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“Alright, seniors, we’d all love to share in your wisdom, experience, yadda yadda yadda…” – Mrs. Krabappel


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“Let’s see, mesmerists, dowsers, Luddites, alienists, Zoroastrians, alphabetizers . . . ah ha, assassins!” – C.M. Burns


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“Look, if you’re gonna stay in my room, could you at least stop making up gibberish?” – Bart Simpson
“Gibberish, eh?  Then what’s this?” – Abe “Grampa” Simpson
“Wrinkly gibberish?” – Bart Simpson
“I got this in the Second World War II.” – Abe “Grampa” Simpson


Reading Digest: Crack Smoking Mayor Edition

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“Fernando, it’s M.B.” – C.M. Burns
“Ah, Marion Barry, is it time for another shipment already?” – Fernando Vidal
This is Montgomery Burns!” – C.M. Burns
Oh, caramba.” – Fernando Vidal

The weather has turned nice, people are having fun outdoors, and Zombie Simpsons won’t blight anyone’s television for months; it must be Memorial Day weekend, the semi-official start of summer time.  To celebrate, albeit a bit early, Toronto’s mayor smoked rock and got filmed doing it.  But, oh, Canada, we were ahead of you on that, and The Simpsons made fun of it to boot.  In addition, we’ve got a wonderfully random assortment of links this week, with a great new Tumblr (don’t fuck this up like you fuck everything else up, Yahoo), an official update to the Simpsons ride in Floreda, some more links about the money pit game, and a great variety of fan made stuff, from nail art to a web comic to some good, old fashioned photoshop. 


springfeeled – Smooth Charlie’s Link of the Week is this relatively short Tumblr with nothing but weird Simpsons .gifs.  Skinner demanding the kids knock it off from “Bart the Lover” and the listless teenagers from “Homerpalooza” are my favorites, but to each their shimmery own.  (Thanks to reader y o for sending this in.)

The Simpsons | PixlBurger – This is a webcomic, one of the panes says “everything you need to know about western popular culture is contained entirely in these sacred volumes”.  Yup.

The Simpsons Monorail Song meets the Walt Disney World’s Monorail System – YouTube of exactly what it says.  Great idea.

The Internet – Simpsons Did It! – How totally has the show won pop culture?  It’s the title of this rather awesome meme drawing.  All will kneel trembling before The Simpsons

U.K.’s Miliband Likens RBS Fallout to Simpsons’ Nuclear Villain – Aw, he wants to be Prime Minister so bad:

The leader of the U.K. opposition Labour Party, Ed Miliband, compared Royal Bank of Scotland Plc to the Simpsons’ nuclear-plant owning Montgomery Burns, saying the bank practiced “irresponsible capitalism.”

Speaking today at a conference organized by Google Inc. north of London, Miliband showed a picture of the cartoon villain to illustrate a speech about business practices.

“He’s not such a good guy, he leaves radioactive nuggets lying around,” Miliband said of Burns. “Of course, he is a cartoon character, but I could have substituted him with RBS or some of the other big banks before the financial crash.”

‘Angry Birds’ Movie Gets ‘Simpsons’ & ‘King of the Hill’ Screenwriter – Jon Vitti has been tapped to write the script for the Angry Birds movie.  That is all.

The Simpsons Review: Doubly Dull – This is a pretty scathing review (“Season 24 comes to close not with a bang, but a very long whimper”) of the double episode finale on Sunday, and yet . . .

Editor Rating: 3.0 / 5.0

One wonders what Zombie Simpsons would have to do to earn a 1.0 (or, more appropriately, a 0.0). 

Indeed a Disturbing Universe: My Time with The Simpsons Tapped Out – A very detailed breakdown of the new cash cow, that contains this trenchant insight:

Normal people hate freemium games because they have a basic understanding of what constitutes “evil” in our modern world, and also because getting six requests a day to build fake burger restaurants with your aunt is a torture no human being should ever have to experience again.

That’s about the size of it.

The Simpsons Heads Nails – Excellent Simpsons nail art, with instructions.  Homer and Maggie are especially good.

Weekly Inspiration 5/19 + Updates – Great fan art of Flanders at the Leftorium. 

Inflation secrets of the TV families – BBC tries to calculate how much inflation would’ve affected certain TV families:

In Call of the Simpsons we learn that he earns $27 a week less than Ned Flanders does in his job in the pharmaceutical industry, but that is little help.

Quoting a specific dollar amount from a 1990 episode, at the very least they did their research.

Movie References You Didn’t Get On Simpsons – There’s only one from Zombie Simpsons on here.  (Thanks to the Nostalgia Blog!)

Rob Ford, crack cocaine: Simpsons mayor Diamond Joe Quimby or Toronto mayor Rob Ford: Who said it? – Ah, RF, time for another shipment already? 

How the IRS scandal is like ‘The Simpsons’ – Basically because, you know, everyone is saying “I didn’t do it”.  That’s the kind of hard hitting analysis I expect from Kaplan Test Prep Daily.

THE HANGOVER PART III (15, 100 mins) – Speaking of apt if somewhat obvious usage:

In a 1997 episode of The Simpsons, rotund patriarch Homer stood before the residents of Springfield with a glass of cold beer and encouraged his neighbours to join him in a toast.

“To alcohol: the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems,” he professed.

Director Todd Phillips has been drinking from the same barrel as Homer since 2009 when his booze-fuelled bender The Hangover became an unexpected smash hit and snagged a coveted Golden Globe as Best Comedy.

Universal Orlando Springfield: Universal Orlando to add restaurants and shops based on The Simpsons – Well, it’s official, all that construction is exactly what people thought it was going to be:

The area, which will be named "Springfield" after the town in which "The Simpsons" is set, is being built alongside the existing Simpsons Ride in Universal Studios Florida. It will feature roughly a half-dozen settings from the famously satirical TV show.

Among them: Krusty Burger, a restaurant serving a "Krusty-certified meat sandwich," and Moe’s Tavern, which will sell "Duff Beer," a fictional alcoholic brew that Universal says will be created exclusively for the theme park. Others will include Lard Lad’s Donuts, The Frying Dutchman, Luigi’s Pizza, The Android’s Dungeon & Baseball Card Shop, and Duff Gardens.

Universal will also add a second Simpsons-themed ride: Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl, an outdoor spinner.

Twirl ’n Hurl is pretty good.

Homer Simpson look-alike found buried in the ground in China – With a picture.

Homer Simpson vs. Captain America – This is just a message board discussion that brings up the relevant point that by now, Homer has demonstrated as many super powers as an actual super hero, and s/he mostly cites things that came late in the show before Zombie Simpsons even got started.

5 ways that Family Guy and the Simpsons are the same – With the exception of #2 (“The basic formula”), I maintain that this is on Zombie Simpsons rather than The Simpsons.

Maggie Simpson’s Book of Animals (1991-c2c-getfreedregs) – I bought this book second hand a few years ago for a friend’s kid’s birthday.

Dem feels! I’ve seen them before… – This is just YouTube of Stacy Lavelle begging off Lisa’s demand that she do something, but the YouTube follows this:

My current motivation to get a job.

Well played.

My life – Heh.  (From same as above.)

Best. Episode. Ever. (Round 26) – Season 4 beats Season 8, and . . .

Best. Episode. Ever. (Round 27) – . . . Season 7 crushes Season 11.

I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords. – Good plan:

I’ve also been re-watching The Simpsons. Seasons 4 and 8 so far, with 5 waiting for me tonight. I won’t be going farther than season 9, but I’m definitely going to enjoy all 9 of the first seasons over the next few months.

Season 9 is an utterly fair place to stop.

Star Trek Into Darkness…In 10 Words – Let’s remake the best Star Trek movie with no villains, no plot, and barely passable CGI.  That movie was Zombie Simpsons bad, and I don’t use that lightly.

Pac-Man…In 10 Words – Ms. Pac-Man struck a blow for women’s rights . . .

(A)Lisa Simpson – Rather excellent fan made drawing of Lisa in Photoshop. 

Bart Simpson Runway Swag [Fashion] – Just in case anyone was curious, they make those haute couture Bart stuff in shirts, underwear, leggings and, apparently, hair.

trishna87 – Heh.

Save Water Drink Beer – I sort of doubt that’s officially licensed, but I also don’t care.

The Simpsons Tapped Out – Complete Squidport Layout! – For Tapped Out fans.

Tapped Out – And for Tapped Out fans who want to engage their inner nine-year-old.  (Also, and I’m not linking it because it looks scam-y as hell, I did find a link this week to people gold farming that game.) 

What Certain Shows Need to Do to Save Themselves! – I maintain that there is no way to save or renew the show, but this is excellent advice:

If you decide to continue on, then PLEASE stop with the multiple Grandpa Simpson back stories (one of the 2 this season was just plain awful) because we’ve have had more than enough of them.  Also, don’t recycle older stories (Moe’s bar has become popular and then dropped back down to squalor at least 3 or 4 times by my count).  Perhaps consider re-watching and analyzing older episodes to remind yourselves of what used to work and what used to make the show utterly hysterical and popular.

Hope springs eternal.


Compare & Contrast: Bart and Grampa Team Up (Plus Shameless Self Promotion)

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“Hey, Grampa, do you think I could’ve been a Flying Hellfish?” – Bart Simpson
“You’re a gutsy daredevil with a give ’em hell attitude and a fourth grade education, you coulda made sergeant.” – Abe “Grampa” Simpson 

Since Zombie Simpsons has no choice but to copy the format and characters of The Simpsons, it’s basically inevitable that they have to repeat the same ideas and even story structures.  Sometimes they’re at least a little clever about it, other times, as in “Gorgeous Grampa”, they basically just put an old episode on the copy machine and hope that the inevitable degradation in quality keeps people from noticing what they did.

Both “Gorgeous Grampa” and “Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in ‘The Curse of the Flying Hellfish’” revolve around three main characters: Bart, Grampa and Burns.  And both episodes have each character relating to one another in the same manner: Burns and Grampa delve back into something from their pasts, Bart gets caught up in it, and eventually helps Grampa defeat Burns.  The specifics are, of course, a bit different, and even if you set aside the xeroxed nature of “Gorgeous Grampa”’s plot, they’re also where Zombie Simpsons collapses into incoherence while The Simpsons steams smoothly ahead all the way to seeing Kraftwerk in Stuttgart. 

For starters, just consider the physical nature of the two.  In “Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson”, Grampa is depicted right up until the end pretty much as he’s always been: feeble, easily confused, and generally a mess.  His pants fall down, he evades Burns’ assassination attempts mostly by tripping, and when confronted by Burns he gives up instantly and hands over the key.  It isn’t until the end, when he’s first inspired by Bart and then fearful for his grandson’s life, that he becomes the great soldier he once was.  Grampa is still Grampa, until the story and his character give him a reason to become a badass.

Compare that to “Gorgeous Grampa”, where hapless, feeble old Abe just up and decides that he’s going to start wrestling again and instantly slips right back into the ring to fly around like it was old times.  As with so many episodes of Zombie Simpsons, there isn’t really anything compelling Grampa’s transformation, it happens just because.

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This is the least wrinkled Grampa has ever looked.

Nor is the lunacy limited to Grampa.  It’s easy to understand that Burns would be willing to kill Abe over priceless art.  Not letting anyone get between him and wealth is the rock bottom foundation of Burns as a person.  It’s not so easy to swallow Burns as a closet wrestling junkie who’s willing to put on an extravagant show so that he can see old guys pretend to battle one another.

Bart’s bizarre actions are perhaps even harder to take.  Not only does he come to love being booed for basically no reason (and the fact that the episode wrings its hands and exposits about it several times doesn’t make it any more believable), but the things we see him do make absolutely no sense.  Wrestling villains can be villains because wrestling is scripted.  But Bart starts acting like a wrestler at a baseball game and in school, which isn’t going to get anyone to love-hate him the way people love-hate wrestling villains, it’s just going to get him kicked off the baseball team and given detention.

Worse, dropping his wrestling antics into Little League is the simplest kind of empty headed desperation humor.  Watching it, I was reminded of nothing so much as Moe and his puzzlement at people booing his giant lollypop in “They Saved Lisa’s Brain”:

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One of these is intentionally bad, the other is just bad.

Smashing two different things together with no regard for context, character, or anything else is about as lazy and hacktacular as scripted comedy can get.  It’s also why they had Burns not know that wrestling is fake: it’s so out of character!  Well, yeah, it is, but that doesn’t even make it clever, much less funny.   

At the end, the whole thing collapses under the weight of its contradictions and shortcuts as Burns, who has apparently just been standing there, gets picked up and spun around the ring by Grampa.  It has nothing to do with what we’ve seen so far, but they once again backed themselves into a completely predictable corner and needed a way out, and what better way that to have one old man hoist up another and spin him around?

“Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson”, however, didn’t need a last second turn to wrap things up.  The fight between Burns and Abe has been brewing for the whole episode before Grampa defeats him and throws him out of the Hellfish.  Its twist ending isn’t a nonsensical turn of events, it’s the rather cruel joke that the douchebag German aristocrat gets the loot, with Grampa even saying, “I guess he deserves it more than I do”.  Things don’t need to be perfectly real-world believable so long as they’re going somewhere and you’re having fun along the way; too bad Zombie Simpsons forgot that while the copy machine was running. 

—Begin Shameless Self Promotion—

Well, it finally happened.  Six months behind schedule, and three days late thanks to some technical fun with Amazon, the spinoff site is finally ready to put on its big kid pants and head for the deep end of the internet.  The Ann Arbor Review of Books has published its first Kindle issue, which you can acquire for the low, low price of just $2.99.  Inside, our sometime guest bloggers Lenny and Wesley compliment excellent television shows while I compare Lincoln unfavorably to Django Unchained, and that’s not even the half of it:

1.1 CoverNo trees were harmed in the making of this magazine.  A laptop died and somebody shot a duck, but that’s it. 

You can purchase it directly from Amazon right now, but like the Zombie Simpsons mini-book, all of the words will eventually be free to read on-line.  It worked for a book, so now we’re trying it with a magazine.  If you enjoy my Simpsons bitching, I can assure you that this is just as half-assed. 


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“Nurse, someone’s trying to kill me!” – Abe “Grampa” Simpson
“Okay, we’ll do something about that right away.  Let’s start by doubling your medication.” – Springfield Retirement Castle Nurse


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