Walhberg and Kormakur previously worked together on 2 Guns in 2013, but this film seems to be much different in tone and subject matter. Arthur chronicles the story of Mikael Lindnord, the captain of a Swedish adventure racing team. During a race through the Ecuadorian jungle, Mikael encountered a stray dog. After the team fed the dog a meatball, Arthur followed them through some of the toughest terrain on the planet. Mikael even ended up adopting Arthur after the race and brought him back to Sweden!
The film looks to be a heartwarming and emotional journey following the team’s struggle through the race. If you want to learn more about the story before the movie comes out, check out Mikael Lindford’s account of this inspirational story! Nonfiction fans are sure to love this one.
The story of the race will appeal to readers interested in endurance, while the story about the powerful connection that can develop between people and dogs will find a broader readership among dog lovers.
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Literature is full of countless incredible female characters, and many of them are able to make a mark on the worlds they inhabit. Some, though, aren’t so lucky. Some don’t get the happy endings they deserve. Let’s take a look at some wronged women from classic literature.
Lydia Bennet – Pride & Prejudice
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Okay, so things work out a LITTLE less tragic for this version of Lydia, but overall she should’ve had more help. All those sisters, and no one to protect her from Wickham. She carries on a whole secret affair and actually runs away with him, and no one’s any the wiser. Lydia is only fifteen, and even though Wickham is eventually forced to marry her, basically satisfying everyone, she deserved so much better than that user. It’s honestly hard to watch. Know your value, girl!
Morgan Le Fay – Arthurian Legend
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Morgan Le Fay has been reimagined countless times since her legendary origins, and it seems like every time she gets a little more evil. Sure, from the beginning she was ambiguous, and who could blame her? Of course, she was always ambiguous, but so were her motives. The supposed half sister of King Arthur, and possible lover of Merlin, it’s not clear how Morgan gained her powers. She’s married off almost as soon as Arthur is born. Nevertheless, she’s a powerful character, and doesn’t need to be vilified.
Ophelia – Hamlet
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Ophelia is maybe the classic example. What did she ever do to anybody? Okay, so she isn’t perfect, but being constantly yelled at and gaslit by the rest of the cast would make anyone a little jittery. Sometimes Hamlet acts like he cares about her, sometimes he doesn’t. On several occasions he’s extremely, senselessly cruel. Her father is a little better. Ophelia just gets tossed around by the rest of the plot, trying to live her life when no one has the least interest in her. She deserved a lot better.
The internet blew up with the news that the twenty-second season premiere of Arthur would feature a same-sex wedding. The popular children’s cartoon is based on a series of books written and illustrated by Marc Brown. A lot of strong opinions were made when the episode aired, especially in one certain state.
Alabama Public Television decided not to air the episode “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone” which featured the wedding. Instead, the network decided to show a rerun episode instead, and has no intention of showing the episode in the future.
When asked about the decision, APT director of programming Mike McKenzie said that airing the episode would “take away the choice of parents who felt it was too inappropriate for their children”.
“Parents have trusted Alabama Public Television for more than fifty years to provide children’s programs that entertain, educate and inspire. More importantly – although we strongly encourage parents to watch television with their children and talk about what they have learned afterwards – parents trust that their children can watch APT without their supervision. We also know that children who are younger than the ‘target’ audience for Arthur also watch the program.”
“Why shouldn’t their teacher marry another man? We all know people who are gay, who are trans, and it’s something that is socially acceptable. Why is there this discomfort that it takes a leap into our national media?” he adds. “I don’t want children or people who are different to feel excluded. That’s not the kind of world we want to live in. And we want children to be educated so they can see there’s not just one type of family. Everyone should feel represented. I think we did that with Arthur.”
This is sure to be a hot-button topic for many, so what do you think? Do you agree with the choice to not air the episode?