Reading Digest: Family guy Crossover Edition

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“So, if you don’t want to see crude, low brow programming disappear from the airwaves, please call now.” – Betty White

It was going to be a slow week for Reading Digest, and then the hard working scribes at Entertainment Weekly reported that Zombie Simpsons will be doing a crossover episode.  Predictably, that caused everyone and their sister to comment on it, even though the episode won’t be airing until Fall of 2014.  Plus, despite taking place in Springfield, it’s going to be a Family Guy episode. 

By the laws of blogger kanly I supposed I have to say something about this, so here it is: meh.  Both of these shows are long past their expiration date and this won’t change that at all.  We get linked from random internet forums, discussion boards and the like quite a bit, so I see a lot of generalized fan discussion about the show, which often includes discussion of Family Guy as well.  Based on that anecdotal experience, my sense is that a lot of fans have the same opinion of current Family Guy episodes that we do about Zombie Simpsons: that it basically goes through the motions and isn’t nearly as funny as it once was.

(For whatever it’s worth, I gave up on Family Guy about three years into the second run.  I thought their first season back was one of their strongest ever, but they ran out of steam very quickly.)

In addition to the crossover non-event, we’ve got the usual smorgasbord of Simpsons goodness: lots of fan art, some excellent usage and references, a couple of lists, more graffiti from Illinois and British Columbia, a comparison of Martin Prince and James Joyce, and proof that extreme dog grooming can be used for good, instead of evil.


High Art: Interview with artist Ryan Humphrey – Smooth Charlie’s Link of the Week is this interview/photo spread of one of the guys who’s working on the Bartkira project.  Plus this:

When looking at something like your version of ‘Battle Royale’ with the characters from ‘The Simpsons’ it would seem that some type of sketch work would need to be done beforehand, yet you keep the work so loose and alive. What’s your process on a project like that?

It’s strange because most of the work I do there is hardly any planning at all. Some of the ideas that pop in my head appear instantly and then I start to work right away. I work usually in one good hit; nearly all of my work will be completed in around 3 days. I try to make them as fresh as the idea is in my head.

Click through for a bunch of cool Simpsons sketches. 

Someone Please Help This Poodle Groomed to Look Like The Simpsons – You should probably look at this dog.  Wow. 

Saturday Mornin’ Cartoons: My Top 5 Animated Shows – The show takes its proper place at #1 here, with this cromulent insight:

The Simpsons is one of the shows that grows up as you do. I thought Bart was funny when I was a young guy and suddenly when boobs and beer becomes my priorities, Homer J. Simpson became my role model. The Simpsons is one of the greatest animated shows and I will always watch whenever it is on and JUST EAT THE DAMN ORANGE!

El Barto Strikes Again: More Simpsons Graffiti Art in Naperville – Just what it says, with quite a few pictures of El Barto’s signature. 

El Barto uses the potty – And another from inside the men’s room. 

Bubbles – More elaborate Simpsons graffiti from Vancouver, including Marge in a bubble bath.  That kid in Illinois is falling behind. 

The Simpsons Chess Set – Just what it says.

The Best Recurring TV Characters of All Time. – Grampa makes a list that is mostly characters from far more recent series.

James Joyce: “Spring forth, burly protector, and save me!” – Hemmingway was kinda like Nelson. 

Homer and Bart Simpson – Fan made hard boiled eggs.  Cool.

Canstruction Fights Hunger, One Can At A Time – Canned food turned into temporary sculptures includes one of a giant Krusty the Klown head.  (It’s the fifth picture in the slideshow.)

MineSimpsonArts – Pixel art Maggie Simpson / partie 1 – The narration is in French, and the whole YouTube video goes on for sixteen minutes, so you don’t need to watch it all.  But there is a rather impressive Minecraft construction of the family right at the beginning. 

CANOE – JAM! Television: ‘Summer Camp’ a battle of the sexes – Another nice reference:

This is no Kamp Krusty.

Viewers of The Simpsons will remember the state of that dilapidated endeavour. Hey, they drove a dump truck full of money to Krusty’s house. He’s not made of stone.

The digs are much better on the new reality-competition series Summer Camp, which makes its Canadian debut Friday, July 19 on Slice. And there’s plenty of physical eye candy for any sexual persuasion, too, as opposed to, you know, Milhouse.

Nobody likes Milhouse. 

See Your Favorite Pop Culture Characters As "Simpsons" – A little background on the guy who made the Simpsonized Game of Thrones characters, with a couple of examples.  The Sopranos one is really good. 

‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Family Guy’ doing crossover episode – Here it is folks:

Simpsons castmembers Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith and Hank Azaria will lend their voices to the installment, in which Peter and the rest of the Griffins embark on a road trip and wind up in Springfield. There, they cross paths with Homer, who graciously greets his new “albino” visitors, and the two families become fast friends. Stewie is impressed with Bart and his assortment of pranks, Lisa tries to figure out exactly what it is that she’s good at, and Marge and Lois do some bonding. Meanwhile, Peter and Homer argue over which beer is better: Pawtucket or Duff.

I’m slightly curious to see how Springfield looks when done in Family Guy’s animation, but only slightly. 

The Simpsons: 10 Awesome Easter Eggs – This is one of the pageview whoring things where every fucking entry is on a separate page, so I wouldn’t recommend clicking all the way through.  I’d just like to note that this is the intro:

This is a list of 10 ‘easter eggs’ hidden throughout The Simpsons’ 24 season life span.

Except, of course, that there’s only one entry from past Season 9, and it’s the time Peter Griffin was drawn into that Homer cloning Halloween segment.  Nobody like Zombie Simpsons either. 

10 Cases of ‘Family Guy’ Ripping Off ‘The Simpsons’ – And speaking of Family Guy, here’s another list with only one Zombie Simpsons entry.

Op-ed: The Simpsons, Comic-Con, and Me – A little more anecdotal support for that study about the support the show has for LGBT people, issues and general what have you.

Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story – Oh, Gordie:

Gordie Howe’s name is synonymous with the sport he played, ice hockey. True, to some of a certain age, he is also known as the long-distance love interest of Edna Krabappel, Bart Simpson’s teacher on an episode of “The Simpsons.” Bart uses a picture of the hockey Hall-of-Famer to give Miss Krabappel a whirlwind letter-writing romance. To the rest of the world, he is simply Mr. Hockey.

Is there a Woodrow Howe out there somewhere? 

Logitech Makes Computer Speakers Cool Again with the Z600 – Nice reference:

Logitech has come out with an affordable set of Bluetooth speakers that should do nicely for anyone wanting to replace their desktop or laptop’s stock audio offerings.

The speakers, which sort of resemble futuristic towers or the nuclear power plant stacks from The Simpsons, come in a pair and can connect to any Bluetooth device.

The Battle of the Domes – I haven’t watched The Dome, but lots of people have been making the comparison to the movie, and this is a nice one. 

Those four fingered, yellow freaks we all know and love – A photo montage of some of our favorite wacky characters.

Bart Simpson – A stylish lady in a stylish Bart Simpson dress in Singapore.   

Meet marge – Heh.

Is This The Real Life…Is This Just Fantasy? – Nothing’s ever as good as it looks on TV:

As a young tike, I remember watching The Simpsons. I was always intrigued when Homer would stroll into Moe’s Tavern and order a beer. Moe would grab an icy mug and fill it up with Homer’s favorite Duff beer. The head of the beer flowing over the rim of the mug; exuding a succulent presentation. It always made Homer content to be downing the cold beverage. The foamy goodness of the beer head reminded me of the sugary texture of cotton candy (or “fairy floss” if you are from down under). I yearned for an opportunity to drown my taste buds in it. When the day arrived on my, ahem, TWENTY-FIRST BIRTHDAY, ahem, I ordered a Newcastle Brown Ale at a local pub. The beer had a good head on it, and all my childhood memories of the Simpsons flooded my mind. I lifted the glass to my lips, feeling the condensation of the glass on the palm of my hand and the droplets of fizzled beer splashing about.  I tilted my head back and took a big gulp.

Yucky. Yeah, men say yucky.

I always like that scene in “Bart on the Road” where the boys go to Moe’s and Barney invites them to “Join the party”. 

Grown Ups 2…In 10 Words – Toga, toga, toga, 2000!

Pacific Rim…In 10 Words – I got nothing here.  Everyone should see this in the theater.  (I’ve done so twice.)  Easily my favorite sci-fi movie of the year. 

Best. Episode. Ever. (Round 49) – Marge, I agree with you in theory.  In theory, Simpsons episode tournaments work.  In theory.

Best. Episode. Ever. (Round 50) – George Lucas makes him pay for those.

Droool … “The Simpsons” collection gets starstruck with NECA’s “25 of the Greatest Guest Stars” action figure line – And by that they mean celebrities voicing themselves.

Catch a Wave with Whimzie Quiltz – Oh, cool, the woman who runs this site makes custom quilts and you can order them with Simpsons fabric. 

A History of the Side-Scrolling Beat-‘Em-Up – Part 2 – As I learned from doing this very site, the reason everyone links the Ninja Turtles arcade game and the Simpsons arcade game is that they’re actually the same freaking game, just with different sprites and pixels.  Fun as hell, the both of them (especially for early 90s button mashers), but the same game nevertheless. 

DailyTech – Paper Suggests Neanderthals Could Speak – Heh:

But can they sing? And was Dr. Zaius involved?

Chorus: "He can speak, he can speak, he can speak!"
Troy McClure as Taylor: "I can singggg!"
"Planet of the Apes: The Musical" from The Simpsons epsiode "A Fish Called Selma"

The chorus actually says that he can “talk”, but that’s still good for moderate usage.

Know It All – A column of random facts contains this:

A group of monkeys is called a troop.


Different monkeys have been in episodes of the animated series “The Simpsons” (1989-present) over the years. Homer Simpson had a helper monkey named Mojo. Krusty the Clown had a chain-smoking monkey named Mr. Teeny. Mr. Burns had a fighting monkey named Furious George.


Marge Simpson’s mother on “The Simpsons” is named Jackie Bouvier.


After graduating from college in 1951, Jackie Bouvier (1929-1994) worked for the Washington Times-Herald as the Inquiring Camera Girl. She asked people on the streets questions about issues and their opinions were printed along with their picture. That is how she met her future husband John F. Kennedy (1917-1963).

Yeah, but why did she think that Mindy lived with “Mark”?

Marge’s nutmeg a pinch of salt – Excellent usage:

IN an episode of The Simpsons, Marge visits not Walmart but Monstromart, exclaiming, "Ooh, that’s a good price for 12lb of nutmeg" as she places the giant box in her trolley. It’s ambitious to think that anyone would need that much nutmeg in a lifetime. And yet because Marge believes the price is cheap she buys it. I call it "going broke saving money". It’s a popular strategy in the stockmarket.

“Treehouse of Horror V” | The Simpsons (Classic) – And finally, the A.V. Club’s very slow Simpsons review rolls on, and tacitly agrees with us:

It’s weird these days to think of The Simpsons as an aggressive show, but that’s exactly what “Treehouse Of Horror V” was—an act of aggression by showrunner David Mirkin. It’s spectacularly funny, arguably the best “Treehouse” ever (certainly right up there in the pantheon), and it’s also surprisingly gross and just a little bit disturbing.

Zombie Simpsons is many things, but aggressive certainly isn’t one of them.

32 Responses to “Reading Digest: Family guy Crossover Edition”

  1. 1 Residents Fan
    19 July 2013 at 12:35 pm

    On the subject of “Family Guy”, surely nothing in it was more mean-spirited than the
    segment where Quagmire raped Marge (whom turns out to
    enjoy it- UGGGH! Sick!) and then killed the rest of the Simpsons.

    What with that
    and the hysterical hatred of Meg (which seems based solely on her not being
    w**k fodder) I’m sure the FG writers have some serious problems with women. I do
    think the early eps of FG are good, but there’s some seriously unpleasant
    gender and ethnic stereotyping in that show (largely absent from its
    superior stablemate, “American Dad!”)

    • 2 Stan
      19 July 2013 at 6:49 pm

      You’re referencing a lower screen panel advertisement for one show whilst another one was running… I really want to mention Ralph Wiggum coming out of “20 Century Fox” logo, but I can’t. I don’t pay attention to these.

      Inventors of sign, chalkboard and couch gags in the Simpsons intro – please drink dishwashing liquid.

    • 3 Jeff
      21 July 2013 at 1:18 pm

      My guess is that Alec Sulkin is one of those writers. He joined only after the show came back from cancellation and is the one that made the offensive tweet about the Tohoku earthquake: “If you wanna feel better about this earthquake in Japan, google ‘Pearl Harbor death toll.”

  2. 6 Matt
    19 July 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Christ, three years into the second run? I gave up before that first new season was even over. And I was about thirteen at the time!

    • 7 Stan
      19 July 2013 at 6:50 pm

      And your last name is “Groening”, right?

    • 9 ThisCannotBeTheFuture
      20 July 2013 at 3:40 pm

      I agree. The first run of “Family Guy” was original, clever and relatively unoffensive.

      The second run started out rather lame and sunk into abysmal, cheap, repetitive nastiness pretty quickly.

  3. 19 July 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Thanks for the shout-out about my custom quilts! Given the topic that started your post, I want to share that there’s also Family Guy fabric available on the market should anyone want a “cross-over” quilt featuring both. :D

  4. 19 July 2013 at 1:22 pm

    As long as The Simpsons or the Griffins don’t stop by to get a If Looks Could Kale burger at a little sea side diner then I don’t care

  5. 12 Monty Python Forever
    19 July 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I mentioned another Family Guy joke that ripped off two Simpsons jokes, so here are some more examples:

    Homer loves a wacky donkey that helps him save Marge from a demolition derby; Peter gets excited by an identical wacky donkey.

    Homer: “I’m in some place where I don’t know where I am!” Patty/Selma: “He vanished into fat air!” Family Guy’s season premiere was called “Into Fat Air.”

    Homer confuses a chew toy called The Daily Growl for a newspaper; Brian did the same.

    Homer and Chief Wiggum drove off a cliff and survived when they fell on a pile of trash. Peter fell off a bridge and survived when he fell on a pile of corpses.

    Treehouse of Horror 1: A parody of Poltergeist in which the house destroys itself to escape The Simpsons. Family Guy: A parody of Poltergeist where the house destroys itself because Peter defiles Indian graves.

    Arnie Pie gets airsick and vomits on the road; in another episode, he crashes the helicopter and causes a traffic jam. Family Guy: A drunken news helicopter pilot has a long history of getting sick, crashing and eventually dying.

    Bart and Lisa are fighting over television and hear a clip from King of The Hill: “Bobby, I have propane in my urethra.” Peter Griffin tears off his face and reveals Hank Hill, who laughs about propane.

    Mr. Burns owns a germ warfare lab, but then Mona and her fellow hippies destroy it and he is exposed to all the shit. Family Guy: Lou Gherig creates a disease with the intention of unleashing it on the world, but drops the vial and infects himself.

    Homer accidentally tells the world that Lisa has had a relationship with Milhouse, humiliating her. Peter intentionally tells everyone that Meg has gotten her first period, embarrassing her.

    • 13 Residents Fan
      19 July 2013 at 2:40 pm

      Reverse example: Zombie Simpsons did an episode about MMORPGs one year after
      both South Park and American Dad had done eps on the same subject (also, ZS used
      the same animation for the computer-game scenes, whereas the other two shows used
      the plot as a chance to use either computer graphics or anime-style for these

    • 14 Anonymous
      19 July 2013 at 2:55 pm

      Some of these are a real stretch but some are spot on.

  6. 15 FireFlower
    19 July 2013 at 2:59 pm

    The Simpons has been Yellow Family Guy for years now…so what is the difference?

  7. 16 Residents Fan
    19 July 2013 at 3:01 pm

    One of the few high points for “The Cleveland Show” – an amusing “Simpsons” cameo :

  8. 18 Chris
    19 July 2013 at 3:57 pm

    I miss the days when Matt Groening had spine, and actually cared about his own show. I don’t agree with his decision to take his name off of the “A Star is Burns” episode, but at least it showed he cared. As Bart would say, I smell another cheap cartoon crossover.

    • 19 July 2013 at 5:09 pm

      I don’t think Matt Groening cares at this point. I doubt he has in well over a decade. I am just curious if he going to do anything after Futurama.

      • 20 Residents Fan
        19 July 2013 at 7:43 pm

        A live-action sitcom? A film? “Olive the Other Reindeer II”?

        “Life in Hell:The TV series”? He’s got quite a few directions he could explore…

      • 21 Matt
        19 July 2013 at 9:24 pm

        He shouldn’t do anything about Futurama. It would be best to just let it end once and for all. Isn’t over 100 episodes enough? It’s really not that good if you ask me.

  9. 23 Stan
    19 July 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Don’t bitch FG guys, c’mon. It’s still not as rotten as ZS right now, I’d personally compare it to ZS about Season 17-18. Funny, but some FG shows are still watchable.

    I wouldn’t mind for one watching that ep once it comes out. As long as it’s past Season 25 of ZS and they kill the fucking show.

    On a side note, why not make a spin off: The Simpson Guy? What could possibly suck in doing so, right?

  10. 25 ecco6t9
    20 July 2013 at 2:39 am

    Damn shame what they did to that dog.

  11. 26 Sarah J
    20 July 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Family Guy and Zombie Simpsons are two shows that are waaaay past their prime. Maybe this is an attempt to get FG viewers to watch ZS. After all, haven’t ZS ratings been dropping?

    • 21 July 2013 at 2:03 pm

      If ZS infects Bob’s Burgers I think I will cry.
      After last weeks horrid Futurama I just can’t muster any outrage. I really hope Matt Groening lets Futurama go instead of trying to shop it around to another cable channel or a streaming service. I don’t think Futurama reached full zombie status but it did skirt the line with it’s near anime like fanservice.

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