both of them get a big ice cream cone, and both end up dropping their ice cream to the floor and cry, but with Arthur, Mr. Manino is happy to give Arthur another cone to make him feel better, but with D.W., he sighs and shakes his head like, "Aw gee, give me a break". I wonder if the writers/animators did that on purpose since we're never supposed to sympathize with D.W. XD
Title: Re: Sue Ellen Chickens Out
Post by: YoshiWii1 on September 30, 2012, 02:51:47 pm
That episode made me hungry for KFC! ;D Crispy Dippin Lickens, Crunchy Chicken Licken Sandwich, and the Chick Sticks with melted Cheddarolla! Mmmmm! That sounds so bad for you but tastes so good!
Title: Re: Sue Ellen Chickens Out
Post by: Muppetfan on September 30, 2012, 02:59:24 pm
Which that brings up another question: is Chikin' Likin' supposed to be a parody of KFC?
Title: Re: Sue Ellen Chickens Out
Post by: YoshiWii1 on September 30, 2012, 03:08:23 pm
Which that brings up another question: is Chikin' Likin' supposed to be a parody of KFC?

Yes it is
Title: Re: Sue Ellen Chickens Out
Post by: Muppetfan on September 30, 2012, 03:14:52 pm
I was never quite sure of that...it made sense, but then again, about the only thing similar to each other is the fact that they sell chicken.
Title: Re: Sue Ellen Chickens Out
Post by: Snowth Woogle on September 30, 2012, 03:44:25 pm
Made with REAL chicken flavor! :D
Title: Re: Sue Ellen Chickens Out
Post by: Crossover Dreamer on October 30, 2012, 08:48:31 pm
"Sue Ellen Chickens Out" is one of my favorite episodes of season 8.

Yes, Chicken Lickin is a parody of KFC, and Beauregard Poulet is like Colonel Sanders. I've also seen parodies of Colonel Sanders on classic sitcoms Get Smart and The Beverly Hillbillies.

During the part where Sue Ellen tells the kids that the Sugar Bowl would become a Chicken Lickin and they're commenting on their favorite Chicken Lickin meals, have you noticed that after Brain said what he liked, Arthur didn't say what he liked, but what D.W. liked. Fascinating.