Postcards from Buster

Common Sense Media says

Kids who like Arthur will enjoy Buster's travels.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Diversity is a theme throughout Buster's sojourns. But the animated female characters (hello, Francine!) can be screechy, bossy, or boy-crazy.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

Buster is privileged to have a cell phone, video camera, and laptop computer. Plus he flies on a private jet (which his father pilots). It's incidental, but important to the plot.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Buster, friend of Arthur from the series of the same name, has the chance to travel North America on his father's plane with a fictional Latin rock group called Los Viajeros. As a child of divorce, Buster is happy to spend time with his dad, who travels often. During his travels, Buster meets kids from all over North America, learning about their lives and their beliefs. Diversity is the name of the game, though the program can be rather male-centric.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Arthur fans will be familiar with the cartoon cast of POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER -- but this series goes beyond the fictional world that the 'toons inhabit, interspersing live video footage of the people Buster meets as well. Postcards from Buster crosses race, ethnic, religious, and class lines with the greatest of ease. So while Buster isn't the most evolved character in the world -- he tends to obsess about junk food, and he can get frustrated rather easily -- he's also able to ask things like "what's a reservation?" to a Native American host without feeling self-conscious.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Postcards from Buster earned some notoriety after it was singled out by the Department of Education for an episode featuring a girl in Vermont who proudly showed a photo of her mom and her female life partner. The discussion that this brief snapshot of real life incurred might not be a bad thing, though, because talking about people's choices is always a good conversation for families to have. Ultimately, the tone set by Postcards from Buster is one of tolerance and diversity -- a timely reflection of the melting pot in which we live.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the way that other people live their lives -- how does what kids see in this series reflect or differ from life in their own hometown? What do they take away from Buster's travels? Do they get any ideas of where they might want to travel?

TV details

Cast:Daniel Brochu
Network:PBS
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Adventures
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD

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Adult Written byLagoobs April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Adult Written bylumitwo April 9, 2008
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good show, educational too!

My kids both like this show ... though they aren't rivited. I like that Buster travels the USA and meets people from all walks of life. He explores culteral differences in a way that all kids can relate to. My kids prefer Arthur, but this is a nice tie in that offers something other shows don't.
Teen, 14 years old Written byrebma97 September 11, 2011
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Arthur Spinoff

It's not as good as Arthur, but it's alright. It's education because it teaches about different countries, cities, and other geographay
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