Judge David Johnson laments that this television Buster doesn't have cool hook for a hand like that other television Buster.
Our reviews of Postcards From Buster: Buster's Buddies (published December 6th, 2005), Postcards From Buster: Buster's Got The Beat (published January 14th, 2006), and Postcards From Buster: Buster's World Of Sports (published May 10th, 2006) are also available.
"Surprise! You're on mutant rabbit candid camera!"
Here we have Buster, Arthur's former sidekick, who is currently enjoying his own spin-off show. Postcards from Buster follows Buster as he and his family travel throughout the United States, his camcorder in tow, documenting different flavors of Americana. It's a PBS road trip for the kids, narrated by a soft-spoken nerd of an anthropomorphic rabbit. Seriously, Buster sounds like he could use a good beating. But I digress.
The show is a mixture of traditional Arthur animation and live-action footage. Really, though, it's mainly the latter, with the focus lying on whoever is befitting from the prying lens of Buster's video camera. The main thrust of these fact-finding expositions is to introduce knee-high viewers to the joy of diversity and all the PC goodness that only Public Broadcasting can serve up.
And you know what that means: Jewish lesbians from Vermont with interracial children!
This disc features four episodes, with all the programs clocking in at just south of 90 minutes.
Well, like it or not, Bust and his camera head to Vermont, where he meets them, and promptly learns about the joy of siphoning maple syrup from trees and making delicious cookies and soaking up two carloads worth of tolerance. Whatever your feelings are, Buster is still super-cheesy and maple syrup rendering still fails to excite me.
• "Meet Me at the Fair"
Buster arrives just in time for the county fair, and there is palpable excitement among the livestock. Learns how hay is baled and, uh, did I already mention cow-milking?
• "The Giant Pumpkins"
• "Bayou, By Me"
You want to introduce your kids to different places of the country (and different lifestyles)? Postcards from Buster is likely your ticket. This reviewer found these discs painfully boring, but there's no reason why your little ones won't eat this up. There are kids, talking animals, the occasional round of hand-drawn animation, and freakish rabbit-people to spare. Should be an inclusive, politically correct, warm and fuzzy time all around.
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