29
Oct
10

Reading Digest: “The Raven” Edition

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“Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!” – Homer Simpson

This week we’ve got four different links mentioning the final segment of “Treehouse of Horror”.  Some people are mentioning it as part of television history, other’s are using it for lesser purposes like educating children.  In addition to that we’ve got some non-IGN synergy, lots of Halloween related YouTube, and a couple of cool Simpsons Halloween costumes. 

Enjoy.

Come along, Bort! – This is Smooth Charlie’s Click of the Week.  It’s a fine job, both by Universal Studios for wasting precious retail space, and to whoever took this picture. 

Apple Newton – Fifteen years later and the Apple Newton lives through mockery. 

Simpsons get the vinyl treatment (again) – IGN may be out of the fake review business, but there’s plenty of other News Corp. properties out there.  Here’s The New York Post pimping Simpsons collectables. 

David Mirkin to adapt Richard Branson’s memoir – The headline tells you pretty much everything that’s in the article.  Richard Branson’s getting a biopic. 

I Work From Home … and I Homeschool – You can learn everything you need to know from The Simpsons:

There have been many pluses to teaching Christopher at home. Along with studying the actual literature, we watched The Simpsons version of The Ravenand the BBC production of Austen’s Emma AND IT TOTALLY COUNTED AS CURRICULUM. Which is more full of WIN than I can adequately express.

Where else can you see Darth Vader reciting one of the most famous poems in the English language?

Spooking, slaying and egging: 10 classic Halloween TV episodes – There’s that poem again, this time at the top of a long list which goes all the way back to Bewitched

J-M students feast on Poe’s ‘The Raven’ – Ninth graders and fourth graders coming together to learn about Poe with The Simpsons.

Quote the Raven, NEVERMORE! – Several YouTube versions of Poe’s most famous poem, including the one from “Treehouse of Horror” and a slightly overproduced version read by Christopher Walken. 

Plus jamais sans mon donuts ! – Even in other languages people can’t talk about donuts without at least mentioning Homer Simpson. 

Cartoonism – Positing some cartoon-religion pairs that make a lot more sense than the Simpsons being Catholic.

The Making of The Simpsons… Halloween Costumes – How to make excellent Homer and Marge costumes.  Sadly, none of the pictures show the completed work, so we’ll have to check back after Halloween. 

Do the Bartman! – Australian street art of Bart fending off a giant Snowball II.

Battle of the (Fake) Bands: The 10 Best TV/Movie Musicians – Bands from movies and teevee, lots of good YouTube here, including shaky-cam Be Sharps. 

The Shinning – Speaking of shaky-cam YouTube, anyone want to watch The Shinning?

Song Of The Day: 10/26/2010 – There’s still more YouTube here, in this case it’s the Stonecutters song.

Help Vampire Mob Reach Their Goal For Season 2 – Marcia Wallace’s side project needs some money.

The Simpsons Theme Played on Toys – This has a million and a half views despite being barely a week old, and it totally deserves them:

Fox Ratings Reign Endangered by 17% Drop in Audience – Someone else noticed that the ratings for Zombie Simpsons suck.  Maybe they should cancel it. 

The Simpsons Costume – Cool Simpsons costumes, Marge, Lisa and Flanders (via). 

Best talk ever – A short recap of the appearance Mike Reiss made in Minnesota last week. 

‘Mo’vember is incoming; the greatest TV moustaches ever! – A list of great moustaches, with lots of pictures, including one of a rather distressed looking Flanders. 

Happy Treehouse of Horror Day – I’m not just mentioning this because it links to us.  It’s a general paean to the Halloween specials that comes with a question at the end:

Finally, what’s your favourite Treehouse of Horror segment? I think “Dial ‘Z’ for Zombies” (from season 4) is usually my favourite — though in my opinion it’s the standout in an otherwise weakish special, where you can sort of tell that the other two segments came out poorly and were saved by endless redubbing and re-cutting. A close runner-up is “Time and Punishment” (season 6), which has led me to expect Mr. Peabody to tell Sherman “Quiet, you!” whenever I see a Rocky and Bullwinkle rerun.

This leads to people discussing their favorite segments in the comments and, wouldn’t you know it, Zombie Simpsons comes up only once.  And even that person just says that that the Halloween parts haven’t gone south (implying that the rest has), and then mentions a Season 14 bit before talking about two segments from the good old days. 


4 Responses to “Reading Digest: “The Raven” Edition”


  1. 1 Huggies
    29 October 2010 at 2:36 pm

    That first link is amazing!

  2. 31 October 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Not to self-promote, but I did a ToH piece partially talking about the ridiculously low depths to which Zombie ToH episodes have stooped:

    http://mendthiscrack.wordpress.com/2010/10/28/the-best-and-worst-of-the-treehouse-of-horror/

    Hope the reading value outweighs the linking-to-myself sleaziness. Thanks for these links, and happy Halloween!

  3. 23 January 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Thanks for the link to my site!


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