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Season 20 DVD released, lacks special features

Simpsons News — Posted 16 Jan, 2010 by DisgruntledGoat

The Simpsons Season 20 was released this week (Jan 12th) on DVD and Blu-ray, to a highly critical reception by fans. Previous Simpsons DVDs have been loaded with special features, including commentary for every episode, deleted scenes and various promos. This set, however, features almost nothing and has only two stars on Amazon.com.

Season 20 DVD box art
This DVD/Blu-ray set is very bare bones...
In addition to the 21 episodes (which are far from the best the show has done), is a "sneak peek" for the Simpsons documentary, The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special, In 3-D! On Ice! - except the documentary aired in full on Fox last Sunday.

There was also supposed to be an updated Simpsons character poster included, but we've seen loads of reports that the poster is not included. The final "special feature" is menus hand-drawn by Matt Groening himself. Unfortunately, they purely consist of a white line drawing doodle on a black background.

Season 20 DVD menuAnd that's it! Absolutely nothing else is on this set, yet is roughly the same price as the fuller DVD sets. Since a Season 13 complete set is also in the works (with commentary etc), it is very likely that in a few years they will release a proper Season 20 set with all the usual features. If you still need (un)convincing, Adam over at the Simpsons Channel has published a short article, Ten Reasons To NOT Buy This Set.


Simpsons documentary airs tomorrow

Simpsons News — Posted 09 Jan, 2010 by DisgruntledGoat

A special documentary, presented by Morgan Spurlock (of 'Super Size Me' fame), airs tomorrow (Sunday Jan 10th) as part of the Simpsons 20th Anniversary celebrations on Fox.

The programme, titled The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special – In 3-D! On Ice!, examines the cultural phenomenon that is The Simpsons. It will focus on the fans of the series rather than the show itself, and includes interviews with the most-Simpsons-tattooed man, a couple who had a Simpsons-themed wedding, and a man who grew real life ToMacco!!

It was originally scheduled to air on Jan 14th, which is the 20th anniversary of the official Season One premiere, Bart the Genius. However, it has been brought forward and will air after what Fox is calling the 450th episode, Once Upon a Time in Springfield. Though as usual, their counting is off and that accolade goes to last week's episode, Thursdays with Abie.

You can see an out-take from the documentary below...

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Vatican gives blessing to The Simpsons

Simpsons News — Posted 29 Dec, 2009 by DisgruntledGoat

Despite the many times that The Simpsons has mocked or satirized religion, it has earned an endorsement from the official Vatican newspaper on the occasion of the show's 20th anniversary, the Associated Press reported. In an article published on Tuesday in L'Osservatore Romano under the headline Aristotle's Virtues and Homer's Doughnut, the show was praised for its realistic and intelligent writing (and rapped on the knuckles for excessively crude language, the violence of certain episodes or some extreme choices by the scriptwriters).


Keep an eye on it.
Noting plots in which Homer Simpson has variously renounced his faith and mispronounced the name of Jesus, L'Osservatore Romano wrote that Homer nonetheless finds in God his last refuge and that the character's attitudes toward religion were a mirror of the indifference and the need that modern man feels toward faith.


Updated cast poster for Season 20 DVD

Simpsons News — Posted 17 Dec, 2009 by DisgruntledGoat

EW.com have posted the updated Simpsons poster that will come with the Complete Twentieth Season DVD/Bluray. It is based on the classic poster that you may have seen with loads of Simpsons characters on it, up to Season 9. The new poster adds characters from later Seasons and The Simpsons Movie:


Not sure if this is finished - it's a bit lopsided! Click to enlarge.
New characters that can be found include Apu's eight children; Maude's ghost (even though Maude herself is still on the old part); Duffman; Declan Desmond; Gina from The Wandering Juvie; the irreplacable Señor Ding-Dong; and the angel skeleton from Lisa the Skeptic. How many can you name?


Season 20 DVD/Blu-Ray out January 12

Simpsons News — Posted 03 Dec, 2009 by DisgruntledGoat

The Simpsons Complete Season 20 will be released in America January 12 on DVD and, for the first time, in HD on Blu-ray.

As a special feature, the DVD has completely new menus drawn by Matt Groening himself, and a poster containing loads of Simpsons characters - though we're not sure if this is the same one that's been in the shops for over 10 years.

Season 20 DVD and Blu-ray
Spot the difference? The DVD and Blu-Ray box art
The set also includes a sneak-peek at the upcoming 20th Anniversary documentary from Morgan Spurlock, even though the documentary is set to air two days before the DVD is released!

No word on other features yet, such as commentary, but we'll keep you posted!


Simpsons scavenger hunt on Fox this week

Simpsons News — Posted 09 Nov, 2009 by DisgruntledGoat

As celebrations continue for The Simpsons' 20th anniversary, Fox is running a Simpsons scavenger hunt across its shows.

The Simpsons 20th Anniversary
The Simpsons celebrate 20 years on our screens
Starting today, Monday 9th, and running until Friday 13th, the primetime shows on Fox will feature hidden Simpsons references and tributes. It could be a can of Duff beer, a Simpsons quote or even the cast and crew appearing!

There are prizes daily, and a chance to win a big Simpsons prize pack, including a chance to attend a Simpsons table read! See the video below for more details, or go to the Fox site to enter after each show.

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Marge Simpson Makes Cover Of Playboy

Simpsons News — Posted 09 Oct, 2009 by MrBurns

Marge Simpson -- the blue beehived matriarch of America's most loved dysfunctional family - is Playboy magazine's November cover, the magazine said on Friday.



Simpson, tastefully concealing her assets behind a signature Playboy Bunny chair, is the first cartoon character ever to front the glossy adult magazine, joining the ranks of sex symbols like Marilyn Monroe and Cindy Crawford.

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Simpsons Season 20 to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray!

Simpsons News — Posted 09 Oct, 2009 by DisgruntledGoat

Even though Season 12 was only put out recently, it appears Fox will be releasing Season 20 on DVD/Blu-Ray before the end of the year!

Season 20 saw The Simpsons switch to widescreen and High Definition. Many other shows release their DVDs soon after the episodes have aired, so this decision release makes sense. It is believed that the older DVDs (Season 13-19) will continue to be released alternately with the latest Season, every 6 months.

Here is the box art. Click the image to see the hi-res version:


New episode: The Great Wife Hope

Simpsons News — Posted 09 Oct, 2009 by DisgruntledGoat

Airing this Sunday 11th October, The Great Wife Hope sees the men of Sppringfield become obsessed by Mixed Martial Arts. However, when Marge and the women protest about its extreme violence, the show's promoter challenges Marge to a match.


Sacha Baron Cohen to guest star

Simpsons News — Posted 18 Sep, 2009 by DisgruntledGoat

Sacha Baron CohenBritish comedian Sacha Baron Cohen is to guest in an upcoming Simpsons episode where the family take a church-group trip to the Holy Land. Cohen is the alter ego of presenter Ali G and fashion reporter Bruno, but is probably best known for his portrayal of Kazakhstan reporter Borat (pictured).

In the episode, Cohen will play an Israeli tour guide angered by the Simpsons, in particular Homer - who gets a case of Jerusalem Syndrome and believes that he is the messiah.

The episode is slated for a March 28 airing, to coincide with Palm Sunday, and is titled The Greatest Story Ever D’ohed.

Source: Hollywood Insider

Site updates

Interactive Simpsons character poster

Website Updates — Posted 29 Dec, 2009 by DisgruntledGoat

I've been working on this for a little while now. You've probably seen the giant Simpsons cast poster that was created around Season 9. In fact, Fox are releasing a new version with more recent characters, though it's a pretty crappy attempt.

You may have tried to name all the characters, but come up short. Now help is at hand - I've identified every Simpsons character on this poster, from Homer, Bart and Mr. Burns right down to the generic jobsworths that appeared for 5 seconds in Season 1.


Our character map names every person on this poster!
The interactive page is split into 4 sections; once you zoom in just hover over a face to see that character's name (if they have one) and a short description of where/when they appeared, if appropriate.

Simpsons characters poster


This is the best gift of all!

Website Updates — Posted 15 Dec, 2009 by DisgruntledGoat

Hey hey! This site may seem a little quiet, but don't worry, I am working on something big behind the scenes.

In the meantime, since Christmas is approaching I added a little festive cheer to the site. Only a tiny bit. I wish I had the time (and design skills) to make something fantastic but never mind.

Our festive wallpapers are back again (actually, they never left!) so check them out if you want a Simpsons festivities on your computer!

Simpsons Christmas wallpapers

Why not also check out the great site The Springfield Connection, who did make a great effort with a Christmas design. Also Last Exit to Springfield unveiled their Xmas section too, there are some great wallpapers there!


Simpson Crazy, now with RSS feed

Website Updates — Posted 09 Nov, 2009 by DisgruntledGoat

We finally got around to adding an RSS feed to the site! Now you can keep up-to-date with Simpsons news in your favourite feed reader, such as Google Reader, Live Bookmarks in the Firefox web browser, or another application/browser.

To subscribe, simply click the orange icon in your browser's address bar, or the icon just under the header.

And don't forget our Twitter stream, where we're regularly posting breaking news and funny Simpsons quotes.


Blackboard & Couch gags updated

Website Updates — Posted 16 Sep, 2009 by DisgruntledGoat

Simpsons couchA few weeks ago I updated the lists of Bart's chalkboard gags and couch gag variations. In addition to descriptions of the couch gags, the list also contains storyboards of the action - some of the more recent gags are extremely long!

Bart's Chalkboard lines
Simpsons Couch gags


New list: under the floorboards

Website Updates — Posted 26 Jul, 2009 by DisgruntledGoat

Today we unveil another new list. Sometimes in The Simpsons, when the camera pans between floors or underground, we get a cutaway glimpse on what's hidden there. So this page lists all those jokes!

Under the Simpsons floorboards: lead piping, asbestos and a dead mouse
We've seen asbestos, gold and jewels, a snake and Snowball II between floors, and aliens and dinosaurs underground!

Beneath the floorboards


New screenshots from Season 16

Website Updates — Posted 26 Jul, 2009 by DisgruntledGoat

Thanks to Gary (webmaster of The Cutest Baby), I have some new framegrabs for you!

Bart emulates the Playdude lifestyle
Bart emulates the Playdude lifestyle in FABF20
I've added the first batch from Season 16, of the following episodes:
All's Fair in Oven War
Sleeping With the Enemy
She Used to Be My Girl

Enjoy!


Follow us on Twitter!

Website Updates — Posted 15 May, 2009 by DisgruntledGoat

Follow us on TwitterSimpson Crazy now has its own Twitter feed! Twitter is a free social networking/micro-blogging service that allows you to post short messages to friends and followers.

Our feed is of course Simpsons-related and will contain snippets of breaking news that are either too short to post on the site, or we simply don't have time to make a full post. I've also been regularly posting Simpsons quotes that come into my head, so it's guaranteed fun all the way!

Follow at the URL below:

http://twitter.com/SimpsonCrazy


Simpson Crazy redesigns!

Website Updates — Posted 26 Apr, 2009 by DisgruntledGoat

Simpson Crazy has been given a facelistNotice anything different? It's been a long time coming, but finally we can today unveil a new-look Simpson Crazy!

The most noticable change is of course the new design, but there are bigger changes behind the scenes. I actually made the first version of this design about three years ago and have been slowly working on organising and reformatting content. We're using clean (and mostly valid) code across the site and the structure allows for quick and easy layouts for new pages, which should be coming faster. Practically every page has been redesigned in some way.

Previously we had about four different places for navigation links, which was a bit of overkill! The menu has now been consolidated into a simple list on the left of each page.

One of the other big changes is the news system, which I have rewritten from scratch. You'll see Simpsons show and product news on the left, with site updates and occasional web news in this right panel. Click any news item to see the full story; you can try it right now to see a bigger list of our site changes...

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New list: opening billboards

Website Updates — Posted 04 Mar, 2009 by DisgruntledGoat

Simpsons Billboard gagThis week's episode, How the Test Was Won, featured several changes to the opening sequence. Notably the billboard from the pan to Springfield Elementary changed.

So I've added a new list today: Opening credits billboards. Obviously there are only two at the moment but we'll keep it updated in the future.

All changes to the opening credits:

  • crow flying RTL instead of LTR
  • Ralph says "it's dark" instead of "aah!"
  • new billboard (I hope it changes regularly, they can do a lot with that)
  • Barney says "hey!" instead of belching when Bart lands on him
  • Jessica Lovejoy is no longer purple!
  • Disco Stu says "whoa" as Bart skates past
  • TV doesn't fall off the wall


The Simpsons HD Opening

Website Updates — Posted 14 Feb, 2009 by DisgruntledGoat

Tomorrow Fox will begin airing Simpsons episodes in HD and widescreen for the first time. Because of the switchover, a brand new opening credits has been animated! Fox has posted a video of it on YouTube, which you can see below.

The Simpsons in HD
Bart writes on the blackboard in the new High Definition opening sequence.

The sequence follows the same format as the old one, with some different characters appearing. Notable changes include Kearney and Jimbo sawing off the head of Jebediah Springfield, Grampa in the car with Marge and Maggie, and Homer getting HIT by Marge's car instead of being chased into the living room. He makes a cartoony outline on the garage wall.

Guide to new opening credits
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