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With kids show ‘Arthur’ canceled after 25 years, fans want to know what happened

With the twenty fifth season of “Arthur” set to mark the top of the animated youngsters’s present, followers, together with one in all its creators, are nonetheless attempting to determine why it was canceled.

Earlier this month, Kathy Waugh, who developed the present based mostly on Marc Brown’s e book sequence, spoke to former voice actor Jason Szwimer about why she disagrees with the cancellation.

“‘Arthur’ is not in manufacturing. We had our wrap celebration two years in the past. I believe [PBS] made a mistake, and I believe ‘Arthur’ ought to come again, and I do know I’m not alone in considering they made a mistake,” Waugh informed Szwimer, who voiced Arthur’s sister, D.W., on his podcast “Finding D.W.”

“I don’t know if it was a scores difficulty or if it felt prefer it wanted to be retired,” Waugh added. “To me, it felt evergreen, prefer it was by no means going to finish however it did finish, we completed the final episode, season 25 two years in the past.”

Whereas the information was introduced this month, the sequence wrapped up production at GBH Boston in 2019. PBS Youngsters has not launched a public clarification for the sequence’ demise. A consultant for GBH didn’t instantly reply to The Occasions’ request for remark.

In a press release to USA Today, government producer Carol Greenwald mentioned, “‘Arthur’ will proceed to be out there on PBS KIDS for years to come back,” referring to reruns that may air after the sequence has ended.

The beloved present, which first aired in 1996, adopted Arthur Learn, an 8-year-old aardvark, and his life within the fictional American metropolis of Elwood Metropolis. Identified for addressing racism, bullying, autism and even a controversial gay-marriage episode, “Arthur” taught viewers, particularly younger youngsters, the worth of kindness.

The cartoon centered on celebrating leaders like the late John Lewis and accepting those that expertise distinctive challenges.

Responding to a Wednesday post from the official “Arthur” Twitter account, followers weighed in with their very own tales in regards to the present and the way grateful they had been that it was a part of their lives.

Avery Merrick tweeted, “It’s exhausting to summarize phrases to explain what I really feel about this information. Arthur is a animated sequence from PBS Youngsters that’s instructional and informative (E/I), however didn’t drive it down our throats. That’s what made it good. 25 years with 253 episodes is a really spectacular run.”

Another fan tweeted, “So I simply came upon Arthur is ending…” accompanied by a picture of Arthur crying.

Someone posted an image of a chimp wanting sad beside the caption,”me upset that Arthur is ending while concurrently not having been conscious it was even nonetheless operating.”



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