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Quote of the Day

“Son, why are you wasting your time with this sleazy trash?” – Hypocritical Man
“Sorry, Dad.” – Guilty Son
“Wait till  I  show the guys  at work this little doozy.” – Hypocritical Man


Quote of the Day

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“Two hundred and thirty-nine pounds!  Oh, I’m a blimp.  Why are all the good things so tasty?” – Homer Simpson


Reading Digest: Promotional Selfie Edition

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“Whoa, man, look at the size of this thing.  I wonder if it really works.” – Bart Simpson
We have a much shorter than usual Reading Digest this week because the show put out a Simpsonized version of the tweet that ate the internet.  (You know the one I mean.)  Once there was a Simpsons version of it, pretty much everything Simpsons related on-line mentioned it and that drowned out other Simpsons stuff.  Out of a sense of completeness, I’ve got one link to it below, but that’s all.  In addition to that, we’ve got another painting of a Springfield, a cool fan made rendition of Willie, several people who agree with us, and a guy doing a bunch of voices.
Artist Tim Doyle Bids Farewell to ‘The Simpsons’ With Open Edition Poster – This is that same guy who did those other amazing paintings from the show and other fictional settings.  This one is Bart staring at the town, complete with tire fire, from behind the Springfield sign.  And there’s one that changes colors into glow in the dark.  Once again, bravo Tim Doyle.  
“Two Kyles, Both Alike in dignity, In Fair Cubicle Environment, Where we Lay Our Scene” – The epic tale of one office drone’s quest to protect his donut with the same sign Homer used for his soul donut.  Well, played, Sir Kyle.
The Simpsons do Ellen’s Oscar Selfie – If you’re reading this blog then you’ve probably already seen both the famous group selfie from this year’s movie industry promo night as well as the Simpsonized version of it the show put out.  In case you haven’t, however, here you go.
The Walking Dead’s Daryl Dixon Kills Homer Simpson With a Golf Club (PHOTO) – The guy who plays Daryl on The Walking Dead got one of the animators from the show to draw him killing Homer and put it on Instagram.
Impressions of 33 Characters From ‘The Simpsons’ in Five Minutes – This was making the rounds this week (it’s at half a million views already) and is worth a quick look:
Some are quite good, others less so, but at least he had Lovejoy, standing in for the audience, ask to limit quotes to the first ten seasons.  Good move.
Review: The Simpsons Game – A thorough and mostly positive review of that game they released along with the movie.
Random Simpsons Screencap of the Day 2/28/14 – The grand exalted one has requested a moment of her time.
Random Simpsons Screencap of the Day 3/4/14 – I never get tired of how sad all the other girls are.
Reasons to be Cheerful #63: Pancake Day – Some love for pancakes along with a .gif of Homer and Bart fighting over a lamb chop that is now a pancake.
Chelsea and The Simpsons: A Bridge too far? – A bunch of Chelsea players got Simpsonized as part of a marketing deal.  You can see the picture at the link.  (Thanks to reader Emma for sending this in.) 
Krusty Burger – A fan made recreation of America’s favorite meat flavored sandwich.
How To Correctly Open A Beer GIF – Animated .gif of the big Irish bartender serving Duff with a cleaver.
Tenuous Link – the Simpsons to Restorative Justice – A lot of people blog about the Tapped Out game.  Kudos for finding a new topic to connect it to.
Random #13 // Duff Beer tetoválás – Awesome Duff forearm tattoo.
Top ELEVEN TV shows! – A list that at least partially agrees with us:
11.  The Simpsons : I’ve seen nearly every episode from Season 1 and love it so much. But the reason it gets number 11 on my list is that I’ve not seen much of the last series to verify how good it is, and the last few series I have watched, there’s been like 4/5 episodes really good out of 20+ episodes, which is disappointing.
Disappointing doesn’t even begin to cover it.  My advice would be to ignore everything past Season 11, then you don’t have to slog through the mess.
“Groundskeeper Willie” – A cool fan made “digital illustration”.
Let It Die With Dignity – As if often the case, a list of shows that need to end includes Zombie Simpsons:
Once a legend now a shadow of what it once was. Just put it out to pasture.
Well put.
Last week I began my journey through every Simpsons episode from the 90s. I was not allowed to watch the Simpsons growing up, and I can only remember seeing part of one episode as a kid. I have never gone back and watched them until now. After only seeing two, I am very, very excited.
I am envious.  Not of the whole “couldn’t watch it in the 90s” thing, but of the getting to watch them for the first time thing.
A Tale of Two Cities – Agreed, The Flintstones has certainly not aged well, but pre-“doldrums” Simpsons has.
This… Is Something I Didn’t Consider Before – Would Nelson grow up to be Barney?
[Article] The Simpsons mania Jung Yong Hwa, run for that very day – The lead singer of a Korean rock band is something of a Simpsons fan, and there’s art of him posing with some of his stuff, including a rather well decorated guitar.
THE SIMPSONS: Al Jean Previews the Upcoming LEGO Episode, the Return of Sideshow Bob, Guest Spots by Daniel Radcliffe, Zach Galifianakis, and More – Jean did a conference call with reporters.  Nothing much in the way of news (lots of celebrities coming up, they’re working on next year’s Halloween episode).  They’re still renewed through just one more season and he gives his usual answer about hoping to continue it.
Theme Songs – And finally, I get to end with someone who agrees with us:
Also as I’ve mentioned before, I am a huge fan of cartoons.  Love ‘em.  I don’t get the chance to watch them as often as I used to.  My favorite animated show ever (and my favorite show ever) is The Simpsons.  I still watch it every week, even though the best season was season 8.  This is an inarguable fact.  That was 17 seasons ago.
It was.  In a few more years, Zombie Simpsons will be old enough to vote.

Quote of the Day

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“Uh-oh, it’s the fe-mailman.” – Bart Simpson
“Fe-mail carrier, Bart.” – Lisa Simpson


Crazy Noises: Ned ‘N Edna’s Blend

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“Alright, folks, show’s over.  No more to see, folks, come on.  Only sick people want to see my folks kiss.” – Bart Simpson

As part of our tireless efforts to demonstrate the many ways Zombie Simpsons fails to entertain, Season 23 will be subjected to the kind of rigorous examination that can only be produced by people typing short messages at one another.  More dedicated or modern individuals might use Twitter for this, but that’s got graphics and short links and little windows that pop up when you put your cursor over things.  The only kind of on-line communications we like are the kind that could once be done at 2400 baud.  So disable your call waiting, plug in your modem, and join us for another year of Crazy Noises.  This text has been edited for clarity and spelling (especially on “haggard”).

Before we discard “Ned ’N Edna’s Blend” onto the forgettable slag heap of Zombie Simpsons, I’d like to point out two problems with the final scene that nicely expose just how vapid Zombie Simpsons is when it comes to character and humor.  After Flanders and Krabappel have their tiff at the reception, the next scene is Ned in the Simpsons’ kitchen learning something about not always being a perfect parent.  The scene after that is at the school where Ned and Edna reconcile.

Set aside any questions you may have about whether or not Ned was staying with the Simpsons, or what happened to Rod, Todd and Edna while he was there, or what happened to Rod and Todd generally, since neither of them is in the last two scenes.  Zombie Simpsons doesn’t care, neither should you.  Instead, just consider this last scene, where Flanders bursts into the auditorium and seizes the microphone to declare his love of Edna and willingness to change his ways.

First of all, what’s happening here is that Flanders is, very rudely, intruding into Krabappel’s workplace to make a grand show of love/forgiveness/whatever.  This is an official school function in the middle of the day, and Ned breaks in and hijacks it.  Neither Krabappel nor anyone else is the least bit upset by this, which is all the more ironic because (as discussed below) she actually apologizes for not respecting Ned’s “boundaries”.  What could be less respectful to someone’s boundaries than causing a massive disruption at your spouse’s workplace?  Like so many others, this scene has no characters, only props that look like people.

Second, there’s the reaction of the kids.  Even though Krabappel just told them she doesn’t care about children, they all clap and cheer wildly when she and Flanders kiss.  Not only is this out of character for the kids, but it’s also the opposite of funny.  Having them applaud is the kind of mind fogging schlock you’re more likely to find at the end of a low brow romantic comedy, it’s not a joke at all.

Now, if the characters had been acting like real people, that happy ending could’ve had meaning.  But with the characters acting like one dimensional nobodies, the happy ending and cheering children are just empty pandering, so there’s no reason not to at least try to make it funny.  And since the only possible joke there is to have the kids boo, Zombie Simpsons naturally does the opposite.  It’s a remarkable display of indifference to both character and comedy.

Charlie Sweatpants: You guys ready to get started?

Mad Jon: Yes sir.

Charlie Sweatpants: Well then, I thought this episode was terrible. Anyone care to disagree?

Mad Jon: No. No I do not.

Dave: Not particularly.

Charlie Sweatpants: Okay then, I’d like to alert our affiliates that we will be ending our show early tonight.

Mad Jon: Good, they can switch to the end of another chat session about a shitty TV show.

Dave: Or use their time to wisely contribute to society in some meaningful way.

Mad Jon: There were many glaring issues with this one.

Charlie Sweatpants:  Pick one.

Mad Jon: Wasn’t Ned dating Kate Hudson or something? Also didn’t he have a relationship with that Christian music person?

Charlie Sweatpants: Hmm, I don’t know. The Christian rocker lady was like ten seasons ago. I really have no idea.

Dave: There was the Christian music woman. That much I remember.

I vaguely remember murmurs about Nedna.

Mad Jon: Hmm. This was completely out of the blue to me.

Charlie Sweatpants: Since last year’s publicity stunt, the weirdness of the relationship has worn off a little, but not much.

They just make a really odd couple, and the fact that Zombie Simpsons did a whole episode about them not fitting together just made it worse.

When Flanders cries out "This marriage isn’t perfect!", I was really wondering what the point was supposed to be. Were we supposed to think he thought it was perfect before that?

And if so, why would he think that?

Mad Jon: Yeah, that was a classic zombie statement. Say something Obvious!!!!

I can call it classic, because it has been going on for about a decade or so.

Dave: No joke, a decade of mediocrity

Mad Jon: At a minimum.

Charlie Sweatpants: It’s best not to think about it.

But that mismatch between what they had the characters feeling and anything that could be called "making sense" was shot through the whole episode.

Under duress I guess I could buy Flanders and Krabappel getting into a fight at the reception, but why on Earth would he smooth things over in front of the entire school?

Mad Jon: It felt like all of the ‘dramatic’ scenes were just a needle with which to inject one of the core characters.

Not that this a new thing, but it was exceedingly apparent to me for this one.

Charlie Sweatpants: Worse than usual, I’d agree.

Mad Jon: For example, Krabappel is having an issue watching Rod and Todd, but don’t worry! Bart is standing at the open window!

Dave: Ready to cure the world’s ills.

Mad Jon: The hospital scene was both the most obvious and the most annoying.

Charlie Sweatpants: Apparently they think it’s cute to acknowledge how stupid everything is.

I’m of a different opinion.

Mad Jon: Well, I guess you are entitled to your own opinion. However drunken and Peoria-ish it may be, stupid commoner.

Charlie Sweatpants: It just bugs me that they know how sloppy their characters and story are, but don’t do anything about it.

Mad Jon: Agreed.

Charlie Sweatpants: It’s not like you couldn’t construct a decent story around two people as different as Krabappel and Flanders working things out. They just don’t give a shit.

Mad Jon: I think there are lots of TV shows based around this kind of arrangement. Some were even popular!

Great, now I have the theme to The Odd Couple stuck in my head.

Charlie Sweatpants: You have no one to blame but yourself for that.

Mad Jon: Fair enough.

Charlie Sweatpants: More to the point, the serious parts of this episode was particularly bad. The whole Marge and Homer argument in the kitchen in front of Flanders, for example.

I wonder if there was actually a segment blocked off in the script that said "This is where Flanders learns the lesson".

Dave: You mean the excuse for Homer to yell shit and get indignant?

Mad Jon: That just wouldn’t end. In all fairness I, correctly, prejudged how that scene would be and actually didn’t write anything down.

Looking back at the few, but hilarious, disagreements Maude and Ned got into, he didn’t technically have a perfect marriage back then either.

"You knew I had a temper when you married me."

Charlie Sweatpants: That’s my point. We know that both of them know what it’s like to be married, and yet the episode insisted on treating them like they were both love struck nineteen-year-olds.

Mad Jon: I do miss the Edna that just really, really didn’t care about making anyone else happy.

As opposed to the one who is taking advice from a ten year old on how to live with another man’s children.

Dave: She had a flicker of that in her snappy retort to the kids in the auditorium.

But then she returned to making up with Flanders.

Charlie Sweatpants: I miss the Edna who didn’t have to say things like, "Oh, Ned, I’m sorry too. I overstepped your boundaries."

Mad Jon: Yeah, that doesn’t sound like a combination of words Edna would be capable of saying.

Charlie Sweatpants: Beyond the half-assed and unbelievable sentiments, though, this episode also managed to step on pretty much all of its jokes.

Homer’s Twitter joke, the chip clips, pretty much everything the theater guy says, all of them over explain and exposit jokes.

Mad Jon: Yeah, most of the time it was beyond savage, as the jokes were crap to begin with. I cite the FSU/UF crying thing Homer did.

Charlie Sweatpants: Forgot about that one.

Mad Jon: But even the scene where Grandpa exclaims "Crucify Him!" after Homer says only his father can judge him seemed like it should have been funnier.

Charlie Sweatpants: The whole play was Homer explaining a joke and then making it, for example, when he eats his crown of licorice thorns. Both Homer and Bart explain the eating thing as it’s happening.

Mad Jon: I forgot about that one. That was painful.

Charlie Sweatpants: The same was true in Flanders stupid stop-motion dream. They actually named everything they were showing as they showed it.

Mad Jon: The claymation nightmare was pretty bad. I really hate when cartoons do that kind of thing. I am not entertained because you all of a sudden try to use a different format. That is not funny, that is not good writing. It is just a different format, which usually means you have to further simplify the already terrible jokes you are making.

Dave: I feel like they’ve done the stop-motion nonsense before, but I haven’t the wherewithal to confirm it.

Charlie Sweatpants: There was that one where they made Gumby or whoever want to bomb Planned Parenthood. That was in Season 12, I think.

This was much worse though, for pretty much all the reasons Jon just stated. It’s cute, but it’s so incongruous and poorly written that mostly I just want it to be over.

And speaking of bad writing, there was this “Well, we’re here to offer to throw you a little party in your honor”.

It’s a third person description of what’s going on, it’s not dialogue at all.

The same thing happened when Marge and Homer were in Flanders hospital room going back and forth about marriage.

Mad Jon: I don’t remember much of the dialogue from that part, so I’ll have to take your word for it.

All I really remember from the hospital scene is a very haggard Skinner pleading his case or something.

Charlie Sweatpants: There was that too.

Dave: I’m amazed you were both this attentive… I more or less checked out.

Mad Jon: I spaced in and out…

Charlie Sweatpants: That’s usually a good way to go. I could’ve been very happy not seeing the "extreme weddings", for example.

That was blatant filler.

Mad Jon: Oh yeah, that happened didn’t it.

Charlie Sweatpants: It was part of the not-quite-a-sub-plot thing between Marge and the other wives. Apparently they were staking out that bridal shop.

Mad Jon: That reminds me of the fact that everyone was video taping the reception to show how bad Marge is at wedding receptions or something. Did anything come of that?

Charlie Sweatpants: Not that I saw.

The episode ended with the over-explained payday loan guy and then that atrocious "rap" song.

Mad Jon: And was there any particular reason that the three marginally unrelated women were so angry at Marge?

Dave: Oh, that. Fan service with a twist.

Mad Jon: I don’t even remember who the two other than Mrs. Lovejoy were…

Charlie Sweatpants: It was Bernice Hibbert and Luann van Houten, but you are forgiven for forgetting. I’m not sure either one of them got a line.

And no, there was neither a reason nor a resolution to it.

Mad Jon: Why on earth would they even remotely care that Marge was helping her next-door neighbor plan a relatively impromptu wedding reception? Not that it matters I guess.

Charlie Sweatpants: It doesn’t matter, I think they just needed to fill in a little more time.

Mad Jon: Thinking about this episode makes me feel more and more like the robot voiced by Alan Rickman in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Charlie Sweatpants: Go on.

Mad Jon: I don’t really have anything insightful to add. Every comment I type makes me want to at "not that it really matters" or "not that anyone cares" or some other depressing statement.

I am even hanging my head right now.

I feel beaten.

Charlie Sweatpants: But now you’re not caring about not caring, which is great.

Mad Jon: So, is this the bottom? Can I finally start to rebuild?

Charlie Sweatpants: Perhaps. Anything else here?

Mad Jon: Any thoughts on the Itchy and Scratchy wedding?

Charlie Sweatpants: Not really.

Any thoughts on Flanders parents’ being at the wedding but not the reception?

Mad Jon: Not really, I think they forgot about them as the episode went on.

Charlie Sweatpants: Again, probably for the best.

Dave, anything to add?

Dave: Nope, other than I’m happy to put this behind us.

Charlie Sweatpants: Sounds good to me. If they keep the show on for another twenty years, maybe Flanders will get together with the crazy cat lady.

Mad Jon: We’ll always have that to look forward to.


Quote of the Day

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“Simpson, I am by most measures a successful man.  I have wealth and power beyond the dreams of you and your clock punching ilk.” – C.M. Burns


Quote of the Day

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“If you get hungry in the middle of the night, there’s an open beer in the fridge.” – Barney Gumble

Happy 20th Anniversary to “Homer’s Night Out”!  Original airdate 25 March 1990.


Quote of the Day

“See, I’m trying to teach my son here about treating women as objects.” – Homer Simpson
“That’s a good idea.” – Strip Club Proprietor

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“You look familiar, sir.  Are you on the television or something?” – Apu Nahasapeemapetilon
“Sorry buddy, you got me confused with Fred Flintstone.” – Homer Simpson
I always enjoyed it when the show would make fun of the neverending parade of shoddy merchandise Fox would roll out to pad the margins.  But with this, I think they’ve crossed a kind of cosmic line of irony and self ignorance hitherto unknown to humanity.  The Simpsons put animation back into primetime two decades after The Flintstones went off the air and had the good sense to drop knowingly ironic references to it.  Of course, the show hit a chestnut tree years ago, but now it’s poaching into The Flintstones last remaining merchandise: stupid vitamin supplements for kids.  America’s children can now get rapid heartbeats from their Bart Simpson brand vitamins instead!  
Apparently this was a product tie-in for the movie two years ago, but either I didn’t hear about it or just suppressed the memory until I found this press release this morning.  These ouroboroi of product tie ins are now coming to your local GNC.  And thus, the circle is complete.  
(Maybe this is why the show turned into Zombie Simpsons, they’re listening to the tiny green space alien named Ozmodiar that only Fox’s accounting department can see.) 


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