Quote of the Day

Treehouse of Horror VI12

“What’s going on here?  I’m so bulgy.  My stomach sticks way out in front and my- ahhhh!” – Homer Simpson

Happy 20th Anniversary to “Treehouse of Horror VI”! Original airdate 29 October 1995.

And happy birthday to the one, the only Dan Castellaneta!

14 Responses to “Quote of the Day”

  1. 1 FireFlower
    29 October 2015 at 9:07 am

    This segment is one of my favorite Simpsons moments.

  2. 2 Stantastic
    29 October 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Dan’s turning 60 BTW. Happy birthday, Megavolt!

    • 3 Stantastic
      29 October 2015 at 4:38 pm

      I remember back in the mid-1990s everyone was experimenting with this newfound CGI stuff: shows, sitcoms, computer games, etc. It was like the flash animation craze, only a decade earlier. Fun times.
      See, 20 years ago they concluded their last segment with Homer landing into the real world dumpster, and then walking on the street with people around him freaking out, only to end up drooling for erotic cakes. Today they end them with either some stupid song, a montage of unrelated out of segment clips, or just plain navel gazing like in the last edition.

  3. 5 Bleeding Gums Murphy
    29 October 2015 at 4:47 pm

    I like this segment, and I understand why people loved it (according to Charlie, it was broadcasted one month before Toy Story 1 came to theaters), but at the same time it feels gimmicky: they made some jokes about 2D vs. 3D, but other than that it feels very empty. There’s no subtle social/character commentary (Bart as a vampire, Flanders as the undisputed overlord of the universe) or some metajoke (the Simpson becoming rich, popular, and being the face of crappy merchandise), or wonderful parodies (The Shinning). Here, Homer just reaches a 3D space. It’s a weak concept, and it only works because, since it’s a Halloween segment, you only need to fill seven or so minutes.

    It could be much worse, it could be Homer piloting an UFO to warn americans about the false US candidates, sure. But it is overall a dissapointing segment in an otherwise good Halloween special.

    • 6 Stantastic
      29 October 2015 at 4:53 pm

      Completely and utterly disagree. Both you mention are hilarious and very theme-attuned for my senses. Especially if you consider that CGI did look freaking scary back then.

      • 7 Anonymous
        29 October 2015 at 7:59 pm

        True, and that they spend so much money and time on making a 3D segment and making it feel right speaks wonderful things about The Simpsons’ staff. It’s also great that the 3D animation, as dated as it is, still holds well, and it captured the 2D art style is a satisfactory way.

        But the 3D stuff is all “Homer^3” gives to you. And it feels too weak and empty. Remember, this is not your usual Simpsons episodes, this is a Halloween special, where your expectations are much higher. This empty promise could work on regular episodes like “Bart Gets An Elephant”, because the only thing you care is about having great fun, but a Halloween special, like a Mr. Burns episode or a Sideshow Bob episode, has usually far more stuff going on. Making Flanders the devil and Homer the victim works on so many levels. Bart being the usual lousy, rebelious kid at school that cannot get attention when he really needs it is a great role reversal. The mansion house being afraid of the Simpsons screws up with the usual haunted house-type stories. And Marge is the vampire leader because nobody would have suspected her.

        Nothing like that is in “Homer^3”.

        And “Citizen Kang” gave us amazing political commentaries about the U.S. bi-party system, sure. But at the cost of not only putting Homer in contexts where I doubt even Season 7 would have put him, but even worse, giving the rest of the family absolutely nothing to do. And those are the signs of proto-Jerkass Homer which is one of the biggest problems of Season 8: Homer is a little out of control. He has more reasons to freak out in a Halloween episode, which is why I don’t hate “Citizen Kang” (and admitelly, it is much better than the Hugo and teeth people segments, which are funny but at the same time feels a little tired and meh). But it would have been made much, much, much, much better a mere season before.

        • 8 Stantastic
          29 October 2015 at 10:06 pm

          Actually, the reason why “Homer³” works better as a Halloween segment is that, in my understanding, the team tried to mock mid-1990s 3D in process-making (and, by extension, the full caption CGI like the one movies such as Space Jam were using). It doesn’t have to parody anything directly, it’s satire pure and simple. And the animators must’ve really had the time of their lives making that bit.
          “Citizen Kang” is really the best segment THoH7 has to offer. With elections coming in November it both made perfect sense and did rely on gimmicks of the president/alien cliche (I’m guessing Independence Day?). Anyway, there aren’t that many Halloween-related plots to poke fun at, are there?

    • 9 Mr. Incognito
      29 October 2015 at 8:41 pm

      True, it was a bit gimmicky and empty, but the writers at least had the sense to put said gimmick into a 7(ish)-minute Halloween segment. It’s not like a certain Season 26 (non-Halloween, 22-minute) episode involving a perfect world of Legos where no one gets hurt.

    • 10 Anonymous
      29 October 2015 at 9:28 pm

      Strongly agreed. Well said.

    • 11 Ryan
      30 October 2015 at 1:16 am

      I hate when people say this short sucks because it’s gimmicky. This is possibly my favorite THOH short, and the world they created is mysterious and eery. The music, the mathematical formulas hovering around in the background — just the concept that this world exists between two different universes (theirs and ours).

      As Stantastic pointed out, the ending is brilliant. I’ve always held it on its own, but holy shit, comparing it to the recent episodes, he’s right. If Homer^3 was made today, the entire Simpson family would become 3D at the last minute, and they’d start singing a fourth-wall breaking song about how its their 27th halloween special or some stupid shit.

      I love the way Homer^3 ends. Isolation, hopelessness, but Homer can still find happiness in the little things. And that ending theme, the best rendition of the themesong the show has done IMO.

      He doesn’t just “reach a 3D space”. He becomes trapped in another fucking dimension lol. Using the comparison Mr. Incognito made with Zombie Simpson’s attempt at a 3D episode (A Brick Like Me), Homer becomes 3D because… he dreams about it. Woo. So inventive.

      You also proclaim that this episode compares weaker to other segments because it isn’t a parody, despite being a parody of the twilight zone episode “Little Girl Lost”. And this couldn’t have been lost on you, since Homer directly states, “it’s like something out of that twilighty show about that zone”.

      • 12 Stan
        30 October 2015 at 5:42 pm

        That LEGO episode cannot compare to this one. The LEGO episode was a promotional ass-rape of the viewers with some shallow narrative slapped on to get the show going. Heck, even had they made a Halloween-based LEGO episode it would still be much weaker than Homer getting trapped in 3D Studio.

      • 13 Anonymous
        31 October 2015 at 10:47 am

        I think you misunderstood a few things.

        First, I’m not saying this segment is much worse because it isn’t a parody (although I didn’t get the Twilight Zone stuff, I thought it was a reference, like when they mention Tron), what I’m saying is that there’s no sweet, subtle stuff going on. Also, by “Homer reaches a 3D space” I was speaking of the 3D universe he spent most of the segment before being permanently stuck in our world.

        All your examples of the mathematical formulas and the isolation, etc, those are examples of the amount of work they spent on this segment. I wasn’t trying to say this isn’t The Simpsons, or that it’s pretty flat and empty for being a gimmicky episode, of course this is still the real thing. What I was trying to say is that, no matter how much thought they put in the segment, it’s overall weaker than anything it came before. But it’s also true for the other two segments, they’re good (better than Homer^3) and yet I don’t find them as good as earlier THoH segments. The haunted house that collapses on its own, Homer losing its mind, Flanders as the devil, King Homer, those are segments that are pretty good on a quick watch, but there’s so much subtle stuff going on, the more you think about them, the more you enjoy the episode. By comparison, that exponential, never reaching a plateau curve on my appreciation for earlier THoH isn’t present on THoH VI, let alone VII. It’s probably a matter of taste.

  4. 29 October 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Since it’s Castellaneta’s birthday and all, I feel it’s worth mentioning that this episode has one of my all-time favorite Halloween credits: Dan CastellanetaarghaGAHEEGA(smash)(gurgle)Mr. Hyde.

    Regarding whether or not there’s much substance to this segment beyond the CGI stuff, I think Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein learned their lesson about that already when they submitted this episode for Emmy consideration over more emotional episodes like Mother Simpson or Home Sweet Homediddily-dum-doodily, and lost to the Pinky and the Brain Christmas special, which was jam-packed with heart. They were still kicking themselves for it ten years later – if you listen to the Season 7 DVD commentaries, they bring it up on at least three separate episodes.

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