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Started by JamesTC, January 08, 2021, 11:12:10 PM
Total Members Voted: 28
Voting closed: December 24, 2021, 08:55:16 AM
Quote from: H-O-W-L on November 20, 2021, 10:41:16 AMDunno if it's come up yet as an episode but I watched The Cartridge Family on a whim and I think it might be one of the best episodes ever, despite being from probably the patchiest pre-10 season. The gag ratio per minute is insane.
Quote from: JamesTC on November 20, 2021, 11:10:41 AMI actually wonder if they could get away with it now. The NRA would be up in arms. And considering how many arms the NRA has, that probably isn't a good thing.
Quote from: Poirots BigGarlickyCorpse on November 20, 2021, 11:51:46 AMI dunno. The Simpsons equivalent of the NRA throw Homer out for being an idiot with his gun. The satire is pretty even-handed and fairly tame compared to, say, the episode of Bojack Horseman where Diane develops a love for guns against a backdrop of mass-shootings, and guns are only banned when a woman commits a mass-shooting.
Quote from: king_tubby on November 20, 2021, 11:13:54 AMIt was cut to shit the last time I saw it on Channel 4, probably 10+ years ago.
Quote from: JamesTC on November 12, 2021, 09:34:08 PMHey, they have a new Disney+ special! The Simpsons in PlusaversaryHomer is not invited to the Disney Plus party at Moe's. Goofy is sad he doesn't have a plus one so Homer gets to go in with him. Moe thinks Daffy Duck is choking, so Barney gives him the heimlich manoeuvre. Goofy is drinking with Homer and is sad. Homer doesn't know if Goofy is a cow or a dog. Happy is grumpy with Grumpy, so Lisa comes in and suggests they all cheer up with a good old Disney song. Lisa sings an advert for Disney+. Mr Burns is a Disney+ stockholder. Everybody thinks "the boss" is about to arrive, but it turns out to be Bart dressed as Mickey. Bart tells everybody to get back to work and then tells Goofy to come with him. Goofy tells Homer he wishes he were his sidekick, but Barney says Homer is his and drags him away. It was shit. I did like this picture in the end credits:
Quote from: H-O-W-L on November 21, 2021, 02:16:14 AMDid you make this up? This has to be fake, right? Fucking hell.
Quote from: Consignia on November 21, 2021, 11:35:28 AMAlso shocking that you have an advert for a streaming service that is exclusive to itself. Absolutely bizarre.
QuoteInside, Darth Vader guzzles Duff, Doctor Strange uses his magic to cheat at pool, and Elsa helps the broomsticks from Fantasia fill the ice bucket. The Mandalorian handily defeats Buzz Lightyear in an arm-wrestling contest and Moe (Hank Azaria) thinks Donald Duck is choking due to his trademark speech impediment. There are some great gags like Homer not being sure whether Goofy is a cow or a dog (referencing the internet debate that won't seem to die) and Happy the dwarf being confused for Grumpy (because "that's how bad this party is"). When Lisa Simpson (Yeardley Smith) enters to collect her father, she decides to help cheer up the crowd with "a good old Disney song." What follows is an amusing musical number with more additional cameos than I could count, though I did spot WALL-E, Max Rebo from Return of the Jedi, Jafar, Joe from Soul, Baymax, Miguel from Coco, Scar, Cruella, and others.
Quote from: madhair60 on November 21, 2021, 02:56:58 PMWatch it just to hear their attempt at Donald Duck's voice. It's a fucking embarrassment.
Quote from: bobloblaw on November 22, 2021, 10:50:47 AMFlanders getting a boyfriend
Quote from: Old Nehamkin on November 21, 2021, 01:09:10 PMThese cross-promotional Disney+ shorts really do represent a depressing new low for The Simpsons, I think. If you wanted to play devil's advocate I suppose you could argue that these characters have been getting licensed out to shill products since the very beginning (in fact, the long-running Butterfinger ad campaign featuring Bart actually kicked off before the series proper even premiered), but there is a distinct difference between that kind of thing - commercials and merchandise, very clearly and discretely identifiable as such and separate from the actual show - and what we have here: a series of PR ads on behalf of the parent company presented as canonical short features within the body of the series, which are treated as events in themselves and promoted accordingly. This blurring of lines is quite unnerving to me. Yes, this is key to the bleakness of the whole thing and how it represents a worrying new frontier in corporate/media synergy. What is the point of these shorts, ultimately, other than to triumphantly boast about the size and scope of Disney's IP library? Look at us, we've got the Simpsons, and we can make them interact with Donald Duck and Iron Man if we want to, because we own it all, because we deserve to, because we're Disney. We seem to be in the middle of a sort of arms race where Disney and the few other remaining media giants are trying to compete at flaunting their own accumulated franchises and increasingly trying to cram them together into ill-conceived crossover content, however little meaningful connection between them (see, Ready Player One, Wreck it Ralph 2 or the recent Space Jam movie which contrives to incorporate everything from Rick and Morty to Austin Powers to Casablanca and A Clockwork Orange simply because they all happen to be owned by Warner Media). Somewhere along the road we've reached this point where the average media consumer is implicitly expected to identify with and be invested in the content portfolios and market conflicts of these faceless corporations. We're supposed to care about the corporate identity of Disney and cheer them on for continuing to best their competition. And the Simpson family are right there to remind us. Weird times!
Quote from: idunnosomename on November 21, 2021, 05:05:13 PMyes also worth pointing out all the voices are done by Castanella and Azaria. Donald and Goofy have been performed by Tony Anselmo and Bill Farmer since the late 80s in pretty much everything official Disney (including series like Goof Troop and Quack Pack)
Quote from: thr0b on November 22, 2021, 11:10:44 AMSpace Jam 2 is many, many times better than the first one. Of it.Space Jam is a war crime against classic Warners. Space Jam 2 at least has a joke in it.
Quote from: thr0b on November 22, 2021, 11:10:44 AMSpace Jam 2 is many, many times better than the first one. Of it.
Quote from: madhair60 on November 22, 2021, 12:53:13 PMIt's a worthless piece of shit.
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