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Episodes / Re: Older Episode Theories
« on: October 30, 2013, 07:53:07 pm »
In the age of harsh economies, lessons in money handling are viewed as more important than the adventures of cartoon animal-people - a sign of the times.

All the more reason to rerun all of those classic Muffy episodes in which she imparts her priceless knowledge of how to make money at the expense of others...  ;)

Episodes / Re: Older Episode Theories
« on: October 30, 2013, 04:22:25 pm »
I think it had more to do with the republican party wanting to punish big bad PBS.

To think!  After all he's done for them, too...  :'(

Characters / Re: Future Careers of the Arthur Gang...
« on: October 30, 2013, 04:08:51 pm »
I guess Arthur could very well become the wealthy president of a catering company, and end up with a son without knowing that Francine is the mom

That sneaky little monkey...   8)

Characters / Re: Future Careers of the Arthur Gang...
« on: October 29, 2013, 07:47:05 pm »
Good suggestions - it's funny, Arthur was the only character I couldn't think up a satirical horrible or extreme future career for.   Librarian and teacher are good, realistic fits - I could also see him becoming an accountant like his mom.

I also love the fact that even under ideal circumstances, poor Buster will never go beyond fast food.   :D

Characters / Re: Ladonna
« on: October 27, 2013, 02:06:32 pm »
I really like Ladonna.  I think they've managed to build her into a good character in a very short period of time.  In just one episode, you really get a good idea of her virtues, flaws, quirks, emotions, etc.  Her loud and slightly obnoxious Southern Gal nature should serve as a good source of fun in the future.

As we've seen with George and Fern, seemingly insignificant/new characters can have a way of becoming more popular than even central characters if they're developed properly.  I anticipate -and hope- that this is the case with Ladonna.  It seem to be the direction the producers are trying to take her.

By contrast, new characters who just sort of fall by the wayside and get forgotten have been generally uninteresting, or lacked traits to distinguish them from the main cast.  Mei-Lin or the Molinas, for instance.  They lack any real dynamic.  Nothing about them is particularly sympathetic, amusing, endearing, etc.  They're just there as tokens to represent other culture, it seems.  The only good thing that came out of them was a "grody" soccer ball...  :-\

Fan Creations / Re: Arthur Comics!
« on: October 25, 2013, 08:45:20 pm »
:D   ...and the horror continues...   :D

Fan Creations / Arthur Comics!
« on: October 24, 2013, 03:59:09 pm »
Behold...my corny Arthur Comic Creator creations!   ::)

Characters / Re: Favorite Arthur Character
« on: October 18, 2013, 10:02:05 am »
Favorite Brain moment: at Summer Camp, dressing up in a bear suit to scare the rival gang.  Never mind the fact that he's a real bear to begin with...   :D 

Characters / Favorite Arthur Character
« on: October 18, 2013, 05:37:44 am »
Out of the main group of Arthur characters, who is your favorite? 
Supporting characters (mostly) not included...although a poll for favorite supporting character or least favorite character wouldn't be a bad idea.

My money's on D.W.  No matter what she says or does, hilarity ensues. 
Fern's a close runner-up.  Not because she's amusing, but because she's interesting, creative and sympathetic.
Buster isn't far off, either.  He usually wins "favorite character" polls by a long shot.   

Series Discussion / Re: How much Arthur have you seen?
« on: October 18, 2013, 02:26:01 am »
I recently took it upon myself to watch every, single episode over the course of a few weeks.

I found the characters to be much more interesting, dynamic and likeable watching it all in such a short space of time because all of their many adventures and quirks remained fresh in my mind.  Over the course of, say, 16 years, much of it gets forgotten.  This way, you can really appreciate the characters as the sum whole of their parts. 

On the downside, now my mind seems to be permanently trapped in Elwood City.  I can't stop watching or thinking about it.   Almost ritually, I re-watch at least 3 episodes a day.

At least it'll be Pony Day soon.

...Poooooonnnnnnyyyyyyy  Daaaaayyyyyyyyyy...

Series Discussion / Re: Season 17
« on: October 16, 2013, 09:52:19 am »
One thing I'm really looking forward to is more of Ladonna.  I like Sweet Petunia already.   ;D

On the downside, I wish they wouldn't do episodes wholly focused on the world of animals.  Or babies, for that matter.  It just feels too disconnected from the main cast and sort of like a Rugrats knock-off...though the idea of Kate gradually losing the ability to communicate with Pal as she grew older was very clever, I must admit.

Characters / Re: Future Careers of the Arthur Gang...
« on: October 15, 2013, 08:43:41 pm »
Lol, I can definitely agree about Buster becoming a stoner in a few years.  He pretty much already fits the classic stoner cliche' right now.  He's chronically lazy, an underachiever in school, always has the munchies, is willing to try unusual things that everyone else finds outrageous, will break the law if he wants something enough (i.e. stealing that robot action figure)..the only thing he's missing is the pot. 

It's a good thing that the old veteran taught him how to garden.  Now he'll at least be able to grow and sell his own pot once Bitzi's life insurance money runs out.   :D

That's an interesting thought about D.W.  I could also see her becoming some sort of political activist for an extreme cause.  She was willing to reject President Clinton's pizza bribe, makes a HUGE deal about things she believe in, and even waged an "equal allowance" campaign for a few weeks...I think she's perfectly capable of overthrowing the establishment. 

On the bimbo topic, I can absolutely see Muffy turning out that way and being a boyfriend-of-the-week type, just dating whoever is the most popular guy at the moment not because she likes him for any reason, but because of how much it boosts her status.   Or deliberately dating older guys just to show off, before they realize her immaturity and dump her. 

Characters / Re: Couples
« on: October 13, 2013, 11:23:37 pm »
Of course this is all just humorous speculation and not to be taken too seriously, but...     

It's not just that she's into sports and wears pants.  Fern wears pants and Sue Ellen is into sports, but they don't fit the same pattern.  Just one or a few of these things alone wouldn't really lead people to suspect her of eventually becoming LGBT, it's that so many of them happen all at once. 

While there's an alternative explanation for any one piece of evidence alone, taken as a whole, it increases the chance that the most simple and likely explanation is an innate male personality -- which often means eventual attraction to women.  It decreases the number of assumptions that must be made to explain her attributes.  It's the principle of Occam's Razor: among several competing hypotheses, the hypothesis with the fewest number of assumptions is the most likely one.  The hypothesis that all of her male attributes are the result of a male personality makes only one assumption: that she has a male personality.  The hypothesis that all of her male attributes are the result of multiple causes (i.e. that she's a tomboy, that D.W. saw her being bossy, that she just likes being useful with her body, etc.) relies on more assumptions, and is therefore less plausible.   

It's also worth noting that LGBT adults often enjoyed dressing as the opposite gender as children, even though it may have just seemed like child's play at the time.

While having a traditionally male personality doesn't absolutely prove that she's a thinly-veiled LGBT character, it increases the likelihood that she is because these traits are often (but not always) present in LGBT women.  Hence, the speculation.


Characters / Future Careers of the Arthur Gang...
« on: October 13, 2013, 09:49:49 am »
Ever wonder what Arthur, Buster and friends will ultimately wind up doing with their lives?  Here's my take:

Buster - Bionic Bunny!  In his mind, at least.  He'll live at home on Bitzi's couch forever after flunking out of third grade.
Francine - Lawyer, Doctor or A-List Hollywood Actress.  She's Jewish, so really, she doesn't have many other options in life...
Muffy - Inmate #312346 at Elwood City Prison, serving 10-20 years for tax evasion, embezzlement, corporate securities fraud, and deceptive trade practices.
George - Serial Killer.  Seriously, he fits the profile perfectly.  Quiet, socially awkward, full of pent-up rage, bullied and taken advantage of as a child, preoccupied with strange fantasies, and has a serious control complex evidenced by his obsession with puppets...
Binky - Hairstylist. 
Ladonna - Senator, U.S. Representative, or President of the United States.  Her knack for being completely full of sh#@ honest and truthful will take her far in the political arena.
Molly - Drill Sergeant.
Brain - Homeless.  Jobless.  His multiple Ph.D's will render him completely overqualified for every job known to man.
Fern - Junkie.  Her addiction to those amphetamine-laced candy bars was just all too painfully convincing.  Plus she's a depressive poet, so it's pretty much inevitable.
Sue Ellen - Diverse experience with other cultures + Karate = CIA Assassin.
D.W. - Internet Troll / Spam Queen.  Bus Driver and Dairy Farmer also come to mind... ::)


Characters / Re: Couples
« on: October 13, 2013, 05:35:32 am »
Yeah...I could see Francine "playing for the home team" when she gets older as being a real possibility, and it almost seems as if she's designed to be that way.
Although she seems to have a crush on Arthur in a few early episodes, it's noteworthy that she's later completely repulsed at the idea of being attracted to him (Arthur's Square Dance).
There's a lot of speculation over her orientation.  Aside from having traditionally male personality traits and being into "guy" sports, some other signs include:

1.  The fact that her father refers to her by the commonly male nickname, "Franky."
2.  She gender-swaps and appears as a fully-bearded male Greek God in D.W.s Odyssey tale.
3.  She gender-swaps again when she plays Thomas Edison in "Francine Frensky, Superstar."
4.  She often wears men's suits and costumes at formal events ("Elwood City Turns 100" for instance).

I can definitely see this becoming a real obstacle to their friendship when she and Muffy finally get old enough to figure things out.   :'(

By the same token, Binky/Shelley is clearly in the closet.  Ballet, having a commonly female real name, playing with dolls, using fine skin care products, having a keen understanding of modern art...big time wrestling...


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