Buster the Bunny not backing down
This weekend's New York Times featured an article on the current state of Postcards from Buster, which is actually in its second season. Its episode order number, however, was cut from 40 to 10. None of this has stopped Buster's producers from tackling hot button issues from a child's perspective - literally, a child's perspective. If you haven't seen the show, it intercuts animated sequences with knee-cap high documentary footage. This season the show features a military family with a father deployed in Iraq and border families in Tijuana and San Diego. Buster's producers are looking for foreign funding for a third season and hope to take Buster to Africa, China and the Middle East.
Frankly, I think Buster is playing it too safe. These issues may sound "hot button," but within the context of the show, they play out is a fairly innocuous, apolitical manner. Because things are told from a child's perspective, you don't hear, "Well, mom, is an ardent lesbian separatist who would like to thwart the Bush administration's current domestic policies." The children say things a little closer to, "I like bubble tea. Do you want some?" In the end, these producers are damned if they do, damned if they don't. So, why not abandon the "we're not leftist" pretense? Postcards from Buster - season four proposals, anyone? Buster takes a transgendered lover and visits a family of atheist doctors who covertly run contraceptives into Cuba?