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Postcards from Buster; Finding Family in Chennai



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Postcards from Buster
Finding Family in Chennai
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Series Description

Buster, one of the most popular characters on ARTHUR will accompany his airline pilot father as he flies the fictional Latin rock group Los Viajeros on a concert tour of the United States, with forays into Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Buster will stay in touch with his friends back home via a small, hand-held digital video camera. These first-person video "postcards" will be in the form of live-action, P.O.V.-style footage of the places visited in the show. Narrated by Buster, they are woven seamlessly into each animated story. "It's important for children to experience cultures different from their own," says WGBH executive producer Carol Greenwald. "Putting Buster on the road and immersing him in real-life settings via the live-action 'postcards' is a perfect vehicle to teach children about the rich and complex cultural life that exists across America." Series release date: 2004

Program Description

Chennai, India

In the new episode “Finding Family in Chennai,”Buster travels to India. He is ready to hit the beach in Chennai, India, but his teacher, Mr. Ratburn, has other plans. He has assigned the class, including Buster, a social studies project to create a family tree that explains the person each of them is today. Mr. Ratburn puts Buster in touch with Nandan, a student at the Sishya School, who helps Buster construct his tree. But Buster despairs, as his tree looks more like a shrub compared to Nandan’s! As Buster takes a walk along the beach for inspiration, he meets Sruthi, a bharatanatyam dancer, and a young Vedic chanter named Aditya. In the end, Buster learns that the real meaning of family is more than his parents and grandparents.



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Chicago: “Postcards from Buster; Finding Family in Chennai,” 06/08/2010, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 26, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_93490330717B4C0F883E652ACD1C5489.
MLA: “Postcards from Buster; Finding Family in Chennai.” 06/08/2010. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 26, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_93490330717B4C0F883E652ACD1C5489>.
APA: Postcards from Buster; Finding Family in Chennai. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_93490330717B4C0F883E652ACD1C5489
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