Reading Digest: Bart vs. The Space Mutants Edition

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“Oh, cool man, Space Mutants 4, drop me off, drop me off!” – Bart Simpson
“No way Jose.” – Marge Simpson
“Marge, they’re only space mutants.” – Homer Simpson
“I know what those movies are like, killing innocent people, eating human flesh.  You just get a lot of bad ideas.” – Marge Simpson

Two links this week to the original Simpsons video game, “Bart vs. The Space Mutants”.  It came out during Season 2, which is why the “Space Mutants” of the title are the ones from “The Telltale Head”, not Kang and Kodos.  If you’re under the age of twenty-five or so you may never have played this, behold what we thought was cool in 1991:

I can assure you that the video makes that first level look a hell of a lot easier than it really was.  We’ve also got a couple of fan made pieces, sweet political satire from Kosovo, old Simpsons trading cards, and an autograph hound. 


Bart vs The Space Mutants – A review of the first Simpsons video game includes this neat little piece of trivia:

One of the developers recently revealed in an issue of Retro Gamer that when they sent the finished version off to Matt Groening to approve, it came back with a note saying that everything was fine apart from “Bart’s blink being off center”. The developers weren’t sure what this meant so shipped it regardless. It wasn’t until later that they realized what Matt meant – during the animated intro Bart’s eyelids met in the middle when he blinks, instead of going all the way down.

Totally Rad Gravity – Speaking of Bart vs. the Space Mutants, check out this cover image of Nintendo Power from 1991.

Hutz Law – It needs a tagline, but the look on his face as he stares out the window in this fan made image is awesome. 

Sweet Sweet Simpsons – Sadly the entire thing isn’t edible, but still.

Kosovo’s ‘The Pimpsons’ | PRI’s The World – An artist in Kosovo has created a Simpsons parody to make fun of the U.S. Ambassador and other political figures.  The ambassador is Comic Book Guy, heh.  There’s also a silent YouTube video here that has a good example at the end.  (A bit more here.)

Girl on Girl on TV: Week of May 1. – From our friend lennyburnham comes some excellent and enjoyable snark on “The Real Housewives of Fat Tony”:

Fat Tony caught Homer talking about how hot Selma was and how ugly Patty was (which, by the way, missed the point of his relationship with those two. Sure, he talks about how ugly they are, but that was never the point. The point is that he hates them because they’re horrible to him. The idea that he would immediately like Selma if she got a nicer body and continue hating Patty is vile), so he made Homer draw a portrait of Patty and Patty sat there and let her brother-in-law try to draw pictures of her. I am too confused to be mad.

I know the feeling.  Think of Jebediah and the anger will come.  Bonus:

Although, in general, The Simpsons certainly agrees with most sit-coms that gay dudes are super-funny and gay chicks are not. Maybe the underrepresentation of lesbians on the show is just because most of the lesbian population of Springfield died tragically in that lesbian bar with no fire exits.


Simpsons Video of the Week: Feelin’ Fine. –  More lennyburnham, this time with YouTube of Homer without beer and TV, and this utopian dream:

I want to live in a world where all advertisements are just old Simpsons clips with the company logo thrown in unobtrusively.

If you ever find it, try to break out of your bliss for a moment and contact the rest of us here on Earth, because I would also like to live there.

Collecting Autographs – Cast of The Simpson’s – The Big Six voice cast members as seen and encountered by an autograph collector. 

A Look into One of My Non-Sports Trading Card Albums – Scroll to the bottom for a very high resolution image of some first series Simpsons cards.  Cashing in at its finest.

Classic Simpsons: Kamp Krusty – A short review along with a list of some of the great quotes and moments.

Bart Simpson, Hieroglyphics Join Hip-Hop Chess Federation – Cartwright will be in San Jose, California tomorrow for the Spring Classic or the Hip-Hop Chess Federation, which:

is an organization dedicated to teaching life strategy skills via chess, martial arts and hip-hop.

Okay, but don’t teach them the touch of death. 

Homer Simpson: Total Badass Picture – Sweet fan made drawing of Homer, as the title says, being a total badass. 

TomTom gets driving directions from Homer Simpson – Now here’s some ad copy I can get behind, even if it is in at a website called Practical Motorhome:

The 20-year old TV series may be a shadow of its former self, but now you can relive the hilarious heyday of The Simpsons by installing Homer Simpson’s voice on the TomTom sat-nav iPhone app.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Divorce…In 10 Words – Maria, my mighty heart is breaking.

Committed: Why Free Comic Book Day? – Excellent usage:

My dad’s favorite parenting quote comes from the Simpsons. He’s always saying “Just because I don’t care, doesn’t mean I don’t understand.” which he finds hysterical and (more worryingly) true. Today I realized that I feel the opposite way about Free Comic Book Day. I care about it, I like it, I appreciate it… but I don’t really understand it.

Play that funky music (PaD#87) – A list of five bands that never existed that you’d want to see, including The Be Sharps.  (Also, Geek Ergo Sum is a great blog name.)

M Is for the Murders That She Ordered: TV’s Best and Worst Moms – Marge makes the good list, and Mom from Futurama makes the bad.

“Trying is the first step towards failure.” -Homer Simpson – Freakoutville puts up one of the all time classics.

“I’ll keep it short and sweet — Family. Religion. Friendship. These are the three demons you must slay if you wish to succeed in business.” -Mr. Burns (The Simpsons) – And another, because I missed it last week.

Say It Loud – Homer’s three simple words for getting out of a relationship.

Ted Nugent is Running for President… on The Simspons – (Misspelling in the original.  Radio station websites are the worst.)  Here’s something to not look forward to in Season 23:

The episode, titled “Politically Inept, With Homer Simpson,” will have Ted Nugent seeking Homer‘s endorsement as a Republican candidate for President of the United States. At the same time, Homer has become a populist TV pundit with his own show, “Gut Check with Homer Simpson.”

Nice to see Zombie Simpsons getting on the Glenn Beck bandwagon right about the time the real Beck will be getting thrown off television.  Bravo.

Do not take the last doughnut – Donuts on various television shows, including two Simpsons YouTube videos, Homer in hell and when Snake crashed into Wiggum.

Snot – I never noticed this, but it is funny:

On a completely related note, I think I’m going to let Simpsons creator Matt Groening handle my investment portfolio from now on. Why? Well, the Simpsons aired an episode (The Last Temptation of Krust) in early 1998 which most people will most likely remember as the Canyonero episode. What does that have to do with my portfolio? Well, they managed to predict in a 22-minute episode the fate of a similar vehicle (both of which were of inferior craftsmanship – at least they keep our kids safe) that the folks of GM were somehow unable to recognize in several years. In fact, in the same year that episode aired, GM purchased the rights to market the Hummer to the general public.

It was a couple of years later that Ford came out with the Excursion, as Canyonero a vehicle as ever there was.  It was actually too big to fit into a standard size garage.

May The Marketing Force Be With You: The Extraordinary Advertisement Possibilities On YouTube – I’ve never heard this:

The first time I came into contact with the term ‘procrastination’ was when I was in 8th grade. My English teacher was a fervid The Simpsons addict and she explained to us the meaning of the word ‘procrastination’ and told us that The Simpson’s moody Jewish Clown Herschel Shmoikel Pinchas Yerucham Krustofski’s stage name ‘Krusty the Clown’ was an allusion to the term procrastination.

I guess it’s possible, but I don’t see it.

The Simpsons: Hope as we may decline was inevitable. – And finally, I get to end the way I like to, with someone who agrees with us:

And let’s get real about this, how many times can you re-write this family’s history?!? I know flashback shows are easy to write, even for animation, but it kind of comes off like we know the Simpsons history better than the writing room…when exactly will the room wise up and realize that the Simpsons did it?

They know, they just don’t care.

4 Responses to “Reading Digest: Bart vs. The Space Mutants Edition”

  1. 13 May 2011 at 3:34 pm

    “when they sent the finished version off to Matt Groening to approve”… does that mean he had to play through the whole game?

  2. 2 Fedrick
    13 May 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Good stuff this week, if brief.
    Ya guys said a couple of days ago that you were late with several e-mails and all sorts of content you had been sent, and that in lieu of that “better stuff”, you showcased something else. But if you keep all the good stuff to yourself, that makes you seem like the current writing staff! Will we ever get to see more on those mails and contents you received? Would be cool to see what kind of letters does DHS receive…

    • 3 Charlie Sweatpants
      13 May 2011 at 8:40 pm

      We get a few “real” e-mails each week. Generally they’re either link suggestions or people who’ve just found the site and want to ask a question or talk Simpsons. I try to reply to all of them, but events sometimes get ahead of me. The specific thing I was referring to last week is hopefully going to become a post tomorrow or Sunday. It’s really cool and only mildly illegal.

  3. 13 May 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Hey, you also linked to my blogger buddy Jason Voorhees!

    BTW, I’m pretty sure I have a complete set of the Simpsons pogs (yes, they made those) from way back in the day. I think they were made in 1994, and most of the characters are from Radioactive Man’s comic that was running at the time.

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