“Fans reacted to these slapdash episodes with yawns, angry yawns.” – Behind the Laughter Announcer
The big news this week was a five minute preview video of the upcoming Family Guy crossover, and it was everywhere. There were so many links from random sites that one was in Cyrillic, but outside of fawning headlines from radio stations and other teevee industry marketing appendages, the reaction was overwhelming negative, and we’ve got several links to prove it. You can see the video at a couple of them, but I wouldn’t recommend it. I made it two minutes in and gave up on about the third time they talked about how lame they were. I try to keep an open mind, but this looks like it’s going to be a very dull forty-two minutes or so.
With all that garbage clogging up the internet, I’m amazed we had as much other stuff as we did, but in addition to plenty of anti-crossover bile, we’ve got a couple of other Comic-con wrap ups, two wildly different Bart t-shirts, apathy at Allure magazine, more Lego Flanders, a sand sculpture Homer, and lots more. Enjoy.
The 30 Best Golden-Era ‘Simpsons’ TV References – No one is holding out much hope:
Despite all evidence to the contrary, maybe the Family Guy/Simpsons crossover episode will turn out not-embarrassing…possibly? As hard as I try, though, I can’t help but assume the worst about the “stupid tie-in cartoon,” which is why I’m glad it’s TECHNICALLY a Family Guy episode.
The list itself is great, though. With lots of YouTube.
The Simpsons Guy: 8 reasons the Simpsons and Family Guy crossover will suck – These are pretty good, especially:
4. It’s not funny
Did you watch the trailer? It’s pretty laugh-free
7. It feels like a desperate attempt to be relevant
As with the Simpsons/Futurama crossover, this feels like a desperate attempt to make both The Simpsons and Family Guy relevant again. The Simpsons has been on TV screens longer than most of the World Cup England squad have been alive and no one has cared about Family Guy since around 2004. Neither are culturally relevant any more and The Simpsons Guy feels like a sad attempt for one last hurrah.
LET’S TALK ABOUT THE TRAILER FOR ‘THE SIMPSONS GUY’ – Sensing a theme?:
First and foremost, the number one question on my lips – and doubtlessly on a whole lot of other lips, too – is why? Why was this necessary? Who are the people, in their infinite lack of wisdom, who were asking for this? Cynical though this outlook may seem, I feel that The Simpsons Guy has its origins in little more than a desperate ploy for viewers.
WATCH: Footage from the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover that absolutely nobody wanted. – Popular conclusion:
So why now? The cynical part of me sees it as nothing more than a quick grab for money and ratings. The logical part of me is having trouble viewing it as anything more than that either. Either way, it’s happening – and it’s one part nonsensical plot points, the other part jokes that you could see coming from at least half a decade ago.
Segregate my TV – Somebody else is unimpressed with the crossover:
It just all ends up being boring.
Man Gets Hit By Football – Australian Tour!! – An Aussie punk band has one of the best posters ever (click through) and an EP called “Can I Borrow A Feeling”. Bravo.
You’re Toxic I’m Slipping Under – The play has closed in London, but this is high praise indeed:
I think Mr. Burns is brilliant. I have never seen a full episode of The Simpsons, but from what I’ve seen I think of it as a show for small-minded people. I don’t think slapstick humor is funny, nor stupidity, and I’ve been led to believe that The Simpsons largely relies on that type of humor.
Someone that clueless about the show (though, not far off for Zombie Simpsons) still loved it.
Kayte Walsh announces the name of her new baby boy – Sideshow Bob is having another kid. I only mention it because of how they describe him:
It is her second child with Kelsey Grammer, star of Frasier and The Simpsons.
Cheers doesn’t even rate these days.
Comic-Con 2014: ‘The Simpsons’ sets world record with Homer’s Dome – There sure are a lot of weird world records:
The canvas had 5,565 squares in a paint-by-numbers type of format that the organizers were trying to fill out over the course of Comic-Con. The FXX team behind the event hoped to break the Guinness World Record for the most contributions to a painting by the numbers.
Beauty Lessons I Learned From The Simpsons – Allure magazine had one of their editors type up a little mention of the new Marge themed cosmetics line. This is just a magazine doing an otherwise unnecessary favor for an advertiser, and you can tell because of how it ends:
Tell me: Do you have a favorite Simpsons beauty moment?
No, the internet does not:
And that 1 person “listening” was me when I took the screen grab.
Sweat-Free SoHo Style – Nobody seems to care much about the Marge makup at Allure, but the New York Times has a “women on the street” video about summer fashion that features a woman (who is identified as a model) wearing a Bart mug-shot t-shirt.
Blog: How This Former Music Snob Loosened Up and Re-Embraced Pop Music – Excellent usage:
Part of most people’s aging process seems to be an increasingly lower tolerance for new or challenging things, and one of the most prominent ways that that manifests itself is music. It varies slightly from person to person, but there seems to be a point in most people’s life where their “best” era of music exists, and whatever comes after just sounds increasingly annoying and not-as-good as “their” music. In the wise words of Grandpa Simpson: “I used to be with it. And then they changed what ‘it’ was. Now, what I’m with isn’t it, and what’s it seems weird and scary to me.”
Grampa actually says “But then”, but that’s a nit.
What books are Montrealers taking out from the libraries? – The Simpsons, or “Les Simpson”, apparently.
Comic-Con’s Best Costumes So Far Include Homer Simpson, Snow White And Tons Of Superheroes – Any idiot can put on one of those creepy looking Simpsons masks, but it takes a special kind of lunatic to combine them with Homer’s full Stonecutter regalia. Excellent work.
Watch Homer Simpson on Drugs in Mac DeMarco’s “Chamber of Reflection” Video – And speaking of creepy looking Homer masks, here’s a music video of a woman walking around wearing one.
Orlando/Universal Studios Day 1 – Getting Simpsons nails done before seeing the Simpsons area. Cool.
Play D’oh!: The Simpsons FXX marathon schedule – A helpful little guide for those of you planning to watch some of the marathon on FXX at the end of the month.
A Suns-themed Bart Simpson t-shirt exists – Old bootleg Bart shirts are pretty amazing time capsules.
Boston MFA reportedly defaced by Homer Simpson graffiti – There’s a picture, but it’s pretty lazy graffiti.
The Simpsons: Krusty the Clown’s foul-mouthed rant prompts complaints – I’d guess this was “Bart the Fink”, but they don’t identify it:
The washed-up boozy clown was heard to use the word “bastard” during an edition of the programme screened by Channel 4 at 6pm in April, well before the 9pm watershed.
The incessant beep of outraged parents is company enough for him.
Simpsons: “Lisa’s Wedding” episode was pretty good a predicting the future – It’s a nice list, but it’s a little less than comprehensive.
UO alumnus’ firm chosen to paint city’s ‘Simpsons’ mural – The mural they’re painting in Oregon now has a designer. It’s supposed to be done by the middle of next month.
Photos: Homer Simpson wins annual New Jersey Sandcastle Contest in Belmar – The Homer pictures are near the end of the slideshow, and it’s pretty clever.
American Roadtrip, Part 6: Catching a Baseball Game in Albuquerque – Brits take in a Topes game.
Mrs Grillah’s Amazing BBQ Cake – That is a cake Homer would happily ruin.
A Story of Inspiration – Heh.
Words of the Week 23/2014 – Homer Simpson – Heh (x2).
ravingmadlunitic – Heh (x3).
Sow Seeds Of Love! – Lego Flanders proselytizing.
The Glory Days Of The Arcade – Were the attacks actually different?:
So when my friends and I saw The Simpsons Arcade Game, we knew we just had to play and finish it! Of course, no one wanted to pick Marge so I got stuck with the blue haired housewife. But I was kind of glad she was my character since I thought she had an awesome weapon: a vacuum cleaner. I kind of pitied the guy who had Homer since all he had were his fists!
I genuinely don’t remember.
Friday Conversation: What Is Your All-Time Favorite ‘Simpsons’ Moment? – And finally, I’ll end with this Uproxx post that implictly agrees with us since not a single member of the staff so much as mentions Zombie Simpsons.