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As our national obsession continues with Making a Murderer, Vulture mashes together the Netflix documentary series and another cultural phenomenon to come up with … Making a Simpsons Murderer.
It’s a note-perfect remix that details Homer Simpson’s wrongful imprisonment for the shooting of C. Montgomery Burns, and his exoneration 18 years later. His freedom is brief, however, as he’s arrested again, this time for the murder of Myrna Bellamy.
While many might argue that The Simpsons has slipped in quality in recent — or, hey, maybe not-so-recent — years, there’s little denying it remains one of the most quotable series on television. Whether it’s an all-purpose “D’oh!” or the more specific “I’m a brick!,” there’s a Simpsons quote for virtually any situation.
And now you can match the those quotes to the correlating images from the animated series with Frinkiac.
After delighting and disturbing us in 2014 with a Ralph Wiggum anatomical cross-section cake, Kylie Mangles of Letterpress Bakery kept one foot in Springfield and the other in a galaxy far, far away for a recent project: an incredible 3D cake depicting Homer Simpson as a Stormtrooper.
U.K. company Rawlins Paints & Coatings has released “An Illustrated Guide to Iconic Fictional Locations,” showcasing memorable settings ranging from Superman’s Fortress of Solitude and Stark Tower to the Simpsons’ home and Walt and Jesse’s RV from Breaking Bad.
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.