Last night we were invited to “A Taste of Springfield” neighborhood block party celebrating the grand opening of the iconic world of Springfield, the hometown of America’s favorite family, The Simpsons, at Universal Studios Hollywood. The all-new themed environment surrounds The Simpsons Ride, placing park guests inside of the fictional town/city from the long-running animated series. And with 26 seasons of content to build out this world, Universal designers had a lot to pick and choose from.
After the jump you can see some photos from the grand opening event, as well as a look at the food from all the new resturants, including Duff Brewery, Moe’s Tavern, Lard Lad Donuts, Krusty Burger, Cletus’ Chicken Shack and Phineas Q. Butterfat’s Ice Cream Parlour.
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In TV years, The Simpsons is already the equivalent of the Grail Knight from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and the series isn’t giving up its post any time soon.
The all-time record for a scripted prime-time TV series is 635 episodes, held by Gunsmoke, which ran from 1955 to 1975. The Simpsons has already run far longer than Gunsmoke did, as the show is currently in its 26th season. Now, with The Simpsons renewed for seasons 27 and 28, the finale of that 28th season will see the series just shy of Gunsmoke‘s all-time record. Which means we might as well bet on a 29th season, too. Read More »
The Simpsons have finally become a victim of their own longevity. In 2001, the entire first season of the show was first released on DVD. Many fans – myself included – decided we wanted to have the entire series on our shelves. This continued for several years until the packaging changed changed with season 6. Fans complained because the series wouldn’t look uniform on their shelves and Fox offered an alternative. Eventually though, even that went away and every few months, a new season of The Simpsons was released on DVD. They then started coming out on Blu-ray in 2010.
Currently, there are 17 seasons of The Simpsons on DVD or Blu-ray but 25-plus seasons exist. Now fans will never be able to own them all. Executive producer Al Jean announced that all future seasons of The Simpsons will skip physical media and only be available digitally. Read More »
As you might know, one of the many new additions Universal Studios Hollywood is an expansion of The Simpsons themed land. Previously The Simpsons Ride was just an overlay of the old Back To The Future Ride building, bringing a bit of Krustyland to the park. But now the ride is surrounded by an elaborate recreation of The Simpsons‘ hometown of Springfield.
Universal Studios Hollywood has now soft opened the new Springfield expansion. After the jump you can view a three and a half minute video walking tour of the newly completed The Simpsons expansion at Universal Studios Hollywood, which includes an interactive version of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant and much more.
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Update from editor Peter Sciretta: I have added the new designer video from LEGO, featuring senior designer Marcos Bessa and graphic designer Chris Bonven Johansen showcasing the impressive detail work that went into creating the LEGO Kwik-E-Mart convenience store set from The Simpsons.
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Simpsons executive producer Al Jean says this isn’t true. He would know, but no matter. A Reddit user has come up with a wild theory that attempts to explain why The Simpsons have never aged in 20-plus years. And even if it’s false, it’s an interesting, well-researched attempt to put a bow on a series that’s never been about wrapping things up.
Basically the idea is that Homer has been in a coma for twenty years. Read more details on this Simpsons fan theory below. Read More »
“I’m gonna make it. I’m gonna make it! This is the greatest thrill of my life! I’m king of the world! Woo hoo! Woo hoo! I…AHHHHHHH.”
It’s one of the most iconic moments in the history of The Simpsons. The episode is called “Bart the Daredevil,” which first aired in 1990. Bart begins to gain some fame as a daredevil and decides his crowning achievement will be to jump Springfield Gorge. Just as he’s about to do it his father, Homer, tells him it’s a bad idea. In fact, it’s such a bad idea, Homer will show him. This is the genius of Homer Simpson.
Down the ramp he goes and through the air he flies. He’s going, he’s going, the above quote comes out of his mouth. And then…the most epic crash in the history of television, followed by an ambulance, and then another series of falls.
Now, Acme Archives and artist Mark Englert have immortalized this perfect moment in an officially licensed, limited edition screenprint that’ll be available February 16. Good news too, it’s a timed edition. See the image, some close-ups, and find out how to buy “Springfield Gorge” exclusively here on /Film. Read More »
The always meta and funny mobile game The Simpsons: Tapped Out recently teased that at least 50% of The Simpsons‘ audience tunes out after seeing the couch gag. I don’t think that’s actually true most of the time, but it might be this week as the biggest animated TV show of all time parodies the biggest animated film of all time: Frozen. The holiday episode will air on Sunday December 7 and is called I Won’t Be Home For Christmas. You can wait to see it then, or watch The Simpsons Frozen parody below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, November 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
The Planet Express crew is making a special delivery to your TV this weekend. No, Futurama hasn’t been revived again — Bender, Fry, and the gang are setting a course for Springfield in the next episode of The Simpsons, in hopes of preventing a disastrous future event.
But before it gets to that, though, the Simpsons episode will begin as all Simpsons episodes must — with a couch gag. And in keeping with the Simpsons / Futurama crossover theme, it brings back a minor but much-loved character into the Simpsons family living room. Watch the Simpsons Futurama couch gag after the jump.
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