Posts Tagged ‘Much Apu About Nothing

06
May
19

Makeup Birthday Quote of the Day

“Ah, not a bear in sight. The Bear Patrol must be working like a charm.” – Homer Simpson
“That’s specious reasoning, Dad.” – Lisa Simpson
“Thank you, honey.” – Homer Simpson
“By your logic, I could claim that this rock keeps tigers away.” – Lisa Simpson
“Oh. How does it work?” – Homer Simpson
“It doesn’t work.” – Lisa Simpson
“Uh-huh.” – Homer Simpson
“It’s just a stupid rock.” – Lisa Simpson
“Uh-huh.” – Homer Simpson
“But I don’t see any tigers around here, do you?” – Lisa Simpson
“Lisa, I want to buy your rock.” – Homer Simpson

Happy (one day belated) birthday, Josh Weinstein!

20
Jan
19

Quote of the Day

“Hey, Kearney, this fake ID, it is truly excellent. Say, if you tell me where you obtained it, I will overlook the ice cream sandwiches concealed in your armpits.” – Apu Nahasapeemapetilon
“Deal.” – Kearney

20
Aug
18

Quote of the Day

“Sign’s floating away, Chief.” – Lou

05
May
17

Quote of the Day

“Please identify this object.” – Homer Simpson
“It appears to be the flag which disappeared from the public library last year.” – Apu Nahasapeemapetilon
“Correct. Now, we all know the thirteen stripes are for good luck, but why does the American flag have precisely forty-sevens stars?” – Homer Simpson
“Because this particular flag is ridiculously out of date. The library must have purchased it during the brief period in 1912 after New Mexico became a state but before Arizona did.” – Apu Nahasapeemapetilon
“Eh, partial credit.” – Homer Simpson

02
Jan
17

Quote of the Day

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“Hey, Marge, look who I brought home!” – Homer Simpson
“Oh, Homer, are you rounding up immigrants?” – Marge Simpson

27
Jun
16

Quote of the Day

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“Open your eyes, Lisa. Our schools are so jam packed with immigrants, kids like Bart have lost the will to learn.” – Homer Simpson
“There’s no denying it, sis.” – Bart Simpson

17
Jan
16

Sunday Preview: Much Apu About Something

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Sanjay passes his stake in the Kwik-E-Mart to his millennial son, Jay, who turns it into a hip, health food market against Apu’s insistence on tradition. Bart, whom Homer had convinced to give up pranking, is called upon to return to his trickster life and take down the new store.

I will say that it’s good to know that the current waiting period to shit all over your own house is 19 years, 8 months. That was when “Much Apu about Nothing” aired.  I know this isn’t the first time zombie simpsons has parodied a Simpsons parodied title, but this is the first time it has bothered me for some reason. Anyway enjoy. Charlie tells me we have a few week’s reprieve after this one.

 

 

 

05
May
15

Quote of the Day

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“Good evening, young man, my name is Charles Norwood.  Furthermore to this beer, I would also like three of your finest, cheapest cigars.  Here’s my ID, which confirms my adultivity.” – Kearney

Happy birthday Josh Weinstein! 

12
Dec
14

Quote of the Day

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“You know what?  I’m going to vote no on 24.” – Marge Simpson
“Mom, you’re the greatest!  Can I have this liquorice?” – Lisa Simpson

21
Apr
14

Quote of the Day

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“Hey, the government don’t control the sky!  What if you lived in a balloon?” – Abe “Grampa” Simpson
“That’s it!” – Lisa Simpson
“Did you hear that, Mom?  She’s as dumb as me!” – Bart Simpson

 

26
Dec
13

Quote of the Day

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“I never should’ve bought this button!  Can I have my three dollars back?” – Homer Simpson
“Store credit only.” – Apu Nahasapeemapetilon

17
Nov
13

Quote of the Day

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“Mr. Mayor, I hate to break it to you, but your city is infested with bears.” – Homer Simpson
“Yeah, and these ones are smarter than the average bear.  They swiped my picnic basket.” – Moe
“Think of the children!” – Helen Lovejoy
“Very well, I promise swift and decisive action against these hibernating hucksters.” – Mayor Quimby

09
Nov
12

Reading Digest: Election Hangover Edition

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“It’s a landslide, yes on 24!  The proposition passed with a record ninety-five percent.” – Kent Brockman
“When are people going to learn?  Democracy doesn’t work!” – Homer Simpson

Shorter than average Reading Digest this week for the obvious reason that there was this election thing taking up everyone’s time and attention.  All was not squandered, however, as we did get several excellent election related links, including a few with great YouTube.  There’s also an assortment of other stuff, including usage, opera and Karl Rove. 

Enjoy.

Soup of the Day – Smooth Charlie’s Link of the Week is this awesome chalkboard advertisement for “Chowda”.  I do not know where that restaurant is, and I’m not even a big chowder fan, but I would stop there instantly and eat. 

Opera, Whales, and The Simpsons – I didn’t know there was an opera version of “A Streetcar Named Desire”:

The 1992 episode A Streetcar Named Marge deftly imagined the musical Streetcar! and gave us a few bits and pieces of some songs that might belong to it. The result was brilliant, hilarious, and poignantly true to the original:

Ned Flanders/Stanley Kowalski: “You’re a girl, and I’m a fella”
Marge Simpson/Blanche DuBois: “Stanley, stop, or I’ll call Stella!"

Somewhere, André Previn and Phillip Littell watched this and they freaked out. The serious grown-up opera they were working on had just pre-emptively had its imperial wardrobe stripped off. So they decided they’d do something different: they wouldn’t have any of those snappy rhymes or incisive ambiguities, or, you know, actual songs. Those belong in musicals, not in our precious opera, oh, no. This is serious business, so it needs to be duller. To the recitative machine!

The lesson here is that there are some things best left non-operatic.

‘Don’t Blame Me, I Voted for Kodos’: The 2012 US Election as Explained by The Simpsons – A British analysis of this week’s election that’s heavy on Simpsons (and has no Zombie Simpsons).  Excellent.

How ‘The Simpsons’ Taught Us Everything We Need To Know About Politics – This is excellent work, it’s got lots of screen grabs, animated .gifs, and YouTube, and there isn’t a trace of Zombie Simpsons.

Democracy simply doesn’t work: Top Simpsons quotes for the losing candidate – A bit too much Zombie Simpsons here, but mostly it’s good.

10 quotes for when your political candidate loses – This one isn’t Simpsons specific, but the show does get three quotes and none of them are from Zombie Simpsons.

Diversity of Censorship…Channel 4 censors the word gay from daytime broadcasts of The Simpsons – For shame, Channel 4:

In the episode Homer Simpson goes to an American football match with his God-fearing neighbour Ned Flanders but is initially embarrassed to be seen with him. The pair bond and Homer yells: I want everyone to know that this is Ned Flanders … my friend!

His workmates Lenny and Carl overhear him and Lenny says: What d’he say?

Originally Carl replies: I dunno. Somethin’ about being gay.

But on Sunday his line was cut and the episode switched to advertisements after Lenny speaks.

Channel 4 told The Independent claimed that it was a ‘mistake’ was caused by an overly cautious compliance checker.

I would’ve blamed an overly tight necktie.

The 2012 Election…In 10 Words – But who captured the Edgar Neubauer vote?

A 10 Word Message to Karl Rove – Rove was never that skinny.

War of Words: Simpsons supreme or simpletons? – A pair of dueling essays about the show, I’m not 100% in sync with either, but I can’t help but think the second one is mistaking Zombie Simpsons for the real deal. (via)

Judd Apatow and ‘The Simpsons’ Script That Defined Every Movie He’s Made Since – Before he worked with Jean and Reiss on The Critic, Apatow banged out a Simpsons script:

The first thing I ever wrote was a spec episode of The Simpsons. After only five Simpsons episodes aired, I sat down and tried to write one when I was in my early twenties. And what it was about was they went to see a hypnotism show and at the hypnotism show, they made Homer think he was the same age at Bart. And then the hypnotist had a heart attack. So now Homer and Bart became best friends and they spent the rest of the show running away because Homer didn’t want responsibility and didn’t want to be brought back to his real age. So I basically copied that for every movie I’ve made since.

Giveaway: MacHomer – The guy who does Macbeth in Simpsons voices is coming to Dallas Texas next Thursday.  You can win four tickets just by sending in an e-mail.

I’ve Never Seen… ‘The Shining’ – A first time moviegoer sees one of the most referenced films ever:

It’s also hard to feel cultured and filmy when all you can think of is how certain scenes were adapted. Honestly, the scene where the cook is axed in the back by a particularly sneaky Nicholson, rather than jumping out my skin, I caught myself thinking “oh yeah”, remembering Groundskeeper Willie meeting the same fate in The Simpsons

my bed sheet – A Bart bed sheet with a simple warning to any surfers out there.

Q&A with the director of ‘Wreck-It-Ralph’ – Simpsons alum Rich Moore on his new movie:

DS: It was reported that the film had the most individual characters in a Disney film to this date. What was it like coming up with that many characters?

RM: I guess it has 190 characters. My background is from the Simpsons and Futurama and the Simpsons has a gigantic cast, over the years the cast has grown so big so 190 characters doesn’t seem that much to me. I guess we kind of broke a record, which I am proud of.

Bart – Street wear of one of the Simpsons outfits by that fashion designer.

My Artistic Progression from age 6 to 21 (with images!) – Charting one’s childhood works includes some amusing Bart Simpson heads at a very young age.

‘The Simpsons’ Now Sucks: ‘Mr. Burns 4 Romney’ Video Shows Why – And finally, I get to end the way I like, with someone who agrees with us.  By now I’m sure most of the readers of this blog have seen that goofy “Burns endorses Romney” video that Zombie Simpsons unleashed on the internet.  Rather than criticize it myself, I can just link to someone else who noticed that it’s dull, obvious, and over long:

“The Simpsons” typically takes nine months to film a full episode, so for once they had the rare ability to make an incisive commentary on contemporary pop politics (ala South Park) in this two-minute clip. And you could almost feel that the entire clip evolved out of the fact that “broccoli and meat” sounds an awful lot like “Barack and Mitt.” That and some liberal writer wanting to remind people that this guy once drove with a dog on top of his car. If that is the brand of humor Harvard is producing, tell the writers to save their money and go to Gudger College … or worse, Rutgers.

I’m not sure what Rutgers did, but that thing was very weak. 

04
Nov
12

Quote of the Day

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“Executive, Legislative, and, uh, Judicial.” – Apu Nahasapeemapetilon
“No, no and no!  Ugh, maybe we should start all over with the electrical college.” – Homer Simpson

13
Jul
12

Quote of the Day

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“Book ’em, Lou.  One count of being a bear, and one count of being an accessory to being a bear.” – Chief Wiggum

Happy birthday to David S./X. Cohen! 

12
Apr
12

Who Gives a Shit “Where” Springfield Is?

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“Now, they may ask you to locate your town on a map of the US.  So, let’s do that . . . uh, Springfield, Springfield . . . um, right here.” – Homer Simpson
“Dad, you’re not pointing anywhere near Springfield.” – Lisa Simpson

When I saw my Twitter and inbox begin to go bonkers because Groening apparently said the “real” Springfield is the one in Oregon, I thought “huh” and made a note of it for Reading Digest.  Then it kept going, literally every item in my Google Alert for “The Simpsons” was related to it, and I even saw this story on the home page of BBC news:

Matt Groening told Smithsonian magazine he based the town on Springfield, Oregon, but since it is such a common US place name he knew many would think it was their own Springfield.

The Springfield question is one of the best-kept secrets in TV history.

First of all, it’s not a secret.  It’s a joke.  It doesn’t have a location – that’s the whole point – which is why I’ve always been a little puzzled about how worked up people get over this transparently silly topic. 

On one level, this is just another example of the internet acting as the world’s most exponential game of telephone.  Groening says something relatively innocuous and, five removes later, “Springfield is in Oregon, purple monkey dishwasher” is rocketing around the globe while strangers get into flame wars and Twitter fights that boil down to little more than cycles of “nuh-uh” and “yea-huh”. 

But beyond that artifact of modern communications, what causes this much excitement and interest in something that amounts to nothing?  And I don’t mean that rhetorically, I genuinely don’t get it.  I understand the fun in having irresolvable arguments about unanswerable things like, say, who was the best soccer player ever, or what the greatest movie in history is.  It’s the reason the internet is lousy with lists that rank everything from books and rock stars to cooking shows and lists themselves.  The human brain is wired to categorize and prioritize things, and we take to it the way ducks take to water.  But why all the excitement over the obviously nonsense location of a fictional town? 

The best I can come up with is that beyond just something to talk about, it’s a need to know everything about a topic, to have a resolution, as though not knowing for sure is some kind of mental canker sore that you just can’t keep your brain from fooling around with.  But even that doesn’t make sense because they’ve said, on multiple occasions, that Springfield is nowhere.  You already have an answer, one that is far more logically consistent than any specific location. 

So, yeah, I don’t get it.  Does anyone here either care about this, or understand why other people care?  Because, in the immortal words of Dr. Hibbert, this thing has be buffaloed. 

(Oh, in case anyone is interested, here’s a nice debunking of this whole thing, via our old friends Denise and Karma.)

09
Mar
12

Quote of the Day

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“This is Kent Brockman, with a special report from the Channel 6 News Copter.  A large, bear-like animal, most likely a bear, has wandered down from the hills in search of food or, perhaps, employment.” – Kent Brockman

11
Sep
11

Quote of the Day

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Image yoinked from Wikipedia.

“I love this land, where I have the freedom to say and to think and to charge whatever I want!” – Apu Nahasapeemapetilon

08
Aug
11

Quote of the Day

 

“Say, let’s take a relaxed attitude toward work and watch the baseball match. The Ny Mets are my favorite squadron.” – Apu Nahasapeemapetilon

31
Mar
11

Quote of the Day

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“You want to pick on immigrants?  Then pick on Willie!” – Groundskeeper Willie
“Willie, please, the children want to pick on someone their own size.” – Principal Skinner




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