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Actually Muffy had a brother as early as 1983, when the book "Arthur Goes to Camp" was published. He appears in a family portrait that Muffy brought with her for some reason. It's funny, because both he and Mr. Crosswire sport horn-rimmed glasses in the picture, and Mr. Crosswire looked more like Francine's dad.
Another reference to her brother was in "Arthur's Pefect Christmas" special (premiered in 2000), which showed a stocking next to Muffy's with "Chip" written on it.
It's also rumored that he appeared in one of the old Arthur PC games, but I have no clue which.
Although the program is primarily produced by WGBH of Boston, Massachusetts, the production of the animated portions of the show—which includes the writing and voice acting—is done in Montreal, Quebec, and South Korea. The animation of the show is done at AKOM Production Company. The entire cast of Arthur lives in Montreal or Toronto, where Cookie Jar Entertainment's studios are located. The only segments of the show that are filmed outside Canada are the "A Word from Us Kids" interstitials, filmed at elementary schools or other educational sites in the Boston area. Beginning in Season 11, the "A Word From Us Kids" segment was replaced by a segment called "Postcards from You", where a couple of live-action videos sent in by young viewers were spotlighted per episode.
Correct. But the writing of the episodes is actually done mostly in Los Angeles. Joe Fallon and Ken Scarborough, who were both the head writers of "Arthur", live in the L.A. area. Peter K. Hirsch, who is currently the head writer of the show, lives in New York.
Wikipedia needs to correct that info.
|Perhaps the most disturbing thing is that they are now apparently airing content in Canada before it is made available in the U.S.|
Well, to me, the show is still watchable, but it just doesn't have that same spark it used to have. The writers seem to have run out of ideas or at least be in that beginning stage of it to me. Anyone else agree?
It has definitely jumped the shark for sure. It seems all the producers want to do now is milk the show for what it's worth like Nickelodeon is doing to SpongeBob. I love Artie and always will, but I'm not IN LOVE with it anymore, and even in light of that I say it's high time for PBS to put it out of it's misery as it's run it's course (especially since I up till now was a loyal donor to PBS, over $1000 at one time, and to see it go the way it's going now is insulting and a piss poor value for that money). When producers resort to turning a cartoon like this into a "movie", it has definitely jumped the shark, and two words describe what has/is happening/happened with the so-called "movie" and the flash trash: CASH COW. Here's another one that describes the "movie": A blatant CASH IN. It's also wearing out its welcome, too.
If I have kids or babysit any, I'd MORE THAN HONORED to pass it on to them from my hard drive (season 15 and down), as I have all of the episodes (including the specials) except season 16-present, or "Arthur's Missing Pal", the CGI eyesore "movie" knockoff of the Arthur's Lost Dog episode of season one. Yep, 40+ gigabytes of goodness.