Posts Tagged ‘Marge Simpsons in ‘Screaming Yellow Honkers’

22
Mar
20

Makeup Quote of the Day

“Well, Simpson, did you learn something today?” – Chief Wiggum
“Ooh, did I ever! And that herbal anger rinse just washed the rage right out of me.” – Marge Simpson

03
Sep
17

Quote of the Day

“A three chambered peanut! Marge, look what I did! Come quick, hurry!” – Homer Simpson

21
Aug
16

Quote of the Day

SexlessFreak

“Well, Seymour, it seems we’ve put together a baseball team. And I was wondering, who’s on first?” – Superintendent Chalmers
“Yes. Not the pronoun, but rather a player with the unlikely name of Who is on first.” – Principal Skinner
“Well that’s just great, Seymour, we’ve been out here six seconds and you’ve already managed to blow the routine! . . . Sexless freak.” – Superintendent Chalmers

21
Feb
16

Quote of the Day

Marge Simpson in 'Screaming Yellow Honkers'11

“But Mom, I read that sport utility vehicles are more likely to be involved in fatal accidents.” – Lisa Simpson
“Fatal to the people in the other car.  Let’s roll!” – Bart Simpson

09
Aug
15

Quote of the Day

Marge Simpson in 'Screaming Yellow Honkers'10

“Go ahead, drool all you want!  You can’t hurt that finish!  Now, rainwater, that’ll strip it right off.  Aww, I shouldn’t have said that.” – Gil

21
Feb
14

Quote of the Day

Marge Simpson in 'Screaming Yellow Honkers'9

“Oh, okay, calm down, just think: What would Curtis E. Bear do?” – Marge Simpson
“Move it!  I gotta return this suit!” – Curtis E. Bear (Eddie)

28
Sep
13

Quote of the Day

Marge Simpson in 'Screaming Yellow Honkers'8

“I didn’t think it was physically possible, but this both sucks and blows.” – Bart Simpson

It’s our last day free of Season 25, make the most of it!

02
Jul
13

Quote of the Day

Marge Simpson in 'Screaming Yellow Honkers'7

“Okay, here’s how your lease breaks down: this is your down payment, then here’s your monthly, and there’s your weekly.” – Stan
“And that’s it, right?” – Homer Simpson
“Yup.  Oh, then after your final monthly payment there’s the routine CBP or Crippling Balloon Payment.” – Stan
“But that’s not for a while, right?” – Homer Simpson
“Right.” – Stan
“Sweet.” – Homer Simpson

01
Jun
12

Reading Digest: Legitimate Theater Edition

Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play

Image grabbed from the YouTube video that is today’s second link.

“I’ve seen plays that were more exciting than this.  Honest to God, plays!” – Homer Simpson

I don’t know if it’s Memorial Day related or not, but it was slim pickings this week for Simpsons related stuff on-line.  (If you’re bored, I know a relatively well regarded book you can read.)  But the publicity campaign for the post-apocalyptic Simpsons play is in full swing, so we have three links to that.  (The image above comes from the second act, when the destroyed society has professional Simpsons re-enactors.)  There’s also a number of fame/celebrity related links this week, as well as some LSD, a very decent YouTube mashup, a couple of college students contemplating The Simpsons, and a thorough examination of Homer’s defeated Grammy foe, Dexy’s Midnight Runners.

Enjoy.

‘Mr. Burns’ Morphs ‘The Simpsons’ at Woolly MammothThe New York Times has a thorough rundown of the play, including this unfortunate modern reality:

Mr. Cosson said he showed lawyers the script and was assured that “Mr. Burns” fell within the fair-use parameters of copyright law.

Ms. Washburn stressed that her play was “not a ‘Simpsons’ story,” but “a story of people telling ‘Simpsons’ stories.”

Perhaps the drastically, poignantly new telling that she has created at the end of “Mr. Burns” will serve the dual purpose of bringing audiences in and keeping the Fox network’s lawyers away.

MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY – Via @dailysimpsons comes this great YouTube promo video:

The background music is a string version of “Bad Romance”.  We’re never going to get away from Lady Gaga here, are we? 

Interview with Misha Kachman, Set Designer for Mr. Burns – Designing scenery ain’t easy, though I must disagree with this:

BM: So building off of that, what sorts of research did you have to do for this show?

MK: Well we did lots of research about the iconography of the cartoon itself. People of the future don’t have visual evidence of what The Simpsons were like, everything is oral tradition. We studied how the imagery mutates—are the Simpsons recognizable 80 years from now?

Even if there’s no electricity in the future, there would still be plenty of physical things that bore the image of Simpsons characters.  I’m not sure that even a full blown nuclear exchange would be able to wipe all of the merchandise from the planet.  Play still looks great. 

As Usual, Thanks For Nothing – A podcast in which three young men discuss their favorite episodes of some television shows.  The Simpsons comes up at about the 9:20 mark, and if you skip to 29:20 you’ll hear two people not get an easy “Lisa’s Substitute” question.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this is the cost of Zombie Simpsons

The Simpsons – “A Streecar Named Marge” – Speaking of the stage, there’s no shame in this:

All right, confession time: my very first exposure to Tennesse Williams’s classic play A Streetcar Named Desire came from this episode of The Simpsons.

Lots more at the link.

Top Five Worst Simpsons Games – There are some pretty bad games on here.

In Philly, keeping tabs on LSD – The DEA seized 9,500 hits of LSD in January.  Included in that haul was a sheet printed with this Homer image I linked years ago:

Homer LSD Sheet

Mmmm, mind expanding. 

10 Things With ‘Parks and Recreation’ Writer, Aisha Muharrar – The continuing influence of The Simpsons:

3. Aisha’s first big break came when she interviewed with Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein, two writer/producers who ran The Simpsons during seasons seven and eight. While she had initially interviewed with them to be their assistant, the job never materialized. However, the two were willing to read her writing. They were so impressed with her work that they offered her the chance to write for Sit Down, Shut Up! While the show didn’t last long, it led to Aisha landing an agent and being sent out on her first staffing season. She met with different shows, but the best fit came when she met Greg Daniels and Michael Schur of Parks and Recreation.

Malin Akerman shares her love of Bart Simpson while greeting fans at Sayers Club in Hollywood – Few things creep me out more than modern celebrity, so I feel slightly dirty posting this.  However, the video is at least mercifully short, and the part in question starts at the 0:45 second mark when we hear a voice from off camera say, “I’ve got a softball question for you.”  It continues:

Guy: Who’s your favorite cartoon character?
Akerman: My favorite cartoon character?  Bart Simpson.  Why would ever ask that?
Guy:  Bart Simpson?  Because you’re kind of like a prankster inside?

This little exchange involves pretty much everything I hate about celebrity culture.  Dishonest questions, dishonest answers, using a camera as a threat, overall pointlessness, and the general humiliation of everyone involved.  Then, of course, there’s the fact that after watching it, I can’t honestly say that I now know that Bart Simpson is Malin Akerman’s favorite cartoon character.  (On the off chance that he is, good for her.)  Of course, the whole point of stupid exchanges like that is to get Celebrity Name A in the same sentence as Other Famous Thing B (in this case “Bart Simpson”) so that people on the internet will link to it and talk about it, which I’ve now done.  So, if you’ll excuse me, I need a drink and a shower. 

Street Violence – Media Influence – Maybe it’s just me, but we’ve seen a noticeable uptick in student blogs/class papers involving the show.  This one comes with shaky cam YouTube of several Itchy & Scratchy cartoons, none of which are from Zombie Simpsons. 

WIL WHEATON dot TUMBLR, Some days you’re Sideshow Bob, and some days,… – An animated .gif with a pretty good letter approximation of that sound Sideshow Bob makes.  Also, it’s another celebrity link. 

She Loves The Simpsons – Another vaguely unsafe for work giggle from this new site, “Journal of Homerotic Photography”. 

Hatfields and McCoys…In 10 Words – Hey kids, you may not believe this, but there was a time when Kevin Costner was both a) one of the most popular movie stars on Earth and b) one of the most respected actors in Hollywood.  Now he’s sharing top billing in a mini-series on a cable channel that’s best known for giving airtime to lunatics who believe aliens built everything on Earth. 

Workaholics…In 10 Words – Had two different people recommend this show to me, watched about three episodes and couldn’t get into it.

The Annoying Orange…In 10 Words – Had never heard of this.  Am I so out of touch?  No.  It’s the internet that is wrong. 

Fus ro dah! + Megaphone = Epicness – A brief and amusing mashup of “Skyrim” and “The Secret War of Lisa Simpson”. 

The 8 Best Parodies of Gone With the Wind – The edited for seniors version makes the list here.

in defence of dexy’s – More than you probably know about Dexy’s Midnight Runners with excellent usage:

While being congratulated by the rest of the Simpsons on the phone a toddling Lisa notes that the Be Sharps beat out Dexy’s Midnight Runners for Outstanding Soul, Spoken Word, or Barbershop Album of the Year. Homer replies: “Well, you haven’t heard the last of them.”

Use Your Imagination – Ah, when Ralph was funny without saying something too stupid. 

Simpsons – Thinking Music (gif) – Exactly what it says.

Girl on Girl on TV: Week of May 20-26, 2012. – And finally, we end with one last dig at “Lisa Goes Gaga” courtesy of our old friend Lenny:

The Simpsons: I found out that Lady Gaga was going to guest star on a Simpsons episode and kiss Marge over half a year ago and ever since then I’ve been thinking, “Wow, that is going to be bad.” So, it means something when I say this: Lady Gaga kissing Marge was much worse than I’d expected. It starts with Marge suddenly hating to be touched. Is anyone else worried about what scarring thing happened to Marge before this episode that led to this new aspect to her? So, Lady Gaga, sensitive soul that she is in this portrayal, reacts as you always should to someone being uncomfortable with being touched: She abruptly kisses her without asking. Then, since this show hates me and humanity, Marge is so aroused by the other woman that she…immediately goes and has amazing sex with Homer. Well, fuck you, too, Simpsons.

Amen.

02
Aug
11

Crazy Noises: “Marge Simpsons in ‘Screaming Yellow Honkers’”

Marge Simpson in 'Screaming Yellow Honkers'6

“Anger is what makes America great, but you must find the proper outlet for your rage.  Fire a weapon at your television screen, pick a fight with someone weaker than you, or write a threatening letter to a celebrity.” – Sergeant Crew

For the third summer in a row, we at the Dead Homer Society are looking to satisfy your off-season longing for substandard commentary on substandard Simpsons.  This summer we’ll be looking at Season 10.  Why Season 10?  Because we’ve already done Seasons 8 and 9 and we can’t put it off any longer.  Prior to Season 10, we watched as the show started falling over, this is when it fell over.  And while the dust wouldn’t settle completely for another season or so, there is no bigger gap in quality than the one between Season 9 and Season 10.  Since we prefer things to remain just as they were in 1995, we’re sticking with this chatroom thing instead of some newer means of communication that we all know just isn’t as good.  This text has been edited for clarity and spelling (embarrassingly enough, quite often on “rhino”).

Today’s episode is 1015, “Marge Simpson in ‘Screaming Yellow Honkers’”.  Tomorrow will be 1016, “Make Room for Lisa”.

Mad Jon: Ok then, you ready to get into it?

Charlie Sweatpants: Absolutely.

Mad Jon: Ok. So Marge as an angry driver first?

Charlie Sweatpants: Yup. Both of these episodes suffer from needless action endings, this one being worse than the other.

(The ending, I mean, overall I think they’re about the same.)

Mad Jon: Agreed. This one was quite crazy in the end. You know, Thunder Lizards and all…

Charlie Sweatpants: Wiggum calling them that is one of the few things in the ending that doesn’t suck.

Mad Jon: I also think the forced road rage video stood out as decent.

Charlie Sweatpants: The danger element gets resolved and then brought back out of nowhere three times.

First the Marge corrals the rhinos, then they grab Homer, then Homer escapes, then the porta-john gets attacked. It’s relentless in conjuring new dangers from nowhere.

Mad Jon: I guess it keeps the ball rolling until the clock could run out.

Charlie Sweatpants: Basically. And yes, I agree the road rage video is one of the high points of the episode. You can’t quite dismiss the feeling that Phil Hartman should be there, but it’s funny enough to make you be okay with it. The whole thing about anger making America great is fantastic from start to finish.

Mad Jon: I completely agree with the lack of Phil Hartman comment. That was obvious off the bat. I will say that I am glad that it wasn’t another recognizable character that they threw in there.

Charlie Sweatpants: Not in the video, but they did throw Krusty into the beginning in a way that’s really jarring.

Mad Jon: Yep

Charlie Sweatpants: I know he was the Canyonero spokesman, but what was he doing at the school talent show?

Another example of how they really started abusing their characters by jamming them in anywhere, even when there’s no need for it to be them.

I mean, literally anyone else could’ve been driving it. They could’ve put Flanders in it and Homer could’ve still been jealous.

Mad Jon: True enough

Charlie Sweatpants: Putting Krusty in there is one of those nasty little tells, just letting us know that they’ve stopped caring about a lot of things they used to care about.

Mad Jon: It’s easier I suppose. But like you have pointed out, it is a rampant issue.

Charlie Sweatpants: It’s all over this episode, and it starts right at the beginning with the talent show.

That in no way felt like a kind of disappointing small town school production.

Mad Jon: I know, I was really missing the ding-a-ling song.

  This act is over!!

Charlie Sweatpants: The Krabappel thing is the kind of joke that lets you know they’re just cramming in whatever. And then Chalmers is there doing a comedy bit with Skinner, who he supposedly hates?

Mad Jon: That was death.

Springfield’s educators are too lazy to even think about this kind of deal. Let alone put up the production that they did.

Charlie Sweatpants: Exactly. The show is being wacky and outrageous just because they can. They aren’t satirizing anything, they aren’t poking fun at anything, they’re just saying: look at our goofball characters being goofballs!

Even in "I Love Lisa" when Ralph’s bed ascends to the heavens in an elaborate stage production, it ends with Skinner telling people to buy orange drink for the long ride home. That’s poke at the haplessness of the elementary school that’s completely missing from this.

Mad Jon: It was the only way to recoup their loses from "Firedrill Follies".

Charlie Sweatpants: The best thing we got out of that was "I didn’t think it was physically possible, but this both sucks and blows."

That is a line for the ages: funny and endlessly useful.

Mad Jon: Yeah I can see that.

Charlie Sweatpants: It’s some consolation.

But that same "it’s okay if we cut corners with zaniness" ethos flows through the entire episode.

Mad Jon: From a whole episode perspective, I am pretty sure that Looney Tunes could have recreated this in 6 or 7 minutes, and I probably would have liked it.

The complete out of character-ness of Marge combined with Homer’s jerkiness is not overlookable.

Charlie Sweatpants: Yeah. The cartoon-y and television-y aspects have clearly shown themselves. When he pulls Marge over, Wiggum just launches right into the road rage thing like he knows its time to move the plot ahead. Even Bart and Lisa’s fight in the back of the car is exaggerated beyond what it needed to be.

That Marge could/would develop a road rage problem when put behind the wheel of that thing doesn’t bother me. What bothers me is the lame way it’s handled.

She seems to learn her lesson at the police seminar, but then she goes nuts again. Six seconds later she’s sad and repentant, and then she’s all rage-y again when she’s cooped up in the house.

  It’s just weird. The Marge from "Marge on the Lam" went through a slightly out of character story, but it developed. Here it just goes back and forth at high speed.

Normal one minutes, nuts the next.

Mad Jon: I get the same bored-to-excited Marge feeling that I got when she became a cop, but in that episode she still walked her normal line. This transition was a license for insanity that is so unlike her that my brain doesn’t process them as the same character. Rightfully so, of course.

I don’t really have much good to say about this one, other than the previously noted lines, and the one where Moe mentions that he "won’t even get sexual about it."

Charlie Sweatpants: Oh, there’s a few more things I like than just those. This is one of Gil’s better appearances, and Stan the salesman and his crippling balloon payment always get a chuckle out of me.

Mad Jon: The salesman was good, I forgot about that.

  And the phone call from Gil was also very good.

Charlie Sweatpants: This one also has Homer’s line about plays, and Eddie asking if he can shield his crotch and getting shot down because bears can’t talk gets me as well.

Mad Jon: Oh yeah, the outlet for anger was funny

Ok, still even with these and whatever else is debatable, we aren’t even in the ballpark here.

Charlie Sweatpants: This is very classic Season 10 in that regard. There’s just enough good lines and jokes to keep you watching, even as many things make you want to scratch out your own eyeballs.

Mad Jon: Agreed.

Charlie Sweatpants: Homer’s stupidity is getting way out of hand, characters start doing the appear/disappear thing; the structure of Zombie Simpsons is all over this.

I’ll also say, and this isn’t a complaint I make often, but this is one of the worst animated episodes I’ve seen.

Mad Jon: How so?

Charlie Sweatpants: I rarely notice the animation, but there are many shots in this one, of both the rhinos and the cars, that just look screwy. Objects seem to get bigger and smaller and they don’t blend in with the background as well.

Mad Jon: I suppose I can see that. Truthfully I wasn’t interested enough to pay that close of attention.

Charlie Sweatpants: I probably blame the writers more than the animators. A lot of these situations are too ludicrous to look good. Take a look at this:

Marge Simpson in 'Screaming Yellow Honkers'2

Mad Jon: I see what I believe to be your point.

  Now that I have taken a better look I can see it, but again, that is more analysis than I had the patience for at the time.

Charlie Sweatpants: Up on the car, Homer looks as tall as they are. But here:

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They dwarf the Australian guy, and that’s only like twenty seconds later.  Here’s Homer being carried:

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He’s clearly bigger than the rhino’s head, but in literally the next shot you get this:

Marge Simpson in 'Screaming Yellow Honkers'5

And the rhino is huge.

Mad Jon: Yeah that’s a pretty remarkable difference.

Charlie Sweatpants: Like I said, the writers are at least as much to blame as the animators here, but there are a lot of shots like that in this episode, and it’s a direct result of the fact that they’ve just stopped giving a shit about things being the least bit believable.

  Okay, I’m done. Anything else here?

Mad Jon: No, that was a good tangent, but I am ready to let this one roll over and burst into flames.

Charlie Sweatpants: Heh, the NBC thing took too long, but Homer’s voiceover on the credits isn’t half bad. Let’s go watch Homer be a jerk to Lisa.

09
Jun
11

Quote of the Day

Marge Simpson in 'Screaming Yellow Honkers'1

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