“Ah, the reward for a year’s worth of toil and sacrifice: Retrospecticus.” – Lisa Simpson
It being the end of the year and all, people are taking stock and looking back. This week that includes one long generalize look back at the show and two people who did what I did and looked back at “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”. In addition to that we’ve got lots of usage, retrospectives on other Christmas specials, David Silverman’s New Year’s card, old t-shirts, and a couple of people finding inner peace through The Simpsons.
Review of Daft Puck’s album Tron: Legacy Original Soundtrack released through EMI – It opens with excellent usage in the form of a paraphrase of Milhouse:
They started out like Romeo and Juliet, but it ended up in tragedy.
Ralphie Parker vs. Ralph Wiggum – Comparing the Ralphs from “A Christmas Story” and The Simpsons.
I start to see The Simpsons – A guy from northern Iran is just getting started with The Simpsons. This is awesome:
I knew that this cartoon may have copy right but something that you might knew that is in my country we don’t have any sales with this products and the other side we don’t have lows for stop the copyright brokers. So to this time I download 3 seasons of Simpsons but see 4 episode of it and I can tell you that were amazing and I enjoy it and tell you that you might see it!
Cheers to Amin in Iran.
2. The Simpsons – A well written retrospective that doesn’t dance around the sad existence of Zombie Simpsons.
BUY ME BONESTORM OR GO TO HELL! – Co-sign:
A fantastic quote from an otherwise sub-par episode.
Whats hot on the street: Vintage Black Bart Simpson t-shirts – Sweet old Simpsons t-shirts. In the irony department, the only one actually being worn appears to be on a white guy.
My Favorite Movie – Animated .gif of man getting hit by football.
Week 21 Review: The Satisfaction of Pop-Culture Exegesis, or The Unexamined Simpsons Episode is Not Worth Watching – An examination of “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”, including an in depth examination of Lisa’s gentle but thorough evisceration of Patty for thoughtlessly bashing Homer:
And then the way that Aunt Patty dismisses Lisa is compelling to me. She pauses, considers what Lisa just said, and then just tells her to watch her cartoon. Does she do this because she feels embarrassed that she’s been called out by her niece? Does she not fully understand what Lisa’s just said? Or perhaps she’s just decided she’d rather not think too deeply about the implications of Lisa’s statements?
If I may take a stab at answering that, I’ve always loved Patty’s dismissal of Lisa. The Simpsons had that wonderful anti-authority streak to it, and this is just one of the many subtle forms it takes. Even though Lisa won the argument hands down, Patty, by dint of her senior position in the family pecking order, is able to just blow her off. The kid is right, but the adult wins.
My Favourite Christmas TV Specials – Our old friend Charles at Animation Anomaly takes a look some Matt Groening Christmas specials.
Excellent – Adorable picture of an infant doing the Mr. Burns thing with his/her fingers. There’s even excellent usage beneath it.
Simpsons Wedding Cake – A sweet Simpsons cake complete with excellent usage from “Secrets of a Successful Marriage”.
Simpson cupcake set – Fredy – Pretty much what it says, Simpsons cupcakes.
Yes, I AM making fun of The Simpsons. – An eight pane comic that ends with Lisa’s nightmare future from “Lisa the Simpson”.
So this is the New Year… – Welcoming the new year with a sense of inner calm thanks to the meditative effect of a ten minute YouTube video of “Dental Plan-Lisa Needs Braces”.
No More Emotional Pink Bellies – Vowing not to beat oneself up because, as Bart says, “That belly ain’t gonna get any pinker.”
David Silverman – Simpson alum David Silverman’s New Year’s card for this year.
25 Days of Christmas Episodes Day 16: The Simpsons – “Simpsons Roasting on an Open fire” – Another long look at the first episode. It’s worth reading in full, but I’m going to end with this:
The problem with writing about The Simpsons is that there’s so much to say. Despite its current state as a shell of its former self, this is a show that sustained a level of brilliance for a length of time that I don’t think has ever been achieved before in this medium.