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Arthur: Arthur's Missing Pal
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Although the voice-acting is as superb as it is in the original animated series, the animation in this film is quite different. This film is computer animated. Although I typically enjoy computer-animated films, the animation in this film is somewhat sub-standard. It is very similar to the children's series "Backyardigans". It is a 3-D environment, but things move very slowly, are not highly detailed, and in general appear very much like a "video game". It might be interesting seeing Arthur's world in 3D animation, but it detracts slightly from the original feel of the series. For fans of the original series, it will take some time adjusting to this. The characters don't have that "fluffy" quality -- they appear to be plastic.
Putting that point aside, this movie is a good family movie. It is short enough for short attention spans, and short enough so as not to bore parents to tears. The story is enjoyable, and you won't regret watching it a few times with your children.
From an adult standpoint, the Arthur series on PBS is clever and downright hilarious. I can't tell you how many times my husband and I have caught ourselves sitting down watching this show!
When my son saw Arthur's Missing Pal advertised on PBS, he of course wanted the DVD when it came out.
I bought it for him and he watched it a few times--but then he hasn't brought it out again. (To be fair, he goes through seasons with his DVD's--often watching "old favorites" out of the blue...)
I watched Arthur's Missing Pal with my son, and it was weird; it didn't "feel" like the animated show and it lacked the cleverness I've come to expect from this series. Even the "dream" sequences seemed uninspired. The CGI was so-so, with something being lost in the translation from animation to computer rendering. Although I recognized everyone, it didn't seem like the gang as envisioned by Marc Brown!
Fans of Arthur will probably enjoy this DVD, but I can't help but feel the animated DVDs/videos are a lot better (but this is from an adult point of view, of course.) I don't think Arthur's Missing Pal is worth more than $10; in my opinion, parents/adults are better off ordering animated Arthur DVDs which often include 3 or more episodes. (The Boy With His Head in the Clouds is a recent favorite of my son, as is Arthur's Perfect Christmas, Arthur's Double Dare and Aruthur's Celebration.)
Thank You PBS
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Super cute movie. If your child is an Arthur fan they most likely really enjoy this. Great animation,cute dialogue and nice music.Published 14 days ago by Jill Henshaw
BEST MOVIE EVER !!!! WHEN I WAS YOUNGER NY PARENTS BOUGHT ME THIS AND I COULDNT STOP WATCHING IT IS AMazing Literally it is The only thing tho is the graphics !!Published 6 months ago by Ashley Vasquez
My son received this as a gift for his birthday last year when he was really into Arthur. He is 4 and it was hard for him to sit through the movie. But what he watched he enjoyed.Published 16 months ago by Theresa B.
My daughter is a big Arthur fan and she loved this movie. Very cute, probably best for kids 5-8 years old.Published 20 months ago by mom
such a great movie! I saw it on a commercial and thr munchkin I nanny for wanted it. Now it will be around for the next set of kids!Published 21 months ago by Bestgiftever!!!!
I had such hope with this movie. I love Arthur. I grew up watching the show and I still watch it to this day as an adult. Read morePublished on June 7, 2013 by Jean M.