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Postcards from Buster; Buster Gets On Board: Los Angeles, CA



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Postcards from Buster
Buster Gets On Board: Los Angeles, CA
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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

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Inspired by his arrival in Hollywood, Buster decides to direct a skateboarding action flick featuring Sue Ellen's pen pal Brandon and his skateboarding team. Buster discovers that courage and dedication are two key ingredients to becoming serious skateboarders.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Children will gain some understanding of skateboarding teamwork and culture in Los Angeles. They will observe similarities and differences between their own experiences and those of the children in this episode who love to skateboard with family and friends. For children who are in the process of learning English, this episode models ways to offer encouragement and ask questions to learn more about another person and his or her interests. It also builds children's familiarity with vocabulary related to movie-making and skateboards.



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