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Series Discussion / Re: Season 17
« on: December 26, 2013, 09:24:15 pm »
I'm sorry to throw everyone off topic (well, not really, it'd be nice to get people to stop obsessing over Bud Compson's hat...), but I just wanted to clear somethings up for the viewers of our show, and let everyone know, that I actually did have one line in segment, "Buster Bombs", however, either because of time constraints, or because of clumsy editing, my line was removed. Basically, all I said was, "I'll have the hot dogs, please", since Buster did not want them before me in line.

But... it's okay... I really don't like to draw attention to myself anyway... even though it's surprising to me, and Alex as well, that we both seem to have something of a following.

When I first saw this episode, I was SO excited when Maria had the whole screenshot to herself for a good 2-3 seconds... YET she still managed to say nothing at all. I still have hope that she will come out of her shell someday.  :)

Episodes / Re: It's Time To Get The Old Arthur Back!
« on: September 30, 2013, 10:11:54 pm »
Also, I would gladly sign any petition, but have you ever known of a petition that has worked?

The Mary Moo Cow petition comes to mind. lol  ;D

News / Re: Season 16
« on: August 23, 2013, 08:30:57 pm »
Sorry to jump this topic back to "So Funny I Forgot To Laugh," but I just saw a scene that made me realize that Sue Ellen is probably the biggest hypocrite in the entire show.

If Sue Ellen was upset because Arthur teased her about her sweater, then tell me what is wrong with this picture:

Also, notice that Muffy is laughing as well.

I know that the artists and writers are not superhuman and can't remember everything, but this is a good reason why you don't mess with a character's personality for a single episode.

Wow, I'm usually pretty good with identifying episodes, but I'm drawing a blank on this one. Which episode is this from??

Episodes / Re: Lance Armstong episodes banned from PBS Arthur rotation?
« on: August 20, 2013, 06:24:53 pm »
"Binky vs Binky/Operation D.W." was aired just last night on my local PBS station's kids channel. I'm not sure if PBS "banned" this episode entirely; it seems as though local stations can still opt to air it on their own. Looks like the standard/national Arthur schedule will just skip over the Lance episodes.

Maybe PBS should combine "Operation D.W." from S10 and "The Frensky Family Fiasco" from S12 into 1 new 1/2 hour with 1 new "A WORD FROM US KIDS" segment or 1 new "POSTCARDS FROM YOU" segment in the middle.

That's not a bad idea. I really enjoyed "The Frensky Family Fiasco" and "Operation D.W." is one of those episodes that does a great job tackling a pretty big issue for a kid show.

News / Re: Season 16
« on: August 14, 2013, 11:49:17 pm »

I watched this episode again. "So Funny I Forgot to Laugh" is probably the worst episode of season 16 in my opinion. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see Tenzin Wangdu mentioned! (even if he did have a major redesign, going from a brown bear to a panda-looking bear)

Also still not impressed with all the dubbing in the flashbacks, but I somehow missed something the first time around: George's flashback included an entirely new sequence that wasn't originally in "Arthur's Dummy Disaster", where he had ducked behind a display of books, and Wally is now completely dismembered, carrying on like he's dying, and requesting one last drink of furniture polish before he goes.

I'm with you on this one. I didn't even notice the added flash animation with George's flashback. Guess it's time for me to go through season 1 on YouTube to refresh myself on the oldies lol.

So what required a redub, and what didn't with the flashbacks? That's what I want to know. Seems silly to mix old and new voices. I do think that George's current voice is actually quite similar to his original voice.

Did anyone ever notice how Flash Ratburn's fur is much more gray than previous seasons, and his clothes are less bright? His old coloring was way better.

I thought something was strange about Ratburn this season, but I couldn't quite pinpoint what it was. You nailed it though, and it IS much better the old way.

LOL Poor Jenna...  ::)

Episodes / Re: Suggest an Episode!
« on: July 28, 2013, 07:55:57 pm »
That was a good episode of Wishbone, if I recall correctly! ;D Good ideas, Snowth Woogle. I love Mr. Ratburn episodes.

News / Re: Season 16
« on: July 28, 2013, 07:53:35 pm »
I really did not like "So Funny I Forgot To Laugh". Remember, Sue Ellen stood up to Binky Barnes in "Bully for Binky" way back in season 1, and she also wasn't afraid of anything until "What Scared Sue Ellen?" in season 3. This new episode has her really out of character. I would have liked to see Fern being bullied, rather than Sue Ellen. Or better yet, bring back Jenna and have her get bullied.  :P

Also, why was Arthur the bully? Why not a Tough Customer? Maybe it was in effort to show that ANYONE can be a bully, and not realize it at first.

Series Discussion / Re: Religion In Arthur
« on: July 28, 2013, 07:41:29 pm »
I thought I read somewhere that Marc Brown was Jewish himself. That may be completely false (please correct me if I'm wrong), but it could be partly why Judaism is focused on the most throughout the show.

Overall, though, I think the show largely tends to keep away from religion. There are a few episodes about Francine and her family's beliefs, and of course, there's Arthur's Perfect Christmas). Is it safe to assume Adil is Muslim? Even then, it's not very apparent in the series. Arthur does a great job with social/emotional issues that kids deal with, and to be honest, I'm not sure if religion is very relevant to an 8-year-old when compared to something like bullying, for example. Postcards from Buster better handles religious/cultural awareness.

General Discussion / Re: Your Local PBS Kids Schedules
« on: July 25, 2013, 12:09:33 am »
Yeah I know a LOT of local stations are conforming to a more standard/unified schedule, for whatever reason. Seems like several years ago, the kids line-ups varied a great deal from station to station. I'm just speculating, but I'm sure it's MUCH easier for a station programmer to pick up a show directly from PBS' live feed, rather than to program it on their own.

Specials / Re: Arthur, It's Only Rock and Roll
« on: July 25, 2013, 12:04:56 am »
I'm pretty sure my PBS station only aired this once, and I thought it was great watching it as a kid. Just recently rewatched it recently on YouTube. I think it is very well done. I love when episodes feature the whole gang (of course, this is an hour special...)

I don't know the exact reason why this special rarely airs, but I do know the PBS likes to keep its programming current and up-to-date. So a show featuring the BSBs really puts the late 90s/early 00s date on it. (Maybe 9Story could do a remake with One Direction or something. I'm sure Muffy has a crush on one of those boys, too. :P )

Episodes / Re: Older Episode Theories
« on: July 07, 2013, 05:44:29 pm »
My local PBS station's kids channel just aired "Binky vs Binky / Operation: D.W.!" last week. I guess local stations can still choose to air it on their own.

I know this kind of kills the excitement of checking weekly listings, but Kentucky's PBS, KET, has a pretty good program schedule record (past and future). Looks like the next round of "good" episodes is due in August with season 5! http://www.ket.org/tvschedules/series.php?id=ARUR

Looking at the just the next two weeks, I am looking forward to watching season 16 again. Maybe it won't be as bad as the first time... I hope..?

General Discussion / Re: Your Local PBS Kids Schedules
« on: June 26, 2013, 07:35:04 pm »
WFWA has four channels total, three of which air Arthur! I used to be able to receive WBGU over-the-air back in the days of analog television...  :P

WFWA was one of the stations that aired Wishbone (up until a couple years ago) and Mister Rogers (up until it was replaced by Daniel Tiger last year). I've read online that some changes are coming to PBS Kids this October. The new show, Peg+Cat, premieres, and Barney is planned to be replaced by a new season of Thomas And Friends. Also, the "PBS Kids Go!" branding is supposed to be phased out by then. Actually, I already noticed season 16 episodes of Arthur no longer than the "Go!" bumpers at the end of the show.

PBS39HD (39-1)
Looks like many PBS stations opt to simply go with the national PBS feed's schedule nowadays, which for some reason has TONS of repeats during the day...

6:00am Clifford
[6:30am Classical Stretch]
7:00am Arthur
7:30am Martha Speaks
8:00am Curious George
8:30am Cat in the Hat
9:00am Super Why
9:30am Dinosaur Train
10:00am Sesame Street
11:00am Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
[11:30am-1pm Crafting/cooking/gardening/etc.]
1:00pm Caillou
1:30pm Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
2:00pm Super Why
2:30pm Dinosaur Train
3:00pm Cat in the Hat
3:30pm Curious George
4:00pm Arthur
4:30pm WordGirl
5:00pm Wild Kratts
5:30pm Electric Company

6:00am Bob the Builder
6:30am Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
7:00am Curious George

6:00am Sesame Street
7:00am Angelina Ballerina
7:30am Zoo to You
8:00am Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
8:30am Thomas and Friends
9:00am Mark Kistler's Imagination Station
9:30am Biz Kid$

Kids39 (39-2)
This 8-hour schedule is repeated from 4pm-midnight, and midnight to 8am the next day. This channel is entirely programmed locally, meaning we often get to see some older (rarer?) seasons of a few shows, including Arthur!  ;D

8:00am Bob the Builder
8:30am Super Why
9:00am Dinosaur Train
9:30am WordGirl
10:00am Fetch
10:30am Raggs
11:00am Sid the Science Kid
11:30am Barney And Friends
noon WordWorld
12:30pm Curious George
1:00pm Sesame Street (9pm/5am Arthur; 9:30pm/5:30am Zula Patrol)
2:00pm Martha Speaks
2:30pm Clifford
3:00pm Thomas And Friends
3:30pm Wild Kratts

WEEKENDS: (same as weekdays, with these exceptions)
8:30am/4:30pm/12:30am Peep and the Big Wide World Pocoyo (Sat/Sun)
9:00am Mark Kistler's Imagination Station (Sat)
10:00am Barney And Friends (Sat)
noon Zoo to You (Sat)
1:00pm Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood (Sat), Arthur (Sun)
1:30pm Zula Patrol (Sat/Sun)

39-4you (39-4)

10:30am Arthur
11:00am WordGirl
11:30am Dinosaur Train
noon Cyberchase
12:30pm Electric Company

Episodes / Re: Suggest an Episode!
« on: June 20, 2013, 12:48:10 pm »
I know there very few fans of Pal & Kate episodes, but I've always thought it would be fun to do a remake of Season 1's "Arthur's Lost Dog". Instead of focusing on the fact that Pal is "lost", it would be interesting to see this episode told from a Pal and Kate perspective. We already know that Pal understands that Kate just wants a free balloon from Pickles the Clown, and it seems like this story could easily be recreated in this way. Whenever I see that episode as it is now, I always think about this. Seems like a good idea to me... But that's just me  ;)

Yay for season 17+!

Characters / James
« on: May 23, 2013, 09:14:29 pm »
Is anyone else excited as I am about James MacDonald becoming more and more a main character? Some of the situations the writers put him in are hilarious IMO.  ;)

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