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It takes a small army to make an animated movie, and that small army usually needs years to bring the feature from idea to screen. During the run up to the release of The Simpsons Movie, almost everyone involved spoke candidly about the pressure felt to make the feature a hit – so as not to damage the reputation of the show.
While many have decried The Simpsons for dated storylines hampered by the amount of time it takes between writing an episode and having it air, no one can say they were late to the game parodying the star-studded Oscar selfie that host Ellen DeGeneres took at Sunday’s Oscars ceremony - which will go down in short-attention-span history as the Tweet that temporarily broke Twitter.
The Simpsons has traveled to Middle Earth for its latest couch gag. As we approach the release date of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the timing seems right for the beloved series to get the couch gag treatment over in Springfield, merging The Simpsons with everything Middle Earth has to offer, including hobbits, trolls, dragons and ghosts.
Sure, an episode like “Cape Feare” contains obvious references to both Cape Fear and The Night of the Hunter, but you might not have recognized that homage to Daniel Day Lewis in the 1989 film Eversmile, New Jersey, a film that certainly isn't in my DVD collection.
In 1993 during The Simpsons fourth season, the town of Springfield introduced us all to Whacking Day… and no snake has been safe since. Celebrated annually on May 10th, on Whacking Day the people of Springfield drive all the snakes into the town square and club them to death.
This week we're highlighting a conversation that Patches had with Glenn Frankel, author of the remarkable new book The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend. We also ponder why Marvel movies have such terrible scores, try to figure out our mild disappointment with Jeff Nichols' Mud, and figure out how on earth Katey never particularly got into The Simpsons. All that plus a lightning round inspired by the panic attacks in Iron Man 3
Moviegoers who head to Fox's Ice Age: Continental Drift will get the chance to see The Simpsons go 3D with the new short "The Longest Daycare." Like La Luna, this cartoon centers on a silent kid with a lot of pluck, in this case little Maggie Simpson who is forced to return to the care of the Ayn Rand School for Tots.
Let's all agree and just be done with it: The Simpsons isn't the show that it used to be. The series has been in decline since season 10 (coincidentally the year that Brad Bird left the show) and simply isn't
The Simpsons used to be able to maintain a consistent level of funny for twenty-two minutes straight minutes, but past season ten, the whole thing has been heading downhill. One aspect of the show that
Guys, I don't care how much you love The Simpsons-- this is good news. Matt Groening and showrunner Al Jean have confirmed that they don't want to do a second Simpsons movie, while talking to Morgan Spurlock, for some reason