Every Homer Simpson Job

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, take a look back at every single job Homer Simpson has ever had throughout the many seasons of The Simpsons. Plus, potential dramatic TV actress Emmy contenders like Jennifer Aniston, Zendaya, Reese Withersoon, Janelle Monáe and more sit down for a roundtable discussion for The Hollywood Reporter. And finally, watch a vintage clip of Carl Reiner in his first appearance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Read More »

The Simpsons - Carl and Dr. Hibbert

Back at the beginning of the year, Hank Azaria decided to vacate the role of convenience store owner Apu on The Simpsons after the character became embroiled in controversy for not just encouraging stereotypes of Indian characters, but for being voiced by an actor who was white. Now The Simpsons will be following suit across the board by no longer having white actors voice any characters of color from here on out.

The Simpsons isn’t the only FOX animated series making changes with how they cast characters of color. Family Guy voice actor Mike Henry will be walking away from voicing the role of Cleveland Brown, a character he has played since the beginning of the series back in 1999. Read More »

Kung Fu Hustle Stunts

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch as stuntmen react to the incredible martial arts action of Kung Fu Hustle, as well as some famous TV fight scenes from Netflix and HBO. Plus, go behind the scenes of Judd Apatow‘s comedy The King of Staten Island starring Pete Davidson, and The Simpsons voice actress Nancy Cartwright improvises voices for eight new cartoon characters. Read More »

Lee Carvallo's Putting Challenge

One of the most memorable Simpsons gags is Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge, a throwaway joke about an impossibly nerdy video game that no one wants to play. The game itself wasn’t real – until now. Someone went ahead and made a real, playable version of Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge, and it’s just as comically boring as the game shown on The Simpsons all those years ago.

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Animated Empire Strikes Back

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures has delivered a stylized, animated version of The Empire Strikes Back in just five minutes. Plus, watch The Simpsons famous steamed hams scene recreate in LEGO form, and The Hollywood Reporter brings in some of the TV drama showrunners, such as Damon Lindelof (Watchmen) and Liz Tigelaar (Little Fires Everywhere), who might be in contention for Emmys when the time comes later this year. Read More »

The Simpsons 2020 Commencement Speech

Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the graduates of the class of 2020 aren’t getting their traditional commencement ceremonies. But because of that, countless celebrities have stepped up to give virtual commencement speeches to inspire the next generation of great thinkers who can hopefully save us from the hell we’re experiencing now.

YouTube has put together a whole assembly of videos from famous faces called Dear Class of 2020, and The Simpsons chimed in with some encouragement. Well, at least Lisa Simpson did. The rest of the family kinda phones it in, literally and figuratively. Read More »

Terminator: Dark Fate VFX

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, the visual effects artists at Corridor Crew take a look at impressive work from Terminator: Dark Fate and flashback to a flaming scene from Reign of Fire. Plus, the cast of Saturday Night Live talk about their experiences making the special “At Home” editions of the show under quarantine, and The Simpsons voice star Nancy Cartwright reviews impressions of Bart Simpson and more. Read More »

the simpsons aspect ratio

When Disney+ launched in November with all 30 seasons of The Simpsons available to stream, fans were overjoyed — until they realized classic episodes of the long-running sitcom had half of their frames chopped off to fit into the now commonly used 16:9 aspect ratio. This is a problem with most shows made before 2009 that have made the transition to digital, but the frame cropping with The Simpsons was particularly egregious because of show’s abundant visual gags, many of which ended up being cut out. Disney+ pledged to restore the show to its original 4:3 aspect ratio, which it is now finally rolling out, more than six months later. But there’s a reason it took so long.

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The Simpsons Aspect Ratio Problem Fixed

When Disney+ launched last fall, one of the more appealing pieces of the streaming service’s library of content was access to every single episode of The Simpsons (with one major exception). However, that ended up being a disappointment because a bunch of The Simpsons episodes that were originally broadcast in the 4:3 full screen aspect ratio (before high-definition, widescreen televisions came along), had been zoomed and cropped to fill a 16:19 widescreen format.

The Simpsons aspect ratio problem resulted poor image quality and even the loss of some visual gags, and after outcry from fans, Disney+ vowed to fix the issue by the end of this month. Thankfully, that moment is nearly upon, and Disney+ has confirmed that the first 19 seasons and part of the 20th season of The Simpsons will be restored to their proper aspect ratio starting on May 28. Read More »

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The Simpsons Style Guide

The Simpsons has a distinct animation style, and that’s thanks to the talented animators who have been working on the series for years. Because that style is so integral to the overall vibe of The Simpsons, there’s a massive style guide for animators to follow so the characters are never feel off from their original design. If you want to see the kind of rules there are for animating The Simpsons, you can see a couple pages from an early style guide thanks to former showrunner Josh Weinstein. Read More »