Season 8 Episode 6

Postcards From Buster!

Aired Daily 4:00 PM Dec 22, 2003 on PBS
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Episode Summary

"Postcards from Buster, Part I"

Pack your bags! Buster is going to New York to visit his dad Bo. He won't have to go alone; the Reads will be joining him.

"Postcards from Buster, Part II"

In this combination of live action and animation, Buster and the Reads enjoy all the wonderous sights of New York, including Central Park and Broadway. With his trusty video camera documenting every move, Buster is having a blast! But what happens when he and his aardvark friend get lost in Chinatown?moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • “Postcards From Buster” is the pivotal introduction episode, which leaves a great place to start the ARTHUR spin-off, POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER.

    The half-hour show begins with Arthur and Buster eavesdropping on their mothers and finding out that Buster will be joining the Reads on a trip to New York City, to visit Busters father, Bo Baxter. While straying away from the typical Arthur storyline, this episode helps create a new world for the spin-off, Postcards From Buster. The episode tends to revolve around Buster’s brand new camcorder, donated by his mother. Along with Arthur, Buster and his father go searching around New York City to find a Latin Rock Group, The Viajeros. Of course, the trio gets lost, and through Buster’s camcorder and live-action filming, the audience experiences many parts of New York, including The Bronx and Chinatown.

    Of course, DW and her antics did not fail to amuse. From her “hotel-freebie” stage to Broadway fever, DW provided a great source of comic relief.

    Overall, the episode is remarkable and does a great job capturing New York City as well as producing a decent story line for children to follow. Even more remarkable, this episode sets an amazing level for the spin-off show to follow including characters, plot, and story. As an episode, this was nothing short of another excellent Arthur presentation.

Jodie Resther

Jodie Resther

Francine Alice Frensky

Arthur Holden

Arthur Holden

Mr. Nigel Emil Ratburn

Michael Yarmush

Michael Yarmush

Voice of Arthur Timothy Read (1996-2001)

Sonja Ball

Sonja Ball

Janet Read

Bruce Dinsmore

Bruce Dinsmore

David Read / Binky Barnes

Danny Brochu

Danny Brochu

Buster Baxter

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In this episode of Arthur, Buster's dad, Bo, is shown to have a gray, fur-covered face that looks more rabbit-like. But, in the actual show of Postcards from Buster, Bo is shown to have a more humanoid face that is white and has brown hair between his rabbit ears as well.

    • The sidewalk artist that Buster meets, Dr. De La Vega, is actually real life street artist James De La Vega.

    • Why would the Unicornucopia promoters list a one-star review in their advertisement?

    • Buster's dad should have had enough intelligence to not park in front of a sign that said, "Don't even think of parking here". For that matter, he should have been wise enough to not attempt to park in New York City at all.

  • QUOTES (0)

  • NOTES (6)

    • The sequence in which D.W. fantasizes about living in a hotel seems to reference two other children's book series. Kay Thompson's Eloise series is about a six-year-old girl who lives in New York's Plaza Hotel. Bernard Waber's Lyle the Crocodile series is about a friendly crocodile who lives in a New York brownstone. (Interestingly enough, Waber released a book in 1977 entitled An Anteater Named Arthur.)

    • Elwood City's airport is named the Katzenellenbogan Airport. Jacob Katzenellenbogan was the founder of Elwood City, as the episode "Elwood City Turns 100" pointed out.

    • Elwood City's Baseball Team Is The "Elwood City Grebes", a type of extinct bird (Green Tailed Grebe) first mentioned in the 100th episode celebration.

    • This episode gives a name for Buster's Dad: Bo Baxter.

    • There was no "And Now A Word From Us Kids" interstitial segment in this episode.

    • This special two-part episode of Arthur introduces Postcards From Buster, a new spin-off series featuring Buster on a concert tour with a band being flown around by his Dad. This series premiered in 2004.


    • Buster: Buster has a copy of Death of a Salesman
      A copy of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman is shown sitting in Buster's house. Buster quoted from this play in the episode "Buster's Sweet Success".