"Postcards from Buster" 2nd Season After "Two Moms" Controversy
The New York Times is reporting on the abbreviated second season of Postcards from Buster on PBS (registration required), which began in November and will run through February. The animation/live-action hybrid series made headlines in January 2005 when an episode showed the animated Buster visiting a real-life family in Vermont that had two mothers, which led to criticism from conservative groups and Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. The article notes how the controversy delayed production of the second season and led to a loss of multiple public and private funding sources.
However, the show refuses to shy away from potentially controversial topics, with one upcoming episodes centering on a visit to Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, where Buster meets a family whose father is deployed in Iraq, and another where Buster revisits children who lost homes and possessions during Hurricane Katrina.