OK, I have to admit: I'm in my twenties, and I still enjoy watching Arthur, the PBS cartoon based on Marc Brown's classic picture books for first and second graders, which I also used to read when I was, well, in first and second grade. I feel a bit guilty about watching this show because um, maybe it's a little regressive of me?
But in defense, Arthur is one of the few cartoons for kids these days that isn't anime and doesn't involve fighting. Instead, Arthur is just a show about a kid being a kid (though I guess the main character and his family are technically anteaters). Watching this, I find myself totally engrossed in Muffy's birthday party or Francine's school project.
But! That's not to say that the show isn't high-minded. Arthur is almost point-for-point a young Woody Allen — already showing signs of neurotic hand-wringing, a highly analytical nature, and a penchant for the self-reflective monologues. Don't forget about the glasses!
I like Arthur b/c all the characters on the show are well-defined. It's a very simple viewing pleasure. Give in!
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