This week, Marcia Wallace, the voice of Mrs. Krabappel, died, just a few days short of her 71st birthday. Edna Krabappel will not be replaced. She’ll join Lionel Hutz and other voices who have been silenced in similar ways. Wallace was a wonderful actress and comedian. I think I first became really aware of [...]
Tomorrow marks the second ending of Futurama. I’m going to miss it.
The show originally aired on Fox from 1999-2003. It was revived by Comedy Central in 2008. While the original Fox shows were good (with perhaps the exceptions of the film-length works), the Comedy Central version has been really good, producing some [...]
So this week, I packed my Zuul costume and too much eyeliner and headed down to Comic-Con. So did 149,999 other people (well, not the zuul part). I managed to make it out in time to get into preview night, where I saw my friends Scott Shaw and Lonnie Millsap. I was also able [...]
That’s right. It’s my anniversary with The Simpsons!
25 years ago today, The Simpsons premiered on The Tracey Ullman Show with a little short called “Goodnight, Simpsons.” (See it here: http://www.milkandcookies.com/link/61247/detail/)
I was immediately taken with the family, mostly because Maggie’s reaction to the “Rockabye, Baby” song is the same as mine–the lyrics [...]
I usually manage to juggle the various commitments in my life rather well. Last night, however, while trying to fall asleep, I made the mistake of confronting my schedule for the next week five weeks. Three conferences, the end of one quarter, the start of another, a special lecture for the book project, hosting [...]
17 classes taught
1 rear-ending while in Vanessa’s car by Vanessa’s student, who later became my student (Davis is small)
2 trips to LA with Denise to visit the wonderful people at The Simpsons, where we got to tour the animation building, watch them record the music, and watch them record the voices.
Today is one of The Simpsons‘s anniversaries. I say “one of” because while this is not the day the full-length show first aired in 1989, it is the day the family first appeared on The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987.
I was there. I saw it. I was hooked.
I’ve written a lot already [...]
I’m sure you’ve seen the news that some countries, like Germany, are refusing to air reruns of The Simpsons that feature problems at Mr. Burns’s nuclear power plant. This is supposed to be a sensitive response to what’s happening in Japan.
The Simpsons people have said that this decision is fine with them. I’m [...]
Last week’s episode of The Simpsons, “The Blue and the Gray,” featured Marge getting her first gray hair.
I turned to the boy: “what are they talking about? Marge has been gray as a mule since she was seventeen.”
Luckily, the episode explained that the hair dye Marge uses affects her memory. In this [...]
As many of you know, I don’t have a twitter page, but Denise, social goddess that she is, made one for our book, The Simpsons in the Classroom–you can follow us under Simpsonology. It is through this apparently fabulous entity that we got in contact with some of the heavy hitters at THE SIMPSONS: [...]