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Reading Digest: Local Boys Make Good Edition

Homer vs Lisa and the 8th Commandment15

“The challenger learned how to fight in the notorious projects of Capital City, and honed his skills while serving time for aggravated assault and manslaughter in Springfield Prison.” – Boxing Announcer
“Alright, a local boy!” – Barney Gumble

With the hoopla around the premier and the crossover now safely in the rear view mirror, and Halloween stuff not yet ramping up to full volume, it’s a pretty short Reading Digest this week.  We do have hometown articles about both Al Jean and Mike Reiss, however.  In addition to those, we’ve got some excellent fan art, a couple of interesting lists, and some stuffed animal based charity.

Enjoy.

[TV Talk] Top 10 Simpsons Horror Movie Parodies – This is a pretty good list.  There is one Zombie Simpsons segment, but it’s #9.  #10 is the Guillermo del Toro couch gag, which was pretty entertaining even if it wasn’t part of the show proper.

Cakes Raise Cancer Awareness – Simpsons cakes, specifically, and there’s even art of one of Comic Book Guy.  Bravo.

Sometimes words just get in the way – Longtime director Mark Kirkland has made a short, silent movie:

A romantic comedy that takes place, as the first title card explains, in a “long-forgotten movie studio,” The Moving Picture Co. 1914 has a 22-minute running time that Kirkland notes is the same length as a Simpsons episode if you cut out the commercials.
“I’m used to that time length and meter,” says the California Institute of the Arts graduate, who double-majored in film and animation. “The Simpsons are in my blood.”

Weird Al is playing the guy who’s playing Jesus.

Reboot The Simpsons – Instead of flashing everyone forward, I guess you could go backwards instead, but either way I remain convinced that the current show has to die before anything new and interesting can come out of Simpsons-world.

Reproduction of Lisa Simpson, The Scream – Excellent fan made painting.

Four sitcoms past their prime – Zombie Simpsons is such a fixture on lists like these, that the lists themselves have taken a meta-note of it:

The Simpsons
This show has been on every past-their-prime list published in the last decade.

Bargain Bin Games – The Simpsons: Bart Vs. The World  – A YouTube review.

Say Anything Parodies on TV: 8 of the Best – Otto proposing to Becky is on here, but I’d probably go with Itchy & Scratchy’s “Spay Anything” in “Cape Feare”, though that doesn’t have the boombox over the head thing.

On TV: 5-sentence review of ‘The Simpsons’ Season 26, Episode 3: ‘Super Franchise Me’ – According to the ratings, a lot of people do this:

Truth be told, I only watch about four “The Simpsons” episodes a year, until they choke out their “Treehouse of Horror,” and then I go on my way forgetting that they’re on TV, basically having vague memories that this was something I once looked forward to watching.

WTF Wednesday: Questionable Trends in Fashion – The trend of fashionable Bart clothing spreads.

Hype launches The Simpsons apparel with Topman – See above.  Retro cool now, I guess.

Young Glendale sisters lend a helping hand – Cute:

There’s one thing 9-year-old Karis Zavala rarely puts down: a miniature doll of Lisa Simpson from the animated sitcom “The Simpsons.”
She’s vowed for the past seven years to never let it go.

She and her sister are going a charity thing to collect plush toys for kids.

Library dedicates section to ‘The Simpsons’ writer, Bristol native – You gotta love Reiss:

“When I won my first Emmy for ‘The Simpsons,’ I told my wife ‘Take a picture, I’ve got to send it to the hometown paper,’ and she did,” he said. “Four days later it was on the front page of The Bristol Press — me in a tuxedo holding an Emmy, over the caption ‘Local Man Claims To Win Award.’”

‘The Simpsons’ founding writer Al Jean on his Detroit roots – And speaking of local-boy-makes-good, Jean talks about his roots, and what they have to teach us.

BWW Reviews: MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY with The Catamounts in Boulder – The play gets good reviews even a couple thousand miles from Broadway.

Did The Simpsons Predict A Hot-Button SCOTUS Case 22 Years Ago? – No.  This has been simple answers to simple questions.

robocall – Excellent illustrative reference:

The pre-recorded, automated telephone call, almost as widely reviled as it is exploited, has benign and malevolent uses. Professor Frink, in The Simpsons, envisioned using the technology to tell children about school cancellations, which seems harmless enough. But in the same episode, Homer demonstrates a range of abuses. An appointment reminder from your auto dealer or the doctor’s office may not be so bad. But no one likes non-human solicitations, or repeated entreaties to vote for this candidate or the next.

Patty or Selma, you are a real woman … – A multi-colored animated .gif of Patty based on one of the vacation photos from “Flaming Moe’s”.

Awesome Character #1: Milhouse Van Houten – Just a little appreciation for everyone’s favorite dorky doormat.

Thrift Store Halloweekends – Barney Gumble, The Simpsons Spooky Light-Ups (Burger King) – Someone found a fast food toy left over from 2001.

Homer Simpson Stonecutter by deathbycartoon – Fan made depiction of the Chosen One leading the Stonecutters to glory.

Simpsons Collection Vol:1 – Fan made Simpsons sketches.

The Simpsons predicted Ebola outbreak in 1997, some people on the internet actually believe – I’d say most people just think it’s weird, but I’m sure there are some believers out there.

Blood Feud – Episode #035 – Heh:

We are now at the end of the episode here and I have one thing to say… How the hell did the delivery guys manage to get the gift of Xtapolapocetl into the house? There is absolutely no way! Well, that cartoons for you.

The Simpsons Arcade Game retrospective: How Konami struck yellow gold – And finally, I get to end the way I like, with someone who agrees with us.  In this case, in a video game retrospective:

Family Guy’s Peter Griffin spoke for most of us when he declared “I am over the Simpsons,” during a recent crossover episode with Springfield’s famous five, but such talk would have been dismissed as sacrilege when Matt Groening’s creation was at the peak of its popularity.
It’s been misfiring for as long as most of us can remember, but The Simpsons remains one of television’s greatest achievements.

Indeed.


9 Responses to “Reading Digest: Local Boys Make Good Edition”


  1. 17 October 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Thanks for sharing my Stonecutter Homer on your blog, and also for having such a cool blog!

  2. 17 October 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Thanks for sharing some of my Simpson Sketches on your blog and for making me aware of the existence of this great blog!

  3. 3 Jack
    17 October 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Steve Mullen on The Simpsons being past their prime: “It’s not that the writing is bad, it’s that they’ve literally done everything there is to do…twice. No, thrice. No, quadrice?”

    I may have to disagree with him on that…

    • 17 October 2014 at 11:53 pm

      The great thing about doing a show that satirizes modern culture is that stuff keeps happening. The Simpsons could conceivably last forever in one form or another, with the current events of the real world offering them no short supply of story ideas. But if those stories are executed as poorly as they have been over the last fifteen seasons or so, with such weak excuses for humor and flat characters you can’t relate to anymore, it won’t mean shit.

      • 5 Joshua
        19 October 2014 at 4:09 am

        I’d say South Park is the show that can run forever satirizing reactions to current events.
        Zombie Simpsons occasionally works in references to now but always about a year too late and mired by all the other problems plaguing ZS.

  4. 17 October 2014 at 9:42 pm

    My joy at knowing you’ve kept this site going is inversely proportional to how I feel that the Simpsons is still running. That’s a compliment.

    I was curious to get your opinion: Is there any one episode of zombie Simpsons you would hold up as the absolute worst of the series? I can imagine it might be hard to pick just one… which handful of episodes form the absolute worst you can think of?

  5. 7 FireFlower
    18 October 2014 at 10:15 am

    My list of worst episodes ever are Lisa Goes Gaga, The Falcon and the D’ohman, That 90’s Show, Moe Goes From Rags to Riches and A Tree Goes in Springfield.

  6. 8 FireFlower
    18 October 2014 at 10:16 am

    *Grows in Springfield

  7. 9 Babyonboard
    20 October 2014 at 8:14 pm

    I just watched this video, almost by accident, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MZMaaar9DQ and I had this thought that if the Simpsons had started only doing 8 episodes a year for instance then we would still have the quality we had. I think of this because of the Beastie Boys, when they did some Cuban beats on an album one of them talked about it after and it said that they listened to loads of the stuff before they did those two songs, and that it would be like watching basketball for hours and thinking that you can play like Michael Jordan. Of course my point is that the Simpsons folk did some homework in the previous days to do this barbershop thing, and now it’s churned out.


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