Benjamin Rosenbaum

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I used to watch a lot of Arthur when my 8-year-old was younger. Now, my 2- and 3-year-old are just getting old enough to be interested. It's a good show, though I wish they'd make it a little clearer for the younger crowd that DW's behavior is mostly bratty. My favorite episode is the one with the South Park-style version of Arthur.


P.S. Trivia: What is DW's name?

Posted by Joe Ganley at December 16, 2004 10:40 AM

Dora Winifred Read. We learn this in "D.W. the Picky Eater" where she flings a bowl of spinach onto the head of a waiter, and her mom says, "Dora Winifred Read!!!"

What episode has the South Park version of Arthur? Holy moley! Does he talk like a South Park character?

My favorite episode is the postmodern, send-up one with the green potato chips, "The Chips Are Down", I believe. Favorite line: Binky, in the audience at intermission, learning that his tough friends think his ballet performance was in fact cool, flinging off his trenchcoat and crying "I've got a swan to catch!"

I went to Toys R Us to buy stuff for Aviva's birthday, and to my horror, everything was branded. You can't just buy party hats. You can only buy My Little Pony party hats or Spiderman 2 party hats or Power Rangers party hats or Barbie party hats. This infuriated me. I realized the only branded objects Aviva would actually groove on would be Arthur ones. But they didn't have any.

I love D.W.'s behavior -- she's tough, sassy, smart, and refuses to back down. She's a perfect counterpoint to Arthur's studious, nervous earnestness. Bratty isn't the worst thing in the world. (But I'm all about the strong women).

Posted by Benjamin Rosenbaum at December 16, 2004 10:54 AM

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