Case Number 09224: Small Claims Court

POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER: BUSTER'S WORLD OF SPORTS

Paramount // 2006 // 88 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // May 10th, 2006

The Charge

Sport not covered in this disc: "Beat the Obnoxious Rabbit Sticking His Damn Camera in My Face Silly."

The Case

You know who irks me? Buster. This mutated rabbit-boy with his intrusive camera and high-pitched voice just needs an old-school butt-kicking. Kids may love him, but I have little patience for his cheesy demeanor and faux-National Geographic documentary show. But as a professional DVD reviewer, I will not let my personal bias get in the way of an objective examination of his latest release: Buster's World of Sports.

For those of you new to Numbnut's show, here's the premise: the little doofus accompanies his freakish half-human half-hare family as they travel to different parts of the United States. The show is only partially animated, the bulk of it real-life video "shot" by Idiot-boy as he meets new people and sees new things. This disc cobbles together four episodes of this dingleberry's adventures, which find him engaging in or learning about different sports from around the country.

* "Winter Gold"
Park City, Utah
It's time to head for the slopes as Chowderhead meets young athletes honing their skills at popular winter games. We meet a ski jumper and an ice skater and check out how they prepare and practice and fit their homework in during their hectic schedules. At the end of the day, the kids kick back at the lodge with some hot chocolate and, amazingly, ignore the urge to throw their scalding hot liquid in the annoying rabbit's jerk face.

* "Swimming in the Desert"
Phoenix, Arizona
Fun in the sun! Jackass heads to the arid wasteland of Arizona to meet a bunch of kids who are swimming enthusiasts. They hang at the pool and take butthead through their punishing routines that will some day, hopefully, lead them to Olympic glory.

* "Rock and Roll"
Boulder, Colorado
Here we meet a bunch of kids who climb rocks. Scrubnut accompanies them with his trusty camera in tow, but fails to plummet to his death.

* "Rodeo Cowgirl"
Houston, Texas
The last trip on the disc takes us to Houston where Dorkwad is introduced to the exciting sport of rodeo horse-riding and steer-tackling. The focus lies on a young girl competing in a rodeo championship. Her practices and, ultimately, her big event are captured on film. No horse has the sense to nail ass-face in the throat with a kick.

Another day, another Postcards from Buster excursion into Americana. The milieus and people are varied enough to generate a moderate amount of interest and the sports angle offers some okay action. Fans of the series -- God help them -- should get their fill of one-camera documentary work narrated by a pansy.

Full frame, 2.0 stereo all the way (with an optional mono Spanish track). Extras are the same disposable stuff you'll see on similar releases: a how-to-draw bit with Marc Brown, creator of the Arthur books (this show is a spin-off from that series) and an overview of Postcards from Buster for parents.

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 70

Perp Profile
Studio: Paramount
Video Formats:
* Full Frame

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (Spanish)

Subtitles:
* None

Running Time: 88 Minutes
Release Year: 2006
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* "Drawing with Marc Brown"
* Overview of Series of Parents
* Previews

Accomplices
* DVD Verdict Review: Postcards from Buster: Buster's Outdoor Journeys
http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/postcardsfrombuster.php

* DVD Verdict Review: Postcards from Buster: Buster's Got the Beat
http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/pfbbustersgotbeat.php

* DVD Verdict Review: Postcards from Buster: Buster's Buddies
http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/bustersbuddies.php

* IMDb
http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0426774/combined

* Official Site
http://pbskids.org/buster/