Posts Tagged ‘Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment

13
Sep
19

Quote of the Day

“So, even if a man takes bread to feed his starving family, that would be stealing?” – Lisa Simpson
“No. Well, it is if he puts anything on it. Jelly, for example.” – Reverend Lovejoy

19
Jun
19

Quote of the Day

“Anything else?” – Grocery Clerk
“Yes, I ate two grapes. Please charge me for them.” – Marge Simpson
“Oh? Two grapes? Who cares?” – Grocery Clerk
“Just charge me something, please.” – Marge Simpson
“Yeah, okay, alright . . . I need a price check on two grapes. Yeah, you heard me, Phil! Two measly stinkin’ grapes.” – Grocery Clerk

10
Mar
19

Quote of the Day

“Today’s Christian doesn’t think he needs God. He thinks he’s got it made. He’s got his hi-fi! His boob tube! And his instant pizza pie!” – Reverend Lovejoy
“Ooh, pizza.” – Homer Simpson

07
Feb
19

Quote of the Day

“Good evening, Azran, Carver of Graven Images.” – Homer the Thief
“Ah, good evening, Homer the Thief. How is business?” – Azran, Carver of Graven Images
“Been a little slow these past few months. Not much to steal in the desert, you know?” – Homer the Thief
“Ah, do not worry, my friend. I figure we’ll be wandering out here another two weeks, tops.” – Azran, Carver of Graven Images

27
May
18

Makeup Quote of the Day (Again)

“Man, I wish I was an adult so I could break the rules.” – Bart Simpson

24
Sep
17

Bonus Quote of the Day

“Hello, I’m Troy McClure. You may remember me from such movies as ‘Cry Yuma!’ and ‘Here Comes the Coast Guard!’ But today I’d like to talk to you about a pleasant tasting candy that actually cleans and straightens your teeth.” – Troy McClure

Phil Hartman would’ve been sixty-nine today. (Nice.) Happy birthday. 

23
Sep
17

Saturday Morning Cartoons

“Mr. Speaker, if I could call your attention to the retroactive subsidy appropriations override bill, I refer you to page four thousand five hundred and…” – Cable

I’ve often said that it’s the little things that are what makes The Simpsons endlessly rewatchable. Case in point is the houseplant above, which I did not notice for years and years. The first time we see it is when Marge carries it into the house right before Homer announces to his family that they’ve now got cable. From there it gets set next to the couch as an unobtrusive background gag that also demonstrates just how in love with cable Homer truly is.

The plant isn’t asked to eat any time or advance the plot. The show never calls any attention to it. The whole time it’s there growing and withering, we’re getting all the cable parodies about Mexican wrestling, the World Series of Cockfighting,* and movies that receive two stars or less and are repeated ad nauseam. By the time Homer literally peels himself off the couch to go to church, it’s crumpled and dead.

(*Incidentally, this is another example of how exquisitely tuned the show’s cultural antennae were. The World Series of Cockfighting is “live from New Orleans” where they’re gonna have “big fun on the bayou tonight”. Louisiana was, indeed, the last state to ban cockfighting . . . in 2008.)

In the grand scheme of this episode, it’s as minor as minor touches get. “Homer vs. Lisa and the Eighth Commandment” is chockablock with parodies and/or gag titles about a dozen different movies, the then new format of infomercials, kids wanting to watch porn, the ridiculousness of boxing, and about a hundred other things. In another running background joke, Jimbo manages to shoplift his way through a satirical morality tale about theft. Like him, the plant is never going to be anyone’s favorite part of this one, but it’s there waiting for people to find it on the Nth time they view it.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some things to do before I spent much of my afternoon streaming college football on someone else’s cable log-in.

18
Aug
17

Quote of the Day

“Permission to speak frankly, sir?” – Mr. Smithers
“Permission granted.” – C.M. Burns
“Well, you are quite wealthy.” – Mr. Smithers
“Thank you, Smithers. Your candor is most refreshing.” – C.M. Burns

30
Jan
17

Quote of the Day

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“So, this is okay, isn’t it? I mean, everybody does it, right?” – Homer Simpson
“What? Oh, hey, if you’re having second thoughts, just read this pamphlet.” – Crooked Cable Guy

17
Oct
14

Reading Digest: Local Boys Make Good Edition

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“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.

21
Aug
14

Quote of the Day

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“Poopsie the Clown is a treasure that will last a lifetime!” – Shopping Channel Announcer
“Cable . . . it’s more wonderful than I dared hope.” – Homer Simpson

Those of you who have cable: enjoy the FXX marathon (Zombie Simpsons won’t start until Monday-Tuesday).

13
May
14

Quote of the Day

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“Hey, Moe, how come you never got cable for the bar?” – Barney
“Well, it was either cable or the mechanical bull.  I made my choice, and I stand by it.” – Moe

16
Aug
13

Quote of the Day

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“Ooh, somebody’s having a party.” – Apu Nahasapeemapetilon
“Yeah, Friday night, want to come over?” – Homer Simpson
“Oh, thank you, but this store is open twenty-four hours, it puts great demands on my time.” – Apu Nahasapeemapetilon
“Too bad, it’s gonna be a great fight.” – Homer Simpson
“Oh, the fight!  Why didn’t you say something?  I’ll get my brother Sanjay to cover for me.  He deplores violence of all kinds.” – Apu Nahasapeemapetilon

02
Aug
13

Reading Digest: Cable Expansion Edition

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“How can one little insulated wire bring so much happiness?” – Homer Simpson

The big news this week was the deliberate media leak that FOX is considering selling the cable rights to The Simpsons and Zombie Simpsons next year.  This was a little unexpected in that one of the reasons the show has never been on cable is that the over-the-air syndication deal prohibits such a thing so long as new episodes are being made.  So did this indicate that the show would be ending?  No:

However, unlike most syndication deals, the “Simpsons”-cable syndication does not spell doom for the program as a whole.

A source at Fox tells Variety that the net has no plans in the near term to cancel the animated skein, leaving “The Simpsons” potentially syndicated on both broadcast and cable, while still rolling out new episodes on Fox.

But that wasn’t the only cable news link this week.  The Netherlands is getting a new cable channel from FOX that will have the show as well.  In addition to that we’ve got plenty of people who agree with us, interviews with David Silverman and James L. Brooks, Google Street View catching what looks like a Simpsons movie promo out and about, another Threadless contest entry, and lots more.

Enjoy.

‘The Simpsons’ Is Finally Coming To Cable – Here it is and here’s a link that explains just why it is a good thing:

Considering most Fox syndicates only air episodes from the past five seasons or so (if I have to see “The Scorpion’s Tale” one more time, I’m going to scream), this is terrific news, made all the better by “executives [believing] that Fox’s sister channel FX will likely have first crack at the property.” Here’s why this should happen.

1. Because this episode will be on TV again.

That leads to a screen grab from “Bart the Lover”, and the rest of them are all from Season 8 or before.  If a deal does get done, and it does get the old ones back on regular TV all the time (as Jebus intended), that would be a very good thing.

Director David Silverman talks about ‘The Simpsons’ – David Silverman is still doing publicity for that animation festival in Toronto and went on a Canadian morning show.  I love the polite, dead eyed laughter at the beginning where they show a clip from Zombie Simpsons.

"6 Musical Moments from The Simpsons, Looped Forever" by MrTheEdge – There is way more Zombie Simpsons here than there needs to be, but the first one (with Maggie and the Drive soundtrack) is pretty hypnotizing.  

The Simpsons – Some Enchanted Evening. – A new blog takes a nice, somewhat creeped out nostalgic look at the last episode of Season 1.  One small nitpick:

(Season 1 Episode 13) CONTAINS SPOILERS.

I think we can dispense with spoiler warnings for twenty-three-year-old episodes that have been broadcast in syndication for decades now. 

SUPERCUT: Movie references in the Simpsons, season 6-10 – Remember that link with all the references from the first five seasons?  Here’s the sequel.  It’ll be curious to see if they stop there or plow into the direct reproduction, no satire at all phase of Zombie Simpsons. 

The Return of Derek Jeter, Part II by Jose Guzman, Jr. – Excellent reference:

So, we can now ignore that unfortunate blip on the screen that was his initial season debut against the Kansas City Royals on July 11. As far as I am concered, “that Derek Jeter” was an imposter. It reminds me of the “Homie the Clown” episode of The Simspons, where Homer goes to Krusty’s clown college and then starts to impersonate him. There’s only one Krusty the Clown, and there’s only one Derek Jeter

The 24 Best TV Show Opening Credits – Lots of YouTube here, and the show comes in at #7, in the top “The GREAT ones” category.

Marge & Maggie Simpson Spotted In Toronto Google Street Views – Pretty much what it says.  Looks like one of those couch statues they put in theaters for the movie. 

Value of quarterly activity in The Simpsons: Tapped Out estimated at $58 million – For a word that’s only a couple of years old, “freemium” sure has taken on an archly pecuniary meaning awfully quickly:

Revealing that The Simpsons: Tapped Out now has 5.4 million daily active players, Kim point out that was ‘more than EA Mobile had across all its games in 2012’.

Indeed, as EA’s Q1 financial filings reveal, the game generated more cash between April to June 2013 than at any time since it launched (technically relaunched) in October 2012.

"In the past quarter, it’s generated 6 billion gameplay minutes, 1 billion quests, and players have spent more than 233 billion bucks," Kim added.

The $58,000,000 figure may be exaggerated since it counts the fake currency and is not necessary gross revenue, but it’s still a lot of real/virtual currency flowing through that game every three months.  (The same time last year was already $23,000,000 cash.)  That this comes from the show that once parodied Disney bucks with Itchy & Scratchy Money is mind blowingly ironic. 

The Simpsons Kang and Kodos’ Twirl ‘N’ Hurl Testing at Universal Studios Florida – YouTube of them testing out one of the new rides while bored construction workers look on. 

Proud redheads set to hold Scotland’s first ever ginger rights protest in Edinburgh – I’m all for ginger pride, but if this is how the newspaper writes it up, you’re in trouble:

Many Scots celebs proudly sport ginger locks, including Ewan McGregor, Karen Gillan and groundskeeper Willie from The Simpsons.

They also used a picture of Willie.  (And, c’mon, nobody mentions famous gingers like Ron Howard and . . . others.) 

Check Out Some New Cam’ron and Simpsons Tees – Well, there’s a Simpsons t-shirt, but it’s rather less impressive than most of the designs fans are throwing up at Threadless.  Speaking of which . . .

C. Montgomery Burns Tee – Another Threadless entry, this one for an avaricious looking Burns.  Cool.

clown will eat me – Heh.

‘The Simpsons Movie’ Sequel: David Silverman Clarifies Release Date Rumours – File this under the innumerable reasons you can’t trust anything the entertainment press writes:

Moviefone: I saw [in the Hollywood Reporter] that you recently said that we probably won’t see a sequel to "The Simpsons Movie" for another 10-15 years. Why is that?
David Silverman: Because I was misquoted. [Laughs] I was totally misquoted! I saw that. I was with Matt Groening, we were at UCLA at this thing, and this quote came up in The Hollywood Reporter. And I called Matt and said, "Matt, did I say that?" Matt just started laughing, he said, "Nope, you didn’t say that." So here’s a hot scoop: The Hollywood Reporter got it wrong! I was either making a joke and it was misunderstood, or I didn’t say it at all and they misheard me.

This is, what, the third or fourth time someone has said, often while laughing, “not for five years” or something and it gets written up by every entertainment rag there is like it’s serious or hinting?  Yutzes. 

Fox Cable Network to Launch in Netherlands – The Dutch are getting the Simpsons on cable a lot sooner than we are:

The new Dutch network will focus on audiences in the 12 years and older demographic. It will offer "a slate of premium, first-run programming anchored in four content pillars that span drama, movies, animation and sports," FIC said.
A mix of FIC original co-productions and acquisitions leads the drama lineup, including The Walking Dead, Da Vinci’s Demons, The Bridge and Ripper Street. The animation lineup includes Fox favorite The Simpsons.

As I am unfamiliar with Dutch TV, I’ll refrain from commenting on whether or not this is a good thing, Simpsons-wise.  Presumably the show is already on there and this may or may not be better for fans. 

32 Celebrities Who Were Almost On "The Simpsons" – This is a Buzzfeed link, so it’s got very little credibility but is just entertaining enough that you scroll through at least some of it.  Mildly interesting. 

An Hour Interview with “The Simpsons” Co-Creator James L. Brooks – As it says, this is an hour long (well, 50 minutes) and I haven’t watched it or even skimmed it yet.  So I have no idea if he says anything new. 

Capture…In 10 Words – Coming up next on the WB, another bad show that no one will see! 

Smurfs 2…In 10 Words – You know what happens!  They find Captain Kook’s treasure, all the elves dance around like little blue idiots, I puke, the end.

Interview \\ Runaround Kids – This is an interview with “a small Wakefield band”, and is further evidence that there is no escaping The Simpsons:

CN: Any big non-musical influences?

J: We like the Simpsons, so the Simpsons probably.

The Greatest TV Kids of All Time – Bart comes in at #2 here.

Sunday Funday (Tons of Pics!) – Scroll about 3/4 of the way down for yet more pictures of that cool Simpsons graffiti from Vancouver. 

It Took Me Five Minutes To Figure Out How to Blog – What’s that?  You don’t have much to write about or say?  Distracting your audience with Grampa is not a bad way to go.

The Simpsons And The GOP National Security Divide – Excellent usage:

Chris Christie’s attack on Rand Paul – where Christie complained about piddling “esoteric” libertarian concerns voiced by people who were too cowardly to face “the widows and the orphans” of 9/11 -reminded me of something, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. It just came to me:

So burn that flag if you must!

But before you do, you’d better burn a few other things!

You’d better burn your shirt and your pants!

Be sure to burn your TV and car!

Oh yeah, and don’t forget to burn your house!

Because none of those things would exist without six red stripes, seven red stripes,

And a helluva lot of stars!!

[wild applause]

The quote is actually off in a few places.  Nelson says “Oh yes” not “Oh yeah”, “could exist” instead of “would exist” and it’s “six white stripes” not “six red stripes” (but that’s just obvious).  Still, he’s cribbing from SNPP, so it’s still excellent usage.

Television Shows That Just Need To End – And finally, I get to end with someone who agrees with us:

Once the show that caused outrage in the homes of young children because of it being ‘raunchy’ and ‘outrageous’ is now a show that is as raunchy as Dora The Explorer

[…]

It’s a classic, sure, but everything must come to an end, and The Simpsons are overstaying their welcome.

Amen, brother.  Amen.

12
Feb
13

Quote of the Day

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“They must think people will watch anything.” – Homer Simpson
“Live from New Orleans, this is the World Series of cock fighting!  Oh, son of a gun, we’ll have big fun on the bayou tonight!” – TV Announcer

19
Jul
12

Quote of the Day

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“You’re watching Top Hat Entertainment, adult programming all day, every day, except in Florida and Utah.  Coming up next, Stardust Mammaries.” – Sultry Female Announcer

11
Feb
12

Quote of the Day

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“I’m so keen on seeing Watson vs. Tatum II, I’d even go to an employee’s house.  Oh, I can picture it now, the screen door rusting off its filthy hinges, mangy dogs staggering about, looking vainly for a place to die.” – C.M. Burns

21
Apr
11

“Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment” Spews Truth

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“Now, today’s Christian doesn’t think he needs God. He thinks he’s got it made. He’s got his hi-fi, his boob tube, and his instant pizza pie.” – Reverend Lovejoy
“Ooh, pizza.” – Homer Simpson

After we got such a positive response when we did those posts about “Lisa’s First Word”, and caught in the barren wasteland of the week it’s been around here, I thought I’d go back through the commentary tracks for The Simpsons and see what’s there. For the record, I have only ever heard a tiny handful of these. I got most of the DVD sets as soon as they came out, but I never listened to more than a couple of the commentaries because I often found myself just wanting to watch the episodes instead.

Remember, the early Naughts were an awkward time to watch the good episodes. Unless you were a VHS obsessive, the only way to see the old ones was on syndication. Season 2 came out on DVD in 2002, between Seasons 13 and 14, when the syndication runs were already substantially polluted with Zombie Simpsons. Nor did they always rerun the episodes in order or even equally. The first time I sat down with the Season 2 discs, I was amazed at the number of episodes I hadn’t seen in a couple of years or more.

Just based on this and the one or two other classic commentaries I’ve heard since I started doing “Lies Make Baby Jesus Cry”, the biggest difference is the lack of meandering tangents. There are still some long silences here and there, but they never stray from the episode. Literally everything they say is directly related to what’s going on. The second biggest difference is the fact that they laugh a lot more. And it’s not nervous laughter at something dumb, it’s fun giggles and chuckles at stuff they enjoyed or even had forgotten. There’s never a sense that they’re bored or killing time.

Five guys on this one, Al Jean, Steve Pepoon, Mike Reiss, Matt Groening, and Rich Moore

0:30 – Already into interesting trivia, as they originally had it titled without Lisa’s name, but episodes with her name in the title were always popular so they added it.

1:50 – Moore (I think) says that this was the first time they had a really busy sky, with a lot of clouds.

2:20 – Love for Hartman and his Charlton Heston impression.

3:00 – They really enjoyed doing all the cable channel parodies, which at the time no one had done.

3:30 – Noting Homer falling in front of the truck is “shot by shot” from North by Northwest.

3:35 – Someone (think it’s Reiss) says, impressed, “We’ve gone from Cecil B. DeMille to Hitchcock and we’re a minute-three into the episode.”

4:15 – Laughing at the potted plant Marge is holding, all in the service of a background gag that never gets mentioned.

5:00 – Laughing at the set for “Hear Me Roar: the network for women”.

5:40 – Laughing at the World Series of Cockfighting and pointing out that it’s Shearer doing the voice.

6:00 – More laughter at Lovejoy’s sermon.

7:40 – The “you’re no longer in Sunday school, don’t swear” is Pepoon’s favorite joke he ever wrote.

8:10 – Doug McClure, one of the guys they based Troy McClure off of, thought this was funny.

8:40 – Complimenting Moore on the animation as the living room dissolves into Hell.

9:15 – Laughing at the rolling shopping cart and Jimbo shoplifting apples.

10:00 – Reiss really enjoys episodes with strong themes like this, where they can play off of it endlessly. He cites the grape theft as a good example.

10:20 – Someone, not sure who, “Homer seems a lot more real in this episode than he seemed to become in a lot of the later episodes.” We know. Oh, how we know.

10:45 – They have a brief discussion about Homer becoming dumber over the years, which ends with them pegging his IQ at zero in Season 13, which they would’ve been working on right about the time they recorded this commentary. There you have it, proof that Zombie Simpsons has been flat lining ever since.

11:40 – Someone giggles at the fact that Burns has a video camera trained on the showers.

12:05 – Called themselves “a little intoxicated” writing Burns’ “florid prose”.

12:50 – Speculating that if they ever run out of ideas they can spin off the minor characters into their own programs. Look for “The Moe Show” in 2060.

13:15 – Laughing at Lovejoy and Lisa.

14:35 – Discussion about how they make the television flicker effect. Sometimes it’s animated on, but this was a second pass of the camera.

15:10 – Marge and Homer talking in bed is always really hard to stage. Jay Kogen acted out how Homer should put his foot down for the animators.

15:30 – The ever so brief “I was poor like you” line as Homer’s flipping channels was based on Tom Vu. It’s been more than twenty years, who knows how many viewings, and I never knew that was based on a real guy.

16:20 – Reiss (I think) points out how you can see the tape on Bart’s top hat, and it really makes it look like something he made himself out of construction paper. Now it’s like Bart has “access to some costume warehouse”.

16:40 – At the script reading, they all looked over a James L. Brooks when they read out “Broadcast Nudes” because he had written Broadcast News, but he gave no reaction.

17:45 – Jean thinks the name “Drederick” came from a real fighter George Meyer once saw.

18:25 – Laughing at all the quick action as Homer hides the stuff he stole.

18:55 – Laughing at Burns thinking Barney is Homer.

19:25 – Laughing at Homer instantly trying to shift all the blame for the illegal cable onto his wife when Lou and Eddie show up.

21:45 – Laughing that Burns recounting of the old fight he saw would make him about a 120 years old.

22:05 – Noticing that the Atlanta Braves joke doesn’t work as well since at the time they were only on cable because they were dead last, then they got super good for an entire decade. Joe Franklin’s the same way.

22:40 – Trying to remember which shows they beat out for an Emmy with this one. They’re not sure.

07
Feb
11

Quote of the Day

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“Wait a minute, Troy, I’m a little confused.  Did you say ‘Cleans and straightens’?” – Tina
“There’s no confusion, Tina, just good science.” – Troy McClure

Happy 20th Anniversary to “Homer vs. Lisa and the Eighth Commandment”!  Original airdate: 7 February 1991.

14
Jan
11

Reading Digest: Dueling Videos Edition

“Son, you shouldn’t watch that other channel, it’s only for mommies and daddies who love each other very much.” – Homer Simpson

There were two Simpsons YouTube videos this week that garnered quite a bit of attention.  Taken together, they make for a rather funny statement on the current status of the show.  The first was a clip The Simpsons made back when The Cosby Show finally went off the air.  The second is a porn parody of the show slathered in yellow makeup.  I’d say that’s about where we are.  There’s also some excellent usage and the usual assortment of Simpsons ephemera.  As always, feel free to put anything Simpsons related you found on-line this week in the comments, self promotional links encouraged.    

Enjoy.

Long-Lost Simpsons Clip Resurfaces – I vaguely remember this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s some background at the link to rubbercat.net/simpsons, long story short:

Yes, Golden Age Simpsons managed to burn the current incarnation of the show from years in the past. The ownage levels are off the charts.

Are you friggin excrementing me? Safe for work Trailer for… SIMPSONS – THE XXX PARODY??? – Via Bill Oakley’s Twitter feed, followed swiftly by everyone else on the internet, it’s the trailer for the Simpsons porn parody:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t think I could actually jerk off to that, but I gotta admit, some of the voices aren’t bad.  Marge isn’t even close, obviously, but both the guy playing Homer and the one playing Flanders do pretty good impressions.  The off screen Barney is decent as well, and it gets points for remembering that Cookie Kwan is number one on the west side.

Muston Scarecrow Festival – Check out these Simpsons scarecrows from Britain.  Homer, Bart and Lisa look pretty good, Marge kinda looks like her chest is pregnant.  Still, that’s cool, damn hell ass cool (via rubbrcatsimp on Twitter). 

Two Films That Subtly Changed Some of My Attitudes About Movies and Life – I was entertained by Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, but this is both excellent usage and pretty true:

How do we know Scott is worthy of our attention? Because every other character in the movie talks about and/or reacts to Scott all the time. It’s like the scene in The Simpsons‘ "The Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie Show" where Homer gives the show’s producers a list of ways to make viewers love the Poochie character, once of which is "Whenever Poochie’s not onscreen, the other characters should be asking, ‘Where’s Poochie?’"

Homer actually puts an “all” in front of “the other”, but other than that it’s spot on. 

Homer Simpson YouTube Background – Are you a YouTube member?  Here’s a Homer background. 

Ophiuchus…In 10 Words – Homer’s horoscope, and his wailing reaction to it, always cracks me up.

The Simpsons Porn Parody…In 10 Words – A twofer, this one being about everyone’s favorite Simpsons topic this week.  Though Flanders calls him “Homey”, not “Homer”, but that’s nitpicking. 

Teachable TV – Nice little write up of Denise Du Vernay, one of the co-authors of that Simpsons in the classroom book. 

all over again, repeating – Perfectly quoting from “Bart vs. Thanksgiving” about what sort of sounds like a break up is excellent usage. 

Trailer: The Green Hornet – A discussion of why The Green Hornet is likely to suck, with excellent Skinner usage at the end:

Prove me wrong, kids.  Prove me wrong.

Review: TRON Legacy – More excellent usage from the same website as the above:

Allow me to start my review by embracing my inner-geek; in the seventh season “Treehouse of Horror” episode of The Simpsons, Homer finds himself catapulted into a new dimension where he becomes rendered in 3D.  When asked by his family what his new surroundings are like he responds, “Did anyone see the movie TRON?” Everyone quickly answers in the negative.  Well, I wish I didn’t see TRON: Legacy.

Serendipitous Relevance and American Lit – A teacher uses pop culture to remind his students that everything from rap music to movies is influenced by older literature.  But what, may I ask, is wrong with Season 2?:

Now if only I could find a more recent reference for Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea than a second season episode of The Simpsons…

For the record, I didn’t understand “A little ketchup for your buns, Papa?” until many years after I saw it.   

Droid Streamer Pro – So Long Productivity, Nice Knowing You – Streaming some Season 5 episodes on a 3G connection. 

Crossfade: My favorite bands that appear on The Simpsons – This list gets a little Zombie Simpsons towards the end, but then it finishes with YouTube of The Ramones at Burns’ birthday party.

So it Begins: Top 10 TV Show Intros – Simpsons only checks in at #8.  Despite writing, “Though no one actually watches this show anymore, it at one time was beloved” it uses the HD Zombie Simpsons opening.  That aside, there is some decent teevee nostalgia YouTube here.

They’re everywhere III – A blog called “11:23” with a clip from “Brother from the Same Planet” showing the clock at . . . well, you get the idea. 

Episode 23-Star Wars, Alan Moore and Stuff – A comic book podcast where they discuss, among other things, Neil Gaiman’s upcoming guest spot (thanks to Andreas for e-mailing about that) on Zombie Simpsons and how the show now has more bad episodes than good.  The Simpsons part starts around 8:15 and last about three minutes. 

Homer Simpson’s Top 10 Inventory Management Tips – Part 2 – This is the second half of that list I linked last week.  Once again the quotes look good at a glance, with one exception: Forfty

Why on The Simpsons "The Good Book" read by Larry King end with Malachi and not Revelation? – I probably shouldn’t expect much more from a website called “Your Celeb Questions”, but this is pretty funny:

The episode "One Fish Two Fish Blowfish Bluefish" Homer eats Fugu at a Japanese Sushi restaurant and is given 24 hours to live. He finishes his last day listening to "The Good Book" on tape, read by Larry King and it ends with Malachi. "The End" said Larry King. No, that’s not the end, Larry. You have 27 more books to go.
The Simpsons are Christians they are not Jews so why didn’t it end with Revelation?
Some Jew Larry King is.

The commenters at least seem sane. 




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