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Postcards from Buster is a spin-off of the TV show Arthur. Inspired by a 2003 Arthur episode called "Postcards from Buster", the series was produced by Cinar (now known as Cookie Jar) and Marc Brown Studios.
Arthur Read and friends only make occasional cameos in the episodes.
The series went through a hiatus between 2008 and February 2012. Two new episodes of season 3 have aired on WGBH 2, and reruns of older episodes will begin to air in March.
Postcards from Buster centers on Buster Baxter traveling to various places around North America, usually in the United States but also in the Caribbean, Canada, and other places, with his father, who is a pilot for a group of musicians. This was during the time in the Arthur series where Buster left Elwood City for some time to travel with his dad. In each episode Buster meets children in the location, who show him aspects of their family lives and local culture. The sequences with Buster are animated, while the portions featuring the children are live action (viewed from the viewpoint of Buster's video camcorder). After each trip, Buster sends to Arthur a "video postcard" videotape summarizing what he's done and who he's met in each location. The children and their families that are presented on the series are meant to be multicultural and diverse, and range from a Mormon family in Utah to a Mestizo family in Texas.
Arthur and Buster Thanksgiving Spectacular aired on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2005. This two-hour special featured several Arthur stories and two complete episodes of Postcards from Buster, as well as interstitial postcard segments from Buster, segments with kids from the show Zoom and a small additional factoid regarding Arthur and Buster. The Arthur stories shown were: "Buster's Green Thumb", "Dad's Dessert Dilemma", "Thanks a Lot, Binky" and "The Ballad of Buster Baxter". The Postcards from Buster episodes shown were: "Best Friends" and "Among the Hmong". At the end of the special, a secret password for a new game at the official PBS Kids Arthur website was revealed.
A series of Postcards from Buster DVDs of a certain topic have been released by Paramount Home Entertainment. These include Buster's Outdoor Journeys (featuring episodes Sugartime, Meet Me at the Fair, The Giant Pumpkins and Bayou by Me), Buster's Got the Beat (featuring episodes Beats by the Bay, Buster and Beatrice, The Music Mystery and Buster's Sweet Song), Buster's Buddies (featuring episodes Buster's League of Champions, Best Friends, A Sense of Direction and Sleepy in Seattle) and Buster's World of Sports (featuring episodes Winter Gold, Swimming in the Desert, Rock and Roll and Rodeo Cowgirl).
On October 12, 2010, Mill Creek Entertainment released the complete first season on DVD in Region 1. For some unknown reason, the cover art for the DVD states that this is 'The complete series', when in fact it is not as there are 13 more episodes.