Oct 23 2013
Jan 22 2013
My favourite poem of all time is the uber gothic & uber awesome ‘The Raven’ by Edgar Allen Poe. Why? because it’s awesome! It’s a narrative style poem published in January 1845, noted for it’s musicality, stylized language, and supernatural atmosphere. It tells of a talking raven’s mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man’s slow fall into madness. The lover, possibly a student, is lamenting the death of his lover Lenore. After the raven raps at the man’s door and then his window, it is let in and perches on a bust of Pallas. To the questions that the man puts to it, the raven only answers ‘Nevermore”.
The raven has long been considered a bird of ill omen and of interest to creators of myths and legends. The lover puts questions about whether the raven was sent to him as a sign by god or angels to forget Lenore, if the raven is evil or a prophet, whether he will be reunited with Lenore in heaven and finally comes to the conclusion that his soul is trapped beneath the raven’s shadow and shall be lifted “Nevermore”. Please play the video below which is a narration of The Raven by Sir Christopher Lee.
And watch a recording off a tv of the Simpson’s Halloween special on The Raven. Narration here is by James Earl Jones.
Jul 31 2012
Oct 10 2011
What could have been a disastrous end to the long running animated series was averted and the Simpsons have been signed on for another 2 more seasons. There was a contract dispute regarding salaries for the actors who voice the yellow family and the others in the Springfield community. Previously, Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner, Hank Azaria, Yeardley Smith and Harry Shearer each earned a whopping $8 million US a season, which they say pales in comparison to the profits the studio makes off the show. Fox says that they couldn’t continue making the show, which is the longest running sitcom for the network and for American Television, without cutting costs and that included the voice actors taking pay cuts.
Initially the actors refused to take the pay cut, causing concern that the series may be axed by the network as being too costly to afford. On Friday Shearer said he’d offered to take a 70 per cent pay cut, in exchange for profit participation in the show. The terms of the cast’s new deal were not announced, though The Hollywood Reporter, citing unidentified sources, said the actors accepted a 30 percent pay cut. The new deal secures the show through seasons 24 and 25. The six main voice actors behind the cartoon juggernaut agreed to undisclosed but substantial per-episode salary cuts, though not as steep as the 45 percent Fox TV had been demanding, to ensure that the 23-season-old staple would continue through a landmark 25th. Thought what will happen beyond 2014 is anyone’s guess.
I wouldn’t complain if the show came to a close; and that is only because it will have had a run of 25 years which is awesome and I doubt if it can ever be repeated. Sure there are soaps and other crap that run for many decades which I would never watch unless you gave me a million dollars (I’d sleep with your daughter for that money) but something as good as The Simpsons will never happen again. I won’t be sad cause I would have 25 seasons worth of stuff to keep me company. Later this month I plan to get a copy of seasons 1-18 that is being offered at a huge discounted rate in a store in the city. 18 seasons worth of Simpsons averaging around 22 episodes per season. With the 25 seasons, it should keep me company and in good humour until my death.
Oct 19 2010
In one of the craziest news articles that I have ever read in the papers, the Vatican has just given their blessing to the Simpsons, in particular the very popular Homer, by declaring him to be catholic. I’m not kidding; this ridiculous information is also in the Indian Express and in online news sites too. What’s more, it says that parents should not be afraid to let their children watch “the adventures of the little guys in yellow.”
Reuters cited a study by a Jesuit priest of a 2005 episode of the show called “The Father, the Son and the Holy Guest Star”. That study concludes that “The Simpsons” is “among the few TV programs for kids in which Christian faith, religion and questions about God are recurrent themes.” The Simpsons pray before meals, and “in its own way, believes in the beyond,” the newspaper quoted the Jesuit study as saying. It’s the second time the animated U.S. TV series, which is broadcast in 90 countries, has been praised by the Vatican.
But executive producer Al Jean told Entertainment Weekly on Monday he was in “shock and awe” at the latest assertion, adding that the Simpsons attend the “Presbylutheran” First Church of Springfield. “We’ve pretty clearly shown that Homer is not Catholic,” Jean said. “I really don’t think he could go without eating meat on Fridays — for even an hour.”
To the vatican, I’d only show them this picture (from the movie along with the dialogue) below:
Oct 16 2010
Saw this embedded on TorontoMike’s blog. Here’s a new couch gag from The Simpsons. It’s darker & more disturbing that most other, depicting inhumane working conditions akin to torture and slavery like something from medieval times. I’m perpetually stunned by the creativity behind this series.
Nov 19 2009
Peggy Black, 52, of Orange, Conn., won a contest to create a character for Fox’s long-running animated series, with her entry triumphing among the more than 25,000 received, the network said Thursday. Ricardo Bomba is someone that all the women love and all the men want to be, as describe by his creator.
Bomba will be introduced in the Jan. 31 episode featuring guest star Chris Martin of Coldplay. The episode had been mostly completed, with a spot reserved for the contest character. In “Million Dollar Maybe,” Homer Simpson is rushing to meet Marge for a date when he encounters Bomba in the episode that centres on a winning lottery ticket. It’s possible Bomba could appear again, said executive producer Al Jean, who helped judge the contest. He described the contest, part of the show’s celebration of its 20th year, as a thank you to loyal fans.
Oct 21 2009
The yellow gang celebrates 20 years as tv’s most famous & celebrated family. Homer, Bart, Lisa, Marge and Maggie Simpson were all on hand to celebrate 20 years of The Simpsons. Their series is the longest-running American sitcom, the longest-running American animated program, and it recently surpassed Gunsmoke as the longest-running American primetime scripted entertainment program.
The carpet was crammed with guest stars who’ve lent their voices to Simpsons episodes, including Robert Englund, the actor best known for playing Freddy Kreuger in the Nightmare on Elm Street movies and George Takei, who is famous for playing the role of Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek.
Sep 26 2009
Seems like most comedic actors dreams come true. Or atleast it is in the case of actor Seth Rogen.
The star of hits like Knocked Up, Pineapple Express & Superbad, Rogen has written for and voiced a character in the season premier of the 21st Simpsons season. Rogen considers this to be an honour and calls it the fulfillment of a dream.
The 27 year old Canadian comic plays a trainer assigned to get Homer Simpson in superhero shape to play Everyman, a hero created by Comic Book Guy and played by the rotund couch potato. I bet this causes some funny moments because Homer has had trysts as a superhero before and it’s hilarious.
But why ‘Everyman’? I thought the obvious name for him would have been Doughnut Man!
Apr 10 2009
The yellow family will be featured on US postage stamps come May 7th. Yes your favourite animated family is going places, all around the world in fact, on the corner of an envelope or a parcel!
The U.S. post office wants folks to vote early and often for their favourite among the five new stamps honouring the funny dysfunctional family.You get Homer, Marge, Bart, Liza & Maggie. The characters, created by cartoonist Matt Groening, have become pop culture icons in 20 years on Fox television. The 44-cent stamps will go on display at 8 a.m. Thursday at www.usps.com/simpsons
and votes can be cast at that site until May 14.
Feb 16 2009
Thanks to that big Simpsons nut, Toronto Mike, I’ve just come to know that there’s a new opening for the series. And apparently that this is the first permanent change in the opening since the series began in 1989.
Wow, 1989! I was 13 and we didn’t even get cable tv in India back then. I had no idea who Bart Simpson was until atleast 1992 when I first started watching the show on the Star Tv network. I’ve been a fan ever since but I don’t get to watch it as frequently as I would have liked.
Enjoy the new HD opening folks!
Nov 16 2008
Even after 18 plus of watching the series and being a big fan of the Simpsons, something or the other always astounds me about the show. First of all, before I go into the topic for today, let me just say that despite all the text stating that the Simpson‘s best season were the 1st 10 or whatever, I would still prefer to watch this show than most that are currently being shown on tv.
Ok, now to the fact that I just read – I always knew that Bart was actually voiced by a lady actress but what I didn’t know which other characters owe their voice to her. Nancy Cartwright, pictured here along with the drawing that made her famous, also does the voice for Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Kearney & Todd Flanders!
Ofcourse she’s always been known more for El Barto. However, I remember how much of a bummer it was for me as a teenager to find out that the michievious Bart was voiced by a woman. It actually sounds cool to me now. Eat my shorts aye carumba!
Dec 6 2007
I have finally been able to watch the long awaited & anticipated full length movie of the world’s most loved family. The Simpsons Movie came to me via some Japanese website, that looks a lot like Youtube, streaming in the animated humour for my eyes. The movie starts with them making fun of us – the Simpsons are in a movie theatre watching a full length Itchy & Scratchy film, when Homer yells “boring” to the screen and states why would we want to spend money to watch a movie about something we can see on our tv screens for free each week! Ring a bell? Anyway, the rock band Green Day are killed when the barge they were performing on gets erroded by the polluted waters of Lake Springfield. Lisa holds a town seminar, aided by a similarly thinking Irish boy, after which the mayor declares that the town folk should stop polluting their waters. However, Homer ends up making it worse – he dumps a silo filled with pig poop (don’t ask, he adopts a pig as his pet) into the lake which makes the water toxic. Russ Cargill, head of the EPA, takes drastic action by enclosing Springfield in a giant glass dome, after taking permission from the US President.
Upon discovering that the silo was Homer’s pig’s, the town folk torch the Simpsons household. The family escapes through a sink hole and move to Alaska. As they settled into life in their new locations, a crack in the dome causes Cargill to make the drastic decision of destroying the entire town by a bomb. When the Simpsons find this out, all but Homer want to help stop the destruction. They leave him behind and leave to rescue Springfield, only to be captured and placed back in the dome. After a visit with a mysterious Inuit shaman, Homer has an epiphany that he must “become selfless” and save the city and proceeds to doing so.
Just as he gets there, a helicopter appears above Springfield and lowers a bomb suspended by rope through a hole in the dome. Homer climbs to the peak of the dome and descends the rope, knocking the escaping townspeople and bomb off. Homer then notices a motorcycle, and grabs the bomb. He reunites with Bart and they cycle up the side of the dome and Bart throws the bomb through the hole, seconds before detonation. The bomb then explodes on the peak of the dome, shattering it. The town praises Homer, who rides off with Marge on the motorcycle into the sunset. The film concludes with the townspeople restoring Springfield back to normal.
Highlights of the movie? Bart skating through the town naked (yeah, they do show his free willy), Homer bonding with his new pet pig “Spiderpig”, Lisa falling for the Irish boy Colin & Homer’s epiphany. Lo-lites? Yes, its way too short. But I loved it!
Oct 5 2007
This just in, shocking news! It seems like, gulp, that I am the one and only Simpsons fan in my entire office. With a staff of almost 600 people, you would have thought that there would definitely be atleast a handful of yellow fans around. But, as it turns out, a huge staggering majority have never even heard of the name of the world’s most famous family! Arggh! Out of the remaining, some recognized the name but I had to help them connect the image of the yellow guys to the name ‘Simpsons’. At that point, they were like ‘oh yeah! I know them, I see their adverts on all the time. But do you watch that; isn’t that a cartoon for kids?”
Is it a cartoon? I prefer to call it ‘animated series’! Is it for kids? Hell no, I don’t think most Indian kids would follow it. Plus the subject matter isn’t for them. My two nephews don’t watch them. I wouldn’t recommend it either.
Anyhow, it finally came to me that ‘I’ am the lone guy, the sole guy who enjoys watching the Simpsons. I remember when I showed the images of me as a Simpson to my buddy Vinitha, she said of one of the pictures (the one on the right), “That just looks like that man!” She meant Homer.
Aug 16 2007
I really wanna go to Springfield and become a character in the Simpsons world. I found another cool application online at the official Simpsons Movie website, where you can customize your own Simpsons avatar and create really cool looking characters that would look at home in Springfield. To the left is what I created of an avatar of mine that would be cool and to the left is a more realistic avatar of mine, size wise! Oh and the colours of the outfit that I am wearing is more inline with the original Battlestar Galactica Colonial Warrior uniforms. Having completed watching the first season of the new BSG has made me even more nostalgic for the original series & their much beloved characters. Sigh!
Song for the day – “Do The Bartman” – BART SIMPSON