Bluebottle wrote:Homer giving his report on "CSI: Miami" was one of the funniest Simpson moments in years.
Iconoclastica wrote:I'm a fan . . . it'll never reach the quality of the early seasons, but it hit a valley a few years ago, and has been slowly elevating/plateauing since . . . this first episode was decent/up to par, though I was very disappointed by the shameless product/movie placements
Iconoclastica wrote:it felt very weird to not have the season starting with the Halloween episode . . . I can't remember the last time that Fox started their Sunday night lineup in early September rather than late October/early November . . . I wonder if that will have any impact on the quality of the Halloween ep (which has sadly been the one thing I feel has consistently declined over the years, though they're still usually the best episode of the season).
DennisMM wrote:The Sunday lineup started in October/November (which made "Treehouse of Horror" run after Halloween at least twice) for those several years because Fox had major league baseball contracts. They did not want to put on a Sunday evening lineup then have it appear irregularly for the next five weeks, so they pushed the start date to after the World Series.
DennisMM wrote:Iconoclastica wrote:it felt very weird to not have the season starting with the Halloween episode . . . I can't remember the last time that Fox started their Sunday night lineup in early September rather than late October/early November . . . I wonder if that will have any impact on the quality of the Halloween ep (which has sadly been the one thing I feel has consistently declined over the years, though they're still usually the best episode of the season).
The Sunday lineup started in October/November (which made "Treehouse of Horror" run after Halloween at least twice) for those several years because Fox had major league baseball contracts. They did not want to put on a Sunday evening lineup then have it appear irregularly for the next five weeks, so they pushed the start date to after the World Series.
DennisMM wrote:Sorry, not trying to condescend.
DennisMM wrote: It was a very good young Welles impression, also. Was it Azaria, Shearer, Castellaneta or someone else?
Flumm wrote:I'm sure a simmlar dealio has been posted before in the links thread, but I keep running into various sites that run various combinations of free Simpsons/Family Guy episodes and various other things of a various nature and this thread happens to be up top, so...
My bookmarks are kind of oversaturated at the moment, but here's a purely Simpsons one I found but the other day...
Get em while they're hot to moderately warm but at the very least a toasty room temperature, each and every episode, or at least most of them, I don't know how strictly up to date they are, of Fox's hit television show, for your casual viewing and delectations. MOD EDIT: Just PM Flumm - MM
They take a little while to load for me, but that's no great indicator of anything, and so I thought I'd spread the wealth anyhow.
If it's all infringey and such, and the mods feel the need to remove it, than it must be so.
buster00 wrote:DennisMM wrote: It was a very good young Welles impression, also. Was it Azaria, Shearer, Castellaneta or someone else?
It was Maurice LaMarche, using the same Orson Welles impression he made famous as Brain's voice on "Pinky and the Brain."
Ribbons wrote:Flumm wrote: MOD EDIT: Just PM Flumm - MM.
Could you PM the link again, Flummeh? I dinnit save it...
The Garbage Man wrote:Now if only they could include an anthropomorphic dog and pithy comments about how difficult it is working in today's jargon-obsessed white-collar job market...
Howard Moon wrote:I couldn't stop laughing at Cletus trying to hang a raccoon.
LaDracul wrote:I liked the Edward Gorey-like art in Bart's "Dark Stanley" story. I did also like the Maurice Sendak-like art in "The Girl Who Slept Too Little" episode, too.
Exclusive Interview: CREATOR MATT GROENING GOES BACK TO FUTURAMA AND TALKS THE SIMPSONS MOVIE
The co-creator of the cult animated series says it's back with 16 new episodes next year (which will become 4 direct-to-DVD movies) and iF has the scoop
By ANTHONY C. FERRANTE, Editor in Chief
Who would have ever guessed a small, interstitial animated sequence on THE TRACEY ULLMAN SHOW in 1987 would lead to the full-fledged animated series in 1989, yet THE SIMPSONS is still going strong 18 years later.
Itâ€™s been a great ride for creator Matt Groening who is shepherding THE SIMPSONS MOVIE into theaters on July 27 as well as brand new episodes of his cult series FUTURAMA which was unceremoniously cancelled by Fox, only to find an after-life on DVD and the Cartoon Network. Starting in 2008, 16 new episodes are being produced which will also be turned into four direct-to-DVD movies. The first --FUTURAMA: BENDERâ€™S BIG SCORE -- will be released December 2007.
With so much going on, iF MAGAZINE was lucky enough to get a few moments of Groeningâ€™s time for an exclusive interview to talk about the future of FUTURAMA and a little bit about THE SIMPSONS MOVIE.
THE SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE OF HORROR XVII
(C) 2006 FOX
iF MAGAZINE: Can you explain how there will be 16 new episodes and the DVD movies at once.
MATT GROENING: Weâ€™re doing four DVD movies around ninety minutes and then weâ€™re going to reconfigure those and theyâ€™ll be episodes on Comedy Central. The impolite way of saying it is weâ€™re chopping them up and the polite way is to say weâ€™re reconfiguring and weâ€™re going to add narration and more stuff. Weâ€™re going to be doing some fun extras on the DVD show, thereâ€™s going to be "Everybody Loves Hyptno-Toad" â€“ a whole show of it. The DVDâ€™s are going to be self-contained packages, but the episodes will also work, we hope. Thatâ€™s the goal.
iF: Will they be released as single episode box set seasons?
GROENING: Iâ€™m sure that weâ€™ll figure out a way of getting every penny we can out of these things.
iF: You have said in the past that Fox always loved THE SIMPSONS, but when FUTURAMA was on the network, they always treated it as a bastard step-child. How do you feel now going into this new venture with FUTURAMA?
GROENING: Whatâ€™s really fun, is every single person who worked on the original show was eager to come back. The entire original cast Katey Sagal, Billy West, John Di Maggio, Maurice LaMarche. They all came on board. The same animation house Rough Draft is back and the same animators are too. And the oneâ€™s who didnâ€™t come back, wished they could. We really felt good about that. It was really fun. It was always the underdog show and everybody who worked on it, loved it, so itâ€™s great to come back.
Convention Coverage: SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2006: DAY 1 â€“ PART 2 â€“ BILLY WEST TALKS ABOUT THE RETURN OF FUTURAMA
7/21/2006iF: For everyone who worked on the show, itâ€™s been off the air much longer, since Fox had a whole season left in the can to air once production had stopped.
GROENING: Thatâ€™s the nature of animation. When the SIMPSONS finally ends, there will probably be another season and weâ€™ll do a long farewell tour and wave to people.
iF: Was it fun coming back to the FUTURAMA world?
GROENING: We had a lot more ideas, and there are many things of "what were we going to do, I canâ€™t remember?" so we had to come up with a bunch of new stuff.
iF: There was that series finale which was sort of a swan song, but not really.
GROENING: We didnâ€™t know if that was going to be the final episode, if it were, we felt "letâ€™s not tie everything up, but letâ€™s have an emotional conclusion to the show" and I thought we did.
iF: Do you pick it up from that point?
GROENING: We definitely address that we havenâ€™t been around for a few years, in the opening scene of the first episode. Thereâ€™s a very lengthy acknowledgement that weâ€™ve been gone for awhile. Itâ€™s very funny.
iF: Will Fox put the episodes on like FAMILY GUY?
GROENING: Itâ€™s going to be on Comedy Central, starting at the beginning of 2008 and I donâ€™t know. Fox has an option, who knows. I hope so, that would be nice.
iF: When will you know if youâ€™re going to have a second batch of FUTURAMA episodes?
GROENING: Probably not until 2008. Maybe somebody will get inspired, but we are doing these four movies and sixteen episodes and thatâ€™s good. Itâ€™s a good start.
iF: Itâ€™s so ironic that everyone on the SIMPSONS is so open to talking about upcoming episodes and whatâ€™s going to happen next year, but everyone is tight-lipped about THE SIMPSONS MOVIE.
GROENING: Weâ€™re premiering the movie worldwide on July 27 and we wanted it to be an event and we think itâ€™s more fun to be a surprise. And nobody concentrates on a single episode of THE SIMPSONS, but there will be a lot of attention on the movie.
iF: Whenever we talked in the past about a "possible" SIMPSONS movie, you always talked about "we need that big idea," now that itâ€™s happening, did you finally find that idea that was a SIMPSONS movie or did you say "letâ€™s make a movie" and figure it out from there.
GROENING: We got together with a bunch of the writers and everybody threw out ideas, we picked one and went with it.
iF: Itâ€™s a full story, not a series of random ideas thrown together?
GROENING: Itâ€™s one big story. We had a lot of ideas and probably have enough for three or four movies. Weâ€™ll thrown out a lot of them.
iF: How far ahead are you on the DVDâ€™s in terms of commentaries and special features.
GROENING: Weâ€™re starting in a week or two on Season 10 with audio commentaries.
iF: It seemed like everyone hated those weird SIMPSONS "head" DVD boxes.
GROENING: We did them in two versions, so if you didnâ€™t like them, you didnâ€™t have to get those. And weâ€™ve stopped the heads after Bart and then weâ€™ll have something different.
iF: Are there any other characters, supporting or minor, you would like to see more of on the SIMPSONS TV show.
GROENING: Weâ€™ve given spotlights to almost all the characters. I would more like Apu episodes and the Comic Book Guy, I love Comic Book Guy. On the other hand, one of the reasons the characters are so much fun, is when you donâ€™t get enough, you only get a line or two.
iF: Will there will be any new characters added to FUTURUAMA?
GROENING: Weâ€™ve got a giant alien octopus that mates with every person on earth with its tentacles. And in the first movie, Sarah Silverman plays a cameo and Al Gore. Al Gore is back!
Howard Moon wrote:LaDracul wrote:I liked the Edward Gorey-like art in Bart's "Dark Stanley" story. I did also like the Maurice Sendak-like art in "The Girl Who Slept Too Little" episode, too.
I recognized the style but I couldn't think of the name, thanks.
Ribbons wrote:[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otOgbt-SRmw]Stanley, Stanley, no degree,
Two credits short at M.I.T.![/url]
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