Reading Digest: Getting Off the Planet of the Apes Edition

A Fish Called Selma6

“I love you, Dr. Zaius!” – Troy McClure

Today, Hollywood’s second attempt to reboot a 1960s sci-fi franchise that (except for the first one) wasn’t that good in the first place opens in theaters nationwide.  This has prompted everyone and their mother to mention and post links to Troy McClure and “Stop the Planet of the Apes, I Want to Get Off!”.  I’ve winnowed it down to just a couple of links below, including two different bootleg videos of the multi-million dollar musical in question.  I hope they invited Jeff Goldblum to the premier.  On top of that, we’ve got two people who agree with us, poor political usage, some tattoos, and an actual Zombie Simpson.


The Alabaster Sock – Smooth Charlie’s Click of the Week is this excellently anguished Simpsons rant that wouldn’t be out of place on our very own homepage.  I particularly like this:

It could be an easily ignored program if it didn’t seem like a mediocre puppeteer controlling the corpse of something once great. So I avoid it not just because it’s no good, but because it’s no good and it was once the greatest and that makes me cringe.

Highly recommended.

Keeping up with The Simpsons – This is another anodyne article about the animation process from that tour they gave reporters a couple of weeks ago.  I just thought I’d highlight this:

With the series approaching its 500th episode — a milestone it will reach in February — Kirkland admits one of the big challenges is trying not to repeat themselves. When a recent script called for Homer to harpoon a whale, Kirkland recalled that he’d already animated that.

If that’s not the perfect anecdote for where the show is right now, I don’t know what is.

Rise of The Planet of The Apes…In 10 Words – C’mon, you knew this was coming.  I still laughed.

Zombie Bart Simpson by ~Beth182 on deviantART – Awesome fan made drawing of a true Zombie Simpson.  (There are a couple of links at the bottom to some of her other Simpsons drawings as well.)

simpsons embroidery project – part 3: slowly but surely – Simpsons embroidery is back, baby!  It’s Homer with his giant foam cowboy hat and air horn.  In ink or fabric, the look on his face remains priceless.

QUOTABLES – A couple of fan made designs with quotes from the show.  Nice.

Sen. Amy Koch sees political ‘classic situation’ in poll results – Poor political usage:

She repeated a bit of dialogue from the episode in which a mechanized disc jockey, DJ 2000, was being unveiled:

“How ’bout those clowns in Congress?” DJ 2000 says. 

“How does he keep up with current events like that?” an obviously impressed Homer wonders.

Nice try, State Senator.  For the record, the actual quote is:

DJ 3000: Looks like those clowns in Congress did it again.  What a bunch of clowns.

Bill: How does he keep up with the news like that?

Santa Cruz X The Simpsons – Some larger and better images of a couple of those new Simpsons skateboards from last week.

The 50 Best Queer Girl TV Episodes Of All Time: 50-41. – Our friend Lenny will be back with another guest post next week, consider the Simpsons entry here a small preview.

The ‘Entourage’ has relationship problems – I must be pretty unplugged from Entourage because I only recognize three of the six guys in that photo, but if someone wants to take Zombie Simpsons off the air, it’s fine by me:

“We’ve all been humbled in this group, but we will all prevail,” Billy emphatically tells his two stars. “We’re going to murder the ‘Simpsons!’”

Test your knowledge of The Simpsons with iOS apps – A list of some Simpsons apps for iOS.

Homer Simpson called – I can’t tell if that’s plastic or a picture of a real donut with sprinkles and pink frosting.  But if it is real, I would eat it in approximately 2.3 seconds.  It’s just gorgeous.

Homer Simpson’s Voice Will Appear on Parks and Recreation Next Season – The headline tells you everything you need to know.

Tattoo Os Simpsons Das Telas Para As Peles – A picture of an elaborate, Halloween themed Simpsons tattoo.  Here’s another from the same site of Ralph, Blinky, Smilin’ Joe Fission and others.

Aping the apes: TV’s top ‘Planet’ parodies – A bunch of clips of Planet of the Apes parodies, including Troy McClure’s Broadway turn.

Top Ten Tuesday: RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Fashion Statements – Some side by side photos of various Planet of the Apes movies, accompanied by video of McClure that’s partially in Spanish (or something similar to Spanish).

Neato: Animation Color Wheel – Pretty much what it says, a giant color wheel made up of characters ranging from SpongeBob to Snagglepuss.

The Simpsons vs. Family Guy vs. South Park vs… – Not only did I get to start with someone who agrees with us this week, I get to end that way too.  This is a short discussion about animated comedy, but it does contain this:

“Besides Archer and a couple others, my knowledge of animated TV comedy stops about 7 years ago (maybe longer), when I still had a soft spot for The Simpsons and found Family Guy to be a super-derivative, unoriginal ripoff.  Perhaps FG has funnied itself up since then?  I know The Simpsons has not.”

No, no it has not.

8 Responses to “Reading Digest: Getting Off the Planet of the Apes Edition”

  1. 5 August 2011 at 1:07 pm

    thanks for the link back!! hoping to have a nice big embroidery piece done by the end of this month!

  2. 2 katrinarolfe
    5 August 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Thank-you so much for the link back!! Great website.

  3. 3 Thrillho
    6 August 2011 at 10:28 am

    Eh, Family Guy is still a super-derivative, unoriginal ripoff. Zombie Simpsons’ refusal to die does not change that.

    Yeah, every time I saw a promo for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, I thought “You know what this needs? Troy McClure singing.”

  4. 4 Bea Simmons' rotting corpse
    8 August 2011 at 3:53 am

    Homer goes to antartica to harpoon a whale? Brilliant, Simpsons writers, clap clap

    • 5 Thrillho
      8 August 2011 at 10:38 am

      Didn’t they joke about going to Antarctica in Season 13? This just proves they’re out of ideas. Shit, maybe in Season 24 they really will go to Delaware.

      • 6 Anonymous
        9 August 2011 at 6:00 pm

        You realize they did go to Delaware in the season 12 finale?

        • 7 Thrillho
          9 August 2011 at 6:49 pm

          I do realize they re-used the audio from a bit in the season 11 finale for the season 12 finale, but they didn’t technically “go to Delaware.”

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