Reading Digest: Victorious War of the Simpsons Edition

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“Okay, fish, you’re probably wondering why I’m still here.  Catching you will make me the most famous fisherman there is, right up there with . . . that . . . the, uh . . . that bald guy on the cable fishing show.” – Homer Simpson

This week we have two links looking at various Simpsons Christmas episodes, one to start things and one to end them.  It goes almost without saying that both of them agree with us.  In addition to that, we’ve got several more Christmas links, some excellent usage, more merchandise of various kinds, some fantastic fake movie posters, some fan made stuff, two links about the otherwise improbable idea of featuring a cartoon character on a show about designing clothes, and two links where “The War of the Simpsons” comes out ahead, tournament style.


The Simpsons Christmas – This is far more forgiving of Zombie Simpsons than I’m willing to be, but is a nevertheless impressive rundown of various Christmas episodes.

Simpsons T-Shirts – That Simpsons t-shirt contest ended and there are now 29 new shirts you can buy from Threatless.

Has The Simpsons Run Its Course? – Short answer yes with a ‘but’, long answer yes with an ‘if’.

Películas de Los Simpsons reciben Posters Reales – These fantastic Simpsons posters were making the rounds this week.  I especially like the Jay Sherman quote on the McBain poster.

The Simpsons x Converse 2014 Spring Chuck Taylor All Star Hi – Remember when they said they were going to have even moar merchandise?  Here’s some shoes.

More Homer Simpson beer moments – Three YouTube videos of some of Homer’s beer antics.  (And nothing past Season 11.)

George Carlin on Thoughts – Heh.  Nice combination.

5-paragraph review of ‘The Simpsons: Yellow Subterfuge’ – An admirably succinct review:

Skinner bans Bart from a school trip to a see a submarine. So Bart and Homer exact revenge by faking the death of Skinner’s mother, Agnes. By this time in the episode, I was only half paying attention. “The Simpsons” is essentially background noise at this point in its run.

Burn, Baby, Burn – Excellent sunburn related usage:

Busker sings: Sunshine on my shoulders, makes me happy –
Random pedestrian punches him in the face.   – The Simpsons

I totally feel like the pedestrian, not because of a heatwave (not yet, it is summer in Sydney), but because of my sunburn.  It’s like I got tattooed sleeves of red flesh.  Owie.

Hope the burn feels better.

How The Simpsons Brand Took Over The World – This is a long and not terribly informative write-up of the continued popularity of Simpsons crap tied in with the release of the Threadless t-shirts.  But while I don’t recommend reading it, it’s worth a click for the YouTube video that’s a news report on Bartmania from 1990.  It was on the Season 1 DVDs, so you may have seen it already, but it’s a nice little slice of the time.

TV Character Bracket: #5 Homer Simpson vs. #12 Cliff Huxtable – This has a poll at the bottom, and while Homer is currently ahead, I’m sure he could use some more votes.

The Simpsons Movie: the dysfunctional yellow icons make it to the big screen – Too true:

As a result, even the characters are shadows of their old yellow selves, complete with mistimed punchlines, and the cameos – including Tom Hanks and Green Day – are too brief to register. It seems absurd that, between eleven of arguably the funniest writers in America, no-one could come up with a good story.

We’ll never know what they might have come up with if they hadn’t focus tested it into the ground.

Matt Groening creator of The Simpsons Quote of Creativity – Wise words:

“Living creatively is really important to maintain throughout your life. And living creatively doesn’t mean only artistic creativity, although that’s part of it. It means being yourself, not just complying with the wishes of other people.”

– Matt Groening creator of The Simpsons

The Bechdel Test vs. cartoon pilot episodes – I can never get enough of that episode:

The Simpsons
Does it pass the Bechdel Test? YES
Is it an accurate tester for gender bias? YES.
Comments: technically the pilot episode was a 3 minute short, BUT Maggie and Marge talk for a full 20 seconds about breakfast and waking up in the morning. This one surprised me too.

PoeMania – Origins – Count me among the people for whom this is true:

But it was with some amusement that I realised it was The Simpsons that started it for me. You’ve seen the one I mean, right? The first Treehouse of Horror, originally aired in 1990 (but it was a few more years before I saw it one Halloween) and narrated by James Early Jones… The Raven as spoken by Mufasa! Mint!

As a result, I can’t really take The Raven all too seriously. I’m fine with the rest of his works… But for the Raven? All I hear is Bart Simpson squawking ‘nevermore’ and Jones: ‘quoth the raven’.

I have an animated family to thank for my literary enrichment though. So thanks Homer!

Homer’s barely contained rage at the “take thy beak from out my heart” part is the definitive spoken version.

Designing for Marge Simpson! – They designed for Marge on Project Runway, and here are one woman’s initial sketches for it.  Also, too:

P.S. Anyone else surprised the Simpsons is still airing?? Who would’ve thunk it!!

Marge Simpson Gets New Dress Designed By ‘˜Project Runway’™ Contestant – And here’s a brief little write-up of the actual show.

Sam Taylor Draws Mutant Simpsons Characters And Drunken Monsters – Milhouse and Baby Gerald are particularly creepy here.  Well done.

Check out Ned Flanders as a Simpson LEGO – Just what it says.

Bart Sledding – Fan made painting in the medium of iPad.  Wintery and appropriate.

Dag 311 – T-shirt of Homer breaking his own couch.

Simpsons – Super Nintendo Chalmers – Great .gif, they’ve got the look on everyone’s face frozen perfectly except Ralph, who’s talking.

the simpsons-an unathorized history by john ortved – An appreciative review, and yeah, Groening’s a good sort:

i loved the epiphany that came from reading about matt groening‘s start reviewing punk records. he realized, that although he was quite passionate about the music, he realized that he wasn’t good at it because he didn’t move units of punk music (and how sweet is it that he actually went to the record store to count!)-like, whoa.

Simpsons Tournament Section:

Round 94: Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy vs. Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy – Man, I don’t even have an opinion.

Round 93: The Boy Who Knew Too Much vs. Treehouse of Horror XVII – Thanks for playing, Season 18, but nobody loves you:

Not a particularly good Halloween special. The first segment (Blob) is awful, the second (Golem) slightly better but still pretty bad and the third (War of the World) has some nice things going for it – I especially liked the 1930′s design of the people of Springfield – but ultimately disappoints, as well.

Round 92: When Flanders Failed vs. The War of the Simpsons – The first of two times “The War of The Simpsons” comes out ahead this week.

THE BEST EPISODE THINGY THERE EVER WAS ROUND 1 The Crepes Of Wrath VS. Some Enchanted Evening – Great screengrab of Homer in mental and physical agony after falling down the stairs.

THE BEST EPISODE THINGY THERE EVER WAS ROUND 1 The War Of The Simpsons VS. The Call Of The Simpsons – Never gets old:

John: Here’s your crown your majesty!

/Tournament Section

Cool Whip…In 10 Words – Licorice whip?

21st Century’s Carey Sees “Simpsons” As “Defining Event” For FXX – Big scoop from Variety, FOX executive thinks FOX channel featuring FOX shows has nowhere to go but up!  Film at 11.  (Fuck you, Variety.)

Day #6: The Simpsons Triple Bill – Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire, Marge Be Not Proud, Miracle on Evergreen Terrace – And finally, I get to end with a Christmas retrospective that agrees with us (well, mostly).  On “Miracle on Evergreen Terrace”:

It’s the problem with amplifying a story line up when you run out of places to go other than to keep getting increasingly more ridiculous and less grounded in reality or even logic. Other than that, it’s a pretty funny episode that’s still a fun watch, but you can see the cracks where The Simpsons was starting to become less consistent.

Indeed you can, and that was Season 9.

2 Responses to “Reading Digest: Victorious War of the Simpsons Edition”

  1. 1 captainwafflez
    13 December 2013 at 3:44 pm

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  2. 13 December 2013 at 3:51 pm

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