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Three “Simpsons” Episodes Nominated for WGA Award

The Simpsons

The Simpsons

Three episodes of “The Simpsons” are among the five nominees for the Writers Guild of America Award in the category of animation.

The three are “Holidays of Future Passed,” written by J. Stewart Burns; “Ned and Edna’s Blend Agenda,” written by Jeff Westbrook; and “Treehouse of Horror XXIII,” written by David Mandel and Brian Kelley.

Also up for a WGA Award are “A Farewell to Arms” (Futurama), written by Josh Weinstein, and “Forget-Me-Not” (Family Guy), written by David A. Goodman.

In the Television Graphic Animation category, the nominees are “CBS News Animations,” animation by David Rosen, and “The Oscars” (Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood), animation by Bob Pook, CBS.

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) jointly announced on Thursday nominations for outstanding achievement in TV, news, radio, promotional writing, and graphic animation during the 2012 season.

The awards will be presented jointly in all competitive categories during simultaneous ceremonies Sunday, February 17 in New York at the B.B. King Blues Club and in Los Angeles at the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE. For more information, visit www.wga.org or www.wgaeast.org.

Red-faced Mr. Burns Supports Romney For President in Cartoon

The Simpsons

The Simpsons

Nuclear plant owner C. Montgomery Burns, of “The Simpsons” cartoon fame (or infamy, depending on how you look at it), is backing Mitt Romney for president of the United States.

“There’s only one thing that might deny us the presidency, that is the God-given property of the Republican Party,” Burns remarked in an “ad” promoting episodes of the long-running series.

“The 47 percent tape?” asked inquiring fellow Simpsons character Mr. Smithers. “The empty chair? Cayman Islands? Swiss bank accounts?”

Responded Mr. Burns: “No, no, no and no. It’s a shaggy-dog story about an actual shaggy dog.

“Release the hound!”

The Simpsons

The Simpsons

The “ad” (www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ltCIEbLMaQg&noredirect=1) has Mr. Burns retell the tale of dog Seamus, whose kennel was fastened to the roof of the Romneys’ car. Then the nuke boss lets Seamus choose between challenger Romney and Democratic incumbent Barack Obama.

The pooch is met by the two candidates, whom Burns dubs “Broccoli Bama” and “Meat Romney.” Seamus, fearing the worst, runs away and jumps out the window.

“Another jumper. Bring in the next dog!”, Burns concludes in triumph.

Simpsons Meet The Ice Age

 

The Longest Daycare

The Longest Daycare

Ice Age: Continental Drift will feature more than pals Manfred, Sid, Diego, Ellie and Scrat when it premieres in July. Rather than the usual short featuring Scrat chasing his acorn, the fourth Ice Age movie will reach out to America’s most dysfunctional family with The Longest Daycare.

Announced after the season finale of The Simpsons on Sunday, the new theatrical short will feature the youngest family member, Maggie. The short has been produced in 3D, as has Ice Age: Continental Drift.

“It’s hard to do a 20-minute Maggie episode, but in four minutes it’s great. She’s like Charlie Chaplin,” Simpsons executive producer Al Jean commented to Entertainment Weekly exclusively. David Silverman directs.

Maggie go back to the Ayn Rand School for Tots. Each child through an airport security-style testing machine to measure their future. Maggie is scanned and the machine responds, “Nothing Special”, so they put her in an area that’s not all that great.

The Longest Daycare and Ice Age: Continental Drift will premiere in the United States on July 13, 2012.

“Homer The Father” winner of Writers Guild Awards

One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish (1991) - The Simpsons

One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish (1991) - The Simpsons

Homer The Father,” written by Joel H. Cohen, won a Writers Guild Award in the Animation category Sunday, defeating — among others — three other episodes of Fox’s The Simpsons.

Homer The Father triumphed over “Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts,” written by Tim Long; The Blue and the Gray, written by Rob LaZebnik; and Donnie Fatso, written by Chris Cluess.

Also nominated in the Animation category were the Ben 10: Ultimate Alien episode “Moonstruck,” written by Len Uhley, and the Futurama episode The Silence Of The Clamps, written by Eric Rogers.

In the category of Television Graphic Animation, the winner — and sole nominee — was “CBS News Animations” (CBS News), Graphic Animation by David Rosen.

For Original Screenplay, the winner was Midnight in Paris, written by Woody Allen. The Descendants, with screenplay by Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, won for Adapted Screenplay; it was based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings.

Better This World, written by Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega, won for Documentary Screenplay.

Presented by the Writers Guild of America, the Writers Guild Awards were held at simultaneous ceremonies at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles and at B.B. King Blues Club in New York City.

Simpsons To Hit 500; Groening Donates 500

Matt Groening

Matt Groening

Episode 500 of “The Simpsons” set to air Sunday on Fox. Show creator Matt Groening will celebrate the milestone by donating $500,000 to the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. The money will endow the Matt Groening Chair in Animation, financing visiting master artists to instruct students in the school’s animation program.

Groening will further donate a second installment to the Matt Groening initiative, an annual donation the artist makes to support student filmmakers producing animated shorts with socially responsible themes.

“With this amazing gift, Matt has given our students enormous support and ensured that we will be able to take our program to even greater levels of excellence. Our animation students will benefit greatly from this endowment,” said Teri Schwartz, dean of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

This is a red-letter month for the Simpsons creator. He will receive a star on the Hollywood walk of fame later this month. Groening also created the animated series “Futurama” and wrote the comic strip “Life In Hell.”

“Simpsons” declares war after Iran bans its dolls

Homer Simpson Doll

Homer Simpson Doll

The heat is on after an Iranian government-affiliated agency added dolls of Simpsons characters to its blacklist of toys.

“This means war!” exclaimed longtime Simpsons executive producer Al Jean when asked to comment on the development.

Independent Iranian newspaper Shargh reported Monday that Homer and family were banned “because these dolls are promoters of Western culture.”

“We do not want to promote this cartoon by importing the toys,” the daily quoted Mohammad Hossein Farjoo, secretary of policy-making at the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, as saying.

Farjoo would not say specifically what was wrong with the Simpsons. However, he pointed out, dolls of adults are banned in general, as are dolls on which genitals are distinguishable.

In addition, toys with speakers that emit the voices of Western singers are proscribed as are toy kitchen sets that include glasses for drinking alcoholic beverages.

However, dolls of Superman and Spider-Man and Superman are permitted for sale. “Though they are dolls and characters in American films, they help oppressed people and they have a positive stance,” he said.

The same agency called Barbie dolls a “Trojan horse” in 1996. Police said in January that they closed down dozens of toy shops for selling Barbies.

Iran imported $57 million worth of toys last year. Officials that that about $20 million more worth of toys were smuggled across the border that same year.

One-quarter of Iran’s population of 75 million is under 15 years of age.

One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish (1991) – The Simpsons

One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish (1991) - The Simpsons

One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish (1991) - The Simpsons

CotD: As Homer found out in “One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish “, sushi is a very yummy food. Fugu Me! This 20 year old episode also starred Star Treks’ George Takei.

One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish (1991) – The Simpsons Cartoon Episode Guide

Homer believes that he has 24 hours to live after thinking he ate the deadly blowfish at a local sushi restaurant.

Come see “One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish ” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Treehouse Of Horror III (1992) – The Simpsons Cartoon Episode Guide

Treehouse Of Horror III (1992) - The Simpsons

Treehouse Of Horror III (1992) - The Simpsons

CotD: Its not quite Halloween until we get our yearly dose of Simpsons Scaries in shows like Seasons 4’s “Treehouse Of Horror III

Treehouse Of Horror III (1992) – The Simpsons Cartoon Episode Guide

The Simpsons hold a Halloween Party, in which three stories are exchanged:

  • Clown Without Pity- Bart receives, as a birthday present, a talking Krusty doll….from the ‘House of Evil ‘Your One Stop Evil Shop”
  • King Homer- King Kong Klone.
  • Dial ‘Z’ For Zombies- After being assigned to read a another book, Bart picks out an item from the occult section, and tries to raise the dead Snowball I, but instead cause the dead people to rise up.

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Sexual pics of Simpsons kids not porn, says judge

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The Simpsons

Downloaded images of children from “The Simpsons” involved in sexually explicit acts don’t constitute child pornography, an Ottawa judge ruled Monday.

Two dirty pictures of Bart and Lisa Simpson and Bart’s friend Milhouse found in the recycle bin of Richard Osborn’s computer can’t be kiddie porn because an objective observer “would find it difficult, if not impossible” to tell the ages of the characters from the cartoon sitcom by viewing the picture, Ontario Court Justice Robert Fournier said.

“My perspective is that the characters depicted could just as easily be perceived as teenagers or young adults,” said Fournier, who acquitted the “depraved” man.

However, the judge accepted a detective’s testimony that Lisa is eight years old on the show, while Bart and Milhouse are 10.

“Absent a depiction of the toddler Maggie Simpson in this cartoon, wearing a diaper and with a soother in mouth, it is virtually impossible to find beyond a reasonable doubt that the participants in this scenario are under 18 years of age,” Fournier remarked. That wasn’t obvious, according to the judge.

But Fournier did find Osborn, 46, guilty of possessing child pornography in connection with a separate set of images. Osborn was also convicted of voyeurism for filming young girls at Mooney’s Bay beach and in a backyard.

Prosecutor John Ramsay charged that downloading and printing the Simpsons pictures constituted the making of child pornography. But Fournier found otherwise.

Osborn has spent the past 10 months in jail. His lawyer, Graham Murray, argued that his client should be released with time served, along with conditions to get help.

The Crown has asked for a 18- to 24-month sentence less time served, along with probation for three years.

Fournier plans to render a decision October 6.