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Ay caramba! This ‘Simpsons’ pixel tribute video is incredible


Animators Paul Robertson and Ivan Dixon collaborated on an inspired tribute to The Simpsons that recreates the iconic opening using pixel art, right down to an incredible couch gag that rivals any seen on the show.

There are some wonderful touches throughout the nearly two-minute video, from the pixelated theme music recreated by Jeremy Dower to Bart writing “Pixel art is not real art” on the chalkboard to the nods to classic video games in the Kwik-E-Mart and sidewalk sequences. But that couch gag … you just have to watch it for yourself.

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The Simpsons are heading to ‘Minecraft’


Over the 25-year history of The Simpsons, Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie have been featured in a lot of video games, from 1991’s The Simpsons Arcade Game to 2012’s Tapped Out. And come next month, they’ll make the leap into the world of Minecraft.

Xbox has partnered with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products to debut The Simpsons content packs for Minecraft Xbox 360 and Xbox One editions, featuring not only the Simpsons clan but also 19 characters from Springfield Elementary.

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‘Springfield, Springfield’ art show honors ‘The Simpsons’

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Over the past 25 years, The Simpsons has been honored with 31 Emmys, a Peabody and at least two Guinness World Records. And on Friday, it will receive yet another tribute — an art show.

The Beehive Society collective is presenting “Springfield, Springfield,” a one-night show at San Francisco’s Asterisk Gallery where 29 artists will display work inspired by the longest-running American sitcom (and animated series, and scripted primetime series …).

The tribute art show will be held Friday from 6 to 10 p.m., but you can get a look at some of the pieces below.

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‘The Simpsons’ stands with ‘Charlie Hebdo’ in tribute

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The Simpsons paid tribute during Sunday’s episode to the 12 people killed last week in the attack on the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Before the final commercial break, an image briefly appeared of Maggie Simpson holding a flag “Je Suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie”), a slogan adopted by supporters of free speech in the wake of the shootings.

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Edumacate us: How ‘The Simpsons’ changed the language


To celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons — the first episode aired on Dec. 17, 1989 — Oxford Dictionaries turned to author and English professor Michael Adams to examine how Homer & Co. have changed the language, probably more than most of us realized.

After touching upon the contributions like craptacular and embiggening, Adams zeroes in on those ” two small but powerful words, words that aptly capture what it’s meant to be human during the Simpsons decades.” He means, of course, d’oh and meh.

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With tattoos of 203 ‘Simpsons’ characters, man aims for record


A 52-year-old prison guard from Australia is counting on the 203 Simpsons characters tattooed on his back to earn him a place in Guinness World Records.

According to the Daily Mail, Michael Baxter has spent 130 hours and more than $9,900 in the past years to have Springfield’s residents, and even some of its landmarks, inked on his body. There’s the power plant on his right shoulder, Moe’s Tavern on his left, and anchorman Kent Brockman venturing south of his waistband.

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I choo-choo-choose this amazing Ralph Wiggum cake


Ralph Wiggum is slow-witted, socially awkward, occasionally profound and an unrepentant nose-picker, and easily my favorite character on The Simpsons. He’s also apparently delicious.

Kylie Mangles of Freshly Squeez’d has created a cake that’s both incredible and disturbing based on Eric Flores‘ illustration of poor, oblivious Ralph as a detailed anatomical cross-section. “I have never made a cake with so many different colours of fondant or floating ribs before,” she writes on Threadcake.

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Homer Simpson takes Ice Bucket Challenge, quickly regrets it


Never let it be said that Homer J. Simpson doesn’t have a social conscience. Also, never let it be said that he passed up an opportunity to stick it to Ned Flanders.

Responding to the viral sensation with impressive speed — this isn’t South Park, you know; animation typically takes time — Fox has released a video of Homer embracing the spirit, if not the actual title, of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. All right, maybe a glass of water isn’t in keeping with the spirit.

However, in grand Simpsons tradition, even that doesn’t turn out well for him …

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Someone recreated ‘The Simpsons’ Springfield with LEGO


As excited as many fans were about the release of The Simpsons House LEGO Set, that’s nothing compared to … LEGO Springfield, created by Matt De Lanoy.

“When the small line of LEGO Simpsons was first announced, I just knew I’d end up building the city,” he writes on his Flickr page. “I love building layouts, and with already having built New New York from Futurama, Springfield seemed an obvious choice for my next project. Plus, this time I wouldn’t have to create any custom figures.”

As you can see in De Lanoy’s photos, and in the video below, he includes most of the key landmarks, from Kwik-E-Mart and the Springfield Tire Yard to the First Church of Springfield and the Flanders household (stupid Flanders).

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In honor of International Clown Week, a look at clown comics


Did you know that Aug. 1-7 was International Clown Week? On Aug. 2, 1971, President Richard Nixon issued a proclamation to honor those who “go into orphanages and children’s hospitals, homes for the elderly and for the retarded, and give a part of themselves.” It also states that clowns are “as vital to the maintenance of our humanity as the builders and the growers and the governors.” And thus International Clown Week was established.

Perhaps you knew nothing of this strange little proclamation, nor of this week’s significance. Or perhaps you did know, and you’ve been hiding under your sheets all week to stave off imaginary Pennywises and Captain Spauldings.

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‘Simpsons’ fan sets record for cartoon character tattoos

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No matter how many Simpsons T-shirts, posters, figurines and lunchboxes you own, you’ll never be as big of a fan as Lee Weir is.

The 27-year-old New Zealander is a bit of a Homer Simpson devotee. Well, maybe he’s more than a bit, considering he holds the Guinness Worlds Record title for Most Tattoos of the Same Cartoon Character Tattooed on the Body. Because, yes, that’s a thing — so much of a thing that it requires “tattoo” to be mentioned twice.

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SDCC | MAC to offer sneak peek at ‘Simpsons’ cosmetic line


Last year MAC Cosmetics used Comic-Con International to introduce Archie’s Girls, a makeup line inspired by Betty and Veronica. But this year, Marge Simpson gets her turn in the spotlight.

Announced in May on Twitter, the Simpsons collection — released in celebration of the animated series’ 25th anniversary — officially arrives online Aug. 28 and in stores Sept. 4. However, according to Pret-a-Reporter, there will be a one-day sale/sneak peek on July 26 at the MAC Cosmetics store in San Diego’s Gaslamp District (234 Fifth Ave.).

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Epic ‘Bartkira’ project is offering a limited-run exhibition book


More than a year ago, James Harvey took Ryan Humphrey’s idea of a Simpsons/Akira mashup and ran with it, launching an ambitious jam project in which artists — 768 in all — would recreate every page from Katsuhiro Otomo’s pioneering cyberpunk epic using characters from Matt Groening’s beloved animated series. That’s the story of Batkira, a sprawling, loving tribute to both creators that received its own gallery show last month at Floating World Comics in Portland, Oregon.

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Springfield, Oregon, to honor ‘The Simpsons’ with official mural


Springfield, Oregon, will honor its connection to The Simpsons in September with an officially sanctioned mural depicting Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie.

Announced Friday, the mural will be painted on the west side of the Emerald Arts Center by a local artist or organization, using as a basis original artwork provided by 20th Century Fox. The Simpsons creator Matt Groening will have final approval.

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‘The Simpsons’ reveals ‘ugly true story’ of that Oscars selfie


By now we’ve all seen, or at least heard about, the Twitter-rocking star-studded selfie orchestrated by Ellen DeGeneres during Sunday’s 86th Academy Awards ceremony. Snapped by Bradley Cooper (who actually owns the rights to the image), the photo was retweeted a 3.2 million times, shattering the previous record of more than 778,000 set in November 2012 with the election-night post from President Obama.

While the not entirely spontaneous stunt certainly paid off for ABC and Samsung, which was reportedly promised airtime for the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone as part of its $20 million sponsorship and ad buy, they weren’t the only ones to get promotional mileage out of the photo.

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