Zombie Simpsons: Only Two Years Behind South Park

A little while ago it came out that some of the cast of Glee was going to do voices for an upcoming Zombie Simpsons episode.  “Ho-hum and on to the next item”, I thought to myself.  But eagle eyed reader Alice noticed something else:

‘Elementary School Musical’, which airs Sunday, September 26, sees Lisa attend performing arts camp, where the Glee stars are fellow campers.

Where have I heard that title before?  Oh, right.  Calling something “Elementary School Musical” isn’t the world’s most cunning play on “High School Musical”, but at the same time, South Park did it two years ago.  Either Zombie Simpsons didn’t notice, which means they’re disconnected from the culture they’re supposed to be parodying; or they did notice and don’t care, which means that they’re lazy and apathetic.  It’s not like “Elementary School Musical” is the only play here.  “Grade School Musical” is the same joke without making you look like a bunch of disconnected hacks. 

Thanks Alice! 

6 Responses to “Zombie Simpsons: Only Two Years Behind South Park”

  1. 1 Jason
    4 August 2010 at 5:21 am

    I don’t know what you’re talking about, their references and plots are cutting edge: http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jul/22/business/la-fi-facebook-zuckerberg-syndicate

    • 4 August 2010 at 5:51 am

      I hope that’s sarcasm.

      • 3 Charlie Sweatpants
        4 August 2010 at 8:11 am

        Sounds like it to me. South Park beat them to the punch again, and Zombie Simpsons responds by inviting another eminently mockable billionaire to guest voice. Tells you all you need to know.

  2. 4 Jason
    4 August 2010 at 9:13 am

    Don’t worry Jake, it was definitely sarcasm. Still, with this sentiment, “While attending a convention for entrepreneurs, the two meet Zuckerberg, who reminds [Lisa and Nelson] just how many famous billionaires like himself have dropped out of school,” we might get lucky and Zombie Simpsons will get blamed for a rise in high school drop outs and taken off the air as damage control.

  3. 6 August 2010 at 12:53 am

    I’m pretty sure that while the title is parodying “High School Musical,” this seems to be an episode about “Glee,” which is a much better High School Musical than the actual “High School Musical.”

    But this does bring up a topic of recent Simpsons that angers me: Inter-network promotion. It’s one thing if it’s for The Critic or the X-Files, but those episodes (and plenty around that area) would scoff at the notion of Fox synergy. Now? We have full-blown episodes pretty much funded by 24, American Idol, the upcoming Glee episode, and presumably Hugh Laurie as House. Hell, they even did the Contractually Obligated Fan Character Cameo in this past season, but they at least had the dignity to kill the bastard off mid-sentence.

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