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Postcards from Buster - Buster's Outdoor Journeys

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Connecting kids with kids while promoting cultural awareness and building language skills are the innovative goals of Postcards from Buster, a PBS Kids show that began as a single episode of Arthur before spinning-off into its own series in 2004. The show features Arthur’s best pal, Buster Baxter, who travels the country with his airline pilot father recording his adventures on a video camera for his friends back in Elwood City. In a unique departure from traditional cartoons, Buster’s animated character steps into live-action footage, interacts with children from all walks of American life, and briefly partakes in their family traditions and hobbies. "Buster’s Outdoor Journeys" is a collection of four 22-minute episodes from the series, this time taking viewers on a journey from the bayous of Louisiana to a Midwest county fair, treating them to maple syrup in Vermont, farm life in Indiana, and giant pumpkins in Oregon. Each show incorporates an original song about the city or region to enhance the story while helping viewers learn the English language through repetition and rhyme. (Ages 4 to 8) Lynn Gibson

Special Features

  • Four episodes: Sugartime (Hinesburg, VT), Meet Me at the Fair (Knox, IN), The Giant Pumpkins (Mt. Hood, OR), Bayou by Me (Sidell, LA)
  • Drawing with Marc Brown, creator of the Arthur book series
  • Overview of the series for parents and educators

Product Details

  • Actors: Daniel Brochu, Vanessa Abruzzo, Elizabeth Diaga, Stephanie Martin, Glenn Coulson
  • Directors: Jyllian Gunther
  • Writers: Billy Aronson, Gentry Menzel, Michael Merton, Stephanie Simpson
  • Producers: Jyllian Gunther, Bernardo Ruiz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2005
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A6T26W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,449 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Postcards from Buster - Buster's Outdoor Journeys" on IMDb

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"Outdoor Journeys" --- a must buy for fans of the show because it contains an episode of the program not aired on many PBS stations --- "Sugartime!" Why is this so bad? What's so awful about this episode? Well --- it includes a visit to the home of some kids who have two Moms. Ooh, scary! Best run away from home right now kids --- these women's evil, corrupt lifestyle is going to *destroy* you.

Actually, they spend all of about two minutes on this topic. Buster comments on how he thinks it's neat that these kids have two Moms --- "wow, that's a lot of Moms" and that's it. No mention is even made of them being lesbians and a lot of the little kids watching might not even notice or care unless it's brought up to them.

Note that because of this episode, there are a couple things different about this DVD from the other "Postcards" DVD releases. All episodes except "Sugartime!" are preceded by a notice that funding was provided by a Ready to Learn No Child Left Behind grant. "Sugartime!" does not contain this notice because the funding was unwisely pulled. Also, the episodes do not play continuously when selected individually.

Now onto a more detailed DVD review.

There are also three other episodes "Meet Me at the Fair" (Knox, IN), "The Giant Pumpkins" (Mt. Hood, OR) and "Bayou, By Me." (Sidell, LA) These are all great episodes and feature Buster learning some important things --- not to lie to his parents for one. What's really cool is that these feature some interesting trivia and things --- you can actually learn more about these real giant pumpkins by searching around online.

DVD special features are the same as other "Postcards" releases --- an outline of the series for Parents and Educators and Drawing with Marc Brown. Wisely, I think, they chose not to include any special commentary or specials about the "Sugartime!" episode.
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By Rob on December 14, 2005
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Reviews have apparently been overbalanced by people who are threatened by the idea of Buster meeting kids whose parents are lesbians. <shakes head>

Below is an excerpt from an article in a Tucson paper that clears the air a bit:

In the episode that upset U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, Buster learns how to make maple syrup in Vermont with some real children and their parents, who are all women. One little girl refers to her mother and stepmother.

"That's a lot of moms!" Buster remarks in the episode titled, "Sugarland!" Nothing more is said about the families.
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First of all: Please let me say that I really liked this DVD and I have it in my house somewhere. It's worth watching with your family

Second of all: This is probably going to be long and it is most likely going to offend a lot of people, but all of you need to grow up. I have watched all the episodes including the "dangerous and deadly" episode "Sugartime" in which Buster learns about maple syrup and then along the way he meets two kids who have two moms. During the visit, Buster says excitedly those "chilling" words: "That's a lot of moms!" Since these chilling words have been spoken, PBS and some people who support it have pulled the "Sugartime" episode where it could never be seen, but it is included with the dvd, however, back to the point. Everyone, please grow up! Just because Buster says "That's a lot of moms," doesn't mean it's going to corrupt your kids. For some reason, parents keep thinking that there kids are going to become gay or lesbians. You can all relax because it's not going to happen. If anything happens, only the person who wants it to happen can make it happen, no show or book can make something happen or corrupt you. Only you have the power to do that to yourself. I am a Christian and I beleive that it is wrong and I don't want people to be a homosexual, but it's their choice and everyone has a right to do what they want even if we don't think so. In conclusion, please enjoy this dvd and please accept the fact that in two minutes, two moms are mentioned and please just get on with your life.
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