Posts Tagged ‘Boy Scoutz ‘N the Hood



05
Jul
12

Quote of the Day

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“How are we supposed to kill the rest of the afternoon?” – Bart Simpson
“You mustn’t kill time, boys, you must cherish it.  Seize the day! . . . Can I have some change to go get loaded?” – Old Drunk

03
Mar
12

Quote of the Day

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“Here’s our chance, dolphins always help humans lost at sea.” – Ned Flanders

16
May
11

Quote of the Day

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“You guys get to play with knives?  Oh cool, a spork.” – Bart Simpson
“Don’t hurt me!” – Nasally Kid

18
Feb
11

Quote of the Day

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“Marge, don’t discourage the boy.  Weaseling out of things is important to learn.  It’s what separates us from the animals . . . except the weasel.” – Homer Simpson

23
Sep
10

Quote of the Day


“Well it’s Bart Simpson! Come on in, you’re just in time for ‘Sponge Bath The Old Folks Day!'” – Ned Flanders
“Help yourself, but stay above the equator!” – Jasper Beardly


“Ahhhhhh!” – Bart Simpson

25
May
10

Quote of the Day

“Okay, we’re young, rich, and full of sugar. What do we do?” – Bart Simpson
“Let’s go crazy Broadway-style!” – Milhouse Van Houten

10
Sep
09

Quote Of the Day

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“Don’t do what Donny Don’t Does… (sigh) They could have made this clearer.” – Bart Simpson

09
Jun
09

Quote of the Day

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“Hmm . . . ow, pointy!  Eww, slimey.  Uh-oh, moving!  Ah-ha!  Ohhh, twenty dollars.  I wanted a peanut.” – Homer Simpson

“Twenty dollars can buy many peanuts.” – Homer’s Brain

“Explain how.” – Homer Simpson

“Money can be exchanged for goods and services.” – Homer’s Brain

“Woo hoo!” – Homer Simpson

04
Jun
09

Animating the Fourth Wall

I was poking around for items for tomorrow’s link dump when I came across this from a blog called “Art Brut(e)”:

See I was going to be really clever and somehow link “Mom and Pop Art” with “Duck Amuk” to Larry Johnson and it was going to be really clever, but the conceit doesn’t work anymore so– eh, why don’t you pick up an Art Forum or something.

“Duck Amuck” is one of the most memorable Merrie Melodies ever and, prior to clicking that link, I hadn’t actually watched the whole thing (~7 min) in years.  It’s still very clever and quite funny.  I cracked up when Daffy’s parachute was replaced with an anvil (William Faulkner could write an anvil gag that would really make you think).  

In terms of “Duck Amuck” and The Simpsons the first thing that sprang to mind was Snowball II after Bart makes it more interesting in the second Treehouse of Horror:  

The Simpsons honors its ancestors.

The Simpsons honors its ancestors.

But then I got to thinking about all the other times the show broke the fourth wall with animation.  (Note: this is not meant to be an exhaustive list.) 

First up is “Brush with Greatness” and it’s never ending MC Escher line for the “H2WHOA!” ride:

A water/amusement park moment we've all felt at one time or another.

A water/amusement park moment we've all felt at one time or another.

 

Next is “The Front” and it’s fantastically crappy reused background of water cooler/nondescript door/cleaning lady:

It takes a smart show to effectively mock itself for cutting corners.

It takes a smart show to effectively mock itself for cutting corners.

 

In Boy Scoutz N the Hood we learn that cartoons don’t need to be 100% realistic and, lo and behold, there are two Homers:

That's not Guy Incognito in the recently installed window.

That's not Guy Incognito in that recently installed window.

 

Finally, there are a lot of couch gags that play around with how the Simpsons are animated, but two in particular seem genuinely “fourth-wall-ish”.  The one in “Lisa the Beauty Queen” and “Duffless” has the family running literally out of frame:  

Watchout for large erasers and brushes.

Watch out for large erasers and brushes.

 

And then there’s the infinitely receding couch from “Homer Badman” and “Two Dozen and One Greyhounds”:

Keep running!  We're almost there!

Keep running! We're almost there!

I always thought that one must have been fun to animate, just keep drawing the family smaller and smaller until they’re basically dots.

23
May
09

Quote of the Day

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“Well, if isn’t the leader of the wiener patrol, boning up on his nerd lessons.” – Homer Simpson

“Homer, you should be more supportive.” – Marge Simpson

“You’re right Marge.  Good work, boy.” – Homer Simpson

(Marge leaves.)

“Egghead likes his booky-book!” – Homer Simpson

“Homer!” – Marge Simpson

“Just tucking him in!” – Homer Simpson

22
Apr
09

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In The Simpsons’ colorful history of improbable and hilarious video game ideas, surely the “My Dinner with André” game Martin plays at Noiseland Arcade takes the cake. For a game based on a movie that consists almost entirely of two guys having a conversation at a restaurant, the controls are both completely appropriate and hilariously pretentious.

(This, by the way, is the first in a series of “Sight Gags” posts we’ll be doing, highlighting the little bits of visual joy that make The Simpsons such a rewarding show to watch. Today seemed as good a day as any to kick it off, so enjoy!)

15
Apr
09

Blaming the Victim

“The guys who wrote this show don’t know squat.  Itchy should’ve tied Scratchy’s tongue with a taught line hitch, not a sheet bend.” – Bart Simpson
“Oh Bart, cartoons don’t have to be 100% realistic.” – Lisa Simpson

This is a couple of weeks old now, but it’s a good example of a recurring stupidity I see in a lot of commentary about Zombie Simpsons.  In a review of “Wedding for Disaster”, Steve Heisler up at A.V. Club wrote:

How does the show pull off yet another wedding episode? By spending 5-6 minutes on the fact that Reverend Lovejoy had, somehow, nulled his priesthood for the last three months, so everything he officiated didn’t count.
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But because the show has to spend a bunch of time explaining why they are allowed to do what they are about to do-presumably to appease message board fans-they’ve wasted time they could be spending on the episode proper.

This is the idea that Simpsons became Zombie Simpsons, at least in part, because the show is now required to contort itself to justify plots and fit stories into an overarching “canon” of Simpsons lore.  It’s bullshit.  The show has never made any sense episode to episode, so long as it was clever, funny and original no one cared. 
 

The biggest, and funniest, example of this is the inability of Mr. Burns to recall any of his past encounters with the Simpson family, but there are numerous others.  “Kamp Krusty” (Season 4), “Bart of Darkness” (Season 6) and “The Summer of 4 Ft. 2” (Season 7) all take place at the beginning of the kids summer vacation, but none of them contain any exposition or explanation as to how that’s possible.  The television breaks in Season 2’s “The Way We Was” and doesn’t get fixed; but the very next episode, “Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment”, is all about them watching television after they get cable.  Of course, that episode ends with them disconnecting the cable, but just one season later in “Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk” they watch the “financial channel”.  The house practically burns down in “Homer the Heretic”, they never explain how the Simpsons get a new car after the truck is repossessed in “Mr. Plow”, and the second to last scene in “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet” is basically an admission that none of it fits in with the rest of the show.  I could go on, but you get the idea.
 

The creators didn’t spend the first segment of “Wedding for Disaster” with useless back story and an implausible explanation as to why Homer and Marge needed to get married again to “appease message board fans”.  They did it to eat up screen time because none of the weak story lines they had (Lovejoy not being a minister/feeling inadequate next to his old friend, Marge going nuts over her dream wedding, or Selma kidnapping Homer a la Jigsaw from the Saw movies) could even hope to fill an entire episode. 
 

The Simpsons isn’t some serial drama or mystery show where every little plot point has to fit or the whole thing falls apart.  It’s a comedy and the only requirement is to be funny.  Wacky situations are not and never have been a problem with fans; hell, Season 1 had Bart going to France and an Albanian spy moving into the house.  Weak, unimaginative storytelling and slapdash humor are the culprits and the blame for that is squarely on the people who create the show, not the fans.




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