can we talk about how this fucking pbs show aimed at little kids easily talked about how anxiety is stressful but normal
Ok no but can we talk about this entire episode?
It was called April 9th, and it was actually a response to the 9/11 attacks. It didn’t talk about the attacks themselves, but rather focused on teaching kids to deal with the all of the emotions that they might be feeling as a result. They set up a situation that might evoke similar emotions in children: a massive fire at the school.
Arthur’s dad was in the fire, so (as you can see above), Arthur is constantly worried about his dad’s safety.
Sue Ellen is grieving because her journal, which contained a huge amount of precious memories, was destroyed in the fire. Muffy is confused why she can’t just cheer Sue Ellen up by giving her a new journal.
Buster wasn’t at school that day, and feels confused and guilty that he isn’t sad about the fire like the other kids. He then befriends the school janitor, who has to retire due to an injury that, at his age, is pretty serious.
Binky actually saw the flames, and is constantly traumatized by the event. He doesn’t tell anyone because he feels like he would lose his tough-guy reputation if he admitted that he was scared.
The episode teaches kids that all of these emotions are perfectly normal and natural, that there’s not one right way to feel, and that even if it takes a while, things are going to be okay.
The thing that makes this show so great, in my opinion, is that it knows that kids are intellegent and strong enough to deal with these things if you present them in the right way. It doesn’t hide them, it doesn’t sugar coat them, it just presents them in a way that children can understand and shows them how to deal with them.
I never saw Arthur as a kid, I’d kinda like to give it a watch sometime
DON’T KILL BUGS! Bugs creep me out as much as the next guy but just because we’re bigger and smarter, it doesn’t mean we should go around randomly killing things. I don’t want to go on some vegan tirade or anything but if we all took the extra minute to put bugs outside instead of squashing them I think we would all be a little better off. Good karma and whatnot.
- When Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” was released in the summer of 1977, it was a massive box office success. At the time it was Columbia Pictures most successful film ever, and was considered a science fiction classic.
However, it did more than entertain the masses, as it also brought to the public’s attention the scale in which ‘real life’ close encounters are classified.
A close encounter is an event where a person witnesses an unidentified flying object and/or its occupants. Created by Astronomer and UFO researcher J. Allen Hynek, the term itself, and the system of classification, were first suggested in his book ‘The UFO Experience: A Scientific Inquiry’.
Hynek first ventured into ufology when he was contacted by the United States Air Force ‘Project sign’, a project that came about in response to the many UFO sightings in the 1940’s. Hynek was to study the many reports of sightings, and decide whether each one equated to a known astronomical object. He did not believe in UFOs, and his Astronomy background, along with his sceptical nature, suited Project Sign perfectly, they wanted UFOs and sightings to be debunked, even if Hynek had to stretch definitions and descriptions to fit.
Over time, the project changed names (to ‘project grudge’ and then ‘project blue book’), but Hyneks non-belief was beginning to sway. Not all of those reporting sightings were everyday civilians, but reports were coming in from those who would know the difference between manmade craft, astronomical bodies, and something as yet unknown. He began to come across events that just could not be explained.
In 1972 he wrote ‘The UFO Experience: A Scientific Inquiry’, and in it came his classification system for types of UFO sightings, and to aid in the scientific study. It is known as the Hynek Scale, and had three main categories of close encounters:
First Kind – this is for sightings of an unidentified object. The object must be sighted within 500feet of the witness to reduce the possibility of misidentifying known craft and phenomena.
Second Kind – This is a visual sighting that is accompanied with physical evidence.
Third Kind – This includes the sighting of the unidentified object, as well as its occupants. This is also the name of Steven Spielberg’s movie, which culminates in this experience in the final scene. Allen Hynek was also a consultant for the movie, and makes a cameo appearance towards the end.
Each of these categories have later had subcategories added to them, especially the third kind, depending on the exact nature of the observation, and what took place, i.e. Whether the occupant was seen inside or outside of the craft etc.
The term ‘occupant’, instead of ‘alien’ or ‘extraterrestrial’, was used by Hynek, as he did not believe there was enough evidence to suggest these beings were from off world, or that they were of a physical reality at the time of creating the scale.
Later on, unofficial yet accepted extra categories were added, as the nature of experiences changed, or new types of experiences came to light. Each of these extra categories have been suggested by different people or groups/societies.
Fourth Kind – The witness had been abducted by the UFO or its occupants. Also it tends to include experiences where the witness’s sense of reality had been transformed, while in proximity of the craft or its occupants.
Fifth Kind – communication with the occupants i.e. extraterrestrial intelligence. This can be voluntary, involuntary, using the ability of speech and hearing or telepathically.
Sixth Kind – This is an encounter where the outcome is injury or death. It is argued these are just close encounters of the second kind, due to the fact that the injury or death constitutes physical evidence.
Seventh Kind – this is for encounters where ‘mating’ is initiated, in order to produce a hybrid human-alien. This can be voluntary or involuntary on the part of the experiencer.
There is an Eighth Kind, but it is so similar to the Seventh Kind I cannot work out the difference.
All of these encounters can, and often are, abbreviated as CE1, CE2, CE3… CE (Close Encounter) 1 (First Kind) etc. Close encounters earlier on the scale do seem to be more common than those appearing later on the scale. Witnesses seeing unidentified objects are much more common than those who have suffered injury or died during such an event.
Do you believe you have had a ‘Close Encounter’? What category did it fall under?
Ashley Hall 2013
Photos: Still from the movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” Inset Right: J. Allen Hynek in his cameo for the movie.
IF YOUR HEART DIDN’T SHATTER INTO A MILLION FRAGMENTS WHEN THAT LAST LINE WAS SAID YOU ARE NOT HUMAN.
I watched this the other week and i started crying my eyes out.
See. It’s not fair. They took Goofy, who even in GOOF TROOP was still just overly silly and meant for splapstick, and they give Goofy real world fatherhood problems. And to this DAY I will still mist up for this scene.
movies not to watch when you have dad issues #309
This breaks my heart every time. Plus when you think that Max is really the only thing Goofy has since his wife died…I mean he has Mickey Mouse and Donald but this is his son we are talking about. His only family left is Max and he doesn’t want Goofy in his life.