Reading Digest: YouTube Voice Over Edition

The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show6

“It really is you!  How’d you get to be so good?” – Homer Simpson
“Oh, just experience I suppose.  I started out as Road Runner.  Meep!” – June Bellamy
“You mean, “meep-meep”?” – Homer Simpson
“No, they only paid me to say it once, then they doubled it up on the soundtrack.  Cheap bastards.” – June Bellamy

With the Fourth of July sitting right smack dab in the middle of the week, the Simpson pickings on the internet were slimmer than usual.  However, we do have several links from places that don’t celebrate the Fourth, as well as two links to videos that feature guest voices, one directly Simpsons related, the other indirectly related.  There’s also the usual array of excellent usage, sweet fan made stuff (the life size Homer cutout in particular), and a soccer related reason to agree with us. 


I Know That Voice or That’s What Spongebob Looks Like? – Smooth Charlie’s Link of the Week comes from our old friend ilmozart, who found a trailer for an upcoming documentary about voice actors.  There isn’t anyone specifically from The Simpsons in the trailer, but there are a lot of recognizable voices and names, including several from Futurama.  Nice find.

Canterbury township unveils new donut – A Springfield in New Zealand that had its giant Simpsons donut put to the torch by some asshole has rebuilt it out of steel and concrete.  Awesome.  The video is great, including an old tire (painted pink and with a bite missing) that was used as a temporary replacement.  They even found someone named “Simpson” to comment during the report.  

The Simpsons visit the NFL on FOX 1995 Week 1 Pregame Opening – I’m pretty sure I’ve linked this before, but I couldn’t find it just now and the opening (“A Married with Children Easter”) is actually kinda funny.  Note that all the supplementary voices are provided by Castellaneta and Cartwright, that way they only had to pay two members of the voice cast:

Thanks to reader Toad for sending this in!

(If you watch to the end you can see Jimmy Johnson laugh at Howie Long after James Brown calls Long a “big movie star”.  I thought he was talking about Long’s only star turn, in the catastrophically bad Firestorm, but IMDb tells me that movie came out in 1998 and this was 1995, so I have no idea was Brown is talking about.) 

The Sketchpad: Homer Simpson – Awesome:

We produced this life-size Homer Simpson for non-profit purposes.

You’ll have to speak up, he’s wearing a towel.

All Right, I’m Pretty Sure it’s Not Just Me – Apparently there’s some debate over Ralph’s “I’m a Viking” line:

Perhaps needless to say, my coworker’s suggestion that Ralph simply meant that he was literally a viking in his dreams was deeply troubling to me.It was like at the end of Sixth Sense where all of Bruce Willis’s memories instantly metamorph as he realizes he was (spoiler) dead the entire time. Had I had it wrong for the last sixteen years?

Everybody in the vicinity chimed in to assure me that I was wrong and that everything I’d known or believed for the bulk of my life was a bitter lie. I lost some two weeks of sleep trying to figure out why I would assume “I’m a viking” was an expression meaning “I excel at.”

After the first two incidents given in this blog and a handful of other ones in which I found myself inexplicably at odds with everyone around me, the viking thing started bothering me all over again and I looked it up. Turns out there’s a whole ongoing debate about it on the internet. That is to say, many people had the same interpretation as me. There have even been online polls, which all seem to lean heavily toward the literal interpretation that Ralph is in fact a viking, but at least I know I’m not totally alone.

I’m going to cop out on answering this by simply saying that there are a lot of things on The Simpsons that can have two (or more) meanings.  That’s one of the things that makes them great.

Jaret Reddick of Bowling for Soup is the new Chuck E.Cheese mascot – Wow:

In a move which seems to bring The Simpsons satirical The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie show to life – minus the self-aware irony – long-running kids pizza chain Chuck E. Cheese is rebranding their iconic New Jersey rat mascot as a "hip, electric-guitar-playing rock star."

That’s followed by excellent usage that replaces the word “dog” with the word “mouse”.  (Thanks to reader Robin via e-mail!) 

“Bloom’s Taxonomy (Revised) According to Homer Simpson” – It’s not on YouTube, so I can’t embed it, but there’s a video that uses examples from The Simpsons (no Zombie Simpsons) to illustrate educational concepts. 

Homer Simpson: Ode to an American Oaf. – A character appraisal of one Homer J. Simpson.

Beautiful time-lapse video of the Aurora Borealis – Commenter P. Piggly Hogswine sends in this link to a video about the actual Northern Lights in which the comments go Simpsons:

Brendan Wareheim Posted at 2:14 PM June 26, 2012

    The Aurora Borealis? At this time of year? At this time of day? In this part of the country? Localized entirely within your kitchen?

Three comments later:

sideshow of bigtop Posted at 10:16 PM June 26, 2012

    sorry but speilberg could never come up with something that is so natural but so amazing at the same time. Brendan, im sure not ven you understand your comment.

Ah, comment threads, the only place where a person who doesn’t bother to spell, punctuate, or put the “e” in “even” can complain about not understanding what someone else wrote.  Thanks P. Piggly! 

Sideswipe: July 6: A Marge Simpson moment – Excellent usage:

Visiting the parents in Wellington a couple of weeks ago, I walked down to the local inner-city supermarket only to find this. I’m a bit of a Simpsons‘ nut and the first thing that came to mind was Marge Simpson’s line when she was a cop, "[thinking] Everywhere I look, someone is breaking the law. Dog, no leash. Man, littering. Horse not wearing diaper. Car parked across THREE handicap spaces … "

There’s even a picture of the car in question.

Black Bart Simpson Is A Thing – Three old t-shirts with black Bart on them.  I can’t recall seeing the Nelson Mandela one before. 

How Extremely Successful People (And Even Homer Simpson) Turn Obstacles Into Assets – Mealy mouthed business advice is rarely enlightening, though this one at least cites Season 10 to liven things up. 

Today’s Pink Stroke of Genius: Marcia Wallace – Voice of “Edna Krabappel” on The Simpsons – is “Tickled Pink” Keynote Speaker – Marcia Wallace will be speaking at a breast cancer fundraiser in Rochester, New York in October.

Simpsons GIFs Explain ObamaCare Ruling – More movie/Zombie Simpsons here than I care for, but the idea is relatively solid.

Fresh vegetable gazpacho (You can win friends with salad!) – This ““It’s too damn hot to cook” Gazpacho:” recipe comes with two Simpsons YouTubes from “Lisa the Vegetarian”.  Bravo.

Shakespeare versus the Simpsons – An interesting question:

When I was having one of my goodbye dinners with a friend, he mentioned a survey he had read about. The survey showed that most people would prefer to watch The Simpsons over reading Shakespeare after coming home from work. However, when forced to save one of the two from a burning house, those same people would almost always choose to save their copies of Hamlet and MacBeth, rather than their collection of Simpsons DVDs.


My question is, why don’t more people choose to read Shakespeare on normal days?

I’d guess that it’s because you don’t have to think while you watch The Simpsons, you’ll catch more stuff if you do, but it’s not mandatory, whereas Shakespeare pretty much requires thought.

Lisa – Fan made drawing of three Lisas in three stages, outline, color, and finally complete.  I do indeed, like you[r art].

GPOY No Internet – That was me for at least part of Wednesday.

Homer Busting Out – Cool double sided Homer tattoo.

Sideshow bob (speedpaint) – YouTube:

Could’ve done without the Zombie Simpsons on the soundtrack (though not all of it), but that’s pretty impressive as far as drawing something in Paint goes. 

What am I Missing with ‘A Separate Peace”? – I never read it, so I have no opinion:

I value Lisa Simpson’s opinion on literature, after all, this is a character who has been seen clutching copies of  The Bell Jar, Ethan Frome, Man and Superman, The Corrections, and the more age appropriate Pippi Longstocking. So when she says she hates John Knowles, I feel validated. I have always disliked John Knowles’s A Separate Peace.

Nimoy – This is done Quote of the Day style, though there is no way to capture Nimoy’s self satisfied chuckle in print.

My Wisdom Teeth Hurt – Same as above, but more of a paraphrase and from “Bart Gets an Elephant”.  Homer is well matched with the teeth diagram.

please? – Still with subtitles from “Homer the Smithers”.

Spain join Britney Spears & The Simpsons on the list of things we have fallen out of love with – And finally, I get to end with someone who agrees with us, albeit through the lens of Euro 2012:

Detractors of La Roja claim that their passing football is becoming aimless just four years after they gained great popularity, emulating many figures in losing fans en masse


It all started so well. When The Simpsons burst onto TV screens in 1989, it garnered catchphrases, merchandise and popularity like no other animated show had ever known.

With a subtle mix of family appeal and innuendo, the adventures of Homer J. Simpson and his dysfunctional clan became the first cartoon to ever really capture the imagination of multiple generations.

But after 23 seasons, the popularity of the show has waned, with even a smash-hit 2007 film unable to arrest the slide in viewing figures. The freshness has seemingly slipped away, with episodes becoming more and more random, losing much of the core fanbase the writers had developed in the early days.


5 Responses to “Reading Digest: YouTube Voice Over Edition”

  1. 1 Robert
    6 July 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Obviously it means he’s very good at sleeping.

  2. 6 July 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Come on, I write a freaking entry about Matlock and I get nothing?

  3. 4 ecco6t9
    9 July 2012 at 1:51 am

    No on Gamefaqs the whole “viking” issues were settled 8 years ago. Someone really had to pick at that scab and open an old wound…

  4. 5 Electric Dragon
    9 July 2012 at 11:07 am

    The whole Ralph/Viking debate was exhaustively trawled over lo these 5 years ago on Metafilter: http://www.metafilter.com/61946/Sleep-is-where-Ralph-is-a-Viking . Most people come down on the “When Ralph sleeps, he dreams of being a Viking” side, which I would agree with.

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