“Attention American workers, your plant has been taken over by an all-star team of freelance terrorists.” – Not Hans Gruber
“Not on my shift! . . . Simpson 10, Terrorists 8.” – Homer Simpson
This week we’ve got three links to fan made pop culture crossovers, two of them are small (one for Lord of the Rings and one for My Little Pony), and one is marvelously epic. Unlike a recent episode or two I could mention, all three are fine examples of putting Simpsons characters into other fictional universes. There’s also a great, but most likely short lived, Itchy & Scratchy YouTube, plenty of usage, Canadian municipal politics, and a couple of skateboards.
For Fans of Cartoon Violence Everywhere! – This was making the rounds this week:
It’s forty-eight minutes long (Zombie Simpsons start around 25:00 or so), and was uploaded by a random YouTuber, so watch it while you can because the fun police will be after it before too long.
Truly Bad Simpsons Episode Titles – Inspired by the multi-layered stupid of “How I Wet Your Mother”, Lenny breaks down some truly awful episode titles, including the ones where Zombie Simpsons uses the same pun over and over. The movie titles of Claudia-R’s posters are vastly superior to these.
Maya’s Homer Simpson donut – An amazing embroidered pink frosting donut. She even stitched it so you can see where the frosting ran. Bravo.
My Precious – I sort of feel like I’ve seen this before, but who cares? It’s Homer as Gollum and it is awesome.
Jamestown grad keeps ‘The Simpsons’ in music – This is a typical local-boy-makes-good article about Alf Clausen, but it does contain this interesting story about the Stonecutters song:
Over the years Clausen has a few songs that he wrote that he considers favorites. One is “We Do” (The Stonecutters Song), which is a song sung by the members of a secret society that Homer joins.
Back in Jamestown, Clausen was in DeMolay, which is modeled after Free Masonry. He drew some inspiration from his past when he wrote it, he said.
“Homer is being accepted into this secret society in Springfield which he doesn’t know if he wants to do, because he doesn’t know if he respects an organization that will have him as a member,” Clausen said, laughing.
Clausen also cites the Senor Burns song from “Who Shot Mr. Burns, Part 2” and working with Bono for the garbage man song in “Trash of the Titans” as personal favorites. I’m sure he could come up with something more recent if he were pressed, but, as usual, anytime people on the show talk about their favorites, things naturally gravitate to single digit seasons.
The story of City Council, as told through Simpsons episodes – I know diddly squat about Toronto politics, but this guy managed to work a ton of relevant seeming Simpsons references, including lots of YouTube.
Nostalgia Tripping: Bart’s Nightmare, The Dark Souls of 1992 – A retro review of the SNES game from a guy who loved it back then.
My Little Marge Simpson by ~Tiamatar on deviantART – A very good looking My Little Pony redone to be Marge (there’s a Homer as well). Crossovers are magic.
‘Super Mario 3D Land’ Director Open to Possibility of Downloadable Content – Excellent usage:
Sure, Super Mario 3D Land has a nice, healthy number of levels. But playing it, we’re reminded of that time on The Simpsons when Barney was worried about the beer supply: “After this case, and the other case, there’s only one case left!”
But, forget beer; who wouldn’t want more Mario?
The Simpsons Windows 7 Theme – I haven’t tried these, but they look neat.
Fear of braces? – This is a self serving article from a site called “Dentistry IQ” about how you really shouldn’t be afraid of braces, but it does get its quotes right:
In a celebrated early episode of "The Simpsons," precocious middle child Lisa finds out that she needs braces. Providing her care is Dr. Wolfe, a sinister and vaguely sadistic man who plans to imprison Lisa’s jaws within a torturous looking piece of headgear because the Simpson family can’t aîord anything better.
"Lisa, so you won’t be scared, I’ll show you some of the tools I’ll be using," Wolfe tells her just before the procedure. "This is the scraper. This is the poker. And this happy little fellow is the gouger. Now the first thing I’ll be doing is chiseling some teeth out of your jawbone. Hold still while I gas you."
I love how disturbingly enthusiastic he is through all of that.
March 14, 2012 – Pt. 3 – The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – CNN was doing its customarily thorough job of embarrassing itself on Tuesday night, but they also found a guy counting ballots whose name really is Glasscock. I guess Jean and Reiss weren’t lying when they got that one past Standards & Practices.
“I’d just like to say this gig SUCKS!” – Homemade bread through the Rolling Stones.
Homer Simpson Skateboard – Cool close up images of a couple of Homer skateboard designs.
Homer Simpson by EndeavourCollegeSAShrowder – From the same people who brought you the 3D printable walking Bart toy last week, here’s the walking Homer toy.
Marge Simpson by EndeavourCollegeSAShrowder – And the cropped looking Marge version.
Steesh Look-a-Likes: Ned Flanders & Bryan Cranston – That drawing of Flanders and picture of Cranston do work well together.
Chauncey Report: More DVR, ‘Sons’ At The Paley Center – From a discussion of Eastbound & Down:
But Stevie, ever the devoted friend, holds his ground (despite looking like a spurned lover at times), gives Kenny a riveting speech starting with my favorite line of the night “I didn’t just come to Myrtle Beach to party and possibly cheat on my wife” and tells him that he is his inspiration. Stevie believes that Kenny is his God and no matter how lousy Kenny treats Stevie, he is, as Lisa Simpson would say, “there to hurl whiskey bottles at when he’s feeling low” and that’s the real emotional spine of the show.
Lisa actually says “Milhouse is still going to need a true friend, someone to tell him he’s great, someone to rub lotion on him, someone he can hurl whisky bottles at when he’s feeling low”. That’s still close enough for excellent usage.
100 Best Comedy Characters Currently On Television (50-41) – Marge checks in at #49.
Close Enough. – It’s a pun, but it’s only a mostly terrible one.
My Favorite Simpsons: “Marge Be Not Proud” – Lots of people love our one bad episode.
Lisa Simpsons, the Feminist – If women ever take over the Earth, I’m fairly confident that “Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy” will be mandatory viewing. That episode deserves every piece of praise it gets, including this.
Sarcasm and Preternatural Politeness – Excellent usage in the context of the complete lack of sarcasm in Laura Ingalls Wilder:
Yes, they’re fictionalizations, and yes, Laura Ingalls Wilder likely paints those relationships through a rather rosy filter, but still I envy them.
Not only were my husband and I raised after the invention of sarcasm, as part of the tail-end of Generation X we came of age during a time steeped in sarcasm. I think about the Simpsons scene where the GenXers are at the Hullabalooza music festival and the one guy says, “Oh, here comes that cannonball guy. He’s cool.”
“Are you being sarcastic, dude?” his friend asks.
“I don’t even know anymore,” the first guy responds.
Oh sure, I’d just love living in a time before sarcasm.
Appointment Viewing: March 12-March 18 – Lenny previews this week’s Zombie Simpsons:
8:00 – The Simpsons (Fox): Mr. Burns replaces all of his employees with robots—with one exception: Homer. This raises the unemployment rate in Springfield significantly, and leads to much misery. And it hits home to Homer, too, when robots attack him. My main comment after last night’s episode was “They know this isn’t a sci-fi/fantasy show, right?” Asked and answered.
Zombie Simpsons does seem to be going all Family Matters on us lately.
The Hyphen vs the Ellipsis – Excellent grammar geek usage:
On the flip side, let’s say you want to communicate a thought trailing off. (from The Simpsons)
KIRK: “But, will they just find Milhouse, or will they find him and kill him?”
CHIEF WIGGUM: “Well, they’ll, when they find him they’ll um…“
KIRK: “Um, excuse me, you didn’t answer me, you just trailed off.”
CHIEF WIGGUM: “Yeah… yeah, I did kind of trail off there, didn’t I?”
Five Things Bob’s Burgers Does Better Than The Simpsons – And finally, I get to end the way I like, with someone who agrees with us. This week it’s Grantland writer Tara Ariano:
Given that there are now several years’ worth of college graduates who’ve never lived in a world without The Simpsons, it’s natural that the show would have started to seem somewhat careworn over the past year, or the past few years, or the past decade and a half. Bob’s, on the other hand, has a similar premise — it also revolves around a working-class family with three kids — but since it’s still so early in its run, Bob’s has so much fresh ground to cover. Not only that: Bob’s can also explore subjects and territory that The Simpsons has long since exhausted or abandoned: In fact, some of the Five Things Bob’s Burgers Does Better Than The Simpsons are actually Things Bob’s Burgers Does That The Simpsons Doesn’t Do Anymore, But Probably Should.
Among the things she mentions: the kids acting like kids, the family still being poor, and the celebrities not playing themselves. Amen, sister. Amen.