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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:
    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: #251,880 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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By George Buttner VINE VOICE on January 2, 2006
Format: DVD
"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
Format: DVD
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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My 4-year old daughter, who loves "Arthur," picked this out at a flea market recently. We'd read a couple of the internationally-themed Buster books from the library but were not familiar with the show.

This DVD is superb... it is by far the most educational children's DVD we own, and it became her favorite right away. It is especially nice for introducing city kids to more rural lifestyles.
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