Reading Digest: Roasting on an Open Fire Edition

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“Bart, did you hear that?  What a name!  Santa’s Little Helper?  It’s a sign!  It’s an omen!” – Homer Simpson
“It’s a coincidence, Dad.” – Bart Simpson

I know tomorrow is New Year’s Eve and that Christmas is in the rearview mirror, but this is a list of links from the past week, and in that time “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” won the internet.  We’ve got five – count ’em five! – links to people who in one way or another wrote up the original Simpsons episode.  Combined with comments like these, it’s nice to see it still garnering so much love and attention all these years later.  There’s also an abbreviated version of the usual stuff, including excellent usage, fan art, crappy merchandise, a sweet tattoo, and a YouTube video that needs to be seen. 


Homer Simpson CUBED!!! – Smooth Charlie’s Link of the week is this amazing Homer Simpson made from 225 Rubik’s cubes:

Special bonus points for using “Simpsons Christmas Boogie” as a background song.  This has 59 views on YouTube, it needs about 59,000.

Christmas and the Wisdom of the Simpsons – Love for “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”:

This may in fact be the one that got my kids started on their Simpsons obsession. Listening to it while I wrapped presents reminded me of the brilliance of this show. They can take a topic that I would rail on and on about (boringly and shrilly) and boil it down to a hilarious 7-second quip.

Sounds Like the Perfect Saturday to Me – Animated .gif of Homer on the couch dreaming of being on the couch. 

The Simpsons and the GOP 2012 Race – Heh.  Jon Huntsman as Smithers and Rick Santorum as Gil are particularly clever.

Macy’s Christmas Parade at Universal Studios – The Orlando theme park has a Christmas parade, and here are pictures of it, including a few of people in Simpsons costumes. 

The Marriage of Bacon and Bacon – Homer’s family cufflinks on what appear to be real, tuxedo cuffs.

25 Days of Lezzie Christmas Episodes: Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire – Our old friend Lenny takes a look at this week’s theme episode:

I love the introduction to Patty. She refuses to even speak to Homer, she just keeps asking if Marge is there. The annoying in-laws are kind of an oldschool sitcom cliche. It’s kind of amazing how developed and sympathetic they eventually become without losing those delightfully bitchy personalities.

The show always did a good job of walking that line.  Patty and Selma are a pain in the ass, but then you look at Homer and realize, they kind of have a point. 

Batman Abroad: In Bruges, aka The Holiday Post – A list of good and bad movies of the year, a pictorial essay of a trip to Bruges, Batman, and it still mentions:

OK now I’m watching Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire. Fun fact, this is the first ever episode of The Simpsons.

Sideshow Bob by ~phifel on deviantART – Fan made pencil sketch of Sideshow Bob looking nonchalantly stabby. 

Bart Simpson as Baby Jesus – Sweet Bart themed nativity scene in Portland. 

Illini Survive Ugly, Never-Ending 2OT Conference Opener vs. Gophers – Moderate usage:

One of my all time favorite The Simpsons quotes: “Mr. Simpson, this is the biggest case of false advertising since my suit against the film the never ending story” –Lionel Hutz

The legendary lawyer character played by the late, great Phil Hartman refers to a 1984 film with a running time of 94 minutes in the American version. Illinois escaping 81-72 in 2 OT over the Minnesota Golden Gophers ran about 2 hours, 40 minutes.

Hutz actually says, “Mr. Simpson, this is the most blatant case of fraudulent advertising since my suit against the film ‘The NeverEnding Story’.” 

1990 Marge and Homer Simpson Bendable Action Figures – Another old time Krusty Brand Seal of Approval here.

MARGE SIMPSON | Flickr – Someone got an astonishingly well done replica of one of the images of Marge from Playboy tattooed on his thigh.  The colors, shadows and everything match. 

Timberwolves rookie Ricky Rubio talks, Bob Sansevere listens: "You always dream about one day playing in the NBA"The Simpsons isn’t just beloved in the NHL, but also in the NBA:

I liked "The Simpsons" growing up. I had a couple more cartoons I liked, but they were in Spanish. I really loved "The Simpsons." I still watch it.

Top Five TV Devils – The Animated Edition – Devil Flanders and the Robot Devil are on here.

Simplifying Skepticism: Correlation vs Causation – Illustrating correlation and causation with tigers, rocks and the Bear Patrol.

Hope Lies on Television #12 – A Family Tradition, From A Non-Traditional Family – A long take on pretty much every Christmas episode from The Simpsons and Zombie Simpsons, including you know what:

Considering that ‘Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire’ was the first example of these characters being used to tell a fully realised narrative, it’s amazing how bleak it is right up until the final moment of slight redemption.

Greatest Christmas TV Episode Ever: Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire – And finally, I get to end with another link to the original episode and someone who agrees with us:

I’ve mentioned before how The Simpsons is my favorite TV show.  Even though it’s not as great now as it was back in the 90s, The SImpsons still is number one to me.  ”Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” was the first episode aired of the series, and it remains a holiday classic.

Damn right.

2 Responses to “Reading Digest: Roasting on an Open Fire Edition”

  1. 30 December 2011 at 11:45 am

    Woo hoo! Proud to be mentioned on anything Simpsons-related!! Thanks!

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