Posts Tagged ‘Marge Gets a Job

21
Apr
18

Quote of the Day

“Hello, I’m Troy McClure. You might remember me from such instructional videos as ‘Mothballing Your Battleship’ and ‘Dig Your Own Grave and Save!’.” – Troy McClure

05
Nov
17

Quote of the Day

“Resident . . . Occupant . . . A free sample of Lemon Time.” – Marge Simpson
“Ooh, give it here!” – Homer Simpson
“Homer, that’s dishwashing liquid!” – Marge Simpson
“Yeah, but what are you gonna do?” – Homer Simpson

26
Aug
17

Zombie Simpsons Gains YouTube Stardom

“Hey, wolfie! Put down that hors d’oeuvre. It’s time for the main course.” – Groundskeeper Willie

No sooner do I decide to take a few days away from the internet than a popular YouTuber drops a 30 minute video that cites this blog and promptly racks up 900,000 views and counting. (My thanks to everyone who alerted me to it via Twitter and email.) The whole thing is worth watching:

Excellent. For starters, my thanks to John Walsh/Super Eyepatch Wolf for the kind mentions and the link to Zombie Simpsons. More importantly, I heartily endorse this event or product’s analysis of how the show went to hell. It identifies Season 8 as a turning point, gives great examples of how layered jokes have been dropped in favor of lazy setup-punchline crap, and contains one of the best explanations of Homer vs. Jerkass Homer I’ve ever seen (22m28s).

Most flattering of all, it led to this tweet from Al Jean himself:

Aww, thanks.

 

 

16
Jun
17

Quote of the Day

“Mr. Burns, we’ve got witnesses, precedent, and a paper trail a mile long!” – Lionel Hutz
“Yes, well, I have ten high priced lawyers.” – C.M. Burns
“Ah! Yah! Ahhhhhh!” – Lionel Hutz

05
Nov
16

Quote of the Day

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“And this is your office. That idiot Tibor lost the key, but you can jimmy it open with a credit card.” – Mr. Smithers

25
Jul
16

Sunday Evening Cartoons

“Actually, I was wondering if you were free for a little get together tonight: dinner, dancing, and Mr. Tom Jones.” – C.M. Burns

NOTE: I wrote this last night, but couldn’t post it because I’m in the middle of moving and don’t have internet at home right now. It is awful.

On one of the DVD commentary tracks (can’t remember which episode), Jean (or someone similar) starts talking about the sound effects and how on a cartoon you’re always starting with silence. A live action show has ambient noises, even if it’s just something as anodyne as rustling a newspaper or putting something down on a table. With a cartoon, though, you have to create everything from scratch.

“Marge Gets a Job” is an excellent example of how they did just that. The episode is full of teeny background noises that sometimes augment the spoken jokes and are sometimes jokes of their own. Consider the scene near the end where Burns invites Marge to dinner with Tom Jones. First there’s a wet “squish” as Burns grabs his Scalp Wax, then a rubbery “squeak” as he applies it, then a “squeak-bang” as his freshly waxed head slips through his hand and crashes on his desk. Each one is carefully balanced between the loud exaggerations of Looney Tunes and the softer sounds of a real life performance, and they build together to Burns slapstick head bonk.

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Just a few seconds later there’s a similar sequence. First we hear Burns get an authoritative “click” from the button he presses. Then we hear the Bond villain, mechanical whir of the false wall opening to reveal the recently kidnapped Tom Jones. Then we not only see Smithers press the gun into Jones’s back, there’s a quick “crunch” sound as well to let us know that he’s got the gun jammed hard into Jones. Finally, we get another button “click” (this one off screen, and even though we can’t see it, we know what’s being done), another mechanical whir, and the satisfying “thunk” as the door knocks Jones cold.

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And those are just two examples. There’s also the slide-crash of Surley Joe’s level, the impersonal clacking of the train doors as Burns’s goons toss Jack Marley on a literal scrap heap at his own retirement party, the skull piercing “LOUD” noise on Krusty’s show, and many more. Some of these are loud, some of them are quiet. Some of them accompany something we see on screen, others audibly describe things off screen. But they’re all tuned perfectly and the episode is that much richer and funnier for it.

15
Jul
15

Quote of the Day

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“Have you ever read The Boy Who Cried Wolf?” – Abe “Grampa” Simpson
“I glanced at it.  Boy cries wolf, has a few laughs, I forget how it ends.” – Bart Simpson

Sorry for the late quote.




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