“This is so exciting. Last time I got to go backstage was when Bart ripped his pants at the Christmas play.” – Marge Simpson
“Mom!” – Bart Simpson
“Ha ha.” – Eric “Bobo” Correa
The torrent of new Simpsons merchandise continues this week, and what I’ve noticed isn’t so much the amazing breadth of the products (clothing, ice cube trays, figurines) as the way that every single company describes themselves as “excited” to be selling crappy Simpsons stuff. They all do it, and the consistency is terrifying. On the subject of merchandise, they announced the date of the long ago promised Lego crossover episode this week and repetitions of that press release clogged my inbox from better stuff as a result, so this week’s link collection is a little thinner than usual. However, we do have excellent verbal and visual usage, several people completing projects ranging from computer wallpapers to embroidery, a list of Groening’s favorite episodes from Seasons 1-11, an article about John Swartzwelder, some Bacon Day leftovers, and a new book that mashes up pop culture and classical politics.
The reclusive genius behind the funniest episodes of ‘The Simpsons’ – There’s nothing terribly new here, but it’s a nice writeup of Swartzwelder that includes a YouTube of that time he may or may not have been on one of the commentaries.
Even in the US, where “Donnie Baseball’’ is a Yankees’ legend, Mattingly is still reminded about his animated likeness.
“I spent my whole career in New York but when I came to LA I was getting a lot of people saying, ‘Hey Mattingly, shave off those sideburns’,’’ he says.
EXCLUSIVE: We Take A Look Inside ‘The Simpsons’ World – An Australian writer took a trip to the new Simpsons area at Universal Studios and made note of some of the omissions:
- I’m slightly sad that the gift shop has no Bort licence plates – a golden opportunity missed.
- The statue of Jebediah Springfield doesn’t have the plaque with the town’s motto.
- The Flaming Moes on sale look amazing but contain neither alcohol nor cough syrup.
- You can’t get a Krusty Partially Gelatinated Non-Dairy Gum-Based Beverage with your burger (although there are shakes there from memory).
Shakes, you don’t know what you’re getting.
Hands-on: Lego The Simpsons House review – Just what it says, including some more pictures.
Ranking all 24 episodes of The Simpsons, season 3 – Now this is how you do a list:
The third season of The Simpsons is so great that I didn’t even bother eliminating any episodes and instead, I just fit them into categories ranging from “All Time Classics,” “Good Examples of Season 3″ and “Just a Good Ol’ Fashioned Simpsons Episode!”.
“Dear ‘Life in These United States,’ a funny thing happened to me…” | Where in the World is Sideshow Bob? – Lots of people do travel blogs, especially when they do study abroad. Not once, though, have I seen someone write the blog with Springfield’s favorite attempted murderer at their side though. Great idea.
Round 100: Separate Vocations vs. Das Bus - Holy crap, round 100!
VIEW: New forecasts, same delusions for Port Mann Bridge – Excellent usage:
I’m old enough to remember the episode of The Simpsons when Homer Simpson, after 22 minutes of serial idiocy, wraps up the show by proudly declaring: “Marge, my friend, I haven’t learned a thing.”
Well, it seems that British Columbia’s transportation officials are now treating The Simpsons as an instruction manual.
LegD’oh! – The big news this week was that the long ago announced Lego episode of Zombie Simpsons will be broadcast on May 4th. If they fail to include a Star Wars joke I will not be surprised.
Beechdean Group to launch The Simpsons ice cream products – The barrage of merchandising, which is only loosely connected to this December’s upcoming 25th anniversary, continues unabated:
Beechdean Ice Cream Group has signed an exciting new licensing deal with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products to become the UK’s ice cream and frozen desserts category partner for The Simpsons and is kicking off with two ice cream split products.
The 85ml products will be produced using Beechdean’s newly acquired lolly machine and moulds, are available in Raspberry and Strawberry flavours with an RRP of 90p.
I’m starting to think that one of the standard clauses in FOX’s merchandising contracts mandates use of the word “excited” or a variation thereof in the announcement:
Andrew Howard, MD, Beechdean Ice Cream Group says: “We are incredibly excited about introducing our next generation of licensed products inspired by The Simpsons.
They all say it.
Special Lego Episode Coming to The Simpsons – See? Every single time (bold mine):
“We are thrilled to collaborate with Fox during the 25th anniversary year of The Simpsons,” said Jill Wilfert, VP of licensing and entertainment at The LEGO Group states. “We know our fans will love the challenge of building the Simpsons’ family home in great detail and the ability to collect quintessential characters in LEGO minifigure form will let them showcase their love of the show in a whole new way. We are also excited that The Simpsons will be created in LEGO form, truly bringing this partnership to life.“
Gotta be in the contract.
The Simpsons 25th Anniversary 5″ Celebrity Guest Stars Action Figure – Series 02 – Here are some more celebrity figurines. Meh.
JOYRICH X THE SIMPSONS : SPRING/SUMMER 2014 COLLECTION - Hats and jackets, more more more.
Matt Groening 10 Favorite ‘Simpsons’ Episodes – Happily there’s no Zombie Simpsons. Unfortunately, that’s because he originally came up with this list during Season 11.
Reality versus fiction: concept of space and time in architecture – Pictures from the real Flintstones and Simpson houses. Dick Clark clearly had more money to spend on his Bedrock replica than whoever ordered that Simpson home giveaway.
Animated Review: Another Companion To Books From The Simpsons In Alphabetical Order – A French artist likes to alphabetize things from the show.
What Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About Politics – Wisconsin public radio on a new book called “Homer Simpson Ponders Politics” with lots of essays about pop culture’s connection to the art of the possible. This is an interview with the editors, and the word “Aristotelian” features prominently.
Holiday Film Reviews: The Simpsons – “I Love Lisa” – Both reviewers give it three and a half hearts out of four.
The Dr. Nick ‘coloured-in’ embroidery job – This went up too late for last week’s Bacon Day post, but if this isn’t love, what is?:
So I started seeing a guy called Nick with a PhD in Chemistry. His mates call him “Dr Nick” for fun, so this is what I whacked together for his Christmas present.
Click through for the awesome finished result.
Only $9.38 from Hot Topic.
Most of what I know about Hot Topic came from the “Ungroundable” episode of South Park, so I’m not really sure what to make of that.
Drunk Texting – Scroll to the bottom for a sweet sketch of Lisa telling off those fucktards at misspelled Chick-Fillet. (Also, good luck with “The Boy”.)
Simpsons Effect Wallpaper – In other finished fan art, the Simpsonized version of Mass Effect we’ve been linking is done. Cool.
Random Simpsons Screencap of the Day 2/16/14 – He’s 31 years old!
The East Asian Studies Department Tackles Orientalism in Modern Television - Damn Zombie Simpsons:
The event screened two recent episodes of The Simpsons and How I Met your Mother, both of which have stirred controversy in how they depicted the Eastern World, particularly East Asia, as constructs of a Western Orientalist perspective.
Both episodes discussed at the event featured Asians as stereotypes. For example, The Simpsons depicted sexualized Asian women
Are You a 50 Year Old Kiss Virgin? Do You Even Kiss? – Breaking down various kiss types to the point of absurdity, including:
Kiss # Three. The Simpsons Kiss.
Step 1: Pout so hard that not only are you doing the duck face, you are a duck.
Step 2: Find someone who is willing to look as stupidly fowl-like as you.
Step 3: Loudly smack you lips against the outstretched lips of the other person (or duck), as if you’re chastising them for being tardy.
Step 4: Keep going until you die of exhaustion.
Step 5: Or at least until you become yellow.
An Unusual Source of Inspiration – YouTube of Lisa encouraging Homer with crisatunity.
Mini Marge Simpson Cross Stitch – Just what it says. And it can apparently be done in a single ferry ride. Bravo.
I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY SIMPSONS CLIPS ARE SO HARD TO FIND ON THE INTERNET. – Somebody got a Choo-Choo-Choose valentine, which was nice. To answer the title, however, you simply need to remember that FOX is run by assholes. Big ones.
I Choo-choo-choose Mr Pigalina – Here the card finds a happy home on the fridge next to infamous nevernude Tobias.
Choo-Choo-Choose This Printable Valentine – For the belated Bacon Day recipient in your life, or to save for next year. (Also, that blog is titled The Feminine Miss Geek. Ha!)
Are refugee advocates out of touch? – Excellent visual Skinner usage.
The 100 Best Classic Simpsons Quotes – The good news: no Zombie Simpsons and all the quotes are subtitled screen grabs. The bad news: it’s Buzzfeed.
Watch The Simpsons In 7 Different Languages, But Homer Is Still “D’oh!” – Speaking of Buzzfeed, here’s a genuinely clever YouTube video of parts of “Mr. Plow” and “Marge vs. the Monorail” dubbed into six other languages.
Of hardship and heroin – And on the topic of foreign language voices, the guy who does the French Canadian voice of Krusty is in a play in New Zealand as Jean Cocteau.
Everyone is a MUA these days. – Animated .gif of Homer’s makeup shotgun.
The Simpsons Tapped Out- Award For Outstanding Achievement In The Field Of Excellence – And finally, I get to end the way I like, with someone who agrees with us. From a review of Tapped Out:
Tapped out is the perfect game because it refers back to episodes of The Simpsons that were actually good, although I do have a tendency to become attached to characters and despite of my growing lack of interest will stick through with a show until the bitter end, I gave up on The Simpsons long ago. I understand what is special about it, and it truly is impressive how long it has stayed on the air. It taught me a significant amount of life lessons as I repeatedly watched episodes of it growing up. It still remains one of my most quoted and referenced TV shows, but I gave up probably after season 11.
That was a good time to quit.