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'The Simpsons' Season 22, Episode 14 Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 21st 2011 4:20AM
The Simpsons['The Simpsons' - 'Angry Dad: The Movie']

With the Academy Awards being broadcast next week, 'The Simpsons' naturally had to return to the topical satire that they're so famous for.

And this episode contained a myriad of parodies and referential humor, only some of which I recognized. Some of the scenes in the Japanese Itchy and Scratchy movie were taken from 'Kill Bill,' but Quentin Tarantino's masterpiece likely stole the scenes (also known as an homage) from other Japanese movies.

In fact, the whole episode was a nice callback to the earlier episode 'I Am Furious Yellow' from the 13th season, which introduced 'Angry Dad' as a web series. This show has been around for so long, it can't help but have continuity.

Ricky Gervais was the highlight of the episode. Both his conversation with the bartender at the Golden Globes and his bit at the end with "Ridley Scott" had me in stitches. Plus, there was the note at the bar that consisted of his face and the phrase "do not allow this man to host." I don't know if he wrote this material himself, but I wouldn't be surprised given his history with the show. His two monologues were classic Gervais (not to mention hilarious). Russell Brand's cameo was pale by comparison, which likely pissed off Mr. Brand himself (it's a shame considering his wife Katy Perry's funny appearance earlier this season).

Obviously, due to the nature of this episode, there were many references to Hollywood both as an industry and as a location. The episode itself was created as a satire of a situation at a real Oscars ceremony in which two people raced each other to the stage to accept an award.

There were more references to "Steve Mobbs" and "Mapple", both with the laptop used by "Herman Millwood" (inventor of the Arrow Chair) and the folks at "Mixar."

Did Pixar and Nick Park have a hand in creating the parodies of 'Toy Story' and 'Wallace and Gromit'? If not, then the recreations/parodies 'Condiments' and 'Willis and Crumble' were dead-on and kudos to the creative team for pulling that off. I'd like to think that they were involved in some way with the animation (and not just from being animated themselves). It was particularly funny when a piece of Nick Park fell off like clay. And what sort of Pixar parody would be complete without a Randy Newman-style song called 'You've got an en-e-my.'?

As mentioned, I was able to place some of the parodies but not all. Were the other cartoon shorts derived from anything in particular, such as the one with the intelligent tank? Please let us know in the comments.

The artist Banksy's name also showed up on the wall at the Oscars. Was he involved with this episode as well? He once created one of the couch gag intros and has been nominated for an Oscar this year.

Did you notice that the jar of pickles in 'Condiments' by Mixar was Jewish? Get it? Kosher pickles? It was enjoyable seeing Bart get covered in slime at the Children's Choice Awards and then at the Kennedy Center Honors.

I've only watched the episode once as of this writing and it was so inundated with pop culture and Hollywood in-jokes that I feel as if I have to watch it two or three more times to get all the references. But that's what good episodes of 'The Simpsons' are made of.

Episode Highlights:

S.A.T. -- Shaolin Aptitude Test.

The Adventures of Parody Man.

"Sir Anthony. Your pizza. She's a-gonna be late."

The Pixar lamp attacking Lisa.

"What's wrong with Roman Polanski?"

"Thank Hollywood for running out of good ideas."

"Wake me up for the syrupy ending."

'The Simpsons' airs 8PM ET, Sundays on Fox.

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The short with the crying tank was an homage to Persepolis.
The brothers were "The Brothers of Beauville" from the movie the Triplets of Belleville.

February 21 2011 at 4:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The cartoon with the three brothers seemed to be done in the style of Triplets of Belleville/The Illusionist. Not sure about the tank one.

February 21 2011 at 12:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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