Tag: The Simpsons

Here’s some stuff I enjoyed this week

Here’s some stuff I enjoyed this week

Internet, Links
Here’s a fresh batch of some quality interweb finds I’ve come across over the last 7 days month or so: Awesome internet meme of the day -- Retro Spider-Man, bringing that classic '60s animated version of our favorite webslinger back to life in the internet age (Know Your Meme) Yet another way to get the most out of Spotify -- a ridiculous collection of shared playlists (ShareMyPlaylists) Not even the discovery of a fourth moon around Pluto can get it back in the big kids' club. (Defective Yeti) An extremely detailed and thoroughly riveting account of the operation to kill Osama bin Laden (The New Yorker) Productivity + internet = No Productivity (The Daily What) 21 Google+ circles you can actually use (HappyPlace) A giant list of movie references seen in The Simpsons (J
Time to end The Simpsons

Time to end The Simpsons

TV & Radio
I know I'm not the first person to offer this viewpoint, but it has been on my mind as the release of The Simpsons Movie is nearly upon us. On the one hand, even most diehard Simpsons fans admit that the show is not nearly as funny as it was in the Golden Age (then again, you couldn't get five Simpsons fans to even agree on when the Golden Age began or ended anyway). But then there are the Matt Groening apologists who insist that it's still better than 99% of the other shows on TV. But is that good enough? How can The Simpsons look anything other than really good compared to most of the crap on network TV? If merely being better than shows like According to Jim or The Singing Bee is good enough, it will be on forever. So in essence the people who make this argument have already con...
Note to John Kricfalusi: Enough already

Note to John Kricfalusi: Enough already

People, Rants
There was a time when I saw the name John K. and knew I was about to witness high-quality entertainment. For those who don't know him (or have forgotten), John K. introduced the world to the world of The Ren & Stimpy Show in August 1991. The first season of R&S is still revered by many animation fans as one of the finest ever for any cartoon. When it debuted it was seen by fans (if not by critics) as imaginative, frenetic, and the perfect antidote to a world of bland, predictable animation. But that magic didn't last long. By the time the decent (albeit uneven) second season started there were already huge delays (as long as one month between new episodes) and reports of friction between John K. and his bosses at Nickelodeon. Prior to the start of the third season in 1993, Kricf...
Whole Lotta Landon!

Whole Lotta Landon!

TV & Radio
It's really easy to be cynical about the world these days. Believe me, I am all the time. And this cynicism is found in abundance in popular entertainment. Everything from music to movies to TV is super-slick and EXTREME! Hell, even most commercials are a lot more cynical than they used to be. Sometimes this bothers me, but I must admit that most of my favorite TV shows are very cynical - Seinfeld, The Simpsons, and Family Guy to name a few. These shows are not only not wholesome, they are Anti-Wholesome. To me, wholesome was always associated with boring. Wonder Bread is wholesome (and nasty). Leave It To Beaver is wholesome. Few shows in television history are more wholesome than Little House on the Prairie. I mean, c'mon, it's Michael Landon. I was a bit young to have seen the...