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Oh, Canada, you guys get all the cool stuff. Not only is tomorrow the one night only engagement of the Simpsons burlesque show in Toronto, but Canada is also now home to a wine called “D’Oh”. I would very much like to attend the former, preferably while imbibing the latter. Sadly, I am stuck Stateside. This week we’ve also got two awesome paeans to the show from people who grew up watching it, interviews with Groening and Reiss, a video game mishap, two people making fun of the Game of Thrones opening from last week, and a “needs more weed” television conspiracy theory.
13. On the Simpsons – Smooth Charlie’s Link of the Week is this epic open letter to Matt Groening. It’s got everything: love of the good years, a life changed by The Simpsons, pain at the decline.
Everything I Need to Know, I Learned from ‘The Simpsons’ – Life lessons learned from The Simpsons, with nary a trace of Zombie Simpsons. And yeah, cat in the furnace is one of the greats.
On March 10, Underground Peepshow will unveil their newest burlesque show, a tribute to what they dub “one of the most influential shows of our geeky generation”: The Simpsons. Expect sexy takes on classic characters – Marge has already received the Playboy treatment, but over a dozen performers will show off their sexy interpretations of the classic animated show – I’m hoping for a Selma and Patty-inspired performance, myself. I’m also looking forward to what are quickly becoming hallmarks of Underground Peepshow performances: elaborate costumes, and fearlessly tarting up and playing homage to some of nerd culture’s least obvious characters. Get ready to look at Groundskeeper Willy or Edna Krabappel in a whole new light.
Here are the details:
Toronto Underground Cinema, 186 Spadina Avenue, Toronto ON
Saturday March 10, 2012
Doors: 9:00 PM
Show: 9:30 PM
At the door: $15.00
Advance tickets available at Toronto Underground Cinema, Silver Snail, Eyesore Cinema, Suspect Video
Happily, the official site has a gallery page, so we should get some pictures.
Project 365 or 366 – #31 – They may have Duff beer in Britain, but in Canada they’ve got “D’Oh” wine. I can only hope that a nice liquor (“Crumulent” perhaps?) comes to America soon.
D’OH! The Simpsons: Tapped Out Pulled From App Store – I guess people like Simpsons games:
The Simpsons: Tapped Out has been pulled from the App Store just days after launch. Due to the overwhelming demand for The Simpsons: Tapped Out, the app has suffered connection problems with EA’s servers, D’OH!
For whatever reason, EA simply did not account for a Simpsons game being so popular, that it might cause a meltdown in the EA server power plant.
That’s pretty funny. According to what I can find on-line, it’s still down.
Appointment Viewing: March 5-March 11 – Lenny, bringing her weekly thunder to Sunday’s Zombie Simpsons:
8:00 – The Simpsons (Fox): Following a traumatic incident, Homer’s bed-wetting problem worsens, and his family decide to infiltrate his dreams to get to its subconscious source. And in Homer’s dreams is where his late mother (voice of Glenn Close) resides. Coincidentally, a couple days ago I was trying to decide on the worst Simpsons episode title ever and now here comes an episode that wins by a landslide. “How I Wet Your Mother.”
Let’s see, it’s been about a year and a half since Inception came out, yeah, I’d say we’re due. Bed wetting? Jebus.
“Oh, boy! The deep fryer’s here. Heh heh, I got it used from the navy. You can flash-fry a buffalo in forty seconds.” -Moe Szyslak (The Simpsons) « Freakoutville Xpress – Forty seconds? But I want it now!
leme simpsons – Cool fan made photographic montage of a glass of water and a TV playing what looks like “Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder”.
Who Said It? Mitt Romney or Mr. Burns? – Putting up quotes of Mitt Romney and Mr. Burns, and you didn’t use “What good is money if it can’t inspire terror in your fellow man?”. For shame, Mad Magazine, for shame. (via)
Mike Reiss – Reiss will be in Charlotte, NC this weekend for the Charlotte Jewish Film Festival’s closing program.
Homer and Marge Simpson in my glasses – It’s a blog that’s nothing more than pictures of the famous with this guy’s glasses. Neat idea.
Bart Simpson – It’s a 3D printed Bart walking toy, and you can download the file to print your own.
The Simpsons also love Game of Thrones – The couch “gag” with Game of Thrones was obvious linkbait, and lots of people went for it. This one deserves special commendation however:
Of course the rest of the Simpsons episode kinda went downhill from there – Bart becomes a street artist a la Shepard Fairey to get back at Homer for locking him in a rabbit cage. It was as bland and convoluted as it sounds. As has been said on the show so many times in so many way, Meh.
Indeed. I’ve watched it twice, and what bugs me most of all is that everything works. Shouldn’t some of the gears have seized, causing the power plant to collapse or something?
Game of Thrones/ The Simpsons – Okay, one more:
Possibly the one good thing to come out of the Simpson’s in like 12 seasons, as featured on /Film today– The Simpsons parody of the Game of Thrones opening sequence.
Homer Simpson – Experimenting with an online doodle application by drawing Homer.
The Joy of Sect – Arsenal, Arsene Wenger and The Simpsons – A long but amusing comparison of “The Joy of Sect” and the travails of one professional soccer club.
So Many Possibilities – A bunch of other take offs on “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte”, including that Simpsons one.
The price of eating well – This post is better at making fun of overly expensive food than this week’s Zombie Simpsons, and it comes with appropriate Homer YouTube.
Rompi Anak Branded Murah Simpsons A2503 – This isn’t in English, but there is a picture of what appears to be an officially licensed baby vest that looks like it might have something to do with soccer and that I don’t recognize from any episode. It wouldn’t surprise me if this is some goofy bootleg, but it also wouldn’t surprise me if it’s legit.
March Madness: TV Conspiracy Theory – The Last Five Minutes of St. Elsewhere – I’d never heard of that. It seems like the kind of thing a stoned Tom Hulce in Animal House would think.
YouTube of My 25 Favorite Original Songs from TV Shows. – Lenny provides a ton of excellent YouTube here, including a couple of great songs from The Simpsons.
“Simpsons” creator visits UW-Madison and longtime friend (March 9, 2012) – Groening was the surprise guest an art lecture. And this is great background:
Though the accounts of their meeting differ – Groening, for his part, says he wanted to meet Barry because she struck up a correspondence with author Joseph Heller by pretending to be Ingrid Bergman – they agree that their work on the college’s newspaper solidified their relationship.
And it comes with a nice plug for college papers.
You have these two hugely successful shows. Do you have an idea for a third show bubbling away in the back of your mind?
I certainly have enough on my hands to do with these two. But the really great thing about having two TV shows going on at the same time is that I can go to one and say that I have to go and visit the other and then I can just go home and they don’t know.
The Perfect Moejito – I chuckled. It’s the look on Moe’s face.
Cindy’s Return to the Universe – The always tricky, “I vow to blog more often” post comes with two pieces of Futurama fan art and YouTube of two favorite Simpsons quotes. I love Flanders’ cider enthusiasm.
Downtown Jersey City bar to host "The Friday After" exhibit featuring local artist – Cool fan made sculpture of Bart standing in front of what kinda looks like the church windows.
Two Things That I Like But That Are Now Dead – And finally, I get to end with someone who agrees with us:
The first thing that I like but that is now dead is The Simpsons.
A week or two ago The Simpsons aired its 500th episode. It was really bad. For a hardcore Simpsons fan like myself, it was even depressing.
Indeed it was. The other dead thing is David Foster Wallace. Though if he came back as a zombie it might be even worse than Zombie Simpsons.
“You let us stay up to watch Troy McClure in such other Bible epics as ‘David vs. Super Goliath’ and ‘Suddenly Last Supper’.” – Lisa Simpson
“Go Lis, way to cite precedent.” – Bart Simpson
There’s no new Zombie Simpsons until September, so we’re going to spend the summer overthinking Season 9. Why Season 9? Because we did Season 8 last summer, and Season 9 was when the show started becoming more Zombie than Simpsons. Since we’re too lazy to do audio and too ugly to do video, we’ve booked a “chatroom” (ours is right between the one with the sexy seventh graders and the one with the bored federal agents pretending to be sexy seventh graders). So log on to your dial-up AOL and join us. This text has been edited for clarity and spelling (surprisingly enough, not on “interminable”).
Today’s episode is 914 “Das Bus”. Tomorrow will be 916 “Dumbbell Indemnity”.
Charlie Sweatpants: Lord of the Flies or the world’s most inane insurance scam?
Dave: They’re both miserable. Let’s start with Flies.
Charlie Sweatpants: Fine by me.
I find this one slightly less miserable, but not by much.
The A plot has a few good little set pieces, but on the whole it’s a desert of joke free horn music, and I don’t like that.
Mad Jon: Yeah, There isn’t a whole lot going on worth while, but there are a few good lines.
Dave: You miss the horn music?
Charlie Sweatpants: Miss it? Fuck no.
There’s far, far too much of it.
Dave: I misread what you typed. Carry on.
Mad Jon: I was fine with the dialog pre-bus sinking, and I liked Otto’s last words.
Charlie Sweatpants: “Zeppelin Rules!” is great. It’s also exactly what Otto’s last words would be.
Dave: The island’s a mess. I see what they’re going for in terms of parody but it’s wildly joke-free and tedious. The building of a settlement, the finding of food, the trial, the chase…. gah.
Charlie Sweatpants: They go through all that to get them to the island, and then once they get there they don’t give the kids much to do.
Dave: Patently unenjoyable, but for a few lines of dialogue.
Charlie Sweatpants: This is one of those times when they weren’t so much parodying something as they were just following the blueprint.
“Bart of Darkness” takes its cues from “Rear Window”, but it’s also an original story.
Ditto “Music Man” with “Marge vs. the Monorail”.
This is much less clever.
Mad Jon: Yeah, but this episode wasn’t following cues, like you said, they were just rewriting lines
Charlie Sweatpants: Exactly, particularly the ending and that interminable chase scene.
The whole thing is very obvious while at the same time taking forever to get where I already knew it was going.
And to do so they lean heavily on exposition and pointless time filler. Why the hell did Bart have to swim underwater to get the cooler?
Was there any point to that whole scene?
Dave: To get bitten by a puffer fish, duh.
Mad Jon: So his ass could be bit by a puffer fish
But yet, when he resurfaces, his shorts are intact.
Charlie Sweatpants: Something that lasts half a minute ought to have more of a payoff than that.
Dave: What, that moment doesn’t fall into your top 10 Simpsons moments?
Charlie Sweatpants: Just outside.
There are some good lines here, including Ralph’s “They taste like burning” and Bart’s description of the world with monkey butlers.
But other than that the island is an almost completely dry hole. The opening, between McClure, Brockman, and the Model UN meeting, has more jokes than the rest of the A-plot combined.
Mad Jon: I enjoyed Lisa’s play on McClure’s intro style.
As well as Marge’s instinctual reaction to the kids staying up late.
But those were both in the beginning, which, as it has been stated 40 times already, was basically the only watchable act in this episode.
Charlie Sweatpants: The Noah movie has nothing to do with the rest of the episode. It’s not like they get to Model UN and Lisa and Bart are tired, but I don’t care.
It’s the best part, though I do enjoy the B plot.
It’s small, even for a B-plot, but it’s mostly solid.
Mad Jon: I’m ok with the B-plot, but I feel like an old ex-priest trying to figure out if “the shocker” is explicit or not..
I know something’s wrong, but I can’t describe it to you.
Charlie Sweatpants: I can assure you, priests can tell you what’s wrong with “the shocker”.
Dave: Doesn’t work with young, supple boys?
Charlie Sweatpants: It doesn’t, that’s why they don’t like it.
Mad Jon: Now they can, but a few years ago I am sure there were a few confused censors at the FCC.
Charlie Sweatpants: Well look, the B-plot is basically four scenes, Homer at the mailbox, Homer setting up the office, Homer and Comic Book Guy, and Homer and Bill Gates.
Of those, two are brilliant and the other two are at least okay.
(Brilliant: Gates and Comic Book Guy)
That’s not a bad ratio for Season 9.
Mad Jon: I have no decent argument against those numbers.
Just a feeling, probably based solely on Homer’s dialog in those sequences, minus the Comic Book Guy’s scene, because that was pretty good.
Charlie Sweatpants: At this point, Comic Book Guy’s scene is one of the biggest cultural reminders that in that dark time before widespread broadband we used to have to wait for individual pornographic pictures to download.
Mad Jon: That was a daunting affliction
Charlie Sweatpants: Homer’s got some good lines though, from making fun of Gates’ haircut to writing delicious memos.
And I love the hired nerd goons Gates brings with him.
Dave: Buttered writing instruments are quite funny, yeah.
Mad Jon: The goons are great, and I like Gates too.
Charlie Sweatpants: Okay, so the A-plot sucks, the B-plot and the opening don’t. Any final moments, bad or good, worth pointing out?
Dave: I got nothing.
Mad Jon: No, I think I’m spent on this one
Charlie Sweatpants: Onward then.
“Can I have some money now?” – Homer Simpson
The existence of Zombie Simpsons these past ten years or so has been an exercise in naked greed. But up until this week FOX had generally tried to shield the show itself from at least some of that. Sure they’ll merchandise anything, but the actual show, the foundation upon which everything else rests, was generally treated with a modicum of respect. No longer. This is a screen grab from the menu for the Season 20 DVD:
That’s it. They couldn’t even be bothered to properly animate the upper half of the screen. It’s just black and white outlines of Homer and Bart that gradually refresh themselves (you can see that Bart isn’t quite finished in the image above). Should you be foolish enough to actually select one of these episodes the individual episode menu is even more sparse:
That there would be no commentaries has been known for a while. (Quite frankly I’m happy about that, I don’t think I had too many more “Lies Make Baby Jesus Cry” posts in me.) But there are no deleted scenes, no story boards, no sketches, no extras of any kind. A pirated DVD from a back alley in Bangalore would have all the same stuff as this release.
FOX is trying to cash in on interest in the show’s 20th anniversary and saw this as a good chance to get the half of Season 20 that was in HD out on Blu-ray so they can charge a premium to people with more money than sense. But what really strikes me as ballsy about this is the fact that they’re going to re-release Season 20 in order with the other seasons with all the bells and whistles (projected for 2014). That is just stunningly naked greed, even for them.
I’d go on, but the always excellent Adam over at SimpsonsChannel has already cornered the snark market on this one. Here’s #3 from his “Ten Reasons to NOT Buy This Set”:
Despite them being readily accessible due to the time since these episodes were produced, no deleted scenes have been included on this set. No deleted scenes! What they kept in must have been pure gold!