Reading Digest: Lists Edition

Homer's Revenge List

Alright Econo Save, you just made the List.” – Homer Simpson

We’ve got a couple of people with best episodes lists this week, plus a list of cartoon deaths, and a list of random thoughts and other lists as well.  Lists for everyone, hooray!  There’s also some strange art, one piece of excellent beer related usage, some love for The Critic and some trivia about Simpsons’ middle names. 


Milhouse of The Simpsons Gay? – I don’t know whether or not Milhouse is gay.  I don’t think it has anything to do with how Matt Groening refers to himself (see the comments at that link).  I do know that he has many flamboyantly homosexual tendencies

Lisa Simpson & Grooveshark? – Lisa carved into a sidewalk, possibly in Gainesville, Florida.  Continue with your day. 

‘Simpsons’ character contest winner is the Bomba – Zombie Simpsons outsourced its creative process and came up with . . . a Latino dude.   This is me not caring. 

Miller Heavy – Discussing the awesomeness of beer he quotes Reverend Lovejoy.  Excellent usage.

Gone Too Soon: The Critic – That show was ahead of its time.  Oh well, we’ll always have “Rubik’s Cube: The Movie”. 

My Top Ten Simpsons Episodes – This is an outstanding list.  The youngest episode on here is “You Only Move Twice”.  Even at the end, when he runs through all the episodes he didn’t pick, it’s all old ones (with one Fierstein hated exception). 

My Top 5 Episodes Of The Simpsons – I wouldn’t put “Hurricane Neddy” anywhere near this high up, but other than that I have no complaints. 

Light the Candles! – Blog birthday celebration with several video clips, including the always sweet “Lisa It’s Your Birthday”.

Nine Cartoons with Seriously Sad Deaths – Maude Flanders is number nine, but no mention of Bleeding Gums Murphy, Dr. Marvin Monroe, or Frank Grimes.  (via Springfield Springfield’s Twitter feed)

I Have Created Art – I don’t get this, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t oddly compelling.

Dan Radcliffe to do Simpsons Twilight Spoof – We mentioned this briefly on the Twitter feed, but for posterity’s sake I guess it should go here too.  The dude who plays Harry Potter is guest voicing in next year’s Zombie Simpsons Halloween special.  Yawn.

The Simpsons Cupcakes – These are so incredibly detailed and awesome I had to scroll through the Flickr gallery to convince myself they were real.  They are.  Wow.  (via Cupcakes Take the Cake)

Harry Shearer Speaks at the Byrd – Shearer will be at the Byrd Theater in Richmond, Virginia this Sunday.

Happy 50th Birthday, Rocky & Bullwinkle! Moose and Squirrel Through the Years – I didn’t know this:

"I think it’s actually more popular today than it was when it was originally on the air the first five years," says Ward, Jay Ward’s middle child and only daughter, who now serves as the president of Ward Productions. "It had its followers but it wasn’t a huge hit."

Those followers were a devoted bunch, though, and turned out to include many future creative forces in Hollywood, particularly ‘The Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening.

"Matt [Groening] grew up saying he wanted to do his own version of ‘Rocky & Bullwinkle,’ he was such a fan," says Ward. "So he created the Simpsons and gave [Homer, Bart and Grandpa Simpson] each an initial J in their names as an homage to my dad Jay Ward. I think the show would have been a primetime hit [today]. In 1959, it was just ahead of its time."


More skate spot pics – Skate park graffiti includes a well done, and very pissed off looking, Homer.  Click for image.

Day old antiques…I’m confused… – Weird signage combined with a link to the old man that sells cursed frogurt is highly cromulent usage. 

Top 5 Fridays – Moustaches – Flanders is #3. 

Lame…I Know! – It’s the lyrics to “See My Vest” complete with audio via YouTube.  What on earth is lame about that?

The Simpsons Nail Design – A remarkably detailed nail polish application that has all five family members.  Bravo. 

My Minnesota Home: The top 10 reasons it rules to be from the land o’ lakes – Points out that it was the University of Minnesota that made Flanders what he is today. 

Just a Thought . . . Part 2 – And finally, a list of random thoughts and observations including, gloriously, this one:

-A headline I wished I had read 10 years ago: “The creator of ‘The Simpsons’ announces: ‘We’re going to quit while we’re ahead.’”

Me too. 

5 Responses to “Reading Digest: Lists Edition”

  1. 20 November 2009 at 8:53 pm

    “In pondering her contest entry, [Peggy] Black decided there was a void on “The Simpsons” and that Springfield needed “something like a Casanova,” she said.

    Bomba, a handsome, smooth-talking South American nicknamed “La Bomba,” works at the town’s nuclear power plant by day and “by night, works Springfield’s singles scene,” as Fox describes him.”

    So he’s like Disco Stu, only with stereotypical Latino qualities? Wow, this character can’t fail.

    BTW, the creation of a new character to drum up publicity for the show…Poochie, anyone?

    • 2 Celia
      20 November 2009 at 11:02 pm

      Doesn’t Springfield already have Mayor Quimby to seduce ladies also? I mean, he has 27 illegitimate children, or thereabouts. You can’t seduce ladies more thoroughly than that. In my opinion, Springfield has quite sufficient quantities of Cassanova.

      Springfield needs more decent female characters, really. Or alternatively, to expand on minor characters they already have, and not to make characters that demand catchphrases.

  2. 3 Stephen
    20 November 2009 at 11:47 pm

    “Nine Cartoons with Seriously Sad Deaths – Maude Flanders is number nine, but no mention of Bleeding Gums Murphy, Dr. Marvin Monroe, or Frank Grimes. ”

    According to Zombie Simpsons, Dr. Marvin Monroe isn’t dead. He made a return in the episode “Diatribe of a Mad Housewife.”

    Needless to say his return was pointless. “Monroe is seen alive in the fifteenth season in “Diatribe of a Mad Housewife” to purchase a copy of Marge’s novel “The Harpooned Heart”, stating simply that he’s “…been very sick” when asked about his absence by Marge.” Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_recurring_characters_in_The_Simpsons

    Absolute abortion of an episode.

    As for the topic of saddest deaths, Bleeding Gums Murphy easily wins.

  3. 4 Charlie Sweatpants
    21 November 2009 at 1:05 am

    Celia: This is a topic that deserves more attention at some later time, but I’ve always thought that one of the true markers of Zombie Simpsons was the fact that they lost the ability to craft an episode around either Lisa or Marge. There’s no shortage of excellent Lisa/Marge episodes from the before time (too many to list here but just off the top of my head there’s “Marge on the Lam”, “Summer of 4’2″”, “Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy”, “A Streetcar Named Marge”). But these days even the rabidly pro-Zombie Simpson commenters at sites like SimpsonsChannel and nohomers will dump on new Lisa and Marge episodes. There’s obviously a lot that goes into that, but the biggest factor is the fact that Marge and Lisa can’t act as crazy (or get beaten up as easily) as Homer and Bart, and without that to go to they’ve got nothing. The result is episodes like last season’s “Lisa the Drama Queen” and its endless Josh Groban montages. They have no idea how to write for female characters any longer and as a result when they do make a Lisa or Marge episode it feels like they’re filling a quota.

    Stephen: I am very glad I’ve never seen that episode.

  4. 21 November 2009 at 2:05 am

    Hi, Charlie. Thanks for the compliment on my Miller Heavy article! I officially like this blog. The banner made me lol, and now I’m reading all this Simpsons stuff … this could take a while.

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