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Resembling a long-lost VHS recording of Liquid Television, “Weird Simpsons” has oozed onto the Internet, giving us a glimpse of what the long-running animated series might’ve looked like … had it been created in an alternate reality. One where everyone is too terrified to sleep.
Directed and animated by Yoann Hervo, it was part of a larger fan collaboration in which animators were asked to produce short stories, in their own style, set within the Simpsons universe. “Despite the fact that the project hasn’t been achieved,” Hervo explains, “I wanted to finish what I started.”
You may remember Michael Baxter, the prison guard from Australia who hoped to land a place in Guinness World Records with the 203 Simpsons characters tattooed on his back. Last week, he did just that.
Guinness has announced the 52-year-old grandfather holds the record for the most tattoos of characters from a single animated series. Because, yes, that’s a thing.
Despite Montgomery Burns’ unflattering reputation, the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant must pay at least fairly well. How else could Homer and Marge Simpson afford that four-bedroom house and two cars, plus still plenty of money for shopping excursions, vacations and Homer’s flights of fancy? His tab at Moe’s Tavern alone must run hundreds of dollars a month.
Curious to know how much it might cost to live like a Simpson, consumer website Fat Wallet looked at five real-world Springfields — in Oregon, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio and Massachusetts — to get an idea.
English and Scharf famously appeared, alongside Robbie Conal and Shepard Fairey, in the 2012 Simpsons episode “Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart, a nod to the Banksy documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop.
Nothing says metal quite like a green sweater, pink shirt and spectacles, and nothing says Nedal like the Ned Flanders-inspired band Okilly Dokilly.
The Phoenix-based quintet — Head Ned, Red Ned, Thread Ned, Stead Ned and Bled Ned — calls itself “the world’s only Nedal band,” a claim that’s difficult to dispute. “Most of our songs are direct Ned quotes,” states Okilly Dokilly’s Facebook page.
Marcia Andreychuk and Joel Hamilton are no Marge and Homer, but they’re certainly dining like the Simpsons. Mmm … dining.
Serious fans of the long-running animated series, the Calgary couple is remodeling their kitchen to look like the one at 742 Evergreen Terrace, right down to the corn cob-patterned curtains.
Ryan Humphrey had no way of knowing that his Simpsons/Akira mashup would inspire James Harvey to spearhead Bartkira, an ambitious — epic, even — jam project in which hundreds of artists would recreate every page from Katsuhiro Otomo’s pioneering cyberpunk manga using characters from Matt Groening’s beloved animates series. That, in turn, led international art shows. Now add to the chain Bartkira: The Animated Trailer.
We already knew LEGO Dimensions would include Valve’s popular puzzle game Portal in its mashup world, but this new trailer from Warner Bros. and TT Games demonstrates just how fully it will be integrated.
In the video, which debuted at E3, Portal‘s primary antagonist GLaDOS puts Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle through a series of tests that can only be solved using the LEGO Dimensions Toy Pad (it’s what allows players to introduce characters, vehicles and devices into the toy-to-life game). The footage also depicts Homer Simpson, who doesn’t fare so well, and Portal’s protagonist Chell.
David Letterman’s farewell last night after 33 years on television was packed with tributes from the likes of Tina Fey, Bill Murray, Peyton Manning and the Foo Fighters. While the Simpsons apparently weren’t able to appear in person on the Late Show — hey, Beavis and Butthead pulled it off in 1996 — they did send along a clip that pokes fun both at Letterman and their own long-running series.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment trumpeted its “toy-to-life” console game LEGO Dimensions last month, it promised “a lot more” properties would join the likes of DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings and Back to the Future at launch. Thanks to a leak, we now know at least some of them — including Doctor Who, Portal 2, Jurassic World and The Simpsons.
Similar in approach to the popular Skylanders and Disney Infinity, LEGO Dimensions will enable players to purchase LEGO sets that they’ll build into characters, vehicles and devices that can be introduced into the game with the Toy Pad. They’ll be able to mix and match characters and objects from a range of properties, changing and expanding gameplay.
With the release last month of The Simpsons content pack for Minecraft, players had access to Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and 19 other characters, but no Springfield. However, Minecrafters are nothing if not industrious, and one of them has not only constructed the entire town, but also recreated the show’s opening sequence.
Given the constraints — for instance, there’s no skateboard for Bart, and there are a limited number of residents — the recreation is surprisingly faithful. More impressive, however, is Springfield itself, which “Barely Regal” has made available for an interactive tour. You can check out both in the videos below.
LEGO has unveiled its next Simpsons set, the 2,179-piece Kwik-E-Mart, arriving in May as part of the 25th-anniversary celebration of the animated series.
Priced at $199.99, the Kwik-E-Mart comes complete with six minifigures: Apu, Homer, Bart, Marge, Chief Wiggum (with patrol car) and Snake.
Springfield is certainly no stranger to costumed characters, but in the new update to EA Mobile’s The Simpsons: Tapped Out, the city finds itself overrun by superheroes and supervillains.
In the new comics-inspired story arc, Radioactive Man meets his fiery end, leaving an opening for criminals of all stripes to descend on Springfield. It’s up to players to stem the tide of evil, with a little help from the likes of Fallout Boy, Bartman and Pie Man.
Legendary comics writer Stan Lee, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and Batman star Adam West are among the fifth wave of action figures in NECA’s limited-edition Simpsons collection celebrating “25 of the Greatest Guest Stars.”
They appear alongside musicians Lenny Kravitz and Tom Petty, joining a lineup that includes the likes of Stephen King, Leonard Nimoy, R.E.M., Mark Hamill, Lucy Lawless and Tom Hanks. Launched in 2014, the boutique collection releases a new wave every two to three months, available at select retailers.
Over the past 25 years, Matt Groening has allowed a lot of bootleg Simpsons merchandise to slide by, but in tonight’s episode of Portlandia, he finally draws the line … at “Bart Ska-mpson” T-shirts.
The Portland, Oregon, native, who hasn’t appeared in an on-camera role since The Tracey Ullman Show in 1988, takes Spyke (Fred Armisen) to court over the knockoffs, because of the lousy pun and the horribly off-model Bart. “As the creator of The Simpsons, this makes my eyes hurt,” Groening tells the judge in the clip, below.