Lance – what’s up with the bunny ears, don’t they slow you down?
He’s the kid who taught a world of youngsters how to spell “aardvark” â€” and that’s not all.
He’s Arthur, the 8-year-old aardvark with Philip Johnson glasses, who’s back for a new season on PBS with his animated trans-species community of friends.
One of five new episodes of “Arthur” premiering this fall (with five more debuting next spring), Monday’s edition has an election-year theme â€” plus a guest appearance (in cartoon form) by Lance Armstrong.
In a nutshell: Arthur’s pal Binky (a willful bulldog) wants bike lanes installed in Elwood City, and he hits on the idea of persuading voters to adopt the plan in the upcoming election.
Binky doesn’t know much about campaign strategy. Fortunately, he hooks up with Armstrong (a biker-shorts-clad bunny in town for a race), who furnishes tips about bike safety as well as the value of promoting a good cause.
As always, “Arthur” is funny, charming and full of bright ideas. At the start of season 12, Arthur and his pals show no signs of growing up. But they have a lot to say to their young viewers, who will. (Check local listings for airtimes.)