The Toy Box is a weekly feature at /Film that will round up some of the newest and coolest collectibles, decorations, gadgets and other memorabilia that you nerds might want for your shelves.
This week, The Toy Box has a variety of new Star Trek and Star Wars goodies along with new figures celebrating the 40th anniversary of Rocky, some San Diego Comic-Con exclusives for The Simpsons, The Twilight Zone and The Big Lebowski, and a figure that will make a great holiday decoration from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
See all that and more in this edition of The Toy Box.
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With the exception of Dr. Frasier Crane on both Cheers and the spin-off series Frasier, easily the best role Kelsey Grammer has played in his career is that of Sideshow Bob, the sidekick of Krusty the Clown on the long-running animated series The Simpsons. Grammer won an Emmy for his voiceover performance as the character in 2006, and he’s one of the fans’ favorite side characters from Springfield.
If you’re curious as to how Sideshow Bob came to be the character he is today, and who inspired the character’s rich voice that Grammer brings to life, you can find out pretty quickly. Kelsey Grammer recently appeared on The Graham Norton Show and discussed how he came to be involved with The Simpsons and the origin of Sideshow Bob’s voice. Read More »
The field of voice acting is a wholly unique one. In some ways, voice acting can be more difficult than acting on-camera, mostly because so much emotion has to come purely from the voice, without the assistance of facial expressions or body language. Many times it’s the voice that informs how a character is depicted, and that’s why it’s so surprising to learn that the same actors are behind the voices of many different cartoon and video game characters we know and love.
A new infographic lays out just some of the voice actors who are responsible for bringing various characters to life in video games like Uncharted and The Last of Us as well as animated series like The Simpsons, Futurama and Scooby-Doo. Check out the famous voice actors infographic after the jump. Read More »
Even though The Simpsons has waned in popularity in recent years, it’s still one of the most popular animated shows ever made. However, not every country hopped on The Simpsons train at the height of the show’s popularity in the United States. In fact, the show is just now growing in popularity across the Asia Pacific region, and that has resulted in the first brick and mortar store dedicated to The Simpsons merchandise, and you can see what it looks like below. Read More »
Over the past two years, The Simpsons really seemed to have upped their game when it comes to delivering unique and bold iterations of their ongoing couch gag in the opening credits. Last year’s couch gags included a tribute to Rick and Morty and an opening from Ren & Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi. Plus, back in 2014, The Simpsons took a cue from Disney’s animated hit Frozen. Now their latest couch gag reaches back into the history of Disney, thanks to animator Eric Goldberg, the man responsible for bringing Genie to life in Aladdin and much more.
Watch The Simpsons Disney couch gag after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 by Jack Giroux
The Simpsons just keeps going and going. Created in 1989, the animated Fox show has gone on to have a total of 27 seasons and counting. About half those seasons are either very good or simply great, but the program has lost some fans over the years, while also gaining newer and younger fans. A lot of people still tune into The Simpsons, and those viewers will soon have the opportunity to ask a live-action Homer Simpsons a few questions.
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Even if you’re not a fan of The Simpsons anymore, there’s a good chance that at some point you loved the cartoon family from Springfield, Somewhere. And even if you’ve only seen a handful of episodes, you probably know that the show makes countless pop culture references with an affinity for recreating plenty of iconic movies.
Now one fan of the show decided to round up over two dozen of The Simpsons movie references and puts clips from various episodes side-by-side with the movies they’re paying homage to. It’s awesome to see just how accurate their recreations are when compared to the film. Watch below. Read More »
Posted on Saturday, January 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
As the creator of The Simpsons and Futurama — two of the most beloved animated series of… well, ever — Matt Groening‘s name will always loom large in pop culture. And now he’s preparing to add one more show to his already impressive legacy. Groening is reportedly in talks with Netflix to create a new animated series. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Did you hear that a little movie called Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out in theaters? Yeah, some tiny indie thing. People really seem to like it, though. That’s why we’re regularly rounding up all of the little stories about it that you may have missed elsewhere. In today’s edition:
- The Simpsons predicted the current Star Wars vs Chipmunks showdown
- The Star Wars: Card Trader app gets awakened with new updates
- How one writer saw The Force Awakens completely spoiler-free
- Just how much money did Harrison Ford make to play Han Solo again?
- The origin stories of Kylo Ren and Finn
- Neil DeGrasse Tyson trolls Star Wars fans on Twitter
- The Onion reviews The Force Awakens
- Someone has successfully 3D-printed their own BB-8
- Kevin Smith chats about The Force Awakens for 40 minutes
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