“I hope you all saved room, because I made your favorite dessert: store bought snake cakes, both kinds.” – Marge Simpson
Archive for June, 2013
“Looks like your uncool Dad scored tickets to Hullabalooza!” – Homer Simpson
“Bart, these look real.” – Lisa Simpson
“Check the authenticator spot.” – Bart Simpson
“This is an authentic Hullabalooza ticket. For authentic refreshment, eat Clark bars. And for totally outrageous class rings, it’s Jostons; go Jostons.” – Authenticator Spot
“Dad?” – Bart Simpson
“What is it, boy?” – Homer Simpson
“I thought your car was really cool.” – Bart Simpson
“Thanks, boy. I was waiting for someone to say that.” – Homer Simpson
I put Smooth Charlie’s Link of the Week up on Twitter yesterday because some things are too much fun to wait for Friday. We’ve got three links to it, and if you’re anywhere near Buttonwillow, California tomorrow, you can see it in person. In addition to that, we’ve got two links involving the old Simpsons arcade game, a molester-y Simpsons van, some excellent fan made stuff, and a couple of pieces of unconventional music.
FINALLY: Homer Simpson-Designed Car ‘The Homer’ Comes to Life – Smooth Charlie’s Link of the Week is this writeup of the Homer:
As you can see in the above video, the team at Porcubimmer Motors has taken the bold, bold steps of making The Homer a reality. What’s more, it’s a race car. The team will be racing The Homer at the 24 Hours of LeMons race on June 29 in Buttonwillow, California.
The Homer – a 24 Hours of LeMons race car – And this is their homepage. Worth the click solely for the “PorcuBimmer”, “The BMW with the pricks on the outside!”. Ha.
The Homer – David Moore – Fancy photographs of the car that literally has “Powerful like a Gorilla” written on the engine.
19 of the worst bootleg Bart Simpson T-shirts – Some of these are truly atrocious, but the Compton Bart with the thug life tattoo is very good.
EXCLUSIVE EDSBS PREVIEW: NCAA 14 – College football’s home for the emotionally interesting takes a look at this year’s video game through avant-garde Simpsons expressionism.
IT’S SIMPSONS TRIVIA TIME FOLKS! – I doubt many readers of this site will have trouble with this quiz wherein you must match the quote to the person who said it, but there’s no Zombie Simpsons at all, so it’s fun anyway.
French Electro DJs Simpsonized! – Fan art of just what it says, though Daft Punk does kind of come pre-Simpsonized, what with the helmets and such.
The Simpsons’ Bacon Love – Bacon on the show. There is some Zombie Simpsons here, but it’s okay:
I do love The Simpsons. Maybe not the last couple seasons as much as the ones before, but I it’s a lifetime love I just can’t give up on.
Man With a Yellow Octopus on His Head Resembles Homer Simpson – Fan art of a mollusk nature.
For $1,200, Choo-Choo-Choose The Simpsons Bus – A rather creepy looking custom Simpsons van.
Bart Simpson breaks down Gus Poyet’s TV live sacking in super slo-mo – I don’t know the context or even who this guy is, but that is excellent video usage.
Review: World War Z – Excellent review usage:
Unfortunately, World War Z manages to dig this genre a deeper grave with this gutsy, but ultimately banal attempt, best summarised in the style of The Simpsons’ Troy McClure:
I hate every zombie film I see,
From World War A to World War Z
Josh joins the bridal party – And here’s excellent “Man of Honor” usage, in YouTube format:
I could write a whole thing about how happy I am for Steph and Mike, but it would be my wedding speech and then I’d have nothing to say in Scotland, except for this:
Well played, sir. Well played.
Movie Review: No 3. The Godfather: Part II – Nothing wrong with this:
I liked it, but in my state of delirium the practicalities of “liking” this film centred more around recognising more Simpsons references, brushing up on my Cuban history, and comparing it to ‘Arrested Development’.
I’ve watched a lot of movies I otherwise never would’ve seen without the show, and I’m not alone.
Best. Episode. Ever. (Round 38) – Okay, but I’m only paid to drive.
Best. Episode. Ever. (Round 39) – The driver is essentially ballast.
Do the Bartman Yoshi’s Island Combined Audio – Reader Chase sends in this 90s nostalgia speedball.
Close up look at The Simpsons collection by Converse! – Someone bought the Bart Simpson Converse shoes and posted pictures so detailed you can see the stitching.
50 Simpsons Quotes without Context – Just what it says. “Can I come too? . . . oh.”
The 20 best comedies in TV history – The show comes in at a mere #6 here.
The Simpsons Arcade Game! – Ports and emulations are nice, but you lose the hands on feel you only get with a heavily worn arcade machine.
A Quick Look At The Simpsons Expansion At Universal Orlando – Just what it says, a quick YouTube look at the new area.
Richard Matheson R.I.P. – Now that’s a body of work!
Monsters University…In 10 Words – Nerds!
World War Z…In 10 Words – Homer, did you barricade the door?
Betty White’s Off Their Rockers…In 10 Words – But will she put teenagers where they belong, behind bars?
Paula Deen…In 10 Words – Remember, son, it ain’t over till the fat lady sings.
The NBA Draft…In 10 Words – They may not be Harvey Globetrotters, but they sure can play the basketball.
2003 – The Simpsons: Hit and Run – Was it the best game of ten years ago? Maybe.
Wait, What Was This Blog About Again? – Taking jogging inspiration from Homer’s great “look at that blubber fly!” quote, with YouTube.
Balmoral: Saturday 6/22 Analysis – By reading this grown-ups newspaper, I’ve determined that there is a horse called Krusty the Klown:
(5) VAN DONK gelding makes his second career start off a huge effort and should offer a nice price. (6) KRUSTY THE CLOWN Indiana bred would have been my top choice had he had a different pilot. The 3-year-old is fast off the gate if he’s on it. (7) TANGIBLE HOPE gelding makes his second start for the new connections. Five-year-old dominated wire to wire but takes a hike up in class.
FOX Announces Fall Premiere Dates For The 2013-2014 Season – Don’t mark your calendars everybody, new Zombie Simpsons returns to haunt us on September 29th. The good news is that we still have three months to not care!
Cartoonists quick on the draw – Some praise for Archer contains this obvious truth:
It has long been my belief that among the plethora of excellent animated comedies that have exploded onto screens in the past couple of decades or so, five stood above all as benchmarks of the genre: The Simpsons, the king of them all;
“A massive tanker has run aground on the central coastline, spilling millions of gallons of oil on Baby Seal Beach.” – Kent Brockman
“Oh, no!” – Lisa Simpson
“It’ll be okay, honey, there’s lots more oil where that came from.” – Homer Simpson
“Remember, Bart, I mean, Dances in Underwear, we take the white man alive.” – Lisa Simpson
“Alright, Thinks Too Much, it shall be so.” – Bart Simpson
As per usual with Zombie Simpsons commentaries, the actual episode is incidental to the conversation. In this case, it’s one of those three part story episodes, the first is about Henry VIII, the second is about Sacajawea, and the third about Mozart. They mostly discuss books and movies related to the actual historical figures rather than what’s going on here, but that’s to be expected since the actual episode is a parade of bad slapstick about which the less said the better.
Nine guys on this one: Jean, Mike Anderson, Stewart Burns, Matt Selman, Tim Long, Ian Maxtone-Graham, Tom Gammill, Max Pross, and Brian Kelley.
0:30 – Jean starts off defending the trilogy episodes, half joking that he knew it was the only way they’d make it to 500 episodes.
1:30 – They always have a hard time coming up with female stories that everybody knows, but this one was easy with Sacajawea.
2:30 – The animators like these episodes because they finally get to draw the characters a little differently.
3:40 – To get the backgrounds for the castle they had interns photocopy stuff from libraries because there was no internet.
4:00 – Jean’s continuing to praise the internet as a television writing tool, noting that it used to be a real pain to look stuff up.
5:10 – And just like that, they’ve gotten bored with the episode and are now discussing the novel Wolf Hall.
6:00 – Laughing at serial beheadings.
7:00 – Interesting animation note: before digital color they had like 19 colors that they had to use for the whole show.
8:00 – Couple of desultory Sacajawea jokes.
9:30 – The Lisa/Sacajawea thing is going on, but they’re discussing a Sacajawea book and the actual Lewis & Clark trip. Meanwhile, a log cabin just fell on Moe.
10:30 – With little to note of interest besides the animation, a small puddle reminds Jean of his favorite joke from The Flintstones, “They went to the Grand Canyon which was just this tiny little stream and Fred goes, ‘Well, it’s supposed to be big someday.’”.
10:45 – And we move right from that into, “Another thing in that book about Lewis & Clark . . .”
11:45 – Tip for all you animators out there, if you’ve got something expansive and flat like a field of grass, put some patches of visible blades in it or some rocks or something. Makes it look less flat.
13:00 – And after talking about those Sacajawea coins nobody uses for awhile, now they’re talking about all those state quarters.
13:30 – Once the quarter discussion dies down, it’s time for Jean to note that the third segment involves Mozart which means they didn’t have to pay for the music.
14:00 – While Bart picks up the piano and plays it with his teeth, Jean notes that the movie Amadeus wasn’t very historically accurate. Discussion wise this is more interesting than most of these commentaries, but it has very little to do with what’s actually happening in the episode.
14:30 – There’s a new Mozart book coming out!
15:40 – “The other thing that was not true about Amadeus . . .”
17:10 – Jean with the helpful note that the melody is Eine kleine Nachtmusik.
17:45 – When you have crowd shots with people moving independently, that’s a real pain to animate.
18:45 – They’re very bored now. Dr. Nick just showed up to put leeches on Bart, and Jean starts talking about how that really did kill people if they let out too much blood.
19:10 – To get the candles to glow you animated the centers independently and do a pass over it two or three times.
20:10 – Jean jokes that they go through “four, maybe five ideas” before getting the three they do. Heh.
21:20 – And now, because Mozart was in Animal House and this episode did a brief “here’s what happened” thing, we’re talking about how brilliant Animal House was and how endings like that got overused for a while.
“Mr. Brockman, I need your help. I’ve got to become a great anchor so I can show up my sister.” – Bart Simpson
“Sister, huh? I’ve got a sister, miss big shot CNN Washington correspondent. Pfft! Well, she’s not the boss of me! Come in.” – Kent Brockman