“Dad! No one cares about any of your stupid dinosaur bands!” – Bart Simpson
Splitsider is running a whole series of articles (explanation) this week about The Simpsons. Even better, they’ve explicitly labeled it “Classic Simpsons Week”, which means you can read it in peace without worrying about stepping into a writhing pile of Zombie Simpsons.
Highlights so far:
George Meyer’s Army Man and the Birth of The Simpsons – If you’ve read Ortved’s book or any number of articles about the origins of the show over the years, the words “Army Man” probably already mean something to you. If they don’t, I highly recommend a click. Sample:
One of the Army Man #1’s Deep Thoughts even found their way into Nirvana’s I Hate Myself and Want to Die: "Many people don’t realize that large pieces of coral, which have been painted brown and attached to the skull by common wood screws, can make a child look like a deer."
The Lost Jokes and Story Arcs of "Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadasssss Song" – Bill Oakley on the evolution of “Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadasssss Song”, including hinted at subplots that never quite made it. Sample:
The one scene that I would have loved to have seen, which was in both the outline and the script, is where Homer was running the PTA and trying to railroad through this motion to impeach Flanders. And it was in both versions and it just had to get cut, because that whole aspect of him being head of the PTA got cut. I love that thing where he says, "Please just do me this one favor and fire Ned Flanders." And Dr. Hibbert says, "That is an absurd request. I suggest we fire you and put an end to your brutish behavior." [Laughing] I know that Josh and I for about six months after that would walk around and say that we’d "put an end to your brutish behavior” in that Dr. Hibbert voice.
There are several more, but I don’t want to turn this into some kind of an index. That’s what this tag is for: Classic Simpsons Week.
Thanks to Bill Oakley’s Twitter and reader Sam for alerting me to these.