Reading Digest: Longest Daycare Wrap-Up Edition

The Canine Mutiny6

“And baby Gerald, we can’t help but wonder what mischief you’ll get into next.” – Mayor Quimby

We’ve got a few final links to Maggie’s star turn this week, including a couple of pictures of her as silent film stars of yesteryear.  In addition to that we’ve got a couple of home made Simpsons costumes (one for fun, one for opposing the Syrian government), some excellent usage, a couple of people who agree with us, and a lone, dutiful mention of the Olympics. 


[Note: I’ve added our spinoff site to the links at right.  The Batman 7 review will go up at 4pm Eastern.]

Let’s See What Happens… – You write about Simpsons, you get links from us.  That’s all there is to it.  In this case, is a rundown of three great guest voices from Season 1. 

FILM REVIEW MAGGIE SIMPSON IN “LONGEST DAY CARE” – Yet another positive review of Maggie’s short.

The Revolting Syrian-يلا إرحل يا بشار, Bart Simpson comes to protest in Kafrsouseh – A guy in a homemade Bart Simpson mask protests in Syria.

‘Simpsons’: Maggie as Charlie Chaplin in ‘Modern Times’ – PHOTO – Some promotional images for “The Longest Daycare” have Maggie drawn into old films by Harold Lloyd and Charlie Chaplin.  I wouldn’t mind seeing Maggie in remakes of those.  Just sayin’.

Ice Age: Continental Drift – Still more love for “The Longest Daycare”:

And the big plus is that the film is preceded by a superb 4 and a half-minute animated short called “The Longest Daycare”, starring Maggie Simpson of “The Simpsons” fame. Its brevity is its strength—and it puts to shame anything the main feature has to offer.

Day 21: Marine Day – A fan made Captain McAllister costume complete with napkin beard and pipe made out of a deodorant lid.  Arghh!

Movie Review: No 16. Goodfellas – There’s a lot of Paul Sorvino in Fat Tony, but I don’t think this is true:

Since the Simpsons is pretty much my go-to reference point for all things pop culture, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the Simpsons character ‘Fat Tony’ and his cronies. Interestingly (at least according to Wikipedia), the character of Fat Tony was modelled after the actor Paul Sorvino, who plays the mob boss in Goodfellas, HOWEVER, the first Simpsons episode to feature Fat Tony (which involves a very similar plot to Goodfellas) was devised before Goodfellas was released!

Per IMDb, Goodfellas was released in September of 1990, but “Bart the Murderer”, the first episode with Fat Tony, didn’t air until October of 1991.  Even with the long lead time to produce an episode, it’s hard to see how Fat Tony predated Paulie. 

Chick-Fil-A…In 10 Words – Steak or chicken?  One of each, please.

Available Now: Secret Lover: Episode 1. – Lenny’s conquest of the internet continues.  Now she’s got a podcast, and it’s a Simpsons reference!  But the nits, the nits must be picked:

My supplemental podcast Secret Lover (named for the most apt description of television I’ve ever heard, “Friend, mother, secret lover”) will now go up each week.

I know how easy it is to overlook things when you’re starting something new, but c’mon, it’s “Teacher, mother, secret lover”.  I’ve got it on a t-shirt and everything.

From The Precious Minds of The Internet – With the Olympics starting, I suppose it needs to be reiterated that, yes, the logo does look like Lisa giving a blowjob.  Because Rule 34 pervades every last switch on the internet, someone has helpfully colored in the logo in case you didn’t get it the first time.

Western Pacific Airlines Boeing 737-301 N949WP (msn 23230) (Fox-The Simpsons) LAS (Bruce Drum). Image: 102059 – A Simpsons painted passenger jet, including Marge’s hair on the tail.

Point and Click this B*tches: Amiga Amazing – It’s about time. – A review of Bart vs. the Space Mutants . . . on an Amiga.

The Simpsons Arcade Review – Pretty much what it says.  Like most of these reviews, it gives points for nostalgia and not many for gameplay or sophistication.

Top 5: Favorite Afro-Haired Characters – Sideshow Bob is on here, and so is Sho’nuff from The Last Dragon, truly one of the great cheese haircuts of the 1980s.

Classic Literature and Modern Movies – As usual, any discussion of literature’s influence on movies and teevee is incomplete without The Simpsons.

“Seinfeld” Scores a Bull’s-Eye – I blame Zombie Simpsons:

What all-time great sitcoms are in the discussion with Seinfeld?  The Simpsons?  With only winks at highbrow humor (Mayor Quimby appearances, Lisa’s storylines), The Simpsons relies most often on lowbrow/despicable humor.

Zombie Simpsons relies on “lowbrow/despicable humor”, The Simpsons just used it.

Daily Shots – 14/07/12 – Mister Smithers – A nearly nine minute YouTube video of the echo of “bony old behind!” from “Mountain of Madness”.

Life is dandy. – Excellent second hand usage:

Someone said this the other day on Facebook when they realised that The Killers, and Coldplay are coming to tour here, and that they were in Hawaii while it’s freezing here: ‘Everything’s coming up Milhouse’.

How Much Weirdness Can You Buy for $5? – Mmm, minor infringement:

How much would you pay someone to record your voice mail greeting in Homer Simpson’s voice?
Chris Hardy will do it for $5. For $5 more, he’ll record up to a 3-minute script.
Hardy doesn’t stop with Homer — he also does the rest of the Simpsons, most of the South Park cast, Beavis and Butthead, and a host of other cartoon characters. And, $5 price tag aside, the 47-year-old former radio personality has transformed his part-time voice-over gig into a lucrative side business.

Gabor Csupo, Legendary Animator of The Simpsons and Rugrats, Opens gGallery in Santa Monica – Pretty much what the headline says.  Csupo’s looking pretty good these days.

Homer Simpson Phone Booth – Apparently, phone booths in Russia kinda look like Homer’s mouth.

White Sox Week That Was: 7/9-7/15 – The results were good enough to overlook some things – Excellent usage:

According to dictionary.com, "cromulent" is a real word now and not just a joke from The Simpsons, which makes it the perfect word to sum up the White Sox week in Kansas City.  It was fine, adequate.

Google Accidentally Makes An Awesome Simpsons Reference – He can’t avenge his partner with that pea shooter!

The Simpsons Comic-Con 2012 Live Blog – This might be fun:

1:13 Will there ever be a ‘McBain’ short? They throw it to the crowd to see if they’d rather see an ‘Itchy and Scratchy’ short or a ‘McBain’ short and the crowd cheers louder for ‘McBain’ so of course, the panel chooses ‘Itchy and Scratchy.’

I have my doubts.  They haven’t done a decent Itchy & Scratchy in forever, and they haven’t done McBain in even longer.

Family Guy – A discussion of Family Guy leads to this:

You don’t have episodes or seasons that drag too much and bring the entire show down. It’s definitely better than what I like to call the ‘Simpsons Method’ where you have an amazing run but continue on for ten years too long.

Animated comedies never die.

If You Want The Simpsons Set Free, You Must Kill Them First – And finally, that guy who complained about the lack of streaming in Forbes last week agrees with us in an update post:

I stopped watching new episodes of The Simpsons years ago. One critic aptly summed up the decline thusly:

    Memorable story arcs have been sacrificed for the sake of celebrity walk-ons and punchline-hungry dialogue.

Now in addition to not being funny, I can not like the new episodes because their existence is what is keeping online streaming from us.

All bad things flow from Zombie Simpsons.

6 Responses to “Reading Digest: Longest Daycare Wrap-Up Edition”

  1. 1 lennyburnham
    20 July 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Oh man, so much stuff came up when I searched for “friend, mother, secret lover” that I didn’t look into it any further! But it doesn’t really ease the pain to know that it’s often misquoted. I’ll change it in the post. Thank goodness the misquoted part isn’t the name of the podcast.

  2. 2 Joethefish
    20 July 2012 at 6:19 pm

    The quote from the top of the page is from “the canine mutiny” , not the day violence died.

  3. 20 July 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Nothing on John Swartzwelder joining twitter? Granted, no one really knows if it’s him, but it really nails his writing style if it’s an imitator. I’m just gonna say that his feed is the one that feels like it’s actually written by Homer.

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