A Flimsy Hodge-Podge of Fan Art, Factoids & “News”

An accumulation of Simpsons fan art, graffiti, articles, and things that just don’t fit anywhere else…

driven mad after being denied those Breakfast Balls

“Falling Down” starring Frank Grimes
by Mark Chilcott

Mark Chilcott is a prolific illustrator based in Wales UK and posts his amazing pop culture-themed illustrations on Instagram here: instagram.com/markchilcottart. In addition to his Simpsons tribute to the 1993 film “Falling Down,” starring Frank Grimes in the Michael Douglas role, Mark has also done awesome art based on Batman the Animated Series, a collection of fictional law enforcement officers, and some really beautiful foxes. Check out his work, you won’t be disappointed.

FLIM Springfield will probably never get around to doing a complete recasting of Falling Down, and we’re glad Mark thought up this perfect fit for the title role.

Closer to home, Phoenix has been hit by a mysterious graffiti artist:

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photo by Diana.

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Homer inspired street mural by Lived 1904.
photo by Jose Gonzales.

And in more traditional art, this piece hanging at LUX Coffee

I'm an Art

by Randy Slack

Randy Slack is a standout of the Phoenix art community, with a long resume of exhibits to his credit, whose work is collected far and wide. I recently saw this piece for the first time, which I think is a few years old, at a hip coffee shop on Central Ave.

Starting the New Year off right, Sally Forth, by cartoonists Greg Howard, Francesco Marciuliano, and Jim Keefe, put Milhouse’s signature catch phrase into Sally’s husband Ted’s mouth.

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Sally Forth
January 1st 2017

FLIM Springfield also weeps for a generation not fluent in Simpsons, Ted, we understand. There’s nothing cooler and more relevant in the newspapers today than 18 year old cartoon references (Really, I mean that, sorry if it sounded sarcastic).

Online, Jalopnik’s Jason Torchinsky has done amazing detective work tracking down the overlooked origin of the Simpson family’s pink car.

Recently dubbed with the name brand “Junkerolla” on the cartoon, Homer’s vehicle seems to be based on a Chinese knockoff of the 1986 Dodge 600. The article is well worth a read, illustrating how real world objects are streamlined for cartoons, and where references are employed. In 2014 Jason also did a list of every real car from The Simpsons, it is also wonderfully thorough. He also wrote to let us know his fav’ Simpsons’ vehicle is Patty and Selma’s VW Thing…

no really, that's its name.

the Thing, military surplus.

Finally–I’ve had this in my file for ages–fellow Simpson fan Steve Kochersperger, of the Woo-Hoo: Classic Simpsons Trivia CHICAGO Facebook group, spotted this…

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And I couldn’t agree with his deduction more. The Vintage News has a great collection of pictures from the ship in its heyday…

http://www.barnorama.com/mcbarge/

(From Barnorama.com)

30 years is a long time to sit abandoned–if only they’d kept it going a little longer…

do you want fries with that?

Give me 700 Krusty Burgers!

If you spot some Simpsons in the wild, send us a picture, maybe we’ll include it in our next roundup. Thanks for reading, everyone!

Update, Monday January 16th…

He's also got a prescription plan for Frigid Falls, Mount Seldom, Lake Flaccid...

(read the “quote” under the photo credit)

Someone at The Daily Intelligencer is a fan. Spotted by Jose Gonzales.

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Non-Giving Up Future Robot Guy 2: Judgment Day

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Movies are self-contained environments. Everything you need to know for the story in a film to work should be revealed over the course of its running time. The Terminator, made in 1984, is a pretty simple sci-fi story: Bad guy robot comes from future to kill lady, good guy follows, lady is saved, and we learn that maybe the real Terminator was inside of us all along. It isn’t complicated, but it’s well told. The Terminator was a somewhat surprising hit, so of course there had to be a sequel, and that’s where the story starts to require context, and gets pretty self-referential. (essay continues after GIF set)

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Ruth Powers as Sarah Connor
(Linda Hamilton)
Sarah Conner would never turn a gun on a human being. A Terminator, on the other hand…Smart, angry, and utterly fearless, Ruth Powers is the perfect fit for a woman stripped bare by her burden in life.

On closer inspection, these are loafers

Ranier Wolfcastle as
The Terminator
(Arnold Schwarzenegger)
We’re not patting ourselves on the back for noticing the similarities here. It’s the role he was born to play!

Beer ‘n’ Brawl as The Corral
The bikers in this movie are shocked, SHOCKED that a fully nude man would enter their establishment and demand clothes, boots, and a motorcycle without so much as a “please.” I’ll bet that’s a weekly occurrence at Beer ‘n’ Brawl, the bar where Lurleen Lumpkin works.

But when he barks, does he shoot bees at you?

Robotic Richard Simmons as the T-1000 (Robert Patrick)
Like Ranier Wolfcastle, it’s a direct parody, but we just had fun imagining Mr. Burns’ most fearsome playing the bad Terminator role for the whole movie.

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Dolph as John Connor (Edward Furlong) 
A snotty little brat with criminal tendencies, John could have been played by any of the bullies, or even Bart. But Dolph has John’s exact hairstyle, so he was the clear choice.

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Milhouse as Tim
(Danny Cooksey)
Tim is John Connor’s mulleted sidekick who is clearly not the brains of the operation. Though he does do a convincing job of pretending to not recognize the photo of John that T-1000 is showing around, and I don’t think I could give Milhouse that kind of credit.

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Ned and Maude Flanders as Todd and Janelle Voight (Xander Berkeley and
Jenette Goldstein)
The Flanders have experience fostering little neglectarinos! But I guess they are more like a genuine version of the fake sweet version of Janelle that the T-1000 played on the phone.

He was never popular.

Dr. Marvin Monroe as Dr. Silberman (Earl Boen)
The mean and unhelpful psychologist at the mental hospital where Sarah Connor is being kept at the start of the film. Boy, was his face red when the man that he thinks Sarah is making up shows up at the hospital!

Gross.

Springfield Retirement Castle Administrator as Douglas (Ken Gibbel)
This guy offers Abe cash-based lifestyle upgrades when he finds out Abe inherited a fortune from Bea. Douglas was the ultra-sleazy hospital employee who licks Sarah Connor on the face. There are tongue baths, and there are tongue baths, amirite?

INTRUDER ALERT! INTRUDER ALERT!

Gary the Nerd as Miles Dyson (Joe Morton)
One of Homer’s brainy tutors in college could well have grown up to invent the technology that became Skynet.

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Herman as Enrique Salceda (Castulo Guerra)
Herman’s not Hispanic (to my knowledge) but there’s no one else whose interests and lifestyle coincide quite so well with Sarah’s gun-hoarding survivalist friend.

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Burns’ Executive Vice President dog as Max
He pulled a toddler from the path of a speeding car, and pushed a Terminator in front of it!

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Zaxxar as Kyle Reese
(Michael Biehn)

Hero from an alternate timeline that may never have existed.

TV shows are almost always serialized, by design, in order to draw the viewers back each week. It isn’t hard to figure out Homer, Bart, Lisa, Marge, and Maggie after their opening credit introduction, but we get a much fuller picture of who they are and their relationships after seeing… oh lets say 226 episodes and a handful of shorts. The trick of being a sitcom is that at the end of each episode things always snap back to where they were at the beginning. Even when Lisa became a vegetarian, it didn’t require a weekly reminder that she did so. Similarly, you don’t need to know Homer failed remedial science in high school, or that Maggie shot Mr. Burns. It makes the evolving world of the show richer to remember these things in the back of your mind, and you might catch a couple more jokes if you do, but even in highly self-referential episodes, such as “Homer’s Enemy” where Homer tries to endear himself to Frank Grimes by pointing out highlights from his charmed life, like winning a Grammy and traveling into space, don’t require you to know the details—it is funny enough just hearing him rattle of his absurd list of achievements as Grimy’s blood boils.

7 years after making him a star, Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron resurrected the T-800, this time a franchise-minted hero! But how? At the end of the first Terminator, the bad robot was destroyed, failing in its mission to kill the future savior of humanity, thereby eliminating the very timeline it came from, from ever existing—right? That’s where T2 uses the scraps of the previous movie to build some great continuity on. It turns out, the trashed skeleton of the T-800 have been scooped up by the Cyberdyne company, who exploit the future-tech, and wind up causing the disaster that creates the whole robot-overrun dystopian future to begin with. It’s best if you don’t think about it too hard.

Intricate references to previous episodes isn’t something The Simpsons does much. In fact, the show regularly contradicts itself with multiple versions of Marge & Homer’s wedding, Mr. Burn’s age and childhood, and countless other small incidents. (We won’t mention a certain pointless retcon from season 9, under penalty of torture.) Television shows are created by dozens or hundreds of writers over years, it makes sense that some plot points, important for just a few seconds in one episode, get lost in the shuffle over time. As long as the stories stay true to the series’ premise, and the characters remain moderately consistent, the show keeps working. The Simpsons’ creators have even had fun at the expense of obsessive fans by “lampshading” intentional contradictions and retcons. For long-running shows, though, time causes bigger problems: each season becomes another layer of bricks in the show’s structure—the house gets bigger, but the pile of raw materials gets smaller. There are fewer new stories to be told, and the variations available get sliced thinner to the point were emotional beats and plot points feel rehashed.

The same problem of diminishing returns has effected the Terminator franchise. T2 told the definitive story its world was meant to tell, but when they drive a dump truck of money up to your door, even an unstoppable killing machine is only human. There have been three additional sequels to the Terminator, plus a TV show on FOX. There’s not much for audiences to come back for except increasingly convoluted time travel schemes, bonkers excuses to explain why the apocalypse is still happening, and an entire CGI industry built around making an aging action star the perpetual hero in Sarah Connor’s story. As long as the brand keeps making money, though, and as long as we keep buying it, there’ll be more. Who knows what adventures the Terminator will have between now and the time the franchise becomes unprofitable.

This recasting was something Diana picked out. Diana had a really weird upbringing, and was not allowed to watch certain things, such as Saturday morning cartoons. But when her drunk, neglectful, Homer-like father was around, anything went. If he was watching TV, and he likely was, there was a good chance that what was on the screen was either The Simpsons or a video of Terminator 2. Even as a 7-year old that probably shouldn’t have been watching it, she loved this movie. The combination of a cool female protagonist, a kid protagonist, and rad fighting robots, made this an action movie even a little girl could love.

A few months ago, local cult movie concern Cult Classics showed Terminator 2 at a theater in Tempe. We went to see it, of course -the first time we’d seen it on the big screen. We had a great time, and of course we had to recast it. It’s a no-brainer; besides Diana’s history with the movie, The Simpsons paid homage to Terminator 2 several times in the show – the famous scene of Homer melting into the bushes, Homer chasing down Flanders’ car, Principal Skinner tailing Bart through a river, and of course the Robotic Richard Simmons that we chose for this film’s antagonist. Hope you enjoyed it!

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We Got Scooped on a Recasting: Presidential Edition

Over on twitter, Marc Debiak recently posted his take on the forthcoming Presidential Administration of Donald Trump. I recognize almost all the characters picked, there’s one or two that come from post season 10 episodes, but he did a great job anyway…

Democracy just doesn't work

2017, translated for Simpsons fans (by Marc Debiak)

Marc runs Paper Tiger, a fancy design firm. Look them up if you need some work done, and thanks for letting us share this.

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The Simpsons & Coping with Loss: Tovar, Cohen, Castro and More in November 2016

2016 has been a rough year for losses in the entertainment industry, and culture at large. November has been a particularly terrible month, it seems that nearly everyone in Springfield has been touched by the passing of some significant cultural figure.

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Hallelujah.

Reverend Lovejoy had to spend extra time in quiet solitude with his trains, contemplating the loss of Leonard Cohen, whose music he found and loved while still in Seminary School. Tim’ll spin “Stranger Song” on his old turntable, watch the little trains go ‘round, and contemplate how such sad music could bring him closer to the greatest joy.

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Lisa cannot go jam with the Little White Girls’ Blues Quartet because she is sad.

Lisa was shocked by the passing of Leon Russell, but especially Sharon Jones. She took her sax down to The Jazz Hole and joined in a goodbye jam, lending a particularly deeply-felt solo on “100 Days, 100 Nights.” Jones extraordinary soul was an inspiration to Lisa, she felt a kinship in the hardships of such a talented woman.

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Burns feels that movies were sexier when the actors kept their clothes on.

Mr. Burns was broken up over the surprise passing of young ingenue Lupita Tovar, star of the 1931 Spanish language version of Dracula and 32 other films. Lupita was his first celebrity crush—she even had an uncredited cameo in “A Burns For All Season”. To honor her, Burns demanded all her films be shown in his private theater—even the lost ones!

fidel

Excellent.

Mr. Burns’ sadness was alleviated somewhat at the end of November, when nature finally assassinated Fidel Castro, giving him revenge for the theft of his Trillion Dollar Bill.

marge

If liking the Brady Bunch is lame, then I guess I’m just a big lame.

Marge lost one of her idols too, with the passing of Florence Henderson. Marge saw Mrs. Brady as a figure of awe for her ability to keep a glamorous house and tame her wild husband on The Brady Bunch. Marge also enjoyed the actresses many racy, adventure-filled appearances on The Love Boat.

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The G.R.A.M.P.A. from U.N.C.L.E.

Abe Simpson took over the TV room at the Springfield Retirement Castle, and broke out his complete set of THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. VHS tapes, to remember the life and works of actor, charming badass, and patriot Robert Vaughn. Even though Abe never quite got used to the idea of Solo teaming with a Ruskie–or the show broadcasting to color–he never stopped watching. It was one of the things Abe and young Homer could enjoy together.

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You inspire me.

Even one of Springfield’s finest was hit with a bullet of hot stinging loss. Officer Lou is mourning the passing of Ron Glass, who rookies on the force know best as Shepherd Book from Firefly. To Lou, Glass will always be the urbane, smooth, and smart Detective Ron Harris on the progressive ’70s cop show Barney Miller. On Miller, Glass wasn’t just a cop, he was a black Detective, an author, and acknowledged as the most cultured member in the squad room. The character inspired Lou to go into law enforcement, and to grow his cool mustache.

Lou will also be playing that killer Barney Miller theme song in heavy rotation in the squad car today, in memory…

 

Hang in there, Simpsons fans, 2016 has been a tough year, it seems like the wrong people are the only ones with something to celebrate sometimes. . .

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[howling]

But Classic Simpsons episodes will always be there to keep your spirits up when the going gets rough, and the fan community will too.

Sincerely, JRC & Diana

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OKILLY DOKILLY Album Release Concert (photo recap)

Last night, Friday November 11 2016, nerdcore Nedalcore band OKILLY DOKILLY released their first full length album, Howdilly Doodilly at a concert at Phoenix’s Crescent Ballroom.

The show also featured bands The Oxford Coma, and American Standards. There was a big crowd, great music, and high spirits. Flim Springfield was on the scene, and took these blurry photos…

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The Stage

230 Channels Locked out!

230 Channels
Locked out!

 

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Thread Ned!

 

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Stead Ned!

stage-rage

Stage Moshing

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tonight we are all left handed!

 

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Red Ned!


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side-of-stage

 

dew doot dew dew dew, do do do doot!

Taking the stage

 

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donut mosh!

 

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rootin’tootin’ hoedown!

 

NOTHING.

 

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AT.

 

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ALL.

 

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Head Ned!

 

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8 Bit

 

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Jalipaz Nelson ofAudio Confusion Recording

Jalipaz Nelson of
Audio Confusion Recording

 

Merch!

Merch!

 

 

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Phoenix Tonight: I like it better when they’re making fun of people who aren’t me.

Flim Springfield film crickets Diana & JRC blog were invited back to Phoenix Tonight last month! The live talk show hosted by [previous Trivia special guest] Russ Kazmierczak! We were test subjects on his show’s first episode, and returned in October, to celebrate Halloween and, as all good fill-in guests should, kill time!

We quizzed Russ on talk show related Simpsons content. He was a good sport, and as you can see, did pretty well. Then we challenged the audience with a round of Treehouse of Horror-based trivia. Toys were given away, pogs were referenced, and often I leaned too far away from the mic to be heard clearly. It went great!

Maybe next time we’ll get Russ to do one of these…?

HI-YO!

Russ Kazmierczak, the greatest entertainer that ever lived.
Well, except for this guy…

Phoenix Tonight airs on youtube here. If you’re in Arizona, we recommend coming out for a live show at Space 55, who you may remember also hosted the AZ premier of “Mr. Burns a Post-Electric Play“.

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Okilly Dokilly, the Rock Bottom Interview…

awe crap.

Tonight on Rock Bottom

The Okilly Dokilly interview…

Okilly Dokilly took the internet by storm last year. Now, after some incredible live shows, and taking time to record a proper full album, they’ll be having a release party on 11/11 at Phoenix, Arizona’s Crescent Ballroom! Here to talk about the band, and their new LP, is Head Ned…

FLIM Springfield: How has the rollercoaster been, since the band broke big last year?
Head Ned: It put us in quite a tizzy. We played a bunch of shows and connected with some really awesome neighborinos. It’s been non-stop since then.

FS: Assume a potential fan already knows about The Simpsons, hardcore music, and basically what OKILLY DOKILLY is about. What else could you tell this person to convince them to give Okilly Dokilly a listen or come see you play live?
HN: If they don’t, I’ll run them down with my car. If they survive, I’d say the record holds more than they might assume. Panic Room is half brutal death march, half country-folk jamboree. Stead Ned even goes full Shred Ned on two tracks. For going to the shows, we made made a special speed Nedal suit you can’t miss. It’s easier to thrash when it feels like you’re wearing nothing at all.

nothing stupid about that.

Nothing. At. All.

FS: Head Ned, you’re the vocalist for the band, but what’s your behind-the-scenes role in Okilly Dokilly? Is Okilly Dokilly markedly different from other bands you might’ve been involved with?
HN: The band is definitely different from other bands. In any other band, you’d have to be a mad man to wear a sweater on stage. I do a number of things in the band. From songwriting to co-managing to producing, there’s little that happens in the band that I don’t have a hand in.

Glower Power

Photo by Ris Marek
(Peach Girl Photography)

HN: That said, the other Neds are pretty indispensable:
Red Ned: our graphic designer and sole owner of the band’s only mustache comb.
Thread Ned: trained in first aid, which came in handy when Stead Ned cut his thumb open while smashing the painting in the music video.
Stead Ned AKA Shred Ned: has the most Simpsons trivia knowledge, and is the only one who shows up to practice on time.
Bled Ned: handiest and also dandiest Ned. Cracks as many sticks as he does smiles.

FS: How has the live show been developing/jelling, are you ready for that killer tour in March?
HN: We’re more than ready. We live for providing Flanders in the flesh and we’re stoked to tour. It will be as exciting as a baked potato.

not as neat as nachos Flanders Style

I just think they’re neat!

FS: Being a band with a very prominent ‘mission statement’/theme sets it apart from a more conventional groups: you have to please fans of hardcore music who may not care about The Simpsons (hard to believe), and fans of the show who’re terrified of metal. Do you have to think about balancing … let me clumsily say ‘paying homage to the gimmick’ with making legitimately powerful music?
HN: In the beginning, we thought the band would only appeal to fans of both and we thought that demographic would be microscopic. We use our own internal compass when it comes to choosing who to please. If it gives us a laugh, we’ll do it. If no one else gets it, we still got a laugh out of it and that’s all we ever really wanted.

by JRC

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FS: How do you handle haters? Turn the cheek like Ned would, or more like …let’s say (wine making grouch) Maynard James Keenan?
HN: Haters are necessary to Okilly Dokilly. What would a group of Flanders be without an ever-criticizing group of Homers? Every Homer is okilly dokilly with us.

FS: I’ve read that the idea for OKILLY DOKILLY more or less started with a joke among friends. Obviously, at FLIM Springfield, we’re pro-running with a good joke, with that in mind, have you been surprised how referencing The Simpsons makes it easier (or harder) to find fans and—in a live setting—create a connection with the audience?
HN: It’s definitely made it easier to find fans, which is a fully diddly 180 from what we expected. It’s been pretty easy, and very fun connecting with the audience at shows.

FS: Apart from Flanders and The Simpsons, what are influences on Okilly Dokilly: Musically, or otherwise?
HN: Our collective childhood of watching cartoons like Ren & Stimpy, Beavis & Butthead, KaBlam! and many others were big influences. Bled Ned and I befriended each other over Futurama quotes and spent lots of post-practice time watching Metalocalypse. Musically, we come from all over the spectrum. I think the one record we all collectively enjoy is Neil Cicierega’s mashup record that includes parts of ‘All Star’ by Smash Mouth in every song.

you idiots

[clip not done yet]

FS: When the band thinks about merchandise, creating your new video, and presenting itself in general, is there a musician, artist, designer, etc… you could point to as an influence?
HN: Not one in particular. We get a lot of great ideas from friends of ours, so our influences are mainly the neighborinos around us.

roach traps and oily rags

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FS: Your new LP is about to come out, what can you tell us about it—I understand it was done at AUDIO CONFUSION (where bands like AJJ, Playboy Manbaby, Dogbreth and other great SW bands have also done their albums)?
HN: It’s super brutalino and made up of 75% Flanders Quotes, 10% other character quotes and 15% original lyrics (most of which are left-handed puns).

FS: What’s it like working with Jalipaz?
HN: The absolute best. We brought the idea of Okilly Dokilly to him early on and he said it would be huge. We didn’t believe him.

MANIFESTO

Audio Confusion

FS: Did it come together quickly, or were there surprises (good or bad) that came up along the way?
HN: The songwriting was quick, but we took a little extra time recording. Press Destruct Button was the most challenging song to record, which was weird, since that song was on our original demos.

FS: Any secrets, guest stars, or a particular track you’re proud of that you can tell us about (will there be a recipe for lentil soup hidden on a track for instance)?
HN: Donut Hell has an obscure and experimental section that we really liked. If you play it backwards, you might get a lentil soup recipe. The soup will be very bad though. Stead and Red Ned put some awesome guitar and synth solos in the album that give is some extra diddly. No guest starts, but plenty of secrets we’ve sworn never to reveal.

FS: What will it look like? Is it download exclusive? Or what will the packaging look like?
HN: We’ll have physical CDs in black digipacks with a few references to Flanders descent into madness on them.

PREORDER THE ALBUM HERE

FS: What will OKILLY DOKILLY be doing between now and the tour?
HN: Playing a few shows and saving up every dollarino for a van.

FS: Here’s a totally Simpsons-nerdy question for you: Is there a Simpsons joke or line that works as shorthand among your friends/family?
HN: It’s always acceptable to shout ‘Monorail!’ as soon as a song ends at practice.

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Purple Drapes to follow

Thanks to Head Ned for letting us take up his time away from the Leftorium. I was also able to spend a few minutes talking to Red Ned, here’s what he had to say:

FS: How’d you get involved with Okilly Dokilly, and do you have any specific/formative Simpsons influences?
RED NED: Head Ned asked me to join – I don’t really listen to much metal, but I offered my synth sensibilities. I was obsessed with the Simpsons growing up and read the episode guides religiously, so the project had a soft spot in my heart. One of my most prized possessions is a Simpsons portrait autographed … by Groening from 1990.
I love fiddling with pop culture and compounding on culture in general, so this project is a playground for me. I also really enjoy subversion, so I think this project has a healthy dose of subversion in terms of genre-bending and the expectations of metal. It’s really fun to muck with the personalities or expected roles/behaviors of music genres. It upsets some and thrills others, which I think is a great signifier of something being worthwhile.

by JRC

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FS: When tweaking pop culture as you do, have you thought about how ‘universal’ Simpsons is by this point in 2016?
RN: I think the Simpsons are universal in terms of awareness, but not necessarily knowledge of the lines and jokes, so it’s important to me that the project has multiple levels of involvement. It should be enjoyable on a more surface level, if you know who Ned is and appreciate the absurdity, but don’t necessarily have the encyclopedia of quotes and references in your brain. But then that’s there too, for people who would like to dive deeper and appreciate the connections. It’s gotta be enjoyable from each level, I think.

Thanks to Red as well. Now everybody, go to the official
OKILLY DOKILLY
website, get some merch, and check out their March tour dates to see when they’re coming to your town!

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