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“But corporate sponsorship cheapens our nation’s treasures.” – Lisa Simpson
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I’m posting a day late because I admittedly took a day off yesterday to ignore all my responsibilities and relax one last time before the whirlwind of production hits me later this week.
Last week I was so upset with myself for only watching 3 movies, and I started the past week off feeling confident that I would redeem myself because I had already watched 3 movies by Monday night. However, I didn’t end up watching anything for the rest of the week after that…so… oops. I suspect that next week’s update wont be much different, as I’m directing a concert and documentary for the next week and a bit, so my schedule wont allow me the time to watch much of anything. I’ll try to get an entry or 2 out for my 40 Day Movie Challenge, but I’m not making any promises. For now, here is what I watched this past week.
So I really had no desire to ever really watch this movie. I haven’t seen any of the other Bourne movies and I’m not really interested in seeing them either. However, my best friend is a huge Jeremy Renner fan, and because I know that Edward Norton was in it, I agreed to watch it with her at some point in time. Because I’m uneducated on the history of the other movies, I didn’t really follow or have any interest in the story. It’s… whatever. But, Edward Norton was fantastic (too good for this movie, in my opinion), Jeremy Renner does a lot of ridiculous stunt work, the action scenes are great, and the scenery for portions of the movie are gorgeous. Thats all I really have to say about it.
I was assigned to watch this documentary as part of my content producing class in school to discuss the pursuit of art and the quest of a filmmaker in the industry. What a wild documentary. Jodorowsky is a nutbag and I adore him. All the time and effort he put into developing a movie that never actually got made (well Dune got made… but not Jodorowsky’s Dune) is incredibly inspiring, but also pretty depressing. The artwork, the storyboards, the script, the casting, the practical effects, all for seemingly nothing. I recommend anyone who is interested in filmmaking and enjoys behind the scenes to watch this documentary. You’ll learn a lot, I promise. It’s on Netflix, so go give it a watch.
While I was writing my entry for “A movie that makes me happy” I decided to actually watch The Secret Life of Walter Mitty while doing so. It had been a while since I’d actually watched it, and it reminded me of a lot of little things I’d forgotten about. To read my extended feelings about the movie, go here.
So. My roommate decided at some point last week to get cable. I’ve never had cable. I grew up with satellite, but I haven’t had any sort of TV since 2008 when I moved away from my parents. While I still watched my weekly dose of The Simpsons and kept watching Fargo (which is still fantastic, by the way. I’m loving it), I found myself watching an abundance of cable programming to pass the time. Mostly things on the Food Network. I thought about trying to list all the shows I watched but figured there was no way I could remember all the stupid shows I had watched. I also watched some Conan, Jimmy Fallon, Entertainment Tonight, TMZ, and Saturday Night Live among some other random things scattered throughout the week. I feel somewhat ashamed. Don’t look at me.
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“I’m sick of all your stereotypes and cheap jokes! The overweight individuals in this country are just as smart and talented and hard working as everybody else! And they’re gonna make their voices heard! All they need is a leader!” – Homer Simpson
Conventional wisdom has it that everyone is getting fatter these days and that’s a bad thing. Reality, as usual, is considerably more complicated. Moral panics over fat have been a recurring feature of American culture for over a century; the actual effects of obesity are deeply misunderstood at best; and the amount of societal and cultural abuse heaped on fat people is cruel, idiotic, and generally harmful. In short, a “fat acceptance” support group (like the one Homer joined in “Walking Big & Tall”) is a thoroughly modern byproduct of something about which America is both obsessed and deeply conflicted. In the right hands, it’s a target rich environment for comedy. In Zombie Simpsons, it’s shambolic background for a whole lot of nothing.
Let’s start with what is easily this episode’s go to joke: a rubbery sound effect. They use it when Homer crams himself into the seats at the theater. They use it when he finally gets out of his theater seat (and then immediately again when he gets stuck in the door). They use it over and over again when Homer gets locked up with the other fat people. They even use it when Albert the fat guy puts a straw in a cup. It’s in so much of the episode that they may have simply done that last one out of habit.
In addition to being a pretty weak joke (Once? Sure. Twice? Maybe. Three and more? Uh, no.), it neatly summarizes just how vapid the whole episode is. Their most used gag is that fat people don’t fit into the same spaces as skinny people. That’s it.
You can see that shallowness all over the place: the only other fat person who gets any lines is Comic Book Guy, and most of what he does is list foods, Homer himself doesn’t actually do anything in the episode besides stand around, and roughly half the dialogue is people recapping things we’ve already seen. Even the gag at the end about Albert’s ashes needing a lot of urns goes on way too long, and that’s before they literally spelled it out for us. You really have to wonder at the mentality and incuriosity in the writers room when they do an entire episode on fat acceptance and most of what they come up with is “fat people are big”.
Get it? GET IT?
By contrast, “King-Size Homer” also sees Homer become proud of being a fat guy. But instead of him joining a support group then not doing anything but talk about joining a support group, we actually get to see him be a proud fat guy. He’s ecstatic about getting out of work. When Marge calls him on it, he redoubles his efforts to be a “big fat dynamo!”. At the end, he stands up to the crowd at the theater that laughs at him. He’s even proud of his “fat guy hat”. “Walking Big & Tall” tells us (ad nausem) that Homer is proud of his fat self. “King-Size” Homer actually shows him doing it.
Case in point: fat guy insults. At the theater, right before the manager attempts to buy him off with “a garbage bag full of popcorn”, the sarcastic guy shouts at him, “Hey, fatty, I got a movie for ya: A Fridge Too Far!”. That’s a great Simpsons joke: it’s a cultural reference, it’s innovative and mean, it fits the story, and it’s done by one of their best non-named utility characters. And, of course, there’s little stuff to notice, like how the Squeaky Voiced Teen (who’s taking tickets) and the manager both laugh at first before quickly stopping themselves while everyone else keeps going.
On The Simpsons, there is *always* a reason to pay attention.
Compare that to this unedited brainstorm pad:
Chubby, Chunky, Blob-O, Slob-O, Fat Bastard, Michelen Man, Stay Puft, Chumbawumba, “It is balloon!”, Papa Grande, Augustus Gloop, Beached Whale, Big Boned, Wisconsin Skinny, Butterball, Dump Truck, Jelly Belly, Pudgy Wudgy, Lard Ass, Bloberino, Buddah Belly, Hurry E. Tubman, One Ton Soup, Blob Sagat, Chub Hub, Calvin Coolwhip, Manfred Manboobs, 21-Lump Street, Walking Before Picture, Fatso, Harvey Milk Chocolate, Obese Wan-Canoli, Mahatma Gumbo, Salvadore Deli, Elmer Pantry, KFC & the Spongecake Band, Snacky Onassis, The Foodie Blues, Hoagie Carmichal, and Wide Load
As I said on Monday, there are a couple of decent ones in that mess. But there is also a ton of filler. For every creative one like “Obese Wan-Canoli” there are three or four regular old insults (Fatso, Wide Load, Fat Bastard, Chubby, etc.) or unmodified cultural references (Augustus Gloop, Stay Puft, Butterball, etc.). What’s more, it’s just a list. This is a Buzzfeed headline in Zombie Simpsons form: 40 Great Fat Insults. And, like Buzzfeed, you knew a bunch already, and most of them aren’t great.
The Simpsons picked one (1) good one and slipped it into a scene that’s integral to the plot. If Homer doesn’t want to see “Honk If You’re Horny”, he doesn’t leave the drinking bird in charge, in which case he doesn’t resolve to mend his ways after getting insulted, and, oh yeah, the gas gets vented, preventing explosion. The entire episode doesn’t work without this scene.
In Zombie Simpsons, the list is the only scene at Moe’s and the only time we see any of those characters. It’s a one off tangent that has nothing to do with anything, they just had a list and time to fill.
Finally, there’s Homer himself. It’s not just that we get to see him being a proud fat guy in Season 7, there’s a reason for him to be a proud fat guy. Homer, being Homer, hates exercise and tries, in Lisa’s words, “abusing a program intended to help the unfortunate”. He loves not having to go to work so much (“gas, break, honk”), that he overlooks everything else. In “Walking Big & Tall”, Homer hurls people across entire theaters before happening to walk past the wrong support group. One of these involves the character being himself and matters to the rest of the episode; the other does not. Homer, let me introduce Jerkass Homer; Jerkass Homer, please meet Homer.
Bart and Lisa Simpson have been in elementary school for 25 years. But that hasn’t stopped them from showing up on college campuses.