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Three “Simpsons” Episodes Nominated for WGA Award

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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

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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!”

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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

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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.

Watch “Tree­house Of Hor­ror III” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Sexual pics of Simpsons kids not porn, says judge

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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.