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Quote of the Day

“Marge . . . I was just watching women’s volleyball on ESPN . . . ” – Homer Simpson


Quote of the Day

“Do you think we’ll ever see her again?” – Lisa Simpson
“I’m sure we will, honey. I’m sure we will.” – Homer Simpson


Makeup Quote of the Day

“Wasted away again in Margaritaville . . . ” – Shary Bobbins
“Searching for my lost shaker of salt . . . Oh, here it is.” – Barney Gumble


Makeup Quote of the Day

“Now I’d like to introduce a new feature, never before seen on TV: Dumb Pet Tricks! Ugh, oh, boy. Here’s a dog that’s been trained to catch this red rubber ball. . . . Somebody shoot it! Somebody shoot it!” – Krusty the Klown


Quote of the Day

“Now let’s take a look at a young Charles Bronson’s brief stint replacing Andy Griffith on The Andy Griffith Show.” – Before They Were Famous Host
“Where’s Otis? He’s not in his cell.” – Not Don Knotts
“I shot him.” – Charles Bronson
“Well, that’s-what!?” – Not Don Knotts
“Now I’m going down to Emmett’s Fix It Shop to fix Emmett.” – Charles Bronson

Happy birthday, Mike Reiss! 


Quote of the Day

“We have our own suggestions for the new nanny. Would you like to hear them?” – Lisa Simpson

“You have my undivided attention.” – Homer Simpson


Quote of the Day


♫”If you cut every corner, it is really not so bad/
Everybody does it, even mom and dad!
If nobody sees it, then nobody gets mad!”♫ – Shary Bobbins
♫”It’s the American way!”♫ – Bart Simpson

Happy 20th Anniversary to  Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious! Original airdate 7 February 1997.


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“Sing us a song, Shary Bobbins.” – Bart Simpson
“Yeah, sing us a song!” – Lisa Simpson
“I’ve been singing you songs all day! I’m not a bloody jukebox!” – Shary Bobbins


Quote of the Day

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“Ooh, I can’t get enough of this blood pudding.” – Homer Simpson
“The secret ingredient is blood.” – Bart Simpson
“Blood? Eww. I’ll just stick to the brain and kidney pie, thank you.” – Homer Simpson


Quote of the Day

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“Homey, I’m losing my hair.” – Marge Simpson
“Now, sweetie, don’t worry about a thing.  I’ll teach you to comb it over so no one can tell.  Just like my hair.” – Homer Simpson


Quote of the Day


“Hey, where’s the remote?” – Lisa Simpson
“Hello?  Hello?  Stupid cordless phone!  I’ll try the old fashioned model.  Ah, that’s better!  How ya doin’, Gertie?” – Abe “Grampa” Simpson


Quote of the Day

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“Now, as your nanny, I’ll do everything from telling stories to changing diapers.” – Shary Bobbins
“Put me down for one of each.” – Abe “Grampa” Simpson


Quote of the Day

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♫“And so, let us leave, on this heartwarming scene.”♫ – Shary Bobbins
♫“Can I be a boozehound?”♫ – Bart Simpson
♫“Not till you’re fifteen.”♫ – Homer Simpson


Reading Digest: President Wolfcastle Edition

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“Welcome back to Before They Were Famous.  We all know Ranier Wolfcastle as the star of the blockbuster McBain movies, but here’s his first appearance in a commercial in his native Austria.” – Before They Were Famous Host
“Mein bratwurst has a first name, it’s F-R-I-T-Z.  Mine bratwurst has a second name it’s S-C-H-N-A-C-K-E-N-P-F-E-F-F-E-R-H-A-U-S-E-N.” – Ranier Wolfcastle

We’ve got two links about President Schwarzenegger in the movie this week.  Those were some of the best parts, but to this day it remains a mark of how timidly they made the thing that they didn’t have him named President Wolfcastle.  Did someone really think that people – who are paying to see a damn Simpsons movie – wouldn’t understand who the giant dude with the Austrian accent was?  Weird.  In addition to that we’ve got a FOX promotional video that is funny both intentionally and unintentionally, more about Bartkira, a video game video, more Simpsons college mascots, an unusual comparison of Edgar Allen Poe and the show, and someone who specifically agrees with us.


(Today is also the release of issue #3 at the spinoff site.  Lotta good articles about television this time: Community, Bates Motel, and House of Cards all get looked at, and our cover image is an exclusive peek at Game of Thrones as it appeared in 1635.)

A Day in the Life with Yeardley Smith – This is a promotional YouTube video put out by FOX:

A few fun things:

  • They had to blur out the Toyota logo on Smith’s steering wheel, you know, in case the world thought Toyota paid for this or something.
  • Is that a Windows XP screen saver in the writers room?  Nice.
  • Jean’s deadpan delivery is excellent.
  • Matt Selman, funny guy: “We try not to do cliches on the Simpsons”.  HaGood one, Matt!
  • Yeardley Smith, actually funny: “This is my office, where some days I just feel like I’m pretending.”

Akira-Meets-The-Simpsons Gets a Full Cast. It Might Surprise You. – The cast of the Simpsons-Akira thing from last week laid out in convenient graphical form.

‘The Simpsons’ voice actor Harry Shearer talks at Loyola April 8 – If you’re in New Orleans, this’ll probably be fun:

Harry Shearer, the legendary bassist in the 1984 rock and roll mockumentary “This is Spinal Tap” and the voice of more than 20 characters on the hit animated sitcom “The Simpsons,” will discuss the evolution of his career at a forum at Loyola University New Orleans Monday, April 8 at 5 p.m.


the forum will feature clips from Shearer’s iconic television and film performances, including “This is Spinal Tap,” “Saturday Night Live” and “A Mighty Wind.” The event will also include never before seen footage from “Unwigged and Unplugged,” the 25th anniversary Spinal Tap concert tour film that was produced and directed by Gabour.

Every Videogame from The Simpsons – This is a College Humor video that charts video games in the show.  (Though it doesn’t actually have “Every” one.)  It’s amusing on its own, but more so when you notice that it’s a three minute video that runs to about the two minute mark before it gets to Zombie Simpsons, of which there are more than twice as many episodes.  (And that doesn’t change the fact that they play Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge over the credits.)  I don’t think Zombie Simpsons has that many fewer games in it, I just think the College Humor people didn’t want to bother slogging through it.  (Thanks to @PepCulture!)

Gary Panter Draws Bart Simpson – Cool:

So I apologize for the size of this image but I thought it was so cool it deserved posting anyway: this is a drawing of Bart from “The Simpsons” by the astonishing Gary Panter; part of a subset of “Arty Art” chase cards from one of the Simpsons trading card sets. By far the best one, in my humble opinion. Thought you’d enjoy.

Little-known fact: Panter and Matt Groening are great friends;

Click through for the image and the full story.

The Simpsons Couch Gag Supercut – I will let the link explain itself:

This is the Supercut I made for University, displaying a small portion of the good old episode of The Simpsons. I did have more material to use, but I didn’t want it to be too long.

It goes through what looks like about the middle of Season 4 with couch gags, and it’s strangely mesmerizing.

The Simpsons – drawing time lapse – What it says, gets more fun to watch near the end as your eyes have to hunt for the little changes in shading and color.

LEGO The Simpsons coming in 2014? – The Simpsons-Lego thing is still just a rumor, but a Lego blog has helpfully scrounged up some images of what they might look like.

Which Simpsons character is your alma mater? – In addition to the Big Ten, there’s now similar lists for the ACC and Big XII, and a gag one about the SEC.  West Virginia and TCU are pretty good, but why on earth is Frink Duke?  Duke should be the blue haired lawyer or possibly Burns.

MMV: Do the Bartman – A short dissection of the Bartman video.  I never noticed this:

The animation directors who normally worked on the show did not want to do the video; they needed to remain focused on episodes. So it was given to a relative newcomer, a man who had only one TV episode to his directing resume at the time: Brad Bird. Bird, of course, would go on to direct the feature films The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille.

Brad Bird, is there anything he can’t do?

Don Payne dies at 48; ‘Simpsons’ writer and producer – Payne was on board for the last year of the show, worked on Zombie Simpsons for a while and then wrote movies.  Condolences.

17 Times The Simpsons Copied Famous Movies – This is just a comparison, and for some reason includes one image from Zombie Simpsons, but it’s a pretty good one and comes with several neat animated .gifs.

Books to read when you are in a funk – A discussion of Poe that mentions the show without mentioning “The Raven” segment:

I am sure that when these stories were written in the 1840s, they probably were quite shocking and disturbing, but I didn’t find them as grisly as I expected them to be. This could be for a number of reasons.

A) I think that, generally, we are less sensitized to violence these days. For example, I watched ‘An Interview with a Vampire’ for the first time the other week (I know, where have I been). It is rated as an 18, but to be honest the violence (a bit of blood trickling from a bite and the odd decapitation) is no worse than that seen on ‘Itchy and Scratchy’ on ‘The Simpsons’.

I guess people really were easier to scare back then.

We Need to Talk About Sidewalks – True:

This is a phenomenon—you might have seen it—when a pack of young scallywags walk in a perfectly straight line across the sidewalk, taking up the entire path.

This can lead to two things.

One, I or another unsuspecting victim could end up stuck behind said group, likely walking at a pace comparable to a snail dragging a giant shame rock behind him [like Homer’s when the Stonecutters got all up in his grill] and forcing me to either go off roading or draft behind the slowest peloton in history.

Sidewalk’s for regular walking, not for fancy walking.

The Simpsons Family- A Drawing – Remember that kid who had only watched Season 11 and after from last week?  Well, he can draw pretty well.

3 of the Best vs 3 of the Worst – Fictional Movie Presidents. – President Shouldabeen-Wolfcastle makes both lists!  Well done.

The Nine Best Television Butt Antics – This is a pretty solid list, with Bart’s Nixon impression included in the title image.  I don’t know if it was limit one per show, but I’d definitely have included Homer’s impression of Mr. Burns.

The Croods…In 10 Words – Look, Maggie, they have a baby too.

Luigi’s Mansion…In 10 Words – Probably just Tim Conway.

Email Roundtable #20 – “I Take Thee, Rachel”: Our Favorite TV Weddings – Homer and Marge’s is on here, though I’ve always enjoyed Selma and Sideshow Bob’s too.  Where else can you find a loaded police revolver by the cake?

5 Great Fictional Bands – The Be Sharps handily make the list.

3/26: Some favorite things – Pretty much:

3. The Simpsons. When you can say, “Moe is their leader,” and get a good chuckle back, you know that a) you have an inextricable bond, and b) you have watched season 2 too often.

Also, there’s YouTube of Leonard Nimoy singing about Bilbo Baggins, which will never get old.

Internet Win of the Day: March 26 – Heh:

Just something I thought was awesome for reals …

I think Planters should Poochie up Mister Peanut & turn him into a rapper called P. Nutz

— Michael Kupperman (@MKupperman) March 26, 2013

As someone who has devoted his entire life to making Seinfeld references, I respect anyone who plies that craft in the service of the other great comedic television masterpiece of the ’90s, The Simpsons.

Pop 5: Cinematic Presidents – I’d agree with pretty much all of this:

While technically a real person, this is pretty much a fictional character. And while I think this concept is hilarious, I don’t understand why the President wasn’t fictional film actor Ranier Wolfcastle. As all Simpsons fans know, Ranier Wolfcastle is basically Arnold Schwarzenegger. In The Simpsons Movie, Shearer is doing the exact same character, but for some reason they decide to call him Arnold Schwarzenegger. Was this to relate more to an main stream audience? Whatever the case, he’s still really funny. And even though he has little screen time, Schwarzenegger makes his moments stick. His scenes are also enhanced by the villain, Russ Cargill, head of the EPA and voiced by Albert Brooks. There’s a lot that works about the Simpsons Movie, and a lot that doesn’t work. The scenes with President Arnold definitely work.

As mentioned above, he should’ve been named Wolfcastle, and his parts were among the better ones in the movie.

Bonestorming Your Way Through Life – And finally, not only do I get to end with someone who agrees with us, I get to end with a brand new Simpsons blog that really specifically agrees with us:

The Simpsons took their shot at the long-running series in “Marge Be Not Proud” –an episode that I have more familiarity than most other episodes due to it being, in the era preceeding Netflix and rampant DVD release, one of like three episodes that I had managed to record off of TV during the show’s nightly airing. The episode is an oddity in The Simpsons’s history. Situated in the middle of seventh season, “Marge Be Not Proud” is right in the middle of the series’ tallest years –arguable, but in this writer’s estimation, we’re talking seasons 3-10, here –yet seems to, rather suddenly, get extremely moral-centered –i.e stealing is bad. Considering you have Homer Simpson wailing on former president George H. W. Bush just two episodes later, this heavy-handed inclusion can leave you with the same confusion you might have if Rayden started shooting unicorns from his fingertips instead of lightning.

Amen.  It is, as I’ve said many times, a true oddity in Season 7.


Quote of the Day

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♫“The nanny we want is kindly and sage . . .” – Lisa Simpson
“And one who will work for minimum wage.”♫ – Homer Simpson

Happy birthday Alf Clausen!


Quote of the Day

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“Now let’s hear it for a great American, former President Gerald Ford.” – Krusty the Klown
“Thank you, Krusty, for inviting me.” – Gerald Ford
“Well, all the good Presidents turned us down.” – Krusty the Klown


Quote of the Day

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“Boy for sale!  Boy for sale!” – Principal Skinner
“Is this legal, man?” – Jimbo
“Only here, and in Mississippi.” – Principal Skinner


Bonus Quote of the Day

Songs in the Key of Springfield Go Simpsonic with The Simpsons
Both images taken from Wikipedia.

“If there’s a task that must be done/
Don’t turn your tail and run/
Don’t pout, don’t sob/
Just do a half-assed job!” – Shary Bobbins

Happy birthday Alf Clausen!


Crazy Noises: Treehouse of Horror XXI

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“And now, our parody of ‘Mad About You’, entitled ‘Mad About Shoe’!  Gimme a kiss baby, no tongue, ha ha! . . . Ohh, you’re not going to like our ‘NYPD Shoe’ sketch.  It’s pretty much the same thing.” – Krusty the Klown

In our ongoing mission to bring you only the shallowest and laziest analysis of Zombie Simpsons, we’re keeping up our Crazy Noises series for Season 22.  Since a podcast is so 2004, and video would require a flag, a fern and some folding chairs from the garage, we’ve elected to use the technology that brought the word “emoticon” to the masses: the chatroom.  Star Trek image macros are strictly forbidden, unless you have a really good reason why Captain Picard is better than Captain Kirk.  This text has been edited for clarity and spelling (surprisingly enough, not on  “Jumanji”). 

This episode consisted of half assed Simpsonizations of four other shows/movies: The Office, Jumanji, Dead Calm, and Twilight.  In the hands of people who cared in the least about jokes, pacing or comedy that wouldn’t be a problem.  In the hands of Zombie Simpsons it was a disaster from start to finish, laden with tensionless action sequences, bizarre non sequiturs (even within single scenes), and enough limp, toothless pop culture “references” to fill one of those wretched spoof movies. 

Note: Dave couldn’t join us this week, so this is shorter and even less insightful than usual. 

Charlie Sweatpants: Shall we get started?

Mad Jon: Ok then

Do you remember a time when THOH weren’t just parodies of movies?

  Or when they were parodies, at least they were of things that were topical?

Charlie Sweatpants: I don’t think any of this rose to the level of parody.

Mad Jon: “Jumanji” was like 25 years ago.

And “Twilight” is several years old as well.

Charlie Sweatpants: Enh. That doesn’t bother me so much as the fact that they weren’t doing much to make fun of anything.

Mad Jon: That is true. Most of the attempted jokes were 20-30 seconds of repetitive action

Charlie Sweatpants: The board game titles were mildly clever, but then they spent the rest of the segment doing terrible – and terribly long and repetitive – physical "comedy".

  The joke where Wiggum got crushed would’ve been okay if it hadn’t gone on about five times longer than it should have.

The chutes and ladders thing, I was actually embarrassed for them.

Mad Jon: Like Homer’s walk, or Harry Potter/Edward’s stopping moving vehicles, which I assume was part of that movie which I never saw.

Charlie Sweatpants: Yeah, the glorified goth kid stops a car from hitting the girl with no personality. The movie was terrible, but I watched it with weed and Rifftrax, so I had an okay time.

Mad Jon: Sounds like fun.

Charlie Sweatpants: But there was no need for it to keep happening like that.

Though for sheer boredom the end of the segment was worse.

  The vampire neighborhood was just them Simpsonizing other vampires.

Mad Jon: Indeed. What was with the dog that picked up fat Homer bat at the end?

  That one was over my head.

Charlie Sweatpants: Well, it was the Milhouse were-poodle, or whatever.

  Like most of the attempts at humor, it had nothing to do with anything.

Mad Jon: Oh, so I didn’t miss a clever joke or insightful parody?

Charlie Sweatpants: Well, Twilight has a werewolf that also loves the girl with no personality.

Mad Jon: That’s a relief.

  Fair enough.

Charlie Sweatpants: What really got me though was the bell tower ending.

They just keep it up with the suspense music about what’s going to happen, and then they go back and forth about three times.

Mad Jon: Yep.

Charlie Sweatpants: It’s too bad vampires don’t feed off of exposition.

  Speaking of suspense for no reason, what was with the middle segment?

That was a great big bowl of steaming what the fuck, and then Maggie’s in the tub and, unrelated to everything, she dons the Malcolm McDowell eye makeup from “A Clockwork Orange”.

Mad Jon: I don’t know. They were on a boat, and some British guy rows to them and then some mindless violence with none of the touch of "The Shinning" and then Maggie is some evil ultraviolent mastermind.

Maybe they were banking on the fact that nobody that watches this anymore has actually seen that movie, but would probably get the visual reference.

Charlie Sweatpants: But none of it made any sense at all. If they had just kept it as some kind of creepy menage-a-trois it would have at least made sense, but they dropped that for the "It’s a Wonderful Life (Killing Spree Ending)".

All of a sudden Homer’s armed to the teeth and he kills a bunch of people for no reason.

  And then Marge kills herself because . . . why?

Mad Jon: Oh I agree, none of it made sense, or tied together plot wise, even with the umpteen twists

Charlie Sweatpants: Even when you know it’s all in Maggie’s head it still doesn’t make any sense. It’s a twist that has no revelations to it.

Mad Jon: Also, would Homer J. Simpson actually help give one of his children a bath?

  Perhaps the random story generator went haywire again, and nobody bothered to edit it.

Charlie Sweatpants: Editing would’ve helped.

Mad Jon: To some extent at least.

Charlie Sweatpants: That thing where Homer kept walking off screen only to come back again?

  It goes on for twenty seconds and it should’ve have taken two.

Mad Jon: Also he had roller blades. That was apparently a visual gag of some sort. I mean, who wears roller blades on a rented yacht?

Charlie Sweatpants: I think the randomness was the point, but it was a very poor one.

Mad Jon: Yes, I think I understand.

Charlie Sweatpants: Well, the only thing to understand it as is filler.

Half the second segment is them either describing things that happened or having flashbacks.

Mad Jon: You know, if they would have just had Homer stop all the vehicles instead of Harry Potter, he could have had a 30 second montage of random motion in each act?

  So close.

Charlie Sweatpants: Good point.

He had to settle for riding that vampire guy for no reason.

Mad Jon: That’s right, he did ride a vampire didn’t he?

  Also he entered the second act via shark vomit. That’s also got to count for something.

  Couldn’t he have just been on the boat?

Charlie Sweatpants: That wouldn’t have taken enough time.

Mad Jon: I suppose you’re right.

Charlie Sweatpants: Same with Bart operating the mousetrap or the strange, clock killing suicide of Milhouse.

Mad Jon: That was just creepy. Not in a funny THOH way either, like in a really creepy "Milhouse decided to kill himself" way.

  Who ever wrote that little bit probably tortured small animals as a child.

Charlie Sweatpants: Well, they had to work in that R.I.P. joke. It’s just too good.

Mad Jon: Leave no line uncrossed I guess.

Charlie Sweatpants: Pretty much.

Anything else here? This one was heavy on filler even by their standards.

Mad Jon: No, nothing much. It’s really too bad, even Zombie THOH aren’t usually this bad. This was really really boring.

  And also it had less transitions than a kindergarten play about thanksgiving.

Charlie Sweatpants: Ha.

Mad Jon: Things just kept happening, and then I got sad.

Charlie Sweatpants: Sounds more like real Thanksgiving.


Quote of the Day

“Your mother seems really upset about something. I’d better go have a talk with her. During the commercial.” – Homer Simpson


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