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I Had To Change The Title Of This Review Because Of Season 16
Arthur was one of the greatest educational shows on the planet, but because of the abysmal computer animation in season 16 I have to lower its score. I also noticed in the later episodes the plots started to get weaker and it wasn't as funny. Maybe one day it can be just as good as it was back in its earlier runs and they get rid of the horrible computer animation. (By the way PBS and other animation studios, just because you make your shows and characters colorful and modern doesn't mean that your shows are automatically good)
Hell will freeze over before I let the mortician pry this show from my cold dead hands! He can have season 16, though.
This show dominates my hard drive now (nearly 40 gigs for this gem) as I have every episode apart from "Arthur's Missing Pal" and season 16's bad plot flash trash eyesore, of which I've written a separate thorough review of. I also have the special episodes, too. Season 16 is the only gripe I have against this show as of now and the ONLY one I HATE. It has some GOOD episodes here and there like Last Tough Customer, Read and Flumbergast, and Night of the Tibble, but that bad animation is a poison pill to swallow and ruins their potential. It's also a shame they ruined Artie's character and turned him into a total douche in the later episodes.
I grew up watching this gem since it came out in 1996, and I LOVED The Busy World of Richard Scarry before this when I had cable TV (and still love that animation masterpiece!). I was a migrant worker who picked the orchards growing up and I moved to areas I couldn't get cable and had weak reception thanks to the mountains all around us in the boonies. Luckily, the strongest station was a PBS station and Artie was the next best thing to Richard Scarry and Franklin (and I couldn't have made a better choice). As I got older, I've come to cherish these gems even more along with Arthur (now that more of them have been cancelled or butchered with inappropriately used flash and CGI animation).
There's something for the whole family, not just for the kids, and that's what sets it apart from other "kid's" shows! You know you have a GREAT "kids" show when kids can watch it and it doesn't drive older siblings and parents nuts. You know you have a GREAT "kid's" show when you catch older siblings and some adults sneak peaking it ;-) If I had kids of my own or had to babysit them, I wouldn't feel in any way shape or form like I'm watching this gem because "I'm stuck with the kids".
LOL, I'd be asking THEM to play it and would be more than honored to watch it with them.
Adults MAKE "kid's" shows, adults ACT in them, adults PRODUCE them, ADULTS are the biggest SUPPORTERS of them BAR-NONE.
WHY is it an unpardonable sin for adults to ENJOY them??? Why the stigma??
To all those "old" biddies out there who tell us to "grow up", who think we are "abnormal" or "mentally ill" or some other pejorative like that and are dismissive: EAT YOUR HEARTS OUT and get cancer!! You have sucked on one too many of life's lemons and have become sour (and bitter if you also include the peel). You're too "mature" for your own good and just plain snobbish and stuck up.
Would be a 10 if it weren't for Season 16.
First of all, let me just say that I love Arthur. I grew up watching it, and even though I'm 13 now, and way past its target audience, I continue to watch it.
This show was golden up until sometime during Season 15. That's when things started going downhill a bit. It seemed like they were running out of ideas for plots and they just weren't trying as hard. But Season 15 wasn't nearly as bad as the season that's running now. The new episodes are just terrible. The half-assed flash animation looks like total sh*t, the plots are as weak as ever, and it's plain obvious that Arthur and DW are being voiced by the same person due to not differentiating the two voices enough. Not to mention that annoying new character Ladonna who was obviously only brought in to have a plot for the season opener (since the writers clearly aren't giving a f*ck anymore).
I also don't like the way they pair up the new episodes. Usually both episodes will be centered around the same character. It almost seems that Arthur's become a supporting character. I haven't seen any episodes about him lately. They should just rename the show "Arthur's friends who no longer have interesting lives"
I think this show was at its best from 2001-2004. 1997-2000 was great, and 2005-2012 was pretty good. But late 2012-2013 sucks...
Boo. This show was stupid.
I'm doing a rant on Arthur. It's one of the worst shows out there, and I'm glad it's over.
Season 1: (15 episodes, June 1, 1990 - May 10, 1991) Bad start for the show, especially the animation. The animation is kind of lagged out, Arthur has a high pitched voice and DW has a pink skirt. 0/10
Season 2: (16 episodes, March 6, 1992 - November 26, 1993) Kind of different from season 1, the animation is much more fast, Arthur's voice is slightly lower, DW has a darker pink skirt, the backgrounds are a slight shade of pink for some reason, and the characters have thicker outlines. Bad season. 0/10
Season 3: (21 episodes, October 7, 1994 - October 30, 1995) The series has been revived. Although the animation looks pretty much the same, only without the shade of pink background. Arthur's voice is as just as deep as it was in the previous season, and the only three other differences I noticed from Season 2 were DW's voice is deeper and the animation moves slightly slower than it was in Season 2.
Arthur's dog, named Pal, also has darker fur. Still pretty bad. 0/10
Season 4: (26 episodes, September 6, 1996 - December 26, 1997) The animation is much more lagged out here, and Arthur and DW's voices are even deeper than before. DW's skirt is also darker. Terrible season. 0/10
Season 5: (28 episodes, December 11, 1998 - April 26, 2002) Wow, it just got even worse. In this season, the animators were forced to switch from traditional cel animation to digital ink and paint. This looks ugly on the characters, and their outlines are now very thick and dark if I do say so my self. The animation is also very fast paced, you might have to pause your TV screen every 5 seconds. DW has a new voice actor and Arthur's voice gets deeper every 2 episodes of the season. Compare Arthur's voice at the beginning of the season and the end. It got very deep. Compare the pilot to the season 5 finale. Now that's deep. So whatever you do, beware Season 5. 0/10
And I'm too lazy to rant about the next 7 seasons, so let's just say they're all bad. I'm out, my fingers hurt.moreless
I love this show. It helped me to get through my childhood. It's also funny and very memorable. Arthur was great from season 1 to season 10, then the show went downhill. I hate the new animation, new characters, and their personalities now. I hate the part that Kate and Pal talks and then make other animals talk too. Overall, it's still a funny show, but only the first 10 seasons.
Timeless and Fun!
I started watching this when I was quite young. I'll admit that I was *too* young to understand the show, and yet I watched it. Maybe for the excellent art and animation. This show absolutely spawned my love of reading and adoration of books, which is why I have my own mini-home-library.
The characters in Arthur, with the exceptions of D.W. and Muffy, are lovable, relatable, and have realistic and endearing personalities. The colors are excellent, the animation is smooth, and although Arthur's voice actor had to change often as the people voicing him grew up, I never could tell the difference as a kid, and only now do I notice any change - slight as it is. This show has always been a comfort to me, and I watch it quite often even now, at the age of 21. As I say on most of the episodes to eleven-year-olds who claim they "still watch it!", if you were really mature, you'd be able to watch it without your age mattering. Arthur is one of those shows that true fans will never tire of. The characters and situations are mostly believable, and most are likable, too. The music is fun, as well.
My only issue with this show is that D.W. and Muffy both came off as spoiled, selfish, and relentlessly unpunished, even when they did something wrong.
On the whole, though, Arthur is most definitely worth watching - each episode features a lesson in giving, sharing, and basic morals, and some go beyond and teach about right and wrong even in the toughest of situations, facing fears, and growing up. Plus, being animated and colorful, it's just fun!moreless
The new animators suck!
I just watched an episode from season 16 and I had to turn it off. Distance shots looked okay, but close up shots made the characters look computer animated, and they moved in an unrealistic way that is completely unlike the old animation studio. I could take the constantly changing, poorly-cast voices, but this is the last straw for me. The animation looks like the new show Daniel Tiger which destroys the wonderful legacy of Mr. Rogers neighborhood with poor animation.moreless