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posted 27 May 2013, 15:12
How many times is the state of Missouri mentioned in The Simpsons and why should anyone care? Obviously somebody cared enough to put together this compilation. Here it goes.
So there you have it. Missouri (or should that be 'Missourah'), here we come.
posted 14 May 2013, 10:03
How often has Homer said D'Oh? Far to many to count but that doesn't stop some people from trying. We find it hard to believe that the following is a complete medley. Surely there must be more? But rather than pulling out the box sets and watching every episode back-to-back, with pen and clipboard poised to take notes (how sad do you think we are?), let's just say that this represents by far the biggest compilation we have come across to date. If you happen to know of a compilation that is larger or more expansive, you are most likely to be seriously in need of counselling, but we'd love to hear from you anyway.
According to one source, Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer Simpson, came up with the signature expression - originally, the script just called for an 'annoyed grunt'.
posted 20 Apr 2013, 23:36
A common and recurring theme, that has cropped up time and time again on The Simpsons over the years, relates to the issue of 'video violence' and juvenile exposure to same.
Fans of The Simpson will no doubt recall the many strange and bizarre video games that Bart et al while away the hours of their misspent youth glued to. How many of them can you recall? No doubt you will have your personal favourites but there have been so many over the years.
Good to know then, that a bunch of college students have applied their collective minds and come up with the following compilation. Isn't it satisfying to know that our best and brightest and doing what is expected of them? Namely, sitting around, pretending to be intelligent while they observe and comment upon prime time television. God bless them all and give them all a free beer (just one mind you - they can share it between themselves).
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posted 7 Aug 2011, 23:30
The weekend saw the release of Rise of the Planet of the Apes - the newest instalment of the movie franchise that, much like The Simpsons, enjoys considerable cross-cultural and inter-generational appeal. Re-makes of old classics invariably arouse measures of curiosity and indignation. The 1968 feature film starring Charlton Heston spawned an astonishing four sequels (or prequels as some might be termed). The 2001 re-make had mixed critical reviews but was judged a commercial success.
Of course Planet of the Apes references abound in The Simpsons. Who knows, maybe some day we'll even sit down and build a compendium of them. Remember, for example astronaut Homer's breakdown when he realised the terrible secret!?
For now however we thought it might be simpler to recall just one episode that stands out vividly. A Fish Called Selma featured the unforgettable Troy McClure (you may remember him from various Simpsons spoofs), in which he launched his comeback with the musical Stop the Planet of the Apes, I Want to Get off. We thought it was great - only a pity that Hollywood producers didn't heed the advice.
Actually musicals and Planet of the Apes are not as distant cousins as you might think. According to the Planets of the Apes website, producer of the original Apes outings, Arthur P. Jacobs, had among previous credits the 1967 musical adaptation of Doctor Doolittle - that's the one about being able to 'talk to the animals'. Or, did you know that sets used in the 1970 sequel, Beneath the Planet of the Apes were adapted from the 1969 musical Hello, Dolly!?
Sit back and enjoy Troy McClure doing what he does best, not very well. But who could forget those remarkable refrains:
I hate every ape I see / From Chimpan A to Chimpan Z / No you'll never make a monkey out of me ... / Oh my God! I was wrong / It was Earth all along / Yes you've finally made a monkey out of me.
posted 16 Mar 2011, 00:25
Today is St. Patrick's Day and everyone is a little bit Irish, except for the Italians and the gays - Kent O'Brockman
It's been St. Patrick's Day for hours and I'm still not drunk yet - Homer
The feast of St. Patrick is a celebration associated with the introduction of Christianity into Ireland and, for the people behind The Simpsons, an excuse to engage in merry old stereotyping of things that everyone associates with Ireland except for, strangely enough, the Irish. What is wrong with those people? Don't they know how to conform?
The Irish have provided an important element of The Simpsons from the very earliest days - see Irish References in The Simspons from The Simpsons Archives.
- Barney, the town drunk is Irish (although he thinks he might be Polish).
- In the Whacking Day episode Bart uncovers its secret history - it was started as an excuse to beat up the Irish.
- In Homer the Vigilante Grampa Simpson declares he was the one who drove the Irish out of Springfield (and a fine job he did of it too!)
- When Smithers thinks he may have shot Mr Burns he confides in a priest: "Now I know I haven't been a very good catholic ... though I did once try to march in a St. Patrick's Day parade."
- Let's not forget too that Ireland is one of the countries outside the United States that the Simpson family have visited.
- In The Simpsons Movie Lisa meets a boy whose family 'moved here from Ireland' and his father is a musician and a crusader, but he isn't Bono, though if he was it would explain why he's been banished from Ireland.
- 'And speaking of Bono, he is among the legions of celebrities who have guested on The Simpsons, along with the other members of U2.
- Plus Liam Neeson has appeared too and probably scores of others but after 20 years who's counting?
So before we all get too drunk, let's raise a glass, or several, to Irish influences on The Simpsons. For those already too drunk here's a short video that should answer all your questions:
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