“You’ve been flushing for twenty minutes. Is there a problem?” – Principal Skinner
“Uh, no, Principal Skinner.” – Jimbo Jones
“Very well. I’ll continue to wait.” – Principal Skinner
As near as anyone can tell, the show remains without an official renewal. Eika Isabel Vega, who’s been a real good sport about me using her Twitter feed to track the potential death of her job, tweeted this an hour ago:
My guess is still that it’ll be renewed, but it looks like production is beginning to shut down, so we’ll see what happens. In regular link news, this week we’ve got some great fan art, the death of DVDs, emoji Simpsons, a look back at when the show knew how to inject culture into its episodes, and more.
11 Minimalist Simpsons Posters – Oh, wow, some of these are outstanding. And you can download them as wallpapers if you like.
And now for something completely silly – Classic Simpsons quotes told through emojis. A sample:
There’s a few more at the link. The dogs with bees in their mouths in inspired.
The Similarities Between Saul Goodman And Lionel Hutz – Pretty much the same guy.
Jerkface – The Donut Mobile – Someone painted a small truck with Homer and donuts. Excellent.
The Simpsons Outlives DVD Market – Darn, I guess I’ll never get to own all those great Season 18 episodes. Then I will hug and kiss some poisonous snakes.
No More Simpsons Seasons Released on DVD – Reader John H. sends in this IGN link, with a picture/headline juxtaposition that doesn’t quite convey the sadness the article presumes to be occurring among fans:
Pixar’s Brad Bird Talks French Food, Animated Rats And New Film ‘Tomorrowland’ – Bird was on some NPR show and they gave him a truly dumb Simpsons quiz near the end. He missed one, but the impression he was supposed to be guessing was terrible.
128th-Final, Round 6: Itchy & Scratchy Land vs. Bart Sells His Soul – That’s a tough one.
11 best uses of bad grammar from The Simpsons – There are about three Zombie Simpsons entries on here, which is three too many considering they left out “perfectly cromulent”, “no more apples in the vending machine please”, and Lionel Hutz not working on contingency.
iOS 8.3 Emoji with ‘Simpsons’ complaints – Definitely a bit of resemblance there.
Locating Springfield, A Simpsons Theory. – Enjoyably pointless. Heh.
The Simpsons and King Arthur – Ah, for when the show made pointed little cultural insights a habit:
During its second season, The Simpsons aired an episode entitled “Dead Putting Society,” about a miniature-golf match between Bart Simpson and his neighbor Todd. What qualifies this episode as a “medieval afterlife” is the miniature-golf setting itself. On Bart’s first visit, it’s introduced by a sign at the entrance: “Sir Putt-a-Lot’s Merrie Olde Fun Center,” with a cartoon icon of a jousting knight; further attractions listed include “Her Majesty’s Batting Cage” and “Merlin’s Video Dungeon.” The “Merrie Olde Fun Center” itself, shown in the background, is a pseudo-medieval castle, and throughout the episode attentive viewers may catch sight of signs for “Ye Olde” everything: “Ye Olde End of Course,” etc.
I’m always charmed by this episode because these post-medieval features are treated as throwaways: they’re not necessary to the plot, and no one calls attention to them; indeed, the viewer has to slo-mo through the entrance sign if s/he is to appreciate the Fun Center’s features. It’s all just part of the lower-middle-class decor, and thus reflects an important aspect of the medieval Arthurian afterlife in the USA: its association with class aspirations. Everyone has seen a trailer park or motel named “King Arthur’s Court,” and the creators of The Simpsons clearly understood this phenomenon as widespread enough to be satirized for the TV audience.
Welcome to Springfield, U.S.A!!! – Having a few of the Seven Duffs as shrubbery is pretty cool.
My New Favorite Cardigan – One of those Hello Kitty/Simpsons sweaters out in the wild on a real person. Looking good.
this makes me really want donuts – Animated .gif of Homer in Hell, eating all the donuts in the world.
New trending GIF tagged tv dancing the simpsons… – Homer wants candy.
New trending GIF tagged dancing the simpsons martin… – Finland, let’s see that native dance.