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Crazy Noises: Treehouse of Horror XXII

Homer the Heretic7

“Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to appear in a tortilla in Mexico.” – God

As part of our tireless efforts to demonstrate the many ways Zombie Simpsons fails to entertain, Season 23 will be subjected to the kind of rigorous examination that can only be produced by people typing short messages at one another.  More dedicated or modern individuals might use Twitter for this, but that’s got graphics and short links and little windows that pop up when you put your cursor over things.  The only kind of on-line communications we like are the kind that could once be done at 2400 baud.  So disable your call waiting, plug in your modem, and join us for another year of Crazy Noises.  This text has been edited for clarity and spelling (especially on “irrelevantly”, but not for many of our guest’s British variations.).

In our longer than usual conversation below we touch briefly on the animation, and while I don’t want to make too big a deal out of this, I think it’s worth a couple of pictures.  Specifically, take a look at the shoddier treatment the divine gets in Zombie Simpsons than it did in The Simpsons.  Here’s how God looked in “Treehouse of Horror XXII”:

Zombie God

And here’s how God looked in Season 4:

Simpsons God

Instead of those often odd looking shadows HD Zombie Simpsons is so fond of, we get a fantastically better looking robe and that awesome glowing effect.  In Season 4 God looks like a god, in Season 23, God looks like a headless schmuck in a bathrobe.

Here’s Satan in “Treehouse of Horror XXII”:

Zombie Satan

And here’s Satan in “Treehouse of Horror IV”:

Simpsons Satan

Scarier, yes?  Better animated, yeah?  Okay, I’m cheating a little bit there because that’s Satan when he’s pissed off.  Here he is in more conversational forms, from “Treehouse of Horror IV” and “Bart Gets Hit By a Car”:

Simpsons Satan (Conversational)

I stand by “scarier” and “better animated”.  Not only do these Satans actually match the character model, but they keep with the best traditions of Satan-as-a-character.  He isn’t nearly as menacing when he’s some huge, muscular Fabio of the Netherworld as he is when he’s just a little guy, offering you a deal.  The one from Zombie Simpsons looks like the cheap cartoon you’d see on a pair of plastic devil horns, the ones from The Simpsons look like a guy who really does want to see you burn forever.

Note: Our old friend Stephen “Friz” Frizzle stayed up late and joined us all the way from England. 

Friz: Good evening sir. Good morning sir. It passed midnight when I was speaking so that was technically accurate.

Charlie Sweatpants: Ha. I love it when technology actually works.

Mad Jon: Very nice

Charlie Sweatpants: Friz, thanks for joining us here tonight/this morning.

Friz: You all look lovely this evening. Have you decreased in mass?

Shall we go in order of segments, or just attack it from all sides?

Mad Jon: Normally I would say attack wherever, but THOH is always the oddball when we chat.

Charlie Sweatpants: Yeah, let’s start with the opening and see where things go.

Mad Jon: I would like to say that I missed the couch gag and the first10 seconds of act I, so if there was anything worth mentioning, I’ll need to be brought up to speed.

Friz: Well, I’ll state my main point. James L Brooks’ scary name was James L “what isn’t scary?” Brooks. And that seemed to be the main driving force behind it

As if any suggestion would be appropriate for Halloween.

Charlie Sweatpants: Jon, there wasn’t a couch gag, near as I could tell anyway.

Friz: “Avatar parody? Yeah… I guess that’s scary-ish. That’ll do”

Mad Jon: Oh good.

The first one was somewhat a parody of that movie I didn’t see with James Franco right?

Friz: 127 Hours. Yup.

Charlie Sweatpants: I know it’s common shorthand, but I don’t think “parody” is the right word there.

Mad Jon: Well please correct me sir.

Charlie Sweatpants: Yeah, he bit his arm off, but he spent most of the segment driving through Springfield and running over rocks.

Friz: Kids went trick or treating, Marge dressed as a witch to swipe their candy for toothbrushes, Marge gave the candy to Homer, who climbed on top of a mountain, who fell down a canyon.

And, boy, I’m not even halfway through

Mad Jon: Important part being that he spent a solid two minutes chewing off random body parts and then reattaching them somehow for a vegetable prize.

Friz: Didn’t even mention the Hitchcock music that was left over from THOH XX.

Charlie Sweatpants: I thought they’d used that before.

Mad Jon: I can’t tell the THOH apart after the first half dozen or so.

Friz: I have a soft spot for THOH XX. But we’re not talking about that one.

Charlie Sweatpants: We’ll stow that for another time then.

Friz: Weirdly, when Homer screams “Noooo” from the canyon, the perspective is god awful.

It’s as if he’s as big as the canyon itself

[Ed note: Image goes here:

Giant Homer, Tiny Canyon

.]

Charlie Sweatpants: For this opening however, I thought a telling problem was the way he first bit off his other arm, then his leg, then they actually had to do a quick jump in time to get things moving again.

Friz: Not to mention that joke was done in the Saw parody bit of Scary Movie 4

Charlie Sweatpants: I’ll admit that I did not make past Scary Movie 2, but I’ll take your word for it.

And I noticed that weird transition when he fell down the canyon. He just sort of shrank, it didn’t look right at all, even on a first viewing.

Friz: Were they trying to mimic the gorge fall from Bart the Daredevil?

Mad Jon: I didn’t notice that, but I only watched it once.

Charlie Sweatpants: Definitely.

Mad Jon: Although it did seem to be a shallow canyon, now that I think of it…

Friz: Aron Ralston’s cameo was well worth the nine words he got paid.

He’s the guy who actually fell down a canyon and had to saw off his arm. He was the 911 operator in the segment.

Mad Jon: Did not know that. So I have learned something here. Good for me.

Friz: And the phone call wasn’t even a joke. “an ambulance is on its way”

Charlie Sweatpants: I figured that was him on the 911 call when I first watched it. I don’t like the product Zombie Simpsons puts out, but let is never be said that they aren’t gracious when it comes to guest voices.

Friz: Not even a “please hold” gag followed by an inappropriate song

Everybody loves a clown, so why don’t you…

Mad Jon: Well, they needed a reason for Homer to freak out about not eating candy for 20 minutes.

Charlie Sweatpants: That would’ve helped.

Mad Jon: Agreed.

Friz: Why would Homer climb a mountain to eat candy anyway?

I mean, I know THOH isn’t canon, but that seemed weird.

Charlie Sweatpants: It’s best not to ask those questions. The writers certainly didn’t.

Friz: Oh. To get him to fall down the canyon. Obviously.

Mad Jon: Even in Zombie THOH, I can usually find something worthwhile, but this segment did not have it for me.

Friz: THOH VII opens with Homer lighting a pumpkin. Then on fire. Bam, episode starts.

Mad Jon: Unless there was a good line in the first minute that I missed. But I doubt it.

Charlie Sweatpants: For them, the whole getting-to-the-canyon thing was a twofer: it gave them their tenuous connection to Halloween and killed two minutes in an episode that fairly reeked of coming in well short.

Friz: VI has Krusty throwing his head to the screen. Bam. Episode starts

Shall we get on to the actual episode itself?

Charlie Sweatpants: Yeah, we’ve already spent more time on this intro than they did.

Friz: Doesn’t feel like it

So… Paralysed Spider Farts, or whatever the segment was called

Charlie Sweatpants: I’m not sure the Paralyzed Spiderman segment was really one segment though. Even for Zombie Simpsons, bringing in a second spider was a hell of a curve.

Mad Jon: Something about a diving bell. I didn’t get it, but I am not all that cultured.

Charlie Sweatpants: But, you can only have Homer farting for so long.

Friz: I did a surprised guffaw at Homer farting out a web. But in the same way I laugh at Terrence and Philip. The humour was in the surprise

Charlie Sweatpants: It was a movie called The Diving Bell and the Butterfly about a guy who got paralyzed and could only communicate by blinking or something. He wrote a book, they made a movie, my Dad said it was boring, and I never saw it.

Friz: I also did like “my brain still brains” from his letter

But, yes. Boring.

Mad Jon: I liked Homer’s line about it being a normal Sunday morning when he woke up on the ground.

Charlie Sweatpants: That wasn’t terrible, but it doesn’t speak well of your less then five minute segment when you have to cut almost immediately to a flashback like that.

Friz: I did some research. The first time the word “fart” is said in the show is “Girlie Edition”. And we don’t hear a fart until Season 11.

Charlie Sweatpants: Really?

Friz: Unless I missed something

I’m sure someone in the comments will prove me wrong

Mad Jon: Interesting research.

Friz: It was basically me typing “fart” into SNPP

Charlie Sweatpants: I didn’t do any research other than thinking about it, but the first fart joke I could think of was “Smells like one of van Houten’s” from “Who Shot Mr. Burns Part I”.

Even if we’re missing something though, I think it’s fair to say that this was more fart jokes than Seasons 1-9 combined, and it’s not even close.

Friz: There was also a Season 15 episode where Homer played a Spiderman-esque character.

Charlie Sweatpants: Was that Pie Man? I’ve never bothered to watch that one.

Mad Jon: Oh god, that pie man crap?

Friz: Yup

Even had a kissing Marge scene

So that’s “Bart the Daredevil” and “Pie Man”. Two past episodes being ripped off for Halloween.

Also, where did the second spider come from? The fucking sky?

Charlie Sweatpants: Was there a point to the Spiderman thing other than their “Turn Off the Dark” joke?

Friz: I saw the pic from Compare and Contrast post earlier.

Charlie Sweatpants: Yeah, that bothered me. The spider, totally different from the first, just descends. Maybe its special radioactive power is sensing a plot losing momentum?

Mad Jon: They should keep that spider around then.

Charlie Sweatpants: They could name it Roy.

Mad Jon: I regretted that as soon as I hit enter…

Friz: The animation of the second spider crawling around was just…ugh

Homer’s orifices appear to have Portal-esque portals

Mad Jon: That’s just zombie animation. I’d say you get used to it, but I haven’t yet.

Friz: I miss the animation of Homer going crazy in The Shinning.

Having Homer paralysed just gave the excuse to animate even less

Mad Jon: True enough.

Friz: So, shall we move onto Radio Bart?

Shit! A third episode plot point!

Charlie Sweatpants: The next segment was where I really noticed the animation’s shortcomings. I don’t know if we want to move on already or not, but the complete lack of blood or anything even vaguely lively in the Dexter thing really bugged me.

They don’t even bother to animate God or Satan well anymore.

Friz: Yes. Flanders’ decapitated head was a very good contrast.

I have one line I liked from this segment, which is when God is referred to as “the star of the Bible”.

But, sadly, that’s it. Why Homer would have a grudge against Quimby, I’ve no idea.

Mad Jon: I was partial to the scene where Ned drops a boulder on Patty and Selma, but I sure love Looney Tunes.

Friz: But, it’s been done so much better. “Homer Alone”.

Charlie Sweatpants: I disliked that, mostly because I thought it was disrespectful to Looney Tunes.

Friz: “Bart’s Inner Child”.

Charlie Sweatpants: Yes to both.

Friz: “If this were a cartoon, the cliff would break off right now”

Mad Jon: Noted, but don’t care.

Friz: Ha

Charlie Sweatpants: That always cracks me up.

Friz: This segment simply ends.

Mad Jon: Yeah, in that it didn’t really end.

Another Zombie hallmark.

Charlie Sweatpants: It’s a lot like the Spiderman thing like that. They’re completely out of steam, so they just drop whatever popped into their heads in as an ending.

Friz: It’s like they envisaged the Dexter segment to be the driving force of the whole thing.

And then wrote around that.

Charlie Sweatpants: It would’ve been better if they’d made it more like Dexter, quite frankly.

If Flanders wanted to kill Homer for his own reasons or something, that could’ve worked.

Mad Jon: Agreed. I thought that even for a zombie THOH, a Dexter thing may have had some promise.

Friz: Yeah. If Dexter killed seven people every episode, I’d get bored.

Charlie Sweatpants: Instead we got the whole “Bible with a radio transmitter in it” thing.

Friz: Flanders has fallen for something similar. “Keep Gaming”.

Mad Jon: But then a speaker that needed no wires or anything appeared in Ned’s most beloved belonging.

Friz: But at least that transmitter was actually above his fucking head.

Mad Jon: It means gambling. Keep gambling.

Friz: Which is why he might have thought it was from God.

Apologies for swearing.

Mad Jon: Not necessary, but thanks for your candor.

Fuck Shit Piss.

Charlie Sweatpants: But even the brief chronology was weird. Was the seedy underbelly of Springfield supposed to be a prologue before the opening, before he kills Burns? Because they make it seem like Burns is the first person he kills, which makes no sense as you see him stuffing that corpse in a bag.

Hell. Damn. Bitch. (Sorry, wanted to fit in.)

Mad Jon: Wasn’t that Quimby in the bag first?

Very nice.

Charlie Sweatpants: Maybe?

Does it matter?

Mad Jon: No, I guess not.

Friz: It’s all bloodless hacking.

Charlie Sweatpants: He got all conflicted about offing Burns . . . but that was after we’d already seen him with a body.

Mad Jon: Especially after he seemed so content to murder for wholesome reasons.

Charlie Sweatpants: They cannot sustain a story, plot or idea for more than about a minute fifteen. I know I complain about this a lot, but that’s because they do it a lot.

Friz: Aye. They decide to end the story, and have two minutes of God vs Satan.

Mad Jon: Maybe their synergy research tells them that’s a good time limit.

Friz: They know that THOH isn’t canon, so they decide to just try and work any plot and any story and any scene.

Charlie Sweatpants: Wouldn’t surprise me. But the God and Satan thing was so bizarre. Why did Satan reheat his coffee? Was there any reason besides misguided fan service to put Maude there?

Friz: Flanders seemed awfully calm that his wife was with Satan, but, you know, it’s not canon or anything.

Mad Jon: And that God worked for Satan as well. But whatever.

Friz: It’s like they’re trying to mimic Nightmare Cafeteria.

Mad Jon: I don’t know what that is.

Friz: It turns out it’s a dream, but there’s still a virus hat turns yo inside out

Mad Jon: Oh, the THOH Segment.

Gotcha.

Friz: Let’s end the segment without an ending and cut to something different.

Mad Jon: Perhaps some sort of Avatar deally?

Friz: Oh god, I have a big problem with this segment, but I’ll save it till the end unless one of you starts talking about the subject.

Mad Jon: My biggest problem was the segment itself.

Charlie Sweatpants: My biggest problem was that it wasn’t funny, had almost nothing to do with Avatar, and took too damn long.

But I guess that’s three problems, can we combine those into one or did we leave God back in the Dexter segment?

Friz: I liked the squirrel grenades.

Mad Jon: I as well.

Friz: But that was a 3 second joke in a go knows how many minute segment of animals doing things.

Charlie Sweatpants: Before we get to Friz’s big problem, does anyone have any idea what was up with Krusty’s head?

Mad Jon: It appeared to be on a strong body for some reason.

Friz: Is that in the film? I’ve not seen Avatar.

Charlie Sweatpants: Nope. The main bad guy is buff as hell, but he doesn’t have someone else’s head, and Chalmers was playing his part anyway.

Mad Jon: Yeah, I don’t get it.

Friz: Huh. Maybe a commenter can field that.

Mad Jon: I doubt even the writers have a good explanation.

Friz: Now, it’s not my big problem, but shall we discuss Bart having sex?

Charlie Sweatpants: Sure, but I didn’t really have a problem with that.

I mean, I guess when I think about it it’s weird, but that’s so minor compared to everything else I can’t really care.

Friz: The writers seem to love a good testicle joke in Zombie Halloween Simpsons

Mad Jon: Didn’t even notice it. But I guess the girl monster was pregnant.

Charlie Sweatpants: For about sixty seconds, yeah.

Then they forgot all about it.

Friz: And that’s where my problem lies.

Mad Jon: Yep

Friz: The girl monster.

Charlie Sweatpants: Hey, we guessed it! Good work, Jon.

Friz: One of the best jokes from all of The Simpsons is in THOH VII, Citizen Kang. Homer is beamed aboard. Kang introduces himself, as well as “my sister, Kodos”, who says hello in an equally booming voice.

And that is brilliant.

Charlie Sweatpants: That is hilarious.

Friz: So why, why, have Tress MacNeille do one of her three voices?

It was the grand midwife from Futurama this time.

Charlie Sweatpants: That’s who it was. Nice catch. I knew it sounded familiar.

Mad Jon: Yeah good call.

Friz: So, apart from the 40-minute animal fight segment, anything else from this?

Or shall we skip to the ending straight out of THOH IV, sans Snoopy ending.

Charlie Sweatpants: I’d like to complain for a second about the animal ending, if I may.

Friz: Go nuts.

Mad Jon: Please do.

Friz: (Oh – and another thing – Milhouse hitting his head and saying “stupid, stupid, stupid”. I know this has happened before but cannot for the life of me place it.)

Tell a lie – I do. Last year’s THOH.

Is that a new in joke?

Mad Jon: Not that I am aware, but I mainly keep to myself.

Charlie Sweatpants: The last quarter of this segment is the exact same joke over and over again. You both mentioned the grenade-squirrels, and that was probably the best one, but it was definitely of a kind. Whether it was the gun animals shooting shit out of their noses, the rabbits thumping the ground, or that goofy bulldozer that didn’t kill Chalmers, the entire fight is one joke: here’s a animal that’s kinda weird doing it’s weird thing to people you don’t know.

When Chalmers gives his little briefing, it’s all Springfield characters there, including some of the kids, Cletus, etcetera. But when the battle comes, in addition to the generic animals, we get generic soldiers.

Friz: This is kind of fitting in with a theory I had a while ago.

Mad Jon: I thought you hate the fact they never use generic characters Charlie?

Friz: Since, I’m going to say THOH 13, one segment is always practically “do some cool designs”.

Charlie Sweatpants: They just wanted to have their little bloodless, flash game looking fights, and leave it at that.

Friz: Whether it be Springfieldians as animals, Springfieldians as their costumes, giant board games or avatar-esque animals, and all of them appear in a not-particularly-Halloween story.

Charlie Sweatpants: Just create things and hope people use them on Facebook or message boards? Jebus that’s lame. I don’t think you’re wrong though.

Friz: “Design things for Flanders’ hell house” “animate some transformers”

Or quick toy designs

Charlie Sweatpants: That too.

Friz: I saw The Island of Dr Hibbert Playset in Forbidden Planet.

Mad Jon: Quite insightful, but scary indeed.

Charlie Sweatpants: Oh, and Jon, I do hate the lack of generic characters in crowd shots. But a) this is a Halloween episode so it’s okay to put the characters out of character, and b) they just used generic designs here because all of their focus on their dumb action sequence was on their animals.

Friz: You mentioned it in the C&C, but Milhouse accidentally hurting things on the planet… I knew it’d be three times.

They always do things three times on Zombie Simpsons.

Homer chews a limb off three times

Marge has three hilarious replacements for candy

Spiderman Homer tries to get the robbers three times

Mad Jon: That’s the cycle eh? Again, more insightful than I am.

Charlie Sweatpants: They don’t care enough about making things funny to challenge the Rule of Three.

Friz: Sideshow Bob got raked via a rule of eight, no?

Charlie Sweatpants: Something like that. But that was in the before time, in the long long ago.

Friz: So. THOH IV ending, sans Snoopy?

What’s their obsession with ending on a note?

Mad Jon: Gotta end somewhere, unless you are one of the earlier acts.

Charlie Sweatpants: I don’t think it was that. I think they had a few jokes they couldn’t work in and thought that was a good way to use them.

Friz: Oh, and Jackie Mason appearing

Charlie Sweatpants: Meh.

Friz: Congratulating Bart on the sex.

Charlie Sweatpants: The funny thing about that is that it wasn’t the “you are holding your own tentacle” or whatever line that was on all the promos I saw during football.

I guess they were just dead set on him knocking that femalien up.

Friz: I like how none of us have mentioned that none of the segments were really Halloween-related. I think we just accept it now.

Charlie Sweatpants: Well, the intro kinda was.

Not much, mind you, and completely irrelevantly, but it did start with them in costume.

Friz: Yeah, that’s like saying Homer vs Patty and Selma is Halloween related

Charlie Sweatpants: True enough.

Mad Jon: Stupid THOH, wish we was trick or treatin’!

Friz: Haha

Charlie Sweatpants: I already bitched about it in Compare & Contrast, but I think it has a lot to do with the source material. At this point, they’ve basically exhausted everything that’s spooky, horror movie related, etcetera.

That’s not an excuse, it’s another reason this show should go off the air.

Friz: The costume one was a nice homage to Buffy. They should do more Buffy plots.

Mad Jon: I agree Pants. I agree.

Friz: I look forward to next years THOH, featuring parodies of The King’s Speech, Tintin and 30 Rock

Actually, there has been a plot leak of next years. Back to the Future parody.

That famous scary film, Back to the Future.

Mad Jon: Jebus.

Charlie Sweatpants: Tintin will have to wait, I guess.

Mad Jon: The autoplot writer forgot to password protect eh?

Friz: Don’t praise the machine…

Charlie Sweatpants: Ha.

Okay, anything else here, or can we declare this one dead until next year when the Doc and Marty travel back in time to warn Sam Simon about the future?

Mad Jon: Maybe we’ll get lucky and he’ll step on something.

Friz: I’ve said everything I can

So, who wants to steal some Ferraris?

Charlie Sweatpants: Sounds good. Stephen, thanks for staying up and joining us.

Friz: You’re very welcome. Homer sleep now.

Charlie Sweatpants: With that, I shall bid you fine gentlemen good night.

Mad Jon: Same to the twos of you.

Friz: Tata, folks.


20 Responses to “Crazy Noises: Treehouse of Horror XXII”


  1. 1 robbercat
    2 November 2011 at 6:56 pm

    “I look forward to next years THOH, featuring parodies of The King’s Speech, Tintin and 30 Rock”

    hahahahaha

  2. 2 Thrillho
    2 November 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Once again, this Crazy Noises is far more entertaining than anything in the episode. Nice work.

    My only suggestion is to not say things like “What if X happened?” or “What’s next? Parodying (insert movie/show here)?” *Whispers* You might inadvertently be giving them ideas.

    • 3 RCreed
      3 November 2011 at 3:49 am

      Anybody else notice that this ending was exactly like the ending to “The Ned Zone” in Treehouse of Horror… fifteen, if I recall correctly? Homer screws up, God doesn’t care, and Ned stands there horrified.

  3. 4 Bea Simmons' rotting corpse
    3 November 2011 at 6:24 am

    I never got why the replaced the classic, much cooler scrawny devil with the generic, boring one. Hated that ever since it changed in what, THOH XII?

    Also, Looney Tunes is one of my favorite things ever, but that Road Runner ‘parody’ was just so fucking lamy lazy. Not to mention the same ‘parody’ has been done to death by this show already.

  4. 5 Patrick
    3 November 2011 at 7:05 am

    Back to the Future??? Family Guy has parodied that film to death sorry but game over Sucksons…

  5. 6 Anonymous
    3 November 2011 at 8:26 am

    Bart Gets Hit by a Car has a very Simpsons looking devil. If Hell exists in the Simpsons universe, that’s how you’d expect him to look. Not so for the cheap, puzzling redesign they produced and now use.

    Also, apart from the glow, look how they framed and animated the original God. He looks huge, powerful and commanding. Look at the perspective where he’s standing beside the tv or in the next screenshot where Homer is bending back. In the THoH he’s just a giant guy.

  6. 7 Dmacb
    3 November 2011 at 9:32 am

    Heres a solution to all your problems.

    If you no longer enjoy the show, stop watching.

    Unless the only thing you have to do in life is bitch and bitch about current episodes of a 20+ year old show. Which is kinda sad.

  7. 12 monoceros4
    3 November 2011 at 11:10 am

    To be fair, “Back to the Future Part II” does get pretty unsettling in its second half, once the idiotic futuristic sequences are over. I can imagine a Treehouse of Horror take on the material, with Bart finding out that in the altered reality Nelson runs the town and had Homer murdered or something like that, but it would be reusing time-travel as a plot device.

    • 13 Thrillho
      3 November 2011 at 11:13 am

      Nelson was dressed as Biff Tannen in Season 11’s “Bart to the Future.” It was probably the funniest thing about that otherwise crappy episode.

  8. 14 Bea Simmons' rotting corpse
    3 November 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Sounds like a Back to the Future I parody to me, might be interesting to see how they’ll incorporate The Way We Was:

    “We do a “Back to the Future”-type thing where we go back to the episode where Homer met Marge, and Bart completely screws it up.

    And Springfield gets, and this is a real, you know, theoretical construct … a mini-black hole appears in Springfield and it starts sucking everything in. Also, we deal with the fact that the world is supposed to end in 2012.”

  9. 15 Adam
    3 November 2011 at 4:03 pm

    heh heh Friz from NoHomers!

  10. 4 November 2011 at 2:25 am

    BTW, the new devil here looks like the devil in “Attack of the 50′ Eyesores”.

    • 19 Bea Simmons' Rotting Corpse
      4 November 2011 at 10:01 am

      I think the new devil design originates from the Critic. They used the beefed up devil from the Critic for a Star is Burns, but that scene got deleted. Perhaps it got a permanent place in the Simpsons model pack after that.

      • 20 Charlie Sweatpants
        4 November 2011 at 3:20 pm

        I agree with Jake, there is definitely a resemblance to “Red Devil Realty” from Season 7. They look kinda similar, and it’s supposed to be a corny advertisement. I don’t know about the deleted scene (is it on the DVD?), but off the top of my head I can only think of two times the Devil was on The Critic. The first was “L.A. Jay” and the second was “Siskel & Ebert & Jay & Alice”. Both times he’s more beefy that the one from “Bart Gets Hit By a Car”, but not much. And he’s not at all like the one from “Treehouse of Horror XXII”. Might be worth hauling out my Season 6 DVDs to check though.


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