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“Pull! Pull, you dogs!” – Bart Simpson


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“Oh, no, he’s hurt!” – Lewis
“Bad.” – Richard
“Let’s get out of here!” – Milhouse van Houten


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“Tonight, Sherbert’s . . . Schubert’s unfinished symphony.” – Principal Skinner
“Oh, good, unfinished. This shouldn’t take long.” – Homer Simpson


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“This Saturday! If you miss this you better be dead or in jail! And if you’re in jail . . . Break out!” – Truckasaurus Commercial Announcers


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“Springfield Gorge! Bart, you’ll be killed!” – Lisa Simpson
“Lisa, I don’t know how to explain this, but I get the same thrill out of jumping over stuff that you do from . . . reading.” – Bart Simpson


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“Lisa’s recital is Saturday night.” – Marge Simpson
“I’ll be playing my first solo.  If you miss it on Saturday, I’d advise you to start looking for a child therapist on Sunday.” – Lisa Simpson
“But Truckasaurus is one night only!” – Bart Simpson
“Oh, cruel fate, why do you mock me?” – Homer Simpson


Reading Digest: Over the Gorge Edition

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“I’m the king of the world!  Woo-hoo!  Woo-hoo!” – Homer Simpson

The first and best link we have this week is a fan made poster of Homer’s disastrous attempt to teach Bart a lesson.  I cannot recommend it highly enough.  After that there are a bunch of other links to great fan made stuff, including Legos and crayons.  And after that, we’ve got the play moving to America’s wang, a whole website dedicated to Simpsons tattoos, idiotic donut marketing, and more.


Cool Stuff: Official Mark Englert Simpsons Poster – Smooth Charlie’s Link of the Week is this high res poster of Homer not making over Springfield Gorge.  Outstanding.

It’s December 1941 in Casablanca. What time is it in Springfield? – As usual, the fading .gifs for the casting images are great, and “Dr. Wolfe as Major Strasser” is an inspired pick.  But I don’t think Wiggum is smart enough to be Captain Renault.  Rex Banner, maybe?

Milhouse – A fan made Lego Milhouse head.  Click this.  It even has his little cowlick.

Crayola Mini-Scultures of Bob’s Burgers, Simpsons, Groot, and More – The family carved into crayons.  Excellent.

Worst. Tattoos. Ever. – There is an Instagram just for Simpsons tattoos.  Neat.

Matt Groening and Lynda Barry: A loving and productive friendship. – Always nice to see them together:

“We disapprove of each other,” Groening said, after he revealed that he’d once asked Barry to marry him. (Her response: “THE HELL!”) She hates his swank Malibu house, and he calls Wisconsin, where she lives, “colder than Scott Walker’s tit.”

Bart Gets Hit By A Car – Season 2 often creeps up on the unsuspecting:

Well, here’s an episode that’s even better than I remembered. It’s sorta like “Simpson & Delilah”; I remembered it being good, but not as good as it actually was.

I barely moved all day the first time I got my hands on the Season 2 DVDs.

Pop culture unplugged: ‘Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play’ opens at The Hipp – The play goes to Florida, where “post-apocalyptic” just means “Wednesday”.

This Website Tells You Which Episode Your Favorite ‘Simpsons’ Quotes Come From – Daily Simpsons alerted me to this on Twitter.  It’s kinda fun.

Every Scene In “22 Short Films About Springfield,” Ranked – Our old friend Johnny Sugar naturally puts Skinner and the Superintendent at #1.  (Good YouTube there.)

[VIDEO] Christopher Lloyd On ‘The Simpsons’ — Plays Taxi’s Jim Ignatowski – Yes, that was Doc Brown last week on Zombie Simpsons.  No, nobody cares.

Homer Simpson Desk – A fan made animation of a desk way more complicated than Homer would ever use, but that is pretty cool nevertheless.

‘The Simpsons’ Fan Theory: Has Homer Been In A Coma For 20 Years? – No.  This has been simple answers to simple questions.

The Simpsons Is Now Streaming At 4:3, Too – Our long national nightmare is over.

Krispy Kreme Accidentally Promotes KKK Wednesdays, You Know, For Kids! – Via pretty much everyone, British outlets of American donut factories are not the best at marketing.

The most romantic moments in Simpsons history: #2! – I might’ve gone with this as #1, but that’s just me.

The most romantic moments in Simpsons history: #1! – But this isn’t a bad choice:

The police spotlight shining through the colander provides a romantic backdrop while they slow dance to a wonderful version of “Embraceable You”…is it any wonder we chose this for #1? The look of bliss on each of their faces says it all.

Plus there’s honorable mentions.

Happy Valentine’s Day! – Great .gif of Ralph’s empty Valentine’s Day box.

Electric Needle Room… – If you’re going to get facial hair burned off, you might as well cite Homer and Bart.

Bored Gaming: Simpsons Tapped Out – That game is evil, I tells ya, eviiiiil.

2015-16: New Competition in Disneyland’s Local Realm – Looks like the California park is getting the same expansion the Florida one got.

NECA To Release Wave 5 Action Figures Featuring Matt Groening, Lenny Kravitz, Adam West, Stan Lee & Tom Petty – Merchandising, merchandising, where the real money from the teevee show is made.

When Fiction Meets Fiction – And speaking of merchandising, Lego put Homer’s head on the Wolverine figure (plus some other combos).  Meh.

The Simpsons on Twitter: “RT to congratulate Moe on his new position as supervisor! – Twitter interns are the lowest level of the Hollywood totem pole, and pathetic crap like this is why.

The Simpsons has been on for a long time… – Some well deserved love for “Lisa’s Wedding”.

Know-This-Geek of the Week- The Tale of Two Apples….er…One Apple and One Apple… – Some well deserved love for Rich Appel.

New trending GIF tagged the simpsons the simpsons… – Homer’s thought process.


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“Hello, children, and welcome to Springfield Gorge!” – Park Ranger
“Wow!” – Bart Simpson
“Man, this thing’s pretty gnarly.  I bet you could throw a dead body in there and no one’d ever find it.” – Otto


Simpsons Take the Bowl Videos

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“How much longer was Sherbert planning on making this piece of junk?” – Homer Simpson

There are a lot of great videos up on YouTube from the big Simpsons show at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend.  They’re all from people’s phones, so the fun police could be along to take them down at any time, but we can enjoy them while they last.

Here’s Azaria doing some intro:

Conan O’Brien doing “The Monorail Song”:

Azaria and Cartwright doing a prank call:

“Do the Bartman”:

“See My Vest”:

“Be Our Sitter”:

“Happy Birthday Lisa”:

David Silverman and his flaming tuba doing “We Put the Spring in Springfield”:

“We Do”:

Azaria as Duffman:

Jon Lovitz doing “Stop the Planet of the Apes, I Want To Get Off”:

“Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart?”:


Weird Al doing a “Jack & Diane” parody about the show (he even takes a swing at Zombie Simpsons, bless his heart):

And, just for fun, here’s Azaria performing “Let It Go” as Chief Wiggum:


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“Doc, I heard a snap.” – Lance Murdock
“I’m afraid the bone’s broken.  Well, that’s all of them.” – Dr. Hibbert


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“Squealer.” – Bart Simpson
“I’m sorry, Bart, but if you got hurt or died, despite the extra attention I’d receive, I’d miss you.” – Lisa Simpson


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“Two titans at the height of their careers.  Oh, if you ask me, this is going to be one hell of a match.” – Bart Simpson
“Oh, Bart.  I hope you’re not taking this seriously.  Even a five-year-old knows that this is as choreographed as any ballet.” – Lisa Simpson
“Ah, Rasputin’s got the reach, but on the other hand, the Professor’s got his patented Coma Lock.” – Homer Simpson


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“Mrs. Simpson, I’m Leo G. Clark, inventor, owner and operator of Truckasaurus.  Let me just say that Truckasaurus feels very badly about what happened, and everyone here at team Truckasaurus would like you to enjoy this half bottle of domestic champagne for being such good sports.” – Leo G. Clark


Reading Digest: Politics and Entertainment Edition

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“Live, from the Springfield Center for the Performing Arts, the wrestling match of the century!  Today, Rasputin, the Friendly Russian . . .” – Wrestling Announcer
“Didn’t he used to be the Mad Russian?” – Milhouse van Houten
“Yes, but I’m afraid the forces of history have changed wrestling, perhaps forever.” – Lisa Simpson

A shorter than average Reading Digest this week nevertheless contains two excellent Simpsons references in relation to both our upcoming electoral contest and mixed martial arts, which is like politics except that it’s run by less sleazy people.  There’s also some decent YouTube, a cool fan made crayon, a couple of people who agree with us, and Aaron Rodgers earning a new nickname.


Deleted Scenes from the Eighth Season Episode “You Only Move Twice” – Meh:

By far the most interesting thing is hearing Yeardley Smith do a Julie Kavner impression.  (via @dailysimpsons)

The Simpsons And Breaking Bad Mashup Finally Has The Perfect Posters – Cool fan made posters of Flanders as Walter White.  He looks seriously creepy bald.

Why I hate Lisa Simpson – Don’t let the title fool you, it’s actually just Zombie Lisa:

Much has been made of the significant decline in quality The Simpsons has endured since the end of the 20th century. For me The Simpsons died not when it was faced by new competition, not when Lionel Hutz and Troy McClure ceased to be, but when Lisa Simpson stopped being an endearing, nerdy little girl and became a condescending, proselytising mouthpiece for a particular political agenda.

How to Filter Out Noise from B2B Inside Sales Research – Sigh:

Homer Simpson once said: “People can come up with statistics to prove anything; 14% of people know that.”


35 Awesome ‘Simpsons’ GIFs – The always stupid Huffington post trawled Tumblr for these, and their goofy slideshow thing will occupy all the RAM on your computer, but there is very little Zombie Simpsons here. (via @springfieldx2)

Five years later, young fan gets his Aaron Rodgers autograph – I shall henceforth call Rodgers “Ringo”:

There’s an episode of The Simpsons in which Ringo Starr answers a piece of fan mail from Marge, decades after she wrote to him. So by the standard of a Beatle, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is pretty quick in responding to his fan mail.

Still, when 15-year-old fan Nick Stigsell got a Rodgers autograph in the mail last week, it had been so long since he asked for it that he had forgotten he ever made the request.

You, Sir, Are an Idiot! – I know it’s just a typo, but look how odd this looks with the “1” there:

“You, sir, are an idiot” was first said by Krusty the Klown in episode 9 of Season 15 of The Simpsons, entitled “The Last Temptation of the Krust.”

The rest of the article is about “working with an idiot”.

WKVuL.jpg (JPEG Image, 720 × 540 pixels) – A fan made Bart head carved into a yellow crayon.  Bravo, anonymous person who works in the medium of crayon.  (via @springfieldx2)

The New Normal…In 10 Words – It’s like Ethnic Mismatch Comedy #644, but with only one minority.

The iPhone 5…In 10 Words – See the next link.

iPhone 5 (With NEW Hat!) – It seems a lot of people are underwhelmed by the new iPhone, but this is a great comparison:

It’s not that I’m complaining (although I am). I’m still stuck on a Nokia, and that may be why I’m acting bitter towards Apple. But is the iPhone 5 any different? Or is it simply Malibu Stacey (With NEW HAT).


Yes. Apple is Malibu Stacey. The only thing I can pick different from this model to the 4 S (if that’s how you even phrase it.. god I need an Iphone) is a bigger screen..

Sometimes Google is the best – Heh.  (via @dailysimpsons)

Interesting Moments (Minimal Words) – A Homer Simpson mug at a restaurant in Vietnam.

A closer look at Rio’s famous Lapa steps – And a Simpsons tile on steps in Brazil.

Sideshow Bob on Politics – This is a .jpg of one of Bob’s best quotes with a screen grab of him debating Quimby:

Misquoted Sideshow Bob

Sadly, the quote is off.  He actually says:

“Your guilty conscience may force you to vote Democratic, but deep down inside you secretly long for a cold hearted Republican to lower taxes, brutalize criminals, and rule you like a king!”

Sunday Church Humor – A little I. Ron Butterfly YouTube.

The A-list: the top 25 shows of the past 25 yearsThe Sydney Morning Herald listed these shows, but The Simpsons came in a lowly 8th.  As always, I blame Zombie Simpsons.

‘I feel like chicken tonight’ – Excellent reference about how commercials and television have changed music:

My family and I always remember a 1994 episode of “The Simpsons,” “Lady Bouvier’s Lover,” in which Grandpa Simpson and Marge’s mother are dating. At some point, the characters begin singing the commercial jingles that substitute for music in their little yellow craniums. Everybody sings and dances to “I Feel Like Chicken Tonight.”

For every Simpson besides Lisa, it was a triumphant moment.

For those of us watching at home, it produced some knowing headshakes.

The Late Shift: Tron – This is interesting usage:

But, there’s one other thing that makes Tron — a story about The Dude getting sucked into a video game and assisting his frisbee-flinging savior buddy with saving the world — so engaging: It works like a Rosetta stone for mainstream pop culture. By the time I actually sat down and watched Citizen Kane, it turns out that I had pretty already seen the whole damn thing via clips on The Simpsons. Tron’s got the same thing going for it. Maybe not in the sense that The Simpsons wholesale copied its first 20 minutes, but more that the themes and visual ideas have wormed their way into everything from Futurama to The Matrix.

I say interesting because the exact same thing happened to me the first time I watched Citizen Kane.  The whole damn movie is in The Simpsons to the point that I knew what was going to happen in scenes before it happened because I’d seen the Simpsons version so many times.

How to Build A Lego Bart Simpson – A YouTube video of a kid assembling a basic Lego guy Bart.  The hair looks pretty good.

The Doggy Bag: The Skeptics Edition – Readers Talking TUF – An MMA article implicitly agrees with us:

In reality, like any show, “TUF” has grown stale. After 15 seasons of in-house shenanigans and training montages, there is only so much you can do to keep people coming back. Ask a diehard fan of “The Simpsons” if the show is still as good now, on Season 23, as it was back in the early 1990s.

Adult Cartoons to the BIG Screen – And finally, I get to end the way I like, with someone who explicitly agrees with us:

I recall back in 1990 going nuts for this crazy animated family called the Simpsons. I was obsessed; every Christmas and Birthday my family or friends would get me something Simpson’s related- I still have the Simpson’s chess set (in college my then girlfriend and I would meet at a bar and play over beers after class). It was so bad I would record every episode and save them- mind you this is back in the day of VHS. The Simpsons was the only animated show I watched and was so very excited for the movie, but then something happened, by the time the movie came out the show show had lost its edge and gone stale.

Indeed it did.


Compare & Contrast: Hibbert’s Examples

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“I won’t even subject you to the horrors of our Three Stooges ward.” – Dr. Hibbert

[Note: Crazy Noises for “Faith Off” and “The Mansion Family” will be along on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.]

It’s not exactly news that the show increasingly relied on weird, hyperactive nonsense as it flew apart at the seams and became Zombie Simpsons.  The world of Springfield, which originally had been a recognizable if exaggerated stand in for real life, increasingly became the kind of stylized pseudo-reality where actions didn’t really have consequences and physical realities change from scene to scene.  The simplest way to see this is to look at the basic stories of so many episodes in Seasons 10 and 11: there’s the Loch Ness Monster, there’s Bart downing a satellite with a tank, there’s Homer and company breaking into Rupert Murdoch’s Super Bowl suite. 

But it wasn’t just the big events of the stories that reveal this new commitment to silliness over everything else.  Consider the scene in “Faith Off” where Dr. Hibbert shows Homer and Marge some of the other patients in his care.  Homer has managed to get a bucket glued to his head (which itself is more than a little reminiscent of Bart getting novelty items glued to his face in Season 9’s “Lost Our Lisa), which gives Hibbert a chance to simply raise some blinds and show off three patients with “traumedy” injuries.


Here’s everything Hibbert says to introduce them:

Hibbert: I’m afraid it’s hopeless.  Beneath that bucket he’s more glue than man.
Marge: So he’s stuck like this forever?
Hibbert: Oh, now don’t fret.  These days, the victims of comedy-traumas, or traumedies, can still lead rich, full lives.

And that’s the whole joke.  The episode pans over each of them, Hibbert doesn’t really say anything after that, and then it’s time for Homer to continue living with the bucket on his head.  It’s far from the worst scene in the episode, but it is the kind of unremarkable filler on which Zombie Simpsons leans so heavily.  There isn’t anything going on here more than, hey, we drew these slightly amusing pictures that make so little sense that we hope you’ll giggle at them.

Contrast that with a superficially similar scene in “Bart the Daredevil”, where Hibbert shows Bart some of his other patients in an attempt to prevent Bart from again trying to copy daredevil stunts.    Here’s the dialogue:

Hibbert: I think I know something that might discourage him from this sort of behavior.  Bart, in this ward are the children who have been hurt by imitating stunts they saw on television, movies, and the legitimate stage. . . . This little boy broke his leg, trying to fly like Superman.  This boy’s brother hit him in the head with a wrench, mimicking a recent TV wrestling match.  I won’t even subject you to the horrors of our Three Stooges ward.
Marge: Gee, I never realized TV was such a dangerous influence.
Hibbert: Well, as tragic as all this is, it’s a small price to pay for countless hours of top notch entertainment.
Homer: Amen.

Unlike the guy with the swordfish through his chest, this scene has more than one thing occurring.  Not only are Bart’s motivations and antics central to the plot and Hibbert’s patients believable (if funny) exaggerations, but we’re also treated to that wonderful meta joke where Marge, Hibbert and Homer take a (rather mean) potshot at the show’s critics.  It’s one of the subtler “think of the children!” jokes the show ever did, but there’s no mistaking that they’re not only calling television “dangerous”, but saying that it’s perfectly okay for it to be so. 

The whole scene and all the gags it contains work because they aren’t filler, aren’t just silly drawings and cheap jokes.  We get a callback to earlier in the episode with the wrench, we set up the central conflict of the rest of the story (Marge and Homer trying to stop Bart from being a daredevil), we get the subtle glance at the fourth wall with the meta-television joke, and there’s even some token Stooges silliness (though it would be awesome if real hospitals had Three Stooges wards). 

These are just two small scenes, but there’s no denying that each one is attempting very different kinds of entertainment.  Zombie Simpsons wastes time because, well, what else are you going to do once you’ve gotten a bucket stuck on Homer’s head?  They’ve left anything that could be called recognizable reality behind, so they’re left with nothing more than eating clock with a few drawn out sight gags that don’t make any sense.  The Simpsons doesn’t waste time or drop all pretense of reality because it knows that killing time isn’t funny and that for satire to work things can’t be boundlessly silly in one scene and totally normal in the next.


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“Gee, I never realized teevee was such a dangerous influence.” – Marge Simpson
“Well, as tragic as all this is, it’s a small price to pay for countless hours of top notch entertainment.” – Dr. Hibbert
“Amen.” – Homer Simpson

Happy 20th anniversary to “Bart the Daredevil”!  Original airdate 6 December 1990.


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“Otto, I’m gonna leap over Springfield Gorge on my skateboard.” – Bart Simpson
“You know, Bart, as the only adult here, I feel I should say something.” – Otto
“What?” – Bart Simpson
“Cool!” – Otto


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“And now, Majestic Undercoating is proud to present: Ms. Monster!” – PA Announcer
“Wow, a woman mud pull driver.” – Marge Simpson
“Another barrier broken.  Right on sister!” – Lisa Simpson


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“Bart, in this ward are the children who have been hurt by imitating stunts they saw on television, movies and the legitimate stage.” – Dr. Hibbert


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“Now, a lot of people are gonna be tellin’ you you’re crazy, and maybe they’re right.  But the fact of the matter is, bones heal, chicks dig scars, and the United States of America has the best doctor to daredevil ratio in the world.” – Capt. Lance Murdoch


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