Archive for March, 2009



27
Mar
09

Friday Link Dump – Obscure Guest Voice Edition

“That guy cheapens our whole profession.” – Bruce Baum

T.O. funnyman Bruce Baum soars into cyberspace – Remember the guy pictured above?  He’s got a comedy website, TheOuterNet.com (careful, video plays when you click), that The Ventura County Star wrote an article about and, in typical newspaper fashion, neglected to link.  Whatever, barbecue armpit deodorant sounds good to me.  

Channeling Homer Simpson on the Deficit Numbers – MIT economist Jonathan Gruber gets a gold star for excellent usage.  

Are The Best Days Of ‘The Simpsons’ Over? – The basic premise here is right on, though it’s written for a website called Starpulse so there’s a distinct whiff of Valley Girl crazy about the whole thing.  (From Starpulse’s about page: “Starpulse.com offers celebrity enthusiasts like you . . “, uh, count me out, thanks.)  There is one little thing that deserves special attention though, the misspelling of ‘Jebus’.  I see this all over the place, ‘Jeebus’ instead of ‘Jebus’.  For fuck’s sake people, it’s pronounced exactly like the original but with a “b” in place of an “s”.  There is no need for an extra “e”.  Wow, that got off topic fast.
Great minds think differently – It’s a list of thinkers, and I used the term loosely, who might have opinions about the current recession, including Homer Simpson, Sun Tzu, Epicurus, and Tony Soprano.  This guy is padding his list just a bit, methinks.
Triceratops Was A Social Animal, Group of Dinosaur Fossils Suggests – A site in Montana has fossils from a bunch of different Triceratops skeletons.  It’s called the Homer Site because the guy who found it, Helmuth Redschlag, is a Simpsons fan.  Well done.  
Lottery win like a joke, trucker says – This guy won almost two million dollars from a lottery machine that said “Woo hoo!” when he scanned his ticket.  
Transit Spotting – Mr. Matt Smith isn’t very happy with a new San Francisco transit project.  I couldn’t tell you anything about the merits of the project, but the man’s got his Simpsons straight and that’s good enough for us.  
The 20 Hottest Movie Mums (via)- Internet lists are always pointless and stupid, but Marge is #1.    
Despite the sunshine, it rained on my parade – Damn right.  Even the Irish thought that episode was a piece of shit.
Barack Obama’s Top 5 Bart Simpson Moments – Just one of the hundreds of radical right wing messages inserted into every post by co-creator Charlie Sweatpants.  
27
Mar
09

Quote of the Day

“In gratitude, I present you this offering of cookies and milk.  If you want me to eat them for you, give me no sign.  Thy will be done.” – Homer Simpson
26
Mar
09

Getting Out of Hand

“I’m in television now.  It’s my job to be repetitive.  My job.  My job.  Repetitiveness is my job.” – Bart Simpson
Simpsons Channel has a post up with the promo image for April 19th’s Zombie Simpsons, titled “The Good, the Sad and the Drugly”.  Here’s the plot description:

To win the heart of Jenny (guest voice Anne Hathaway) a sweet 5th grade girl, Bart becomes a good samaritan and gives up his prank-pulling days

Given the presence of the perfectly cromulent word “drugly” in the title I’m gonna guess that this girl might have a lesson or two to teach Bart about growing up.  It’s always creepy and rage inducing when Zombie Simpsons goes on one of its weird “we’re moralizing/but no we’re really mocking moralizing/um yeah, we’re actually moralizing” skids.  That was about half the run-time of this season’s feculent “Mypods and Boomsticks” episode and it always sucks.
Well, at least we found out who Anne Hathaway is voicing on the Simpsons.  Apparently it’s going to be Bart’s love interest, not Krusty’s.  The earlier leaked plot was to have her testify in court when . . . ugh . . . Krusty was falsely accused of a crime.  Now it seems she’s voicing a goody-two-shoes that . . . ugh . . . Bart straightens up and flies right in order to impress.  I wouldn’t rule out the Krusty-accused plot also being included; there’s no real limit to the amount of stupidity Zombie Simpsons can jam into a single meandering story.  Of course, if that little gem of a Krusty plot isn’t in there on April 19th, we could always see it later.
On the plus side, the endless repetition of earlier plots may finally be having an effect.  There are some grumbly comments on that Simpsons Channel post from people who otherwise still think it’s good.
26
Mar
09

Quote of the Day

“You’re like the guy, you’re a legend around here.  Can I ask you, is it true you once worked ninety-six hours straight?” – James Woods
“Oh yes, it was horrible I tell you.  By the end I thought I was a hummingbird of some kind.” – Apu Nahasapeemapetilon
25
Mar
09

A Lesson in Internet Reading Comprehension

“After breakfast me and Milhouse are going down to the ravine.  We got a tip from a six year old that there’s a dead martian down there.” – Bart Simpson

I saw goofy little stories like this one and this one and this one on-line last week.  They amount to nothing that could be called news and I didn’t even include them in the Friday Link Dump.  Then I check in on Simpsons Channel this morning and what do I see?  

Sigh.  All of the above links can be traced to this post on the website of the British tabloid The Sun.  Here is the full quote from James L. Brooks:

“We’d love to have Barack on the show. No president has agreed to do it yet but we’ll keep asking.  We’re putting all the right signals out.”  

That’s it.  Brooks, speaking to a British newspaper, said they’d like to have Obama on the show.  Nothing more to it than that.  Of course The Sun, being a tabloid, has the headline read:

US President Barack Obama and British comic Russell Brand are being lined up for an appearance in The Simpsons

I’d say that’s overstating the case a bit, but it was enough and the internet took it from there.  

Would Obama want to do a guest voice on Zomibe Simpsons?  I have no idea, that’s up to him and the people around him.  For his sake I hope they’re either not thinking about it or decide not to do it.  There’s no sense tarnishing his image by associating him with a dying television show.  
But one thing’s for sure, having Brooks mention that they’d like to do it is a far, far cry from what these stories and headlines imply.  
25
Mar
09

Quote of the Day

“Mr. Simpson, my husband and I have decided to move.” – Mrs. Winfield
“Gonna run out the clock in Florida, eh?” – Homer Simpson
24
Mar
09

I Can’t Imagine Why Fox Didn’t Like This

I have no insight into why this little musical number from Family Guy wasn’t broadcast.  (It looks like it was to have been part of the fall ’07 episode “Lois Kills Stewie”.)  The Entertainment Weekly post where I found it thinks it was the network censors, but other than the original YouTube uploader calling it “banned” I don’t see any evidence of that, it may just have not made the final cut.  Of course, saying something was “banned” or implying that it’s somehow too “think of the children” for broadcast television certainly makes it more appealing than saying it just didn’t fit in the episode. 

That said, I doubt that the joke at about 2:15 pleased any network higher ups:
I could quibble with the particulars, but really I just like seeing other people say that Simpsons isn’t funny any longer.  
Unsurprisingly, the always tedious “Simpsons Sucks/no it doesn’t Family Guy sucks” back and forth breaks out in the comments section of both the Entertainment Weekly post and the originating YouTube link.  



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