“I’ve already planned our vacation. We’re going to the Highway 9 bird sanctuary. I understand they’ve installed a new bird feeder this year. . . . It’s shaped like a diner! . . . And it’s on this really tall pole!” – Marge Simpson
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“As Roger Meyers Jr., the owner of the park, I’d like to thank you for stopping the killer robots. And to show my appreciation, here are two free passes.” – Roger Meyers Jr.
“But there are five of us.” – Homer Simpson
“Here are two free passes.” – Roger Meyers Jr.
“That’s better.” – Homer Simpson
Last week I mentioned that Simpsons singing group from New York that will be performing in San Diego this Saturday. Well, they’ve been very generous and offered us two free tickets to their performance. Like last year with the Mr. Burns play in D.C., none of us can go, but we’ll be giving those tickets to the first person who offers to see it and write us a quickie review for it. You pick, 5:30pm or 9:30pm on Saturday the 20th at the C3 Performing Arts Center. (You can watch the trailer video here.) If you want to see the show but don’t want to write a review, you can always toil in our underground sugar caves or work the lima bean harvest for the first 100,000 years, but we’d rather have a few hundred words about whether or not you liked what you saw.
I’ve also been reminded via e-mail that it is now summer, which means that it’s also the season for guest posts. I’ve got a couple in the hopper, but if you have a Simpsons related rant/theory/favorite episode/personal story/editorial reply, we’d love to read it. Pictures and images are welcome, and we’re happy to link back to your blog, Twitter account, or other on-line haunt. As always, no money and (very) minor internet fame can be yours!
Please e-mail us if you want the tickets or if you have a guest post or post idea.
“Lobster hat, fishnet speedo junior, wheelie shoes, invisible dog leash . . . well, I’m packed.” – Homer Simpson
This week we’ve got a couple of links to a singing troupe that’s headed – at FOX’s expense – to sunny California next weekend for Comic Con. They’ve got two shows coming up, plus they’re performing at the convention itself. In addition to that, we’ve got several great pieces of non-musical fan art, plenty of usage and references, the ongoing saga of the Simpsons bracket, and a couple of great episode write ups.
We Put The Spring In Springfield – Two years ago we linked to a New York City based group that was putting on renditions of Simpsons songs. Well, they are back and they are going to San Diego next weekend. Per their press release e-mail:
I wanted to let you guys know that FOX is flying us out to San Diego to perform on the official The Simpsons panel (with Al Jean, Matt Groening, etc.) at ComicCon 2013! We’re doing a show that night too.
There’s a show tomorrow night in New York at the Duplex Cabaret Theater in Manhattan, and then it’s off to California for two shows next Saturday. Here’s the preview video.
Comic-Con 2013 schedule: See what’s happening Saturday – And here’s what else is going on next weekend:
12:45p.m.-1:30p.m., Ballroom 20, The Simpsons: Celebrate The Simpsons’ 25th year on the air with creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, supervising director Mike Anderson, and consulting producer David Silverman, enjoy never-before seen footage from guest director Guillermo del Toro, and hear musical guests perform “We Put The Spring In Springfield!”
We all know who the musical guests are now.
Maine Hospital Honors The Simpsons In Unique Manner – A hospital in Maine refers to unknown patients, many of them hunters who weren’t carrying ID with them, as John and Jane “D’Ohs”. Someone on the show heard about this, and now they’ve got all manner of Simpsons swag:
A recent John D’Oh at WMMC happened to be a friend of one of the program’s producers. After the hospital’s ER doctors saved his life, he promised them he would show his thanks in a unique way.
Shortly thereafter, sets of Simpsons scrubs arrived for the entire staff. Now, when anyone calls WMMC, they are greeted by the voice of a Simpsons character on the hospital’s automated phone system.
Click through for the full story, it’s awesome.
Watching the Neighbourhood Watch – Good job, people of Toronto:
On a walk through the Roncesvalles area I stumbled across a neighbourhood watch sign that was a tad unusual. In place of the usual blue faces it prominently displayed Adam West era Batman and Robin. I thought it was hilarious and kind of a one off thing…..until I discovered another one with Robocop!
So far the mysterious artist was 2 for 2 in terms of my favourite fictional law enforcers.
However, that turned into a tri-fecta the other day when I looked up and saw Chief Wiggum tucking little Ralph into bed.
Click through for the picture.
5 For Friday: TV’s Best Birthday Moments – Stan Marsh’s adult level hatred as a ten-year-old is on this list, but Lisa’s birthday song is number one. Also, there’s quite a bit of good YouTube here.
D’oh! adventures in the DSM – Ah, science:
For my part, I’ve decided to set aside valuable critique of the psychiatric establishment and put the DSM to a stronger test: How well does it diagnose classic side characters from one of TV’s greatest accomplishments, The Simpsons?
Now that’s psychiatry!
Bart Simpson – Make your own yarn Bart Simpson. Bravo.
The Simpsons (1989-Present)
I have no aversion to animation or comedy and satire of society interests me greatly, but again, for whatever reason, I’ve yet to see this show. Not one episode and besides a few gifs and momentary clips, I’ve not seen much footage either. If asked, I’d be hard pressed to name more than four characters. Quick: Bart, Homer, Lisa, Marge? And I’m done. I just Googled Marge now to make sure that actually is one. It is, okay. Four and I’m tapped out.
As always, my recommendation is to start with Season 2.
what are your “favorite” weasel words? – Excellent usage:
As Homer Simpson once said, “Weaselling outta things is important to learn. It’s what separates us from the animals. Except the weasel.” Of course, this is unfair to the weasel, which is a very nice and very smart little creature indeed.
Apt and perfectly quoted.
Mike Johnson: Soglin right, council wrong on disclosing donations – Excellent reference:
A recent Madison City Council vote left me pondering a line from "The Simpsons" TV show: “Y’know, a town with good legislation is like a mule with a spinning wheel. No one knows how he got it and danged if he knows how to use it!”
My version of “THAT Legendary series!” – Another personal best TV show list that naturally includes The Simpsons.
Scenes from Amsterdam – It’s not the best photo, but here’s Marge and Lisa hanging out on a balcony in the Netherlands.
Best. Episode. Ever. (Round 44) – Another Hobson’s Choice between “Radio Bart” and “The Springfield Files”, but worth the click for the great image compilation of the tunnel, and the YouTube video of the real life radio microphone commercial. My god, someone actually did the “Hey, good looking thing”.
Best. Episode. Ever. (Round 45) – Up and at them!
Best. Episode. Ever. (Round 46) – Image compilation of the “Meat and You” filmstrip.
Best. Episode. Ever. (Round 47) – Season 3 versus Season 2, that’s horrible.
Dag 155 – Simple. Elegant. Duff t-shirt.
It’s all in your head, so… – Animated .gif of Lisa dancing to the Soul Mass Transit System.
Kang! – A great looking graffiti Kang (or is it Kodos?) in Vancouver.
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Show…In 10 Words – Marge, we’ve got all the fireworks we need right here.
The Fosters…In 10 Words – Do you have ’em in blonde?
Drunk History…In 10 Words – Now let us party, like twas 1799!
Sharknado…In 10 Words – And now, for a real element of danger, one drop of human blood.
oops – Work and drinking explained through a few Simpsons videos.
Simpsons Classics: “Summer of 4 Ft. 2″ – And finally, Smooth Charlie’s Link of the week got displaced to the bottom because of the singing and all, but our old friends at No Pun Intended have one of the best write ups of “Summer of 4 Ft. 2” ever. Lots of screen grabs, good looks at plenty of scenes, and a .gif of Homer’s face when he realizes the dud looks like Milhouse. Really a great read.
“Torture Land, Explosion Land, Searing Gas Pain Land, Unnecessary Surgery Land . . . hmmm.” – Marge Simpson
Universal Studios down in America’s Wang is getting ready to unveil their new and expanded Simpsons area. This caused half the people on the internet to link to it this week, so it’s a shorter than average Reading Digest. We do have a video of it under construction, as well as something much cooler: a fan made map of Disney Land crossed with Itchy & Scratchy Land. In addition to that we’ve got a bunch of other excellent fan made stuff, an interview with Harry Shearer, some sly Simpsons references Blizzard inserted into World of Warcraft, some Australian street art, more evidence that Zombie Simpsons can’t construct a decent parody to save its life, and a couple of people who either wrote or wanted to write about the show in college.
Nyima – Duffwoman – A Hungarian cosplay enthusiast has created a rather awesome Duffwoman costume. The beer can laden skirt really makes it.
GTO – Lenny and Carl – by `DanLuVisiArt on deviantART – Fan made art of Homer, Carl and Otto in a Grand Theft Auto style. Excellent. (via Kotaku)
Glen Brogan – Itchy and Scratchy Land – More excellent fan art:
Itchy and Scratchy Land
16 x 20
Edition of 50
Glen says: “This piece is an excuse for me to combine two things I love: the design of old Disney theme park maps and The Simpsons. I went through the Itchy and Scratchy Land episode and took lots of screen captures and notes to get the map as accurate to the show as possible.”
INTERVIEW: Harry Shearer, on SNL, The Simpsons, and Spinal Tap – Nothing really new here, but well worth a read because Shearer:
HS: Talk to myself, what do you think I am, nuts? Actually, C Montgomery Burns is the favorite, because he doesn’t fall prey to the temptation to dilute his evil with even a scintilla of good. Fox owns the voices, so if I did slip into one, I’d owe them money.
There are a lot of great things about Harry Shearer, but his more or less open loathing of FOX has to be near the top.
phil hartman – This week was the 15th anniversary of Phil Hartman’s death. This is a remembrance, with a great Troy McClure mashup YouTube.
The Simpsons as a Narratively Complex Show – This is a rather serious college essay that I freely admit I have not had time to read all the way through. But I plan to because a quick skim shows it talking about not just the show, but the environment in which it was created and how those things influenced it.
Bartkira! – More fan art for the Bartkira project.
Watch a Tour of the Simpsons Theme Park Construction – This isn’t so much a tour as it is a series of slow camera pans on YouTube, but if you’re interested in what they’re doing down in Orlando, here you go:
The Simpsons! | Pat-A-Cakes of Woolton – Excellent Simpsons birthday cake.
The greatest moments of Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz – This is a grandiose title, but there’s some good YouTube here.
Best. Episode. Ever. (Round 28) – Ha ha, Season 13 goes down in a heap before “The Call of the Simpsons”. You ever known a siren to be good?
The stage comedy ‘I’m Connecticut’ by ‘Simpsons’ writer Mike Reiss plays Ivoryton – If you live in the Nutmeg State, you can see Reiss and his play next week:
Now, a new production of "I’m Connecticut" opens Wednesday at the Ivoryton Playhouse. Reiss will be there on June 6, 7 and 8 to participate in talk-backs with the audience.
Also, a brief reminder that Mike Reiss is very funny:
"I’m Connecticut" is a romantic comedy, yes, but it has an extra element, too:
"There’s so much Connecticut color in there, so much trivia about the state, legends and lore. There’s a joke about Windsor Locks in there. You know, David Mamet is never going to write a joke about Windsor Locks, no matter how long he lives."
Pray for Mojo: top 10 coolest monkeys (part 1) – Mojo comes in at #6 here, and deservedly so:
BUT how does Mojo beat Mr Teeny? (Krusty’s stage monkey?) when Mr Teeny can rollerskate and chomp cigars? Well, Mojo wears a nappy so he doesn’t need to be toilet trained. He can make orange juice. He drinks Duff Beer. And he can do a happy dance! Even when he’s not happy!
Also am i the only guy who wants to watch Christmas Ape 1 + 2?
No. I’ve always wondered just what Christmas Ape would be like.
Trillhouse – Milhouse street art from Australia.
Cool Cop – And, from the same site, Wiggum. Also:
has anyone noticed the influx of Simpsons characters going on around town in the passed 6 months? It’s all good though, because The Simpsons are the best thing since TV was invented.
Verizon FiOS unlimited data limit: 77TB per month – Excellent reference:
Simpsons fans will likely recall the classic episode in which Homer Simpson gets tossed out of an “all-you-can-eat” seafood restaurant after he devours not only its entire supply of shrimp but two of its decorative plastic lobsters. Ars Technica reports that an IT professional in California did something similar with his unlimited FiOS plan after he used up a whopping 77TB of data over the span of just one month.
This is the most blatant case of false advertising since my suit against the movie The Neverending Story.
Bart the Philosopher – Not tormenting the emotionally frail is an important life lesson.
The Hangover Part III…In 10 Words – Hangover III: So Very Tired.
Behind The Candleabra…In 10 Words – In battle he downed a full length ball down covered in sequins.
Epic Movie…In 10 Words – Why do you think I took you to see all those Police Academy movies?
NPC – Groundskeeper Wyllithen and Mayor Quimby – A couple of Simpsons references in World of Warcraft.
Marge Vs. Itchy and Scratchy – Not entirely sure what this is, but the sign Marge carries at the protest is always great.
Did I Do That?! Top TV Teen Nerds – Lisa obviously makes the list, and bonus points for a blog called “cookies + sangria”.
May 24th 2013 | An artist’s day to day – This is about cats:
I’m a huge fan of the Simpsons but there isn’t really much I can take away from this for me. Its well done and suits the program perfectly but its too simple for what I want. Can’t think what this cat is called, I could look it up but I can’t be bothered, its Friday and I’m tired. Was it something to do with Snow or something?
The cat on The Simpsons is Snowball II. Zombie Simpsons has ratcheted it up to like Snowball XLVI or something, but they suck, so don’t worry about it. However, the most famous cat on The Simpsons is definitely Scratchy, because Itchy’s a jerk.
After episode of ‘The Simpsons,’ Marge Simpson helps boost traffic for ashleymadison.com, the notorious website for cheaters – Pretty much just what the headline says. Further evidence that Zombie Simpsons doesn’t so much parody brands as offer free advertising for them.
Who knew The Simpsons could be so deep? – YouTube of Marge showing Lenny’s house and the fact that pretty much no one wants people to come over unexpectedly.
A Blanc Slate – You gotta plow ahead on that one:
The first six years of The Simpsons coincide with the last six years of my public education. Matt Groening unleashed an honestly dysfunctional family in a pretentiously dysfunctional world, and before we were asked to care who shot Mr. Burns, the show threw nothing but heat and break-neck change-ups, to chance a baseball analogy. Fast and unrelenting. Like the tire fire in the opening credits, the comedy was timeless, eternal. Great writing made every line a quote, but every quote could be ruined when repeated by we mere mortals when the cast delivered them perfectly. I was talked out of writing my college essay on Hank Azaria because applications were serious business, and no one had the internet to cross-reference the importance of trivialities.
Also, click through for the picture of the “Jerrold” cable box. We had a box exactly like that when I was a kid, and since there was no remote I learned how to work it with my toes so I wouldn’t have to get up to change the channel. The 80s sucked.
“My hair! You chopped off my hair! Oh, God, I’m ugly!” – Homer Simpson
- Well, it was certainly nice of the Robot Chicken guys to eat up ninety seconds of screentime with that opening.
- And it’s a good thing they did, because if this scene with Marge and Skinner is any indication, we’re mostly in for filler here. Skinner is now playing a guitar he pulled from behind his desk as surely as if it was a rabbit from a hat, and this goes on until well after Marge had left the building.
- Sideshow Mel is now giving Bart music lessons, why?
- And then Frink and Comic Book Guy because . . . oh, the hell with it.
- What’s with the licorice thing?
- “Let’s drink vodka” – Good advice for anyone watching this episode.
- The scene where Bart walks across the playground to deliberately run into the bullies made very little sense, then they topped themselves by having Marge and this Russian guy sitting in her car in her driveway. Impressive.
- I’m confused by the Russian Makin’ Whoopee montage, though I really shouldn’t be. It’s 30 seconds long, the entire episode (credits to credits) is only 18:30, so that ate almost 3% of the runtime right there. And it was only the first of two montages.
- Krusty and Captain McAllister sure had valid reasons for being at that recital we never learned anything about. Someone in comments pointed out that this one was heavy on people just showing up for no reason, and they were correct.
- Uh, is that going to be the whole Patrick Stewart thing? [End of episode note: Yes, yes it was.]
- Whoa, Helen Lovejoy really doesn’t sound like herself anymore.
- Hey the Russian guy is back to exposit the end for us. That was nice of him.
- “It was wrong of me to force my dreams on you”, where did that come from? Marge made Bart take up music because Skinner suggested it, not because she wanted to be a piano player. Is it possible that by the end of these they’re phoning it in so badly that no one remembers the beginning?
The incoherence of this episode cannot be overstated, and yet I also cannot use any extreme superlatives because, let’s face it, it’s no more or less incoherent than most episodes these days. Characters appear out of thin air, stories are dropped for no reason whatsoever, the plots (such as they are) get resolved with single scene twists instead of having anything to do with what came before.
To take but one example from this episode, here is the entirety of Homer’s plot:
1. Homer’s last two hairs fall out (note that this has happened before).
2. Homer goes to the Kwik-E-Mart where he gets atrocious jokes spat at him by Apu, Flanders’ Dad (for some reason), and the Rich Texan.
3. Homer goes to Moe’s where Moe rips off his own hair and gives some to Homer.
4. Homer goes to work where he talks to Patrick Stewart, who tells him being bald is okay.
5. Homer reveals his baldness to Marge, who doesn’t care, which in turn causes his hair to grow back.
That’s it. That’s the entire story. Homer doesn’t do anything, he isn’t in any way affected by his brief loss of hair, and then it’s over. And this was – by far – the most put together of the various goings on here. It certainly made more sense than the Russian guy learning to drive, or Bart’s story, which started with him wanting to impress his teacher and then abruptly switched gears mid-episode to him being afraid to disappoint Marge.
Anyway, the ratings are in and they are just as bad as the episode itself. On Sunday, just 4.05 million viewers wished they had bootleg Russian vodka to make the time go faster. That dismal total is good for second worst on the all time list. Next week is the two episode season finale, which appears to be just two random episodes crammed together and not an actual two-parter, though the descriptions FOX has released are so vague and pointless that I really can’t tell. Oh well, we’ll find out soon enough.