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Elsewhere on the furry animal front: I've long taken issue with Arthur, the PBS cartoon character who is to an aardvark what a pika is to an anteater, and whose program takes the soft-sell approach to indoctrinating the kids on non-stereotypical gender roles and Kwanzaa and like trappings of progressive ed school enlightenment. But the kids like the show, so what the hey.
However, I've drawn the line on the grating, creepy spinoff Postcards from Buster, in which Arthur's bunny pal is given a seemingly endless holiday from school to fly about the country and take videos of the people and places he visits.
Buster's bunny friends and family are odd hominids, basically humans with rabbit ears who suggest experimental cross-bred mutants from the Island of Dr. Moreau. The father bunny's eyeglasses even rest on the place where his non-existent human ears should be.
Mixing live action and animation, the series has Buster visiting real people, all of whom are members of ethnic minorities and perform in folk dance troupes. They speak directly into the camera as if conversing with a high-voiced bunny interlocutor actually there. Prolonged exposure to the show = nails on a blackboard.
The other night Buster the Wandering Eyeball was interviewing mimes. That tore it. I have since taken to mocking the show openly in front of the children.
The program now finds itself at the center of controversy over an episode in which the roving high-pitched inquisitive bunny visits lesbian sugar-maple-tappers in Vermont (who may or may not be contra dancers in their spare time). All I can say is, if the show's funding gets cut, it's all right by me.