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Re: Season 18 Discussion

Post by CMSAB11 on Wed Oct 01, 2014 2:37 pm

Today's episodes weren't as bad as I expected them to be...but still, I'd rather not sit through them again.

The Tattletale Frog I liked a little less than its counterpart. For one thing, DW was bratty as hell, and it really got on my nerves. I'm not fond of Bud, but he was actually tolerable compared to her. And, I felt bad for him when DW was placing all the blame on his shoulders. If done correctly, an annoying DW is hilarious....but this is a good example of that concept going wrong. When DW gave her tearful apology at the end, I didn't feel the least bit sorry. She definitely got what she deserved in the end!
The one good thing I can say about it was that KATE DIDN'T TALK. THANK. GOODNESS!

DW and Bud's Higher Purpose wasn't as bad. It was refreshing to see other characters and not have DW and Bud eat up all the screentime. I was happy to see Emily and even JAMES! And Molly calling his name in the background, not to mention her many cameos affraid ! Looks like she's still hanging around. Also, MR. HANEY ON THE BUMPY BOOTS RIDE!!! And he spoke twice! The credits listed Walter Massey as his VA at the time which means the episode must have been recorded shortly before his death...oh, now that's just depressing Crying or Very sad  . Anyway, regarding the central focus of the episode...man that teenager was a jerk. DW and Bud chickened out in the end...ha, I did that when I was their age.

Meh. I hope tomorrow's episodes are better.
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Re: Season 18 Discussion

Post by IsmaelandLuigi21 on Wed Oct 01, 2014 2:55 pm

Bud didn't have a middle name.
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Re: Season 18 Discussion

Post by CMSAB11 on Wed Oct 01, 2014 3:43 pm

Don't fret, 9 Story won't let you down!
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Re: Season 18 Discussion

Post by IsmaelandLuigi21 on Wed Oct 01, 2014 3:53 pm

Bud Davis Compson is his full name, right?
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Re: Season 18 Discussion

Post by A Lotta Moms on Wed Oct 01, 2014 3:59 pm

Bud is a rabbit.
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Re: Season 18 Discussion

Post by IsmaelandLuigi21 on Wed Oct 01, 2014 5:02 pm

Did you see the middle name?
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Re: Season 18 Discussion

Post by A Lotta Moms on Wed Oct 01, 2014 5:05 pm

Yep - Bud Gomez Compson.
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Re: Season 18 Discussion

Post by IsmaelandLuigi21 on Wed Oct 01, 2014 5:46 pm

False.
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Re: Season 18 Discussion

Post by A Lotta Moms on Thu Oct 02, 2014 10:50 am

Still a day behind here...

The Tattletale Frog

Wow.  Despite its title, this episode seemed to be almost entirely about Bud without his hat, and Bud's hat flying around causing trouble.  I know this has been thrown out there, but I'd be willing to bet that, were it not for Luigi's nearly two-year long campaign, this episode wouldn't exist.  Most of us probably noticed the Telltale Heart homage.  Always nice to see another episode that pays tribute to classic literature a'la MacFrensky, Never Never Never, etc., though this one didn't seem nearly as deep in its point-for-point similarities.  One possible subtle connection that did stick out was the parallel between the broken frog's popped-out eye and the murder victim's infamous "vulture eye" in the original story.  Interesting how this one was followed by an episode featuring a ride called, "The Buzzard."  Another observation was the way that Bud instinctively called David and Arthur, "sir."  It always hits home when I see little references to their military upbringing like that.  Also, Jane sure looked great in that overcoat.  I love you

I suppose this one wasn't nearly as boring as a lot of the earlier D.W./Bud episodes, but I still think D.W. works best as a character when she's alone or antagonizing Arthur.
Oh, and in case anyone missed it (and is genuinely interested), it's Bud Tucker Compson.  

D.W. and Bud's Higher Purpose

I found this one to be the better half of the two, not for any particularly deep or compelling reason, but more because of its many amusing little moments, cameos, and bizarre animation and color scheme errors.  Such as:

-Mr. Haney acting like a big kid on the spinning shoe ride (R.I.P. again, Mr. Massey)
-Lucy's stylish and classy-hot mother getting serious cameo time in both episodes: http://arthur.wikia.com/wiki/Lucy%27s_mother
-Molly with a speaking role, albeit a brief one, and James wandering out between Bud and D.W. in dizzy confusion.  I'd really hoped that his "getting between them" would have gone much further, since he accentuates her personality so much better as a weak and passive kiddy-boyfriend than the always-overshadowing Bud.
-Waffle House.  I wonder if they put up money to help sponsor this episode.
-D.W. trying to make Bud taller by stretching him out.  This was probably the funniest of their schemes, since it's the sort of misconception that you'd expect a lot of little kids to have.
-Sue Ellen's international diplomat father working as a low-level carnie.  I have to wonder if this isn't some sort of subtle jab at government officials and international policy. clown
-Maria inexplicably wobbling back and forth while she's walking across the screen near the end as if she suffers from Parkinson's Disease.  
-As pointed out in the Hilarious Screenshots thread, all of the strange color scheme inconsistencies.  I also notice that Rattles' hat regains its canon red color when we see him again later in the episode.  scratch
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Re: Season 18 Discussion

Post by IsmaelandLuigi21 on Thu Oct 02, 2014 3:57 pm

It's Bud Davis Compson
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Re: Season 18 Discussion

Post by Snowth Poogle on Thu Oct 02, 2014 4:37 pm

Is it weird that I found Marina strangely attractive in her leotard?

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Re: Season 18 Discussion

Post by CMSAB11 on Thu Oct 02, 2014 4:49 pm

She did look quite nice in it.
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Re: Season 18 Discussion

Post by IsmaelandLuigi21 on Thu Oct 02, 2014 5:05 pm

I don't know about that.
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Re: Season 18 Discussion

Post by A Lotta Moms on Fri Oct 03, 2014 9:07 am

Best Wishes/Tardy Tumbler were both pretty enjoyable - Tardy Tumbler, in particular.  Something about seeing so many characters in action who we believed had been retired made me feel warm and cozy inside.  Couple that with the Autumn/Winter setting and plethora of according outfits, and I'm happy.  I also noticed how rustic some of the interiors were, whether it was Prunella's unfinished wooden walls or Jenna's log cabin-like house.  It all added to the atmosphere.      

Best Wishes

Plotwise, this one didn't do too much for me.  It felt a bit too reminiscent of Lucky Pencil.  What really stuck out was the fact that Alex finally had another spoken line, and likewise, Maria enjoyed some nice close-up shots at Jenna's party.  I also got a kick out of Binky nonchalantly swiping Ladonna's pudding off her her tray as she passed by.  It's encouraging to see that the Tough Customers haven't entirely forsaken their misguided ways.  The snowflake-catching scene was reminiscent of the early Charlie Brown specials, also sparking some serious nostalgia.  

The Tardy Tumbler

Molly in butchy gym clothes doing cartwheels?  Pretty tough to go wrong there.  After getting over my disappointment that they chose a completely unknown character over her for the team, I was able to focus more attentively on Marina's leotard.  I agree, it really made her look sharp.  Strangely, I also noticed that her backside was uncharacteristically flat and undefined while wearing it.  Since that's something this show has become legendary for, I was expecting at least a little bit of crease and definition.  Oh, well.  I was just glad to see Prunie and Marina back in action as the main focus of an episode and see their friendship develop a little further.  Again, it really made it feel like something out of an earlier season.  The more I see of Prunella's well-intentioned screw-ups, general negligence and resulting guilt, the more I'm starting to really like her character.  Also pretty amusing seeing Ratburn doing morning exercises on his porch, but Buster happily downing Pixie Barf was pretty tough to top.  All in all, this was an excellent episode.  

Finally, has anyone else noticed just how pervasive this guy has been lately?

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Re: Season 18 Discussion

Post by PrettyCoolStairs on Fri Oct 03, 2014 9:53 am

"The Case of the Girl With the Long Face / The Substitute Arthur" is now on the PBS video app. I'll be watching it later this afternoon. Very Happy
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Re: Season 18 Discussion

Post by IsmaelandLuigi21 on Fri Oct 03, 2014 12:20 pm

Ladonna made a cameo you know.
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Re: Season 18 Discussion

Post by Kerry9Story on Fri Oct 03, 2014 12:29 pm

had one bout pr00nie again, r33na too! cheers

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Re: Season 18 Discussion

Post by IsmaelandLuigi21 on Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:58 pm

Kerry.
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Re: Season 18 Discussion

Post by Snowth Poogle on Fri Oct 03, 2014 4:17 pm

I don't know, I seem to recall seeing some slight curvature to her lower back.

But anyway, I was watching "The Friend Who Wasn't There," again today, and there's something that just struck me... Nadine hovered... I don't remember her ever hovering before, had she?

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Re: Season 18 Discussion

Post by BionicBunny on Fri Oct 03, 2014 6:59 pm

Hmmm....I don't think she has before,Snowth.

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Re: Season 18 Discussion

Post by IsmaelandLuigi21 on Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:39 pm

True.
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Re: Season 18 Discussion

Post by A Lotta Moms on Fri Oct 10, 2014 1:29 pm

If anyone's interested, PBS Kids has finally uploaded The Tattletale Frog / D.W. and Bud's Higher Purpose:

http://pbskids.org/arthur/video/index.html
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Re: Season 18 Discussion

Post by IsmaelandLuigi21 on Fri Oct 10, 2014 1:31 pm

Bud had his hat on for that.
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Re: Season 18 Discussion

Post by A Lotta Moms on Fri Oct 10, 2014 1:36 pm

But not for long!
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Re: Season 18 Discussion

Post by IsmaelandLuigi21 on Fri Oct 10, 2014 1:46 pm

He's what?
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