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John Orquiola
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Very well done documentary by Morgan Spurlock. Not at all what I was expecting, but turned out much better than what I was expecting - some sort of clip-filled, generic self-congratulatory tribute.

Spurlock did a superb job capturing an overview of the cultural/global impact and popularity of The Simpsons while touching on some of its controversies and the criticisms towards it.

Of course, Matt Groening was right there happily yakking away about his creation, but it was cool how Spurlock showed all the street names in Portland, Oregon he took the names of the characters like Reverend Lovejoy, Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, and Sideshow Bob Terwilliger from.

It was also nice (wait, is "nice", the word I want? They're not exactly handsome, as expected) to put faces to Simpsons writers like David Mirkin, Sam (the first showrunner booted off the show but retaining executive producer credit and earning millions for life) Simon, and Mike Scully. Of course, Conan O'Brien had to be interviewed and I'm glad he participated. (Conan couldn't have known then how tempted he might be today to accept that job writing for Mr. Burns for $1, the way NBC is dicking him around). And there must be a few thoughts from "Hollywood Legend" James L. Brooks, of course.

I also enjoyed hearing from Sting, representing the hordes of guest voices over the years. "The Simpsons made my career..." (I thought Hugh Hefner was also interviewed for the special. If he was, he was left on the cutting room floor unless I somehow missed him.)

I'm a pretty huge Simpsons fan, but tattooing my entire torso with the Simpsons characters is one level of fanaticism I won't ever reach. Still, if I ever did get a Simpsons-related tattoo, the Stonecutters symbol would be my choice.

I hope the homes of The Simpsons collectors, especially the one in England, never burn down. They'd probably kill themselves.

Spurlock also did a good job in Brazil, talking to Brazilians about why they're still mad at the Brazil episode, while poking fun at them. That was one fashionable speedo Spurlock wore in Copacabana Beach. There should have been monkey gangs and rats painted to look like Skittles chasing him.

The Comic-Con "Simpsons Idol" footage showed that one guy who did Homer's voice so perfectly, if they replaced Dan Castellaneta with him, we'd probably never notice. Castellaneta must have shit his pants when he saw that guy.

The Simpsons actually watching the special and complaining that it was not in 3D, nor was there ice skating, was pretty good.

Really, my only criticism is that Spurlock's documentary could have been twice as long and ought to have been in theaters. But, as Marge said a couple of seasons ago, "No more Simpsons Movies! One was enough!"

(edited by John Orquiola on 11.1.10 0623)
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    (I thought Hugh Hefner was also interviewed for the special. If he was, he was left on the cutting room floor unless I somehow missed him.)

I'm pretty sure he was shown. They showed the Marge Playboy cover, and if I'm not mistaken, Hefner was on during that spot.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.53
    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    I also really liked hearing from Sting, representing the hordes of guest voices over the years. "The Simpsons made my career..." (I thought Hugh Hefner was also interviewed for the special. If he was, he was left on the cutting room floor unless I somehow missed him.)

You did miss Hef, he was in there early. They showed around the same time they were talking about the Marge Playboy issue.

I actually don't remember seeing Sting though, so I guess *I* missed that. Only musician I remember off the top of my head was Moby, but I was in and out of the room throughout the show.

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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.24
    Originally posted by StingArmy
    I actually don't remember seeing Sting though, so I guess *I* missed that.


That's funny, because Sting was shown at least twice. But he had a giant beard so maybe you just didn't recognize him.
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.92
I was out last night and since the Cardinals/Packers game pushed everything back, I didn't get part of this recorded...BUT for those who missed it, yes it is on Hulu/Fox.com.

http://www.hulu.com/the-simpsons-anniversary-special-in-3-d-on-ice



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00
Couldn't they just start doing retrospectives of the various retrospectives they've done at this point?



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"The message boards were much funnier 10 years ago. I quit reading them after that."

ZING!



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.03
    Originally posted by spf
    "The message boards were much funnier 10 years ago. I quit reading them after that."

    ZING!


That would have been a lot more meaningful if it wasn't coming from a guy who's writing credits list him as 2002-present, and who is thus the guy that people on the internet think isn't funny.
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.20
    Originally posted by Tenken347
      Originally posted by spf
      "The message boards were much funnier 10 years ago. I quit reading them after that."

      ZING!


    That would have been a lot more meaningful if it wasn't coming from a guy who's writing credits list him as 2002-present, and who is thus the guy that people on the internet think isn't funny.


Yeah I thought they all sounded pretty whiny and immature in that portion. They didn't do anything to refute the claims that the show is not as good as it used to be. This "ZING" amounted to nothing more than the guy blocking out his critics because he can't answer them.
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.66
    Originally posted by thecubsfan
    Couldn't they just start doing retrospectives of the various retrospectives they've done at this point?


Well, it was no 138th Episode Spectacular, but still.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.85
    Originally posted by spf
    "The message boards were much funnier 10 years ago. I quit reading them after that."

    ZING!
Nuts to all of you.

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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.33
    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    The Simpsons actually watching the special and complaining that it was not in 3D, nor was there ice skating, was pretty good.


And nothing can beat the cutaway to Comic Book Guy afterwards and having him smile and say "I liked it!" Best...ending...ever!




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