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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.
This movie is the perfect example of what Arthur looks like in the wrong hands. The TV show is filled with a lot of heart and a lot of humor. It's one of those rare shows that adults and kids can enjoy. That magic is completely gone from this movie. This movie is not funny at all and it completely misses the mark.
The weird thing about this movie is that they bring back the same actors who play Arthur's Mom, Arthur's Dad/Binky (they're played by the same guy) and Buster from the TV show, but the rest of the characters are voiced by completely different people. I couldn't understand this. Muffy and Francine have been voiced by the same actresses for the past 16 years, yet they couldn't be in the movie? What makes Arthur so great is how much personality the characters have, but in this movie, the characters have little to no personality at all. The performances of the new voice actors don't capture their character at all and just come across and annoying and whiny.
Let's not forget to mention that there was already an Arthur episode in the past about Pal running away and this movie reuses the same plot. I couldn't really care less about Pal running away and Arthur spending the entire movie trying to save him. It becomes very tedious to watch, especially since the movie has no substance and it's already been done before, just in a different way.
I know this is a kids movie, but they should have at least done Arthur some justice.Read more ›
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.)
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Cute movie for little kids.Published 4 months ago by Don't tell God how big the storm is. Tell the storm how big your God is :-)
Super cute movie. If your child is an Arthur fan they most likely really enjoy this. Great animation,cute dialogue and nice music.Published 6 months 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 12 months ago by Ashley Vasquez
My daughter is a big Arthur fan and she loved this movie. Very cute, probably best for kids 5-8 years old.Published on May 28, 2014 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 on May 13, 2014 by Bestgiftever!!!!
My son loves his DVD player and movies, and this was one on his list. Unfortunately, it's already gotten scratched and won't play. It was fun while it lasted :)Published on December 12, 2012 by B W
Our son had seen a preview of the movie on another kid's DVD. We finally got it for him for a special occasion. It has been a great dvd for him. Read morePublished on May 22, 2010 by Amazon Customer
Great DVD for the kids - Arthur stories always reinforce life's important lessons and this dvd is no exceptionPublished on April 26, 2010 by shopping addict