Posts Tagged ‘The Call of the Simpsons

18
Feb
20

Quote of the Day

“Will somebody help her?” – Homer Simpson
“Look, Maggie! Birdies!” – Lisa Simpson

Happy 30th Anniversary to “The Call of The Simpsons”! 

17
Feb
19

Quote of the Day

“After extensive biological and anatomical testing, I regret to announce that the evidence we have is inconclusive. This thing may or may not be human.” – Dr. Marvin Monroe
“That’s what he thinks. I say it’s none other than Bigfoot in the flesh.” – German Scientist
“Oh, no, I disagree. I think it is a man. The eyes had a glimmer of human intelligence.” – French Scientist
“Really? A glimmer in the eyes? What about the sloping ape-like forehead?” – British Scientist
“Oh, the guys at work are going to have a field day with this.” – Homer Simpson

29
Aug
14

Reading Digest: The Hell With It Edition

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“There.  Finished.” – Homer Simpson
“You are?” – Lisa Simpson
“Well, it’s a quick job, but it’s shelter.” – Homer Simpson
“It is?” – Marge Simpson

Just like last week, this is by necessity incomplete.  I just can’t keep up, but there is a ton of good stuff below.  My inbox is also a mess, and I know I owe like half a dozen people e-mails, so hopefully I get to that and then fill in many of the links I didn’t have time to get to.  In the meantime: enjoy.

Not Allowed In The Deep End: Ralph Wiggum’s Finest Moments – A great tribute to Ralph that treats him like a real child.

The Simpsons Deserves Another Great Video Game – A Hit and Run sequel would be pretty cool.  But it would require EA to make a good game which . . . yeah, not getting my hopes up.

How ‘Simpsons’ Movie Parodies Have Changed Over 25 Years – This is much gentler on Zombie Simpsons than I would be, but it’s got a lot of great YouTube and is explicit about the fact that the show went to hell.

7 Artists Influenced By The Simpsons: Fall Out Boy, Les Claypool, And More – Just what it says.  I didn’t know one of the guys from Primus named his home studio “Rancho Relaxo”.

FXX Airs ‘The Simpsons’ in Wrong Aspect Ratio. Won’t Someone Think of the Children? – Comes with some good examples of how their idiotic aspect ratio decision cuts out some of the jokes.

‘The Simpsons’: 5 Best Courtroom Scenes (and Lessons for Lawyers) – There’s some good ones here and no Zombie Simpsons.

5 Absurd Fan Theories About ‘The Simpsons’ – The only one of these I’ve even heard of was the Smithers one, but they are absurd.

Play D’oh!: The Simpsons FXX marathon schedule – There’s a good collection of recommended moments and episodes at the top, none of which are Zombie Simpsons.  (via @ChannelGuideRAB)

The Simpsons top 50 episodes – This is a pretty good list (there’s one episode from Season 13, but that’s it).  (via @dailysimpsons)

Lisa Simpson’s 6 Most Dramatic Identity Crises – This is a nice little slideshow that doesn’t contain any Zombie Simpsons.  Horray.

20 Mr. Burns-Centric ‘Simpsons’ Episodes Everyone Should Know – Yet another list that mercifully has no Zombie Simpsons.

The Simpsons find a true home in downtown Springfield – That mural in Oregon was unveiled.  It’s cool, and Yeardley was there.  Also, there’s YouTube.

Father of ‘Homer Simpson’ voice actor dead at 99 – Some sad news this week, Castellaneta’s father Louis died.  He sounded like a damn good guy:

“When I was very young and he was tucking me in bed, he turned away for a moment and said he had something in his eye,” the son said Thursday. “When he turned back, he had two ping-pong balls over his eyes with black dots on them and said, ‘AH, that’s better.’ For a while as a very young kid, I thought that he had the ability to make his eyes like that.

“When I asked him why he rarely went to church with us, he told me it was because he was Jewish. For five years, I thought I was half-Jewish — until one time I brought it up at the dinner table. Mom said, ‘Where did you get that?’ I said, ‘Dad told me.’ She hit him on the arm and said, ‘Lou!’ Obviously, it wasn’t true.”

‘The Simpsons’: A genius portrait of American childhood – A very nice appreciation of how well the show captured and portrayed real kids.  This is also an example of what I was talking about this morning.  This link is in the Washingotn Post, and doesn’t so much as even nod to the collapse of the show.  Maybe it’s not 100% necessary, but Zombie Simpsons certainly doesn’t show the kids as kids, so maybe it is.

Oy! NHL threatened The Simpsons over Stanley Cup scene – They even sent a cease and desist letter.  Also, there’s a nice .gif of Krusty puking in the Cup.

What Happens To The Human Brain If You Try To Watch Every ‘Simpsons’ Ever – Sleep deprivation would make things less funny eventually according to the scientists who came up with the (presumably) un-ironically named “humor appreciation test”.

The Simpsons and My So-Called Life are the Right Kind of 90s Nostalgia – A comparison of the very early years with the show that made Claire Danes a star.

Four Lessons Philadelphia Can Learn from The Simpsons – Great observation:

After six or so uninterrupted hours in Springfield, it became apparent that the allegedly fictional town is based on none other than Philadelphia.

Officially speaking, series creator Matt Groening claims that Springfield is inspired by a number of generic small towns, and the ambiguity of where, exactly, it could exist is a long-running joke on the show (trust me — I haven’t got off my couch in days). Briefly, the honor went to Springfield, Vermont, when Fox held a contest promoting The Simpsons Movie.

However, Philadelphians will recognize the mix of casual corruption, enthusiastic alcoholism, rabid fandom, and blood-sucking, soul-crushing monopolies as, well, home sweet home.

‘The Simpsons’ Marathon is College Football Fan’s – A look at the show through college football.

What The Simpsons’ Herb Powell Taught Us About The US Auto Industry – A nice writeup of “Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou?” through the lens of the early 1990s auto industry.

Throwback: At a ‘Simpsons’ table read (doh!) – A TV critic recounts the time in 2001 he went to a table read.

‘The Simpsons’ jumped the shark in one of its best episodes – We’re not the only ones who think of “Homer’s Enemy” as a turning point.

19
Jul
14

Quote of the Day

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“Mr. Simpson, you’re never gonna own a better RV, and I don’t mean that in a good way.  I mean, literally buddy, this is it for you.  You know?  It’s this or a wagon.” – Cowboy Bob

19
Feb
13

Permanent Record: Maggie Simpson

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“The boys certainly are taking a long time.  I hope Maggie isn’t slowing them up too much.” – Marge Simpson

For reasons of television necessity the Simpson family has always been an adventurous lot.  But while Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa can easily go out into the world and get into and out of trouble, little Maggie is limited by the fact that she can’t talk and can barely walk.  But while those limitations usually see her shuffled off to the side, the show also gives strong hints that she is the smartest and toughest of them all. 

“The Call of the Simpsons” is the first serious indication that we in the audience get that Maggie is more than a pacifier sucking background character.  It’s true that in “Bart the Genius”, while the rest of the family is trying to build Bart’s vocabulary with Scrabble, she’s spelling out physics equations with wooden blocks.  But having her wander into the woods, befriend a clan of cave bears, and then save Homer and Bart from them was the first time the show took Maggie out and built a little story around her.

With the exception of the television idiots and the camping jerk and his wife, it’s told entirely without dialogue.  It’s just Maggie being silently fearless and resourceful with a musical accompaniment to set the mood.  It’s not a major part of the episode, but it is in the best tradition of The Simpsons, sweet but absurd and funny. 

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 And people say the crazy stuff didn’t start until Season 4.

In subsequent seasons we see her liberate pacifiers from a heavily guarded locker at the Ayn Rand School for Tots, unintentionally stage a massive jail break by crashing a car into the prison, and trek across Springfield in a search for Marge that ends with a peaceful nap under an ice cream sign while the police panic beneath her.  She may be silent, but she is smart, tough and funny, so when the Simpson kids are shipped off to the unfortunate care of Patty and Selma in “Homer Alone”, Bart and Lisa go along meekly while Maggie outfights a grown man and stays safely out of their clutches.  She effortlessly snags the bottle thrown at Homer’s head in “Lisa on Ice”; and while she is only briefly on screen in “Lisa’s Wedding”, we get a clear portrait of a teenage Maggie who has the attitude of Bart and the brains of Lisa.  Oh, and she shot Mr. Burns.

All that stuff was well in the future when this episode was created, but you can see the seeds of it right here.  Even at this early stage they were already having fun with unconventional storytelling and doing things that would’ve been impossible on a non-animated show.  (It’s also a great example of how they put that live orchestra to good use.  Maggie and the bears simply wouldn’t work without that “Peter and the Wolf” style music.)  Maggie is the least prominent Simpson, but the show still had the good sense to treat her like a real character, even way back in Season 1.

18
Feb
13

Quote of the Day

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“Seems the Ultimate Behemoth is a wee bit out of your price range, and ‘wee bit’ is me being polite.  You couldn’t afford this thing if you lived to be a million.” – Cowboy Bob

22
Jul
12

Quote of the Day

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“I’d like to see your finest RV.  Do you have something that’s better than the Land Behemoth?” – Homer Simpson
“Yes, we do.  That would be the Ultimate Behemoth.” – Cowboy Bob
“Where is it?” – Homer Simpson
“You are standing in its presence.  Behold!  Isn’t she, look at this thing, this is, can you, man built this.  It’s a vehicle.” – Cowboy Bob

Happy birthday Albert Brooks!

04
Dec
11

Quote of the Day

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“Turkey farm?” – Bart Simpson
“Nope.” – Lisa Simpson
“Skunks?” – Bart Simpson
“Nope.” – Lisa Simpson
“Slaughterhouse?” – Bart Simpson
“Nope.” – Lisa Simpson
“What are you doing back there?” – Marge Simpson
“We’re playing ‘What’s That Odor?’.” – Lisa Simpson
“Dad’s feet?” – Bart Simpson
“Bart!” – Homer Simpson
“You win, Bart.” – Lisa Simpson
“Lisa!” – Homer Simpson

02
May
11

Washed Up on the Jersey Shore

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“Now, the naturalist who took these absolutely extraordinary pictures was most impressed by the creature’s uncivilized look, it’s foul language and, most of all, it’s indescribable stench.  A popular supermarket tabloid has offered a reward of five thousand dollars to anyone who brings in the creature alive.  Actually, we’ll have more on this story as soon as it develops.  We now return you to the President’s address, already in progress.” – TV News Guy

There’s an undeniable irony to watching Zombie Simpsons lob weak and spongy jokes at vacuous and appearance obsessed people who have an unjustifiably high opinion of themselves.  That both groups are desperate for attention and prone to automatically dismiss criticism as coming from “haterz” just makes it better.

Before reaching that unintentionally ironic ending, the show stumbled about in its usual way.  Neither of the two main story threads made any sense or managed to resolve themselves.  Characters appeared and disappeared from scenes at random.  Homer did a lot of needless screaming.

After all that came the inevitable Jersey Shore segment, which was neither creative nor energetic enough to rise to the level of “clusterfuck”.  Instead it was a halfhearted run through of every Jersey Shore joke you’ve already heard a dozen times, most especially about tanning lights.  Oh my, did they think they’d found a rich vein in tanning lights.

Anyway, the numbers are in, and they don’t mean much at the moment.  As this comment on our preview post can attest, the show was preempted in parts of the country so the President could come out and give his rendition of the Fuck You Dance.  For the moment it’s listed as having been instantly forgotten by 6.11 million viewers, but those numbers will likely change somewhat later in the week.

19
Dec
10

Quote of the Day

Big Dipper & North Star

Image used under Creative Commons license from Flickr user joiseyshowaa.

“Remember Dad, the handle of the Big Dipper points to the North Star.” – Lisa Simpson
“That’s nice, Lisa, but we’re not in astronomy class, we’re in the woods.” – Homer Simpson

Note: It’s actually the handle of the Little Dipper, but such things were a lot harder to look up in 1989.

18
Feb
10

Quote of the Day

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“Is that a good siren?  Am I approved?” – Homer Simpson
“You ever known a siren to be good?” – Cowboy Bob

Happy 20th Anniversary to “The Call of the Simpsons”!

10
Dec
09

Quote of the Day

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“Thank you God.” – Cowboy Bob

03
Jun
09

Quote of the Day

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“This much I believe we can agree upon, this specimen is either a below average human being or a brilliant beast.” – Scientist

“Stupid eggheads.” – Homer Simpson




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