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“How was it?” – Bart Simpson
“It wasn’t that great.” – Lisa Simpson
“Be honest.” – Bart Simpson
“It was the greatest movie I’ve ever seen in my life!” – Lisa Simpson
This week we’ve got lots of links to those lucky bastards who got to see the Hollywood Bowl show last week, many of them with cool pictures. Sure, YouTube is better than nothing, but it’s a poor substitute for the real thing. In addition to that, we’ve got a bunch of .gifs, Duffman in the big leagues, a couple of disappointing lists, and a huge Sam Simon profile.
D’OH! Eat my shorts! Ha-ha! Don’t have a cow, man! Ay, caramba! – Looking at the long history of the show and its influences on subsequent cartoons.
How The Simpsons Co-Creator Sam Simon Is Facing His Own Tragedy – A full blown writeup of Sam Simon’s life in Vanity Fair. It’s chock full of stuff like this:
“I’m the best contract negotiator in the world,” he says. “But I had help. I had lawyers and stuff. Relative to the average person Don King negotiates with, I think we were bringing somewhat of an advantage to the situation.” Sam laughs as he recalls a memorable dinner with Don King at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. “So, I call the lawyer in, and we start talking about a contract to join the stable of fighters that Don King promotes and hopefully to get a shot at the heavyweight championship of the world. We negotiated for three and a half hours, running back and forth, making Xerox copies in the lobby. I just remember how thick the thing was; even though it was only about eight or nine pages, there’s so much sweat from people handing it back and forth and all the scribbling and initialing. Anyway, Don King says, ‘O.K., we have a deal. And I’m going to have my lawyers type up everything that we’ve discussed. So: Here. Sign the bottom of this blank piece of paper. And let me get all three of your signatures. And then I will have everything else typed in above it.’ ”
Sam laughs. Hard.
Graphs of every word used on The Simpsons (Also: all other TV and movies) – There is a link at the bottom to a tool dedicated to just The Simpsons.
Hank Azaria: Simpsons, Ray Donovan Star on His First Time in Variety – An interesting little interview with Azaria about his career. The drawing of him at the top is also pretty cool.
90s Cartoon Party by Makomali – Cool fan made drawing of various 90s cartoon characters.
Possibly The Best Simpsons GIF – I don’t know if it’s the best, but an old tape of Homer, Lenny and Carl working is pretty good.
The Simpsooooons – Pictures and an account of the Hollywood Bowl show.
The Simpsons Take the Bowl at the Hollywood Bowl last night was so amazing – Lots of pictures and video and one gigantic donut.
Highlights – Great picture of the start of the show, even getting the sign in the background.
Guest Post – The Simpsons Hollywood Bowl Show! – Another write up by some lucky person.
The 6 most memorable moments from ‘The Simpsons’ Hollywood Bowl concert – And the official write up from Entertainment Weekly.
There’s just so much purity in this moment. It’s my ‘plastic bag flowing in the wind’
Tee 452 – Clever Homer/Jaws shirt.
Lisa Simpson Loses Out in Mensa Poll – Bart is the favorite of people who belong to Mensa, the group for people with low self esteem.
The NFL Simpsonized – Some NFL players in yellow. Nice of them to have Jay Cutler smoking.
I guess you just have to do your best in making your baby comfortable. Unfortunately, sometimes that means being awake at all hours of the night. Remember that episode of the Simpson’s where Homer’s brother (did you remember he had a brother?) invents that machine that can translate baby talk into English? Someone needs to get on making that a reality. Now.
New trending GIF on Giphy – Milhouse being literally labeled “Fat”.
New trending GIF on Giphy – Homer thinking.
New trending GIF on Giphy – Ha ha, you love me.
Crazy Cat Lady Begin – Fan poem that ends with the beginning of Crazy Cat Lady. Neat.
5 Things The Simpsons Predicted – The Yard Work Simulator has come terrifyingly true.
‘The Simpsons’ star Yeardley Smith heads to ‘The Mindy Project’ – Everything there is to know is in the headline.
Return To The Idiotbox! – Four Cartoons That Are Great To Revisit As An Adult – The show comes in at a mere #3.
The Top 10 Lists: Top 10 Cartoons (Part 1) – And #6 here.
“If you don’t start making more sense we’re gonna have to put you in a home.” – Homer Simpson
“You already put me in a home!” – Abe “Grampa” Simpson
“Then we’ll put you in the crooked home we saw on 60 Minutes.” – Homer Simpson
“I’ll be good.” – Abe “Grampa” Simpson
“I regret nothing!” – Doomed Guy in Movie Ticket Line
If any of us had been wondering what it would be like if Zombie Simpsons took the unrelated tales from one of their four-part storytelling episodes, jammed them together with a bunch of expository and often unrelated flashbacks, and dropped in a self voiced celebrity, we need wonder no more. Proving that Season 25 can employ all the same flat out lazy shortcuts as Seasons 24, 23 and so on, we had characters telling us exactly how they feel, people wandering in and out of scenes seemingly at random, and a self voiced celebrity introduced by name so we know just who they are. This show has a lot of chronic problems, and this episode featured most of them. Here we go:
– The chalkboard and the sad look on Bart’s face is a nice gesture.
– The Hobbit opening is kinda fun and all (Irish not welcome at the elf inn), but it doesn’t speak well of the status of the show or the quality of the writing when silent, minute long shorts that retell other people’s stories are the most talked about aspect of the program.
– To the surprise of no one, the “major character” to die was a red herring.
– And the funeral scene is off to a typically slow start whereby Selma and Marge get into an out loud argument in church that’s mostly exposition and some Family Guy flashbacks, complete with giant Gene Simmons tongue.
– This is Homer’s mental dialogue: “I made the worst financial decision of all time. I can’t think about it. I won’t think about it. I don’t want to think about it. Oh, I’m thinking about it.” Castellaneta is a very funny man, but saving that is impossible.
– Here’s how you can tell even they know that “Mapple” is weak sauce: they don’t want to use it.
– Okay, using Milhouse’s nose as a dick was at least clever.
– But now Flanders is trying to put money into tithe baskets that the boys are using as sticks because . . . nevermind.
– Burns being nice and incompetent? Never seen that before.
– Lazy celebrity introduction alert: “Well, well, well, Rachel Maddow”.
– And now, Krusty’s in the woods.
– Ralph is there too, of course.
– Even the FOX News parodies are basically expository, and they’re mega easy to make fun of.
– As if to prove that they can no longer help but repeat themselves, they’re doing a montage of Homer set to “Memories“. The first time they did this it was for Homer’s stomach before he started subliminal weight loss tapes. Now it’s for a bowling ball we’ve never seen before.
– Bart, previously way away from Evergreen Terrace, is now floating over the Flanders house.
– If Burns’ sweetheart going to die without getting to do much of anything, why did they bother to make her a Buddhist monk?
– At least Jean can still make fun of himself with that Brockman “no regrets” line right before his name comes up.
Anyway, the numbers are in and they are just as atrocious as we’ve come to expect. Sunday’s exercise in poor plotting and worse “regretting” was regretted by a mere 5.46 million people. That’s actually one point below the record low average for all of Season 24, and we’re just three episodes into the season. CBS has the late national NFL game again next week, so don’t expect much of an improvement.
“Now this is exactly what Bart’s teacher was talking about. Our son did something wrong and you look the other way.” – Marge Simpson
“But Marge, look at that hang dog expression; he’s learned his lesson. . . . Lets’ get him a present.” – Homer Simpson
As expected, another short week on the internet led to another short Reading Digest. For some reason, people just didn’t want to spend a lot of time between Christmas and New Year’s putting meaningless crap on-line. (Weirdos.) Anyway, we do have some people quoting the show, and talking about the show, and making animated .gifs about the show. We even have two links that agree with us. But first, it’s time for the programming note:
Seeing has how next week will be the first regular week in the better part of a month, including new Zombie Simpsons on Sunday, I wanted to highlight a couple of comments from the New Year’s Eve post:
Bring back compare and contrast! Or atleast post some sort of content examining the new episodes.
What happened here? Lightning hit the transmitter?
My original plan for Season 24 was to do Compare & Contrasts for about half the episodes, but Zombie Simpsons has been through eight episodes so far and I’ve only managed to mock two of them. That simply will not do. I wouldn’t call this a New Year’s resolution or anything, but those should be cropping up with more frequency here in 2013. The spinoff took way more of my time last year than I thought it would, but now that it looks like a site you wouldn’t be embarrassed to take your family (it’s even got a Quote of the Day), it should be easier for me to get Compare & Contrasts done.
Anyway, here’s to less neglect in the new year.
Eight Awesome Voice Actors and What They Actually Look Like – This is mostly Futurama and other non-Simpsons shows, but Castellaneta makes an appearance and there is a ton of great YouTube. Maurice LaMarche’s in particular is awesome, in no small part because making fun of William Shatner never gets old.
Jokealong: HAMMOCKS – It is possible that Scorpio’s riff on hammocks is the best hammock joke in the English language.
The Simpsons and a Dance Party at the 2013 Tucson International Jewish Film Festival – Mike Reiss is going to be in Arizona:
Opening night of the festival kicks off at The Loft and features special guest, Mike Reiss, longtime writer/producer of The Simpsons. Reiss will share rare clips and inside stories from one of the longest running shows in T.V. history.
He’ll be at the Loft Cinemas next Thursday, January 10th.
Are the new episodes of the simpsons not as funny as the older episodes? – Yahoo Answers has this as a “Resolved Question”:
The rest of the answers aren’t any kinder to Zombie Simpsons:
I’ve seen a few new episodes, they aren’t that funny anymore :(
Been watching Simpsons for years!
Definately the old episodes are better.
Once you’ve seen Homer fall over or bash himself so many times, it just isnt funny anymore.
Siblings – Animated .gif of Bart sharing his ice cream from the end of “Lisa on Ice”.
Seems legit – Save that for court.
Poor Milhouse – A big, subtitled .jpg of nobody liking Milhouse.
[News] Sky Ferreira Has A Video For “Lost In My Bedroom” That I Found While Lying In Bed – Excellent reference:
Any video that opens with an epilepsy warning has got to be a winner, am I right? When the message first appeared I immediately thought of The Simpsons episode where the family visits Tokyo and seizes on the floor every time the flashing Japanese television shows come on.
Ned Flanders Soundboard – An Android app that appears to do little besides play Flanders sounds. Seems neat, if quickly tiresome.
Stupid Risks – Quoting Homer’s admonition to take risks in “Lost Our Lisa”. I’ve never really liked that episode, but Marge being the “stable type, and that’s fine in small doses” is a pretty good line.
Doctor Who Monday: The Snowmen…In 10 Words – No, we’ll make real men out of snow.
2012…In 10 Words – Somewhere, Flanders gets started on his income taxes.
Django Unchained…In 10 Words – What I’m trying to say with this cartoon is that violence is everywhere in our society, man, it’s like even in breakfast cereals.
2012 Year-End Roundup – Some Top 5 Lists – And finally, I get to end the way I like, with someone who agrees with us, in this case, our old friend ilmozart. Zombie Simpsons came in #1 for “Things that Disappointed Me”, and justifiably so:
I feel like this is a given. Considering how important this show has been to me during my life, some of the worst episodes the series has ever done aired this year – notably “Lisa Goes Gaga” the season 23 finale. Pair that with “Moonshine River”, the season 24 premiere, and it is a wonder I still watch the show at all. It has totally forgotten its heritage and has turned its back on what made the show great in the first place. A constant and continued disappointment.
Amen, sister. Amen.
“Captain’s log, stardate sixty-fifty-one, had trouble sleeping last night. My hiatal hernia is acting up. The ship is drafty and damp. I complain but, nobody listens.” – Captain Kirk
“Star Trek XII: So Very Tired. See the original cast in their latest, greatest adventure.” – TV Announcer
“Captain, Klingons off the starboard bow.” – Mr. Sulu
“Again with the Klingons. Mr. Scott, give me full power.” – Captain Kirk
“It’s no good, captain, I canna reach the control panel.” – Mr. Scott
Happy (belated) 20th Anniversary to “Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie”. Original airdate 3 November 1992. (Got lost in the craziness and confusion and mishegoss of the election.)