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Dec
12

Some Simpsons Day YouTube

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“Oh, Marge, sitting next to the boss, the best night of the year and it’s ruined!” – Homer Simpson

Last year Simpsons Day fell on a Saturday and I got to spend the whole thing sitting on my ass and watching cartoons.  Sadly, today is a work day, but there’s still plenty of great, old Simpsons stuff to enjoy on-line.  For starters, check out this 1990 interview with Groening, Brooks and Simon:

Near the end, the interviewer asks about all the merchandise (remember, this was the absolute height of Bartmania), and Groening plugs some of the upcoming licensed crap:

We’ve got some great stuff on its way out, just stay tuned for the Nintendo game, and the Simpsons pinball machine, the official Bart Simpson vehicle of destruction, that’s a skateboard, and lots more.

The great big flashing neon irony of the video comes when Groening is asked about the origin of the show and, referring to the original bumper shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show, says:

I think it’s a very insidious way of keeping people paying attention to a TV show is to make little short cartoons about the length of a commercial so people had to pay attention.  If you blinked you’d miss them when they were on the Tracey Ullman show.

The interviewer then asks, “Did you draw them immediately the way they are now?”, to which Groening responds:

Well, if you watch them on Lifetime, cable, you’ll see that the Simpsons have transformed quite a bit since the early days.

Ha!  Now 1990 is the early days, far more so than 1987 was at the time.

Speaking of 1990, to give you an example of just how immensely popular and phenomenal the Simpsons were at the time, here is a “video yearbook” from some high school’s 1989-90 school year:

Season 1 had just finished airing when this was made, and Bart not only gets the last word (it’s right at the end), but he also gets about as much time as the Berlin Wall coming down.  In a similar high school vein, take a look at this marching band performance of the opening theme in 1990:

The cameraman isn’t doing anyone any favors here, but note the big cheer that goes up from the crowd at the 15 second mark when they recognize the theme.  It’s much bigger than the cheer that the band got before they started playing Elfman’s catchy masterpiece. 

Finally, this is a video from 1990 produced by British Sky Broadcasting for “dealers”, which I presume means the middlemen who have to decide whether or not to carry the channel.  Basically, it’s an in-house promo for how great their programming is and why it’s worth carrying.  At the 7:30 mark they talk about Sky One and how it reaches tons of younger viewers, and they specifically cite The Simpsons as a big reason why. 

When the promo starts, it not only calls the show “the smash hit of the 90s”, but it contains this rather amazing slice of 1990, then Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney holding a Bart Simpson doll while Colin Powell stands behind him:

Dick, Colin & Bart

Wow.

I’ll hopefully have more a little later.  In the meantime, happy Simpsons Day, everybody!


8 Responses to “Some Simpsons Day YouTube”


  1. 1 Monty Python Forever
    17 December 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Is there a holiday devoted to Ren and Stimpy or The X-Files? A day spent watching one of those would be quite well-spent.

    • 2 Josh
      17 December 2012 at 5:39 pm

      Yes to both of those. Then again it’s always Ren and Stimpy day at my house.

      Happy SImpsons day everybody! May the next year of terrible new shows be somewhat tolerable!

      • 3 Mourning Glory
        19 December 2012 at 4:27 am

        There was an X-Files Day and I didn’t know about it? Is this a new thing, or is it just celebrating the date the show first aired?

        I should celebrate both by watching “The Springfield Files” again.

    • 4 abra cadaver
      21 December 2012 at 12:29 pm

      Ohhhh. Didn’t Ren and Stimpy turn 20 a few months ago?

  2. 5 Stan
    17 December 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Thanks, but I doubt it’s any official. Just like Movember and Talk Like a Pirate Day, it’s just urban reference events rather than official nominations.
    That the show got a star at Hollywood walk of fame, now that is some achievement! Unfortunately it was awarded because they ran for too long, though we all know the sad truth.

  3. 6 Zartok-35
    17 December 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Simpsons Day happens to be my Dad’s birthday. Fortunately, he likes The Simpsons.

  4. 7 Doctor Colossus
    18 December 2012 at 12:45 am

    fuck man, I miss Season 1. 2-8 may have totally outshone it but i’d kill for a Bart the General or Moaning Lisa now


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