Posts Tagged ‘Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment

17
Oct
14

Reading Digest: Local Boys Make Good Edition

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“The challenger learned how to fight in the notorious projects of Capital City, and honed his skills while serving time for aggravated assault and manslaughter in Springfield Prison.” – Boxing Announcer
“Alright, a local boy!” – Barney Gumble

With the hoopla around the premier and the crossover now safely in the rear view mirror, and Halloween stuff not yet ramping up to full volume, it’s a pretty short Reading Digest this week.  We do have hometown articles about both Al Jean and Mike Reiss, however.  In addition to those, we’ve got some excellent fan art, a couple of interesting lists, and some stuffed animal based charity.

Enjoy.

[TV Talk] Top 10 Simpsons Horror Movie Parodies – This is a pretty good list.  There is one Zombie Simpsons segment, but it’s #9.  #10 is the Guillermo del Toro couch gag, which was pretty entertaining even if it wasn’t part of the show proper.

Cakes Raise Cancer Awareness – Simpsons cakes, specifically, and there’s even art of one of Comic Book Guy.  Bravo.

Sometimes words just get in the way – Longtime director Mark Kirkland has made a short, silent movie:

A romantic comedy that takes place, as the first title card explains, in a “long-forgotten movie studio,” The Moving Picture Co. 1914 has a 22-minute running time that Kirkland notes is the same length as a Simpsons episode if you cut out the commercials.
“I’m used to that time length and meter,” says the California Institute of the Arts graduate, who double-majored in film and animation. “The Simpsons are in my blood.”

Weird Al is playing the guy who’s playing Jesus.

Reboot The Simpsons – Instead of flashing everyone forward, I guess you could go backwards instead, but either way I remain convinced that the current show has to die before anything new and interesting can come out of Simpsons-world.

Reproduction of Lisa Simpson, The Scream – Excellent fan made painting.

Four sitcoms past their prime – Zombie Simpsons is such a fixture on lists like these, that the lists themselves have taken a meta-note of it:

The Simpsons
This show has been on every past-their-prime list published in the last decade.

Bargain Bin Games – The Simpsons: Bart Vs. The World  – A YouTube review.

Say Anything Parodies on TV: 8 of the Best – Otto proposing to Becky is on here, but I’d probably go with Itchy & Scratchy’s “Spay Anything” in “Cape Feare”, though that doesn’t have the boombox over the head thing.

On TV: 5-sentence review of ‘The Simpsons’ Season 26, Episode 3: ‘Super Franchise Me’ – According to the ratings, a lot of people do this:

Truth be told, I only watch about four “The Simpsons” episodes a year, until they choke out their “Treehouse of Horror,” and then I go on my way forgetting that they’re on TV, basically having vague memories that this was something I once looked forward to watching.

WTF Wednesday: Questionable Trends in Fashion – The trend of fashionable Bart clothing spreads.

Hype launches The Simpsons apparel with Topman – See above.  Retro cool now, I guess.

Young Glendale sisters lend a helping hand – Cute:

There’s one thing 9-year-old Karis Zavala rarely puts down: a miniature doll of Lisa Simpson from the animated sitcom “The Simpsons.”
She’s vowed for the past seven years to never let it go.

She and her sister are going a charity thing to collect plush toys for kids.

Library dedicates section to ‘The Simpsons’ writer, Bristol native – You gotta love Reiss:

“When I won my first Emmy for ‘The Simpsons,’ I told my wife ‘Take a picture, I’ve got to send it to the hometown paper,’ and she did,” he said. “Four days later it was on the front page of The Bristol Press — me in a tuxedo holding an Emmy, over the caption ‘Local Man Claims To Win Award.’”

‘The Simpsons’ founding writer Al Jean on his Detroit roots – And speaking of local-boy-makes-good, Jean talks about his roots, and what they have to teach us.

BWW Reviews: MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY with The Catamounts in Boulder – The play gets good reviews even a couple thousand miles from Broadway.

Did The Simpsons Predict A Hot-Button SCOTUS Case 22 Years Ago? – No.  This has been simple answers to simple questions.

robocall – Excellent illustrative reference:

The pre-recorded, automated telephone call, almost as widely reviled as it is exploited, has benign and malevolent uses. Professor Frink, in The Simpsons, envisioned using the technology to tell children about school cancellations, which seems harmless enough. But in the same episode, Homer demonstrates a range of abuses. An appointment reminder from your auto dealer or the doctor’s office may not be so bad. But no one likes non-human solicitations, or repeated entreaties to vote for this candidate or the next.

Patty or Selma, you are a real woman … – A multi-colored animated .gif of Patty based on one of the vacation photos from “Flaming Moe’s”.

Awesome Character #1: Milhouse Van Houten – Just a little appreciation for everyone’s favorite dorky doormat.

Thrift Store Halloweekends – Barney Gumble, The Simpsons Spooky Light-Ups (Burger King) – Someone found a fast food toy left over from 2001.

Homer Simpson Stonecutter by deathbycartoon – Fan made depiction of the Chosen One leading the Stonecutters to glory.

Simpsons Collection Vol:1 – Fan made Simpsons sketches.

The Simpsons predicted Ebola outbreak in 1997, some people on the internet actually believe – I’d say most people just think it’s weird, but I’m sure there are some believers out there.

Blood Feud – Episode #035 – Heh:

We are now at the end of the episode here and I have one thing to say… How the hell did the delivery guys manage to get the gift of Xtapolapocetl into the house? There is absolutely no way! Well, that cartoons for you.

The Simpsons Arcade Game retrospective: How Konami struck yellow gold – And finally, I get to end the way I like, with someone who agrees with us.  In this case, in a video game retrospective:

Family Guy’s Peter Griffin spoke for most of us when he declared “I am over the Simpsons,” during a recent crossover episode with Springfield’s famous five, but such talk would have been dismissed as sacrilege when Matt Groening’s creation was at the peak of its popularity.
It’s been misfiring for as long as most of us can remember, but The Simpsons remains one of television’s greatest achievements.

Indeed.

21
Aug
14

Quote of the Day

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“Poopsie the Clown is a treasure that will last a lifetime!” – Shopping Channel Announcer
“Cable . . . it’s more wonderful than I dared hope.” – Homer Simpson

Those of you who have cable: enjoy the FXX marathon (Zombie Simpsons won’t start until Monday-Tuesday).

13
May
14

Quote of the Day

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“Hey, Moe, how come you never got cable for the bar?” – Barney
“Well, it was either cable or the mechanical bull.  I made my choice, and I stand by it.” – Moe

16
Aug
13

Quote of the Day

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“Ooh, somebody’s having a party.” – Apu Nahasapeemapetilon
“Yeah, Friday night, want to come over?” – Homer Simpson
“Oh, thank you, but this store is open twenty-four hours, it puts great demands on my time.” – Apu Nahasapeemapetilon
“Too bad, it’s gonna be a great fight.” – Homer Simpson
“Oh, the fight!  Why didn’t you say something?  I’ll get my brother Sanjay to cover for me.  He deplores violence of all kinds.” – Apu Nahasapeemapetilon

02
Aug
13

Reading Digest: Cable Expansion Edition

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“How can one little insulated wire bring so much happiness?” – Homer Simpson

The big news this week was the deliberate media leak that FOX is considering selling the cable rights to The Simpsons and Zombie Simpsons next year.  This was a little unexpected in that one of the reasons the show has never been on cable is that the over-the-air syndication deal prohibits such a thing so long as new episodes are being made.  So did this indicate that the show would be ending?  No:

However, unlike most syndication deals, the “Simpsons”-cable syndication does not spell doom for the program as a whole.

A source at Fox tells Variety that the net has no plans in the near term to cancel the animated skein, leaving “The Simpsons” potentially syndicated on both broadcast and cable, while still rolling out new episodes on Fox.

But that wasn’t the only cable news link this week.  The Netherlands is getting a new cable channel from FOX that will have the show as well.  In addition to that we’ve got plenty of people who agree with us, interviews with David Silverman and James L. Brooks, Google Street View catching what looks like a Simpsons movie promo out and about, another Threadless contest entry, and lots more.

Enjoy.

‘The Simpsons’ Is Finally Coming To Cable – Here it is and here’s a link that explains just why it is a good thing:

Considering most Fox syndicates only air episodes from the past five seasons or so (if I have to see “The Scorpion’s Tale” one more time, I’m going to scream), this is terrific news, made all the better by “executives [believing] that Fox’s sister channel FX will likely have first crack at the property.” Here’s why this should happen.

1. Because this episode will be on TV again.

That leads to a screen grab from “Bart the Lover”, and the rest of them are all from Season 8 or before.  If a deal does get done, and it does get the old ones back on regular TV all the time (as Jebus intended), that would be a very good thing.

Director David Silverman talks about ‘The Simpsons’ – David Silverman is still doing publicity for that animation festival in Toronto and went on a Canadian morning show.  I love the polite, dead eyed laughter at the beginning where they show a clip from Zombie Simpsons.

"6 Musical Moments from The Simpsons, Looped Forever" by MrTheEdge – There is way more Zombie Simpsons here than there needs to be, but the first one (with Maggie and the Drive soundtrack) is pretty hypnotizing.  

The Simpsons – Some Enchanted Evening. – A new blog takes a nice, somewhat creeped out nostalgic look at the last episode of Season 1.  One small nitpick:

(Season 1 Episode 13) CONTAINS SPOILERS.

I think we can dispense with spoiler warnings for twenty-three-year-old episodes that have been broadcast in syndication for decades now. 

SUPERCUT: Movie references in the Simpsons, season 6-10 – Remember that link with all the references from the first five seasons?  Here’s the sequel.  It’ll be curious to see if they stop there or plow into the direct reproduction, no satire at all phase of Zombie Simpsons. 

The Return of Derek Jeter, Part II by Jose Guzman, Jr. – Excellent reference:

So, we can now ignore that unfortunate blip on the screen that was his initial season debut against the Kansas City Royals on July 11. As far as I am concered, “that Derek Jeter” was an imposter. It reminds me of the “Homie the Clown” episode of The Simspons, where Homer goes to Krusty’s clown college and then starts to impersonate him. There’s only one Krusty the Clown, and there’s only one Derek Jeter

The 24 Best TV Show Opening Credits – Lots of YouTube here, and the show comes in at #7, in the top “The GREAT ones” category.

Marge & Maggie Simpson Spotted In Toronto Google Street Views – Pretty much what it says.  Looks like one of those couch statues they put in theaters for the movie. 

Value of quarterly activity in The Simpsons: Tapped Out estimated at $58 million – For a word that’s only a couple of years old, “freemium” sure has taken on an archly pecuniary meaning awfully quickly:

Revealing that The Simpsons: Tapped Out now has 5.4 million daily active players, Kim point out that was ‘more than EA Mobile had across all its games in 2012′.

Indeed, as EA’s Q1 financial filings reveal, the game generated more cash between April to June 2013 than at any time since it launched (technically relaunched) in October 2012.

"In the past quarter, it’s generated 6 billion gameplay minutes, 1 billion quests, and players have spent more than 233 billion bucks," Kim added.

The $58,000,000 figure may be exaggerated since it counts the fake currency and is not necessary gross revenue, but it’s still a lot of real/virtual currency flowing through that game every three months.  (The same time last year was already $23,000,000 cash.)  That this comes from the show that once parodied Disney bucks with Itchy & Scratchy Money is mind blowingly ironic. 

The Simpsons Kang and Kodos’ Twirl ‘N’ Hurl Testing at Universal Studios Florida – YouTube of them testing out one of the new rides while bored construction workers look on. 

Proud redheads set to hold Scotland’s first ever ginger rights protest in Edinburgh – I’m all for ginger pride, but if this is how the newspaper writes it up, you’re in trouble:

Many Scots celebs proudly sport ginger locks, including Ewan McGregor, Karen Gillan and groundskeeper Willie from The Simpsons.

They also used a picture of Willie.  (And, c’mon, nobody mentions famous gingers like Ron Howard and . . . others.) 

Check Out Some New Cam’ron and Simpsons Tees – Well, there’s a Simpsons t-shirt, but it’s rather less impressive than most of the designs fans are throwing up at Threadless.  Speaking of which . . .

C. Montgomery Burns Tee – Another Threadless entry, this one for an avaricious looking Burns.  Cool.

clown will eat me – Heh.

‘The Simpsons Movie’ Sequel: David Silverman Clarifies Release Date Rumours – File this under the innumerable reasons you can’t trust anything the entertainment press writes:

Moviefone: I saw [in the Hollywood Reporter] that you recently said that we probably won’t see a sequel to "The Simpsons Movie" for another 10-15 years. Why is that?
David Silverman: Because I was misquoted. [Laughs] I was totally misquoted! I saw that. I was with Matt Groening, we were at UCLA at this thing, and this quote came up in The Hollywood Reporter. And I called Matt and said, "Matt, did I say that?" Matt just started laughing, he said, "Nope, you didn’t say that." So here’s a hot scoop: The Hollywood Reporter got it wrong! I was either making a joke and it was misunderstood, or I didn’t say it at all and they misheard me.

This is, what, the third or fourth time someone has said, often while laughing, “not for five years” or something and it gets written up by every entertainment rag there is like it’s serious or hinting?  Yutzes. 

Fox Cable Network to Launch in Netherlands – The Dutch are getting the Simpsons on cable a lot sooner than we are:

The new Dutch network will focus on audiences in the 12 years and older demographic. It will offer "a slate of premium, first-run programming anchored in four content pillars that span drama, movies, animation and sports," FIC said.
A mix of FIC original co-productions and acquisitions leads the drama lineup, including The Walking Dead, Da Vinci’s Demons, The Bridge and Ripper Street. The animation lineup includes Fox favorite The Simpsons.

As I am unfamiliar with Dutch TV, I’ll refrain from commenting on whether or not this is a good thing, Simpsons-wise.  Presumably the show is already on there and this may or may not be better for fans. 

32 Celebrities Who Were Almost On "The Simpsons" – This is a Buzzfeed link, so it’s got very little credibility but is just entertaining enough that you scroll through at least some of it.  Mildly interesting. 

An Hour Interview with “The Simpsons” Co-Creator James L. Brooks – As it says, this is an hour long (well, 50 minutes) and I haven’t watched it or even skimmed it yet.  So I have no idea if he says anything new. 

Capture…In 10 Words – Coming up next on the WB, another bad show that no one will see! 

Smurfs 2…In 10 Words – You know what happens!  They find Captain Kook’s treasure, all the elves dance around like little blue idiots, I puke, the end.

Interview \\ Runaround Kids – This is an interview with “a small Wakefield band”, and is further evidence that there is no escaping The Simpsons:

CN: Any big non-musical influences?

J: We like the Simpsons, so the Simpsons probably.

The Greatest TV Kids of All Time – Bart comes in at #2 here.

Sunday Funday (Tons of Pics!) – Scroll about 3/4 of the way down for yet more pictures of that cool Simpsons graffiti from Vancouver. 

It Took Me Five Minutes To Figure Out How to Blog – What’s that?  You don’t have much to write about or say?  Distracting your audience with Grampa is not a bad way to go.

The Simpsons And The GOP National Security Divide – Excellent usage:

Chris Christie’s attack on Rand Paul – where Christie complained about piddling “esoteric” libertarian concerns voiced by people who were too cowardly to face “the widows and the orphans” of 9/11 -reminded me of something, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. It just came to me:

So burn that flag if you must!

But before you do, you’d better burn a few other things!

You’d better burn your shirt and your pants!

Be sure to burn your TV and car!

Oh yeah, and don’t forget to burn your house!

Because none of those things would exist without six red stripes, seven red stripes,

And a helluva lot of stars!!

[wild applause]

The quote is actually off in a few places.  Nelson says “Oh yes” not “Oh yeah”, “could exist” instead of “would exist” and it’s “six white stripes” not “six red stripes” (but that’s just obvious).  Still, he’s cribbing from SNPP, so it’s still excellent usage.

Television Shows That Just Need To End – And finally, I get to end with someone who agrees with us:

Once the show that caused outrage in the homes of young children because of it being ‘raunchy’ and ‘outrageous’ is now a show that is as raunchy as Dora The Explorer

[…]

It’s a classic, sure, but everything must come to an end, and The Simpsons are overstaying their welcome.

Amen, brother.  Amen.

12
Feb
13

Quote of the Day

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“They must think people will watch anything.” – Homer Simpson
“Live from New Orleans, this is the World Series of cock fighting!  Oh, son of a gun, we’ll have big fun on the bayou tonight!” – TV Announcer

19
Jul
12

Quote of the Day

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“You’re watching Top Hat Entertainment, adult programming all day, every day, except in Florida and Utah.  Coming up next, Stardust Mammaries.” – Sultry Female Announcer




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