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Makeup Quote of the Day

“Maggie, can you point to the monkey? . . . Pfft, what do babies know?” – Homer Simpson
“Maggie, can you point to the credenza?” – Lisa Simpson
“D’oh!” – Homer Simpson


Quote of the Day

“I’m gonna keep this Mary Worth phone right here. Here stern but sensible face will remind me never to do anything so stupid again.” – Bart Simpson
“Hey, Bart, you wanna go play with that x-ray machine in the abandoned hospital?” – Milhouse van Houten
“Sure.” – Bart Simpson


Quote of the Day

“Whoop-de-doo, employees! Everyone who’s found true love may leave early today!” – C.M. Burns
“Yea!” – Most Employees


Quote of the Day

“I suppose I’ll be getting home too. At least I got Matlock to keep me company. Oh, he’s on in five minutes!” – Abe “Grampa” Simpson
“He is? Step on it!” – Jacqueline Bouvier
“Hurry up! Hurry! Each Matlock could be our last!” – Old Jewish Guy


Quote of the Day

“Yeah, hi, I got a special delivery for Homer Simpson.” – Hired Goon
“That’s me!” – Bart Simpson
“Don’t write no more letters to Mr. Sinatra.” – Hired Goon

Happy (one week belated) birthday to Josh Weinstein! 


Quote of the Day

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“Hello, I’m Troy McClure! You might remember me from such films as The Boat Jacking of Supership 79 and Hydro: The Man with the Hydraulic Arms.” – Troy McClure


Quote of the Day


“That’s not my mother.” – Marge Simpson
“I’ll be back in a jiffy!” – Abe “Grampa” Simpson
“Can I come too? . . . Oh.” – Old Woman


Quote of the Day

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“You know, you remind me of poem I can’t remember, and a song that may never have existed, and a place I’m not sure I’ve ever been to.” – Abe “Grampa” Simpson
“You’re so sweet.” – Jacqueline Bouvier

Happy 20th Anniversary to “Lady Bouvier’s Lover”!  Original airdate: 12 May 1994.


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Burns-Bouvier Wedding

“Barney, why don’t you fill out the groom’s side.” – Homer Simpson
“Hey, down in front.” – Barney Gumble
“Nein!” – German Guy


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“It’s been great spending time with my family again.  I guess the next time I see you won’t be until Thanksgiving.” – Jacqueline Bouvier
“Or if not then . . . Christmas.” – Homer Simpson


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“Smithers, guess what happened to me last night?” – C.M. Burns
“I don’t know, sir.  You had sex with that old woman?” – Mr. Smithers
“She said no to me!  Do you know how many women have said no to me?  One-hundred-thirty!  But only one since I’ve become a billionaire.” – C.M. Burns


Quote of the Day

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“You were one nifty number.” – Abe “Grampa” Simpson
“Boys all paid attention to me, and it drove my friends crazy.” – Jacqueline Bouvier
“Oh, who were your friends?” – Abe “Grampa” Simpson
“Oh, Zelda Fitzgerald, Francis Farmer, and little Sylvia Plath.” – Jacqueline Bouvier


Reading Digest: Most Everyone Loves Maggie Edition

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“Everybody get ready, here comes the birthday girl in her very first dress.” – Marge Simpson
“Awww.” – Everybody
“She’s a little angel.” – Patty Bouvier
“Yeah, I want to put a hook in her and hang her from our Christmas tree.” – Selma Bouvier
“What smells?” – Abe “Grampa” Simpson
“Uh-oh.” – Marge Simpson

There were so many links about “The Longest Daycare” and the other award nominated animated shorts this week that I’ve set them aside in their own special VIP section.  (I came across so many that I initially thought the ceremony was this Sunday, not next Sunday.)  Almost everyone seems to like or love “The Longest Daycare”, though it also seems like nobody has any idea who’s actually going to get to read an awkward thank you speech on stage while most of the audience wonders when they’re going to get to the good awards.

Beyond that there are also a bunch of Valentine’s Day links, including not only the usual assortment of “I Love Lisa” stuff, but also one taking Valentine’s Day to task for being oh so much like Love Day from “Trash of the Titans”.  And beyond even those, there’s also a great animated .gif of one of Homer’s more epic nights out, a homemade Simpsons blanket, awesome looking Simpsons cookies, someone who thinks the show peaked in Seasons 6 and 7, and some fashionistas who take some of those couture Bart clothes for a spin. 


(BEGIN “The Longest Daycare” Section)

The Simpsons: The Longest Daycare – People of Australia, you’ll be able to see the Maggie movie at 6:25pm this Sunday on TEN.

FOX to Broadcast Oscar Nominated Short Film MAGGIE SIMPSON: THE LONGEST DAYCARE, 2/17 – People of America, we will be able to see the Maggie movie after Zombie Simpsons this Sunday.

Watch All Five of the 2013 Best Animated Short Film Nominees in Full – Or the people of Australia, America and everywhere else can just click through here and watch all five of the Oscar animated shorts on the internet.  (via Animation Fascination)

‘The Simpsons: The Longest Daycare’ review by Javier – A short review which I will quote in its entirety because it agrees with us:

I enjoyed this mini Simpsons episode, heck, it could be the best episode I seen from the Simpsons in 7 years, actually, now that I’am thinking about it, they should make the Maggie Simpsons adventures, I be down for that.

Back to the short.. ‘The Longest Daycare’ is fun, well pace. The comedy is classic Simpsons but with the class of a film from the 1930’s.


Maggie Simpson in: The Longest Daycare (2012): Academy Award Nominee Best Animated Short Film 1 of 5 – More kind words for Maggie:

This short film is certainly the funniest of this year’s nominees, and with its success I am sure we will see more Simpsons short films in the future. Let’s just hope they are all this entertaining.

Fingers crossed.

Oscar-nominated animated shorts: The Simpsons spin-off The Longest Daycare – And a rather more negative review:

This five-minute Simpsons cartoon played before the most recent Ice Age feature; and while it features a couple of satirical gags worthy of a good Simpsons episode, it feels closer in spirit to the kid-friendly entertainment of the Ice Age movies. The plot has baby Maggie enrolled at the "Ayn Rand School for Tots," where toddlers are divided into a "Gifted Area" and a grim-looking room marked "Nothing Special." Apart from the appearance of "Raggedy Ayn Rand" dolls, the filmmakers never advance on the satirical promise of that set-up.

Could they have done more?  Sure.  On the other hand, the Ayn Rand School for Tots is from Season 4’s “A Streetcar Named Marge” and has all of the things this review is looking for in terms of satire (The Fountainhead Diet, Helping Is Futile), so something that was just whimsical and funny worked well.

[F the] Oscar Nominated Shorts: The Ghost of Nominees Past – And a more positive one:

As far as I’m concerned, Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare was the best (read: least annoying) short that the collection had to offer. In tribute to the short movie convention of actually being a SHORT movie, it was only five minutes long. Those five minutes were filled with humour, brilliant sight gags, and a sense of completion for which every film should aim (call me a traditionalist).  Yeah, Fox has the budget to make all of their wildest dreams and ambitions into animated reality, but you know what? Money works. Sorry. I feel like this film will win.

I guess we’ll see.

Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts – A take that liked it, but not to win:

While it is the second shortest nominee it’s stil an example of The Simpsons at their finest, it’s a little bit crude, but it’s funny, and packed full of pathos. I’d probably rank it as my least favorite of the five, but that’s a tribute to the competition, rather than a slight to this fine film.

Five Animated Shorts, Only One Oscar – People do seem to enjoy this film:

Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare, directed by David Siverman displays the still relatively sharp and wiry humor that the show is known for. Set in “Ann Rand’s School for Babies” we get Maggie battling her arch nemesis to save a hapless butterfly. Entertaining and even a tad suspenseful, I liked how clever this short was. 8.5/10

Oscars 85.0: Best Animated Short Film – Though not everyone thinks it’s worth of the golden phallus:

Finding its place somewhere between a rejected minor subplot for an episode of The Simpsons and a cheap short to simply capitalize on 3D technology, Maggie Simpson’s antics in The Longest Daycare are fun but nowhere near Oscar-worthy.  The short is simple and full of the satire and subtle humor that has made The Simpsons beloved for so long, but the multiple decisions that were clearly made simply for the purposes of 3D are hard to overlook, as are the choices of humor and satire that seem poorly out of place in a short like this.

And we’re done.  Good luck next Sunday, Maggie! 

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Beckerman Bite Plate: Bart Simpson + Layering – The Bart Simpson scarf and hat in the wild, photographed for a sisterly fashion blog.  Cool.

The Simpsons and ‘Moneyball’ – This seems about right:

I clicked on it expecting to hate it, but like Scott Hatteberg fielding grounder after grounder, it worked and worked and worked at its goal, and I think it succeeded. A Simpsons/Moneyball mashup worth about 120 seconds of your time:

Brad Pitt as Mr. Burns and Jonah Hill as Smithers works pretty well.  (Incidentally, the YouTube account there is called “simpsonstrailers” but this is the only one on there.  It was posted last year when Moneyball came out, and if you look at the stats the video had just a few views until earlier this week when it went nuts, so maybe they’ll finally get around to making some more.)

39/365 – From the same blog that brought us the image of the three Homers last week comes this very cool, double exposure ghosted Otto.  Bravo.

Blankets!!! – A homemade Simpsons blanket for a friend’s daughter.  Aww.

Simpsons Challenge – Another blogger contemplates taking the leap and watching every episode:

One idea I have is a review based one. And what do I feel like reviewing? Every episode of The Simpsons. Yes, even terrible ones.

I thought this would be an interesting one, as I’ll be honing my reviewing skills and I know that I’ll get a chance to review some fantastic episodes and some lousy episodes. It would take me over 500 days to do them all… I think I’m okay with that.

I still don’t know if I will or not, but it’s an idea that’s bouncing around my head.

Would you, O grand Internet, be interested in something like that?

Of course!  But having seen people both succeed and struggle with it, I’d strongly recommend calling it quits around Season 11.

Simpsons Reviews – From the same blog as the above:

The more I think about reviewing every episode of The Simpsons, the more I really, really want to do it.

It just sounds like a cool idea to try! I love the golden years of the show (and who doesn’t) and I’m honestly baffled by how far the quality has declined. By watching every episode, I’d have a complete understanding of the show… Kind of.

What do you need to know?  The show grew up, got married, and became cheap TV.

From Fuzz, to Clarity, to Convenience: The Revolution of Television – From a college course blog about the evolution of television:

Being a child of the broadcast waves I gradually started to recognize advancements and transitions in the Television Industry. Everyday when I was young I vividly remember rushing home to watch the Simpsons, which aired at 5:00 on the fuzzy, off color living room TV set. This meant that everyday at 5 o’clock I was at the same place, doing the same thing. It didn’t take long before I found myself following a pretty strict schedule, never missing an episode.

She goes on to discuss how with all the silicon chips and such these days you can watch it whenever you like, which means you can also watch more stuff.  Hooray!

TV’s Best Valentine’s Day Episodes: The Office, Modern Family, Glee and More! – According to E! Online, “I Love Lisa” is the #2 Valentine’s Day episode. 

Valentine’s Day: A History – Taking a look at the opening of “Trash of the Titans” as a way to get into the true spirit of Valentine’s Day: figuring out how it got this out of control.

The Simpsons Valentine’s Day Cookies – Deliciously sugary looking Valentine’s day cookies featuring various Springfield twosomes.

Is It Bacon Day? Happy…Valentine’s Day! – Just a screen grab of Homer’s love letter from “Bart the Lover”, but at least someone remembered that yesterday is also Bacon Day.

Vege-might – “Lisa the Vegetarian” holding its own in a serious contemplation of vegetarianism with George Orwell and Peter Singer:

A familiar – and more possibly revealing than was intended – portrayal of the meat industry broadcast to my generation can be found in an episode of The Simpsons. In the episode Lisa the Vegetarian , students at Springfield Elementary are shown the Troy Mclure (who you may remember from other such educational films as “Two Minus Three Equals Negative Fun” and “Firecrackers: The Silent Killer”) fronted student education film Meat and You. Following a tour of a meat processing plant, the film’s protagonist, Jimmy, asks “Mr McClure? I have a crazy friend who says its wrong to eat meat. Is he crazy?” to which McClure responds “Nooo, just ignorant. You see, your crazy friend never hear of the food chain”. The image then presented to the viewer is a telling and brilliantly  satirical representation of our perceived relationship with the animal kingdom:


That image remains hilarious.

An Engagement with a Tiny Box – Discussing Homer’s onion ring proposal among many other television propositions:

The poverty-stricken Homer, now a lowly trainee at a fast-food outlet, puts an onion ring on pregnant Marge’s finger before she asks him to take it off before the grease burns her. Homer, of course, eats the onion ring seconds after removing it. The poignancy of The Simpsons can make unglamorous moments like these seem like the ending of Casablanca,

Well put.

3 episodes of The Simpsons students in blizzards should watch – I’d replace “Skinner’s Sense of Snow” with “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”, but that’s just me.

DR ZAIUS, DR ZAIUS – Somebody just discovered Eye on Springfield:

for those of you who know each joke off the top of your head, it’s still an entertaining way to kick back, ignore that lingering deadline, and indulge in some eye candy.

viva la simpsons!

Viva!  (And bonus points for naming the blog Glower Power.)

Winter Storm Nemo…In 10 Words – Lisa, these men are professional meteorologists.

The 2013 Grammys…In 10 Words – It really shouldn’t be considered an award at all.

The Pope’s Resignation…In 10 Words – Feh.  I’d rather watch the baby goat drinking from the bottle.

Identity Thief…In 10 Words – Hello, my name is Mr. Burns.

28 More Funny Signs From The Simpsons (2.11.13) – A great list with some fantastic sign gags.  There’s one or two from Zombie Simpsons, but that’s it.

Simpsons – Homer’s Night Out (gif) – Awesome animated .gif of Homer’s “Scene Missing” evening on the town.

Valentine’s Day is no joke – Just YouTube of Skinner’s Valentine’s Day Vietnam flashback.  Johnny! 

The Vacuous Love of Valentine’s – A defense of Ralph from “I Love Lisa”:

How should we think about love? Ironically, Ralph Wiggum – one of the dumber characters on The Simpsons, a character who may be accused of not thinking at all – answers this question. Walking Lisa home from school he explains that he picks his nose too much, so much in fact that he must see a doctor because it frequently bleeds. If that’s not being yourself I don’t know what is. Have you seen that episode? Ralph Wiggum gets his heart totally annihilated, on live television no less. And yet, Ralph Wiggum demonstrates something profound,  something he may not entirely comprehend: there is nothing romantic or loving or compassionate or chivalrous or true about taking a girl on a date and acting like someone else. That is the real selfish behavior.

I never thought of it that way, but Ralph certainly is incapable of jerking anyone around.

Was 1995 The Greatest Year In The History Of The Simpsons? – Maybe?  There’s some good discussion here about why Seasons 6 and 7 are incredibly fantastic.

Top 10: Television Shows of All-Time – The show checks in at a shockingly low #10 here.

It’s 6 o’clock! – That episode where Marge briefly gets breast implants comes in for a lot of well justified criticism here. 

30 Day Book and Literature Challenge: Day 25 – And finally, I get to end the way I like, with someone who agrees with us.  Reviewing “Planet Simpson” by Chris Turner, Mrs. S. writes:

Given what the show has become this book is already like a time capsule of a happier, more intellectual and richer time.



The Longest Daycare: Maggie in the Spotlight

Baby Beef

“We didn’t invite the other babies.  Maggie doesn’t seem to get along with the other babies.” – Lisa Simpson

Though I still haven’t seen it a second time, after a weekend of mulling it over, “The Longest Daycare” is doing that thing that high quality movies/television shows/books do where it gets better the more I think about it.  The story is sweet without being saccharine, exciting without being scary, and plausible without being fanciful.  The animation is very similar to the movie and HD Zombie Simpsons, but there’s a not-quite dreamlike quality to it that makes it fit in will with a story that’s told from the perspective of a baby.  Finally and most importantly, “The Longest Daycare” has a genuine sense of humor to it, one that doesn’t feel repetitive or played out. 

The last part comes about in no small part because the format of “The Longest Daycare”.  A dialogue free short film leaves no room for the typical comedy and story telling problems that plague Zombie Simpsons and spoiled the movie.  Since there’s no Homer, no need to stretch things to fill an arbitrary runtime, and no dialogue of any kind, “The Longest Daycare” is protected from Jerkass Homer acting insane, pointless celebrity voice cameos, dull exposition to explain whatever nonsense is happening, and the need to stretch jokes and ideas as a way to kill time.

By operating in a new format that makes so many of the usual shortcuts unavailable, “The Longest Daycare” is free to both indulge its imagination and tell a simple story without getting bogged down in ill timed act breaks or any of the other routine necessities of television.  The result is a short story about Maggie, Gerald (the baby with the one eyebrow), and a caterpillar that she wants to protect and he wants to squish.  The setup is simple but sturdy, and the short moves along briskly while covering quite a bit of physical and emotional ground given that it takes place at a daycare center over only a short time. 

The animation plays a very clever two-track game with the audience.  On the more adult level, there’s a steady stream sign jokes and background gags, much of which goes by very quickly and requires you to pay attention lest you miss something.  On the more kid level, the perspective both of the setting and of the events is decidedly baby-like.  Everything from hallways to other kids to the caterpillar/cocoon that’s the focus of the conflict is shown from the mental and physical viewpoint of Maggie, so when she’s concentrating on something, we see it up close.  When she’s frightened by Gerald, we see him as a towering figure instead of the tiny baby he is (these images are from the trailer, which “Captain Squid” at No Homers was nice enough to grab):


The ceiling and cabinets are all much higher off the ground than he is, but not from Maggie’s point of view.

The short uses this kind of perspective a lot, so that we see things the way Maggie would see them, both physically and emotionally.  For example, when Marge drops Maggie off, she walks down a hallway away from Maggie, but we don’t see it as a straight passageway, instead it’s got an arc to it that exaggerates the distance and reinforces the fact that we’re seeing it the same way a baby sitting on the floor would see it.  Even though Marge is only a few adult steps away, by Maggie’s standards she’s much further. 

You can see that baby-perspective in a couple of the other stills from the trailer.  Here’s Maggie in a hallway that looks much too small for her:


And here she is flinging mud at Gerald from what looks like about six inches away:


From a strict size perspective, neither of these shots makes much sense.  Look how large she and Gerald are compared to the hallway, how close in the bookshelf and the paining look, to say nothing of how close Maggie must be to Gerald as she tosses the dirt.  But they do an excellent job of conveying how Maggie feels, that Gerald is this massive, close-in threat. 

None of this is accidental, Maggie is the undisputed star of “The Longest Daycare”.  It’s a story where the audience gets to follow her, and root for her, and sympathize with her, and so it’s told from her point of view.  So while the animation isn’t as technically impressive or “ooh-ahh” worthy as, say, Pixar’s La Luna (which appeared before Brave), it’s much more entertaining than the usual HD animation on Zombie Simpsons because it doesn’t look like stale computer templates, but rather like a living part of the story. 

The soundtrack, which I’m pretty sure was done by Hans Zimmer (though it isn’t on his IMDb page yet) kept things bouncy and moving, though I can’t recall any part that really stood out as memorable.  And there were a few things that seemed excessive, unnecessary, or out of place.  But on the whole, “The Longest Daycare” was very good, and I look forward to seeing it again whenever it manages to hit the internet or home video. 

In the meantime, if you happen to find yourself in a big multiplex sometime in the next week (cough, Batman 7, cough), duck into an Ice Age 4 theater about fifteen minutes after the listed showtime and watch “The Longest Daycare”.  (I didn’t see it in 3D, anyone could’ve just walked in.)  It really is worth seeing, and I’m slightly surprised that even at No Homers (in this thread or this one), very few people went out to see it this weekend.  Sure, it’s only five minutes, but it’s still Simpsons on the big screen, and it’s definitely fun. 


Quote of the Day

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“You know, Mom, you and Abe have a lot in common . . . uh, um, you both got swindled by that telemarketing scam.” – Marge Simpson
“Oh, it’s not a swindle.  What you do is, see, you give ’em all your credit card numbers, and if one of them is lucky, they’ll send you a prize.” – Abe “Grampa” Simpson
“I was just happy to talk to someone on the phone.” – Jacqueline Bouvier


Quote of the Day

Extracting Nutrients

Image shamelessly yoinked from here

“Marge, please, old people don’t need companionship.  They need to be isolated and studied so it can be determined what nutrients they have that might be extracted for our personal use.” – Homer Simpson
“Homer, would you please stop reading that Ross Perot pamphlet.” – Marge Simpson


Quote of the Day

Jimmy Durante

Image yoinked from Wikipedia.

“Mr. Simpson, I represent the estate of Jimmy Durante.  I have a court order demanding an immediate halt to this unauthorized imitation.  Boys.” – Lawyer
“Well, would it be alright with you if I just laid down in the street and died?” – Abe “Grampa” Simpson
“Yes, that would be acceptable.” – Lawyer


Quote of the Day

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“Homey, you know it’s funny, both my mother and your father seem pretty lonely.” – Marge Simpson
“Heh, heh, heh, heh, heh, that is funny.” – Homer Simpson


Quote of the Day

“I specifically requested no romantic music!” – C.M. Burns


Quote of the Day

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“Coming up this hour on the Impulse Buying Network, your chance to own a piece of Itchy & Scratchy, the toon-town-twosome beloved by everyone, even cynical members of Generation X.” – Troy McClure
“Yeah.  ‘Groovy’.” – Cynical Member of Generation X

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