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The Simpsons (S2)
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Oct 8, 2004 By: The Shootin Surgeon
The Simpsons (S2) order
Director:
Various

Actors:
Dan Castellaneta
Nancy Cartwright
Julie Kavner

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The second season of the greatest animated series of all-time, chronicling the life and times of the misfit Simpson family, coming closer to reality than most would like to admit. Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and the pets, as well as a great surrounding cast of characters play out 22 episodes of brilliant satirical laughter.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I didn't even want to justify the question of whether or not this was a good series with a response but my new $3.5 million dollar long-term deal with Joblo.com obligates me to do so, so here I go. No matter how many times you see these episodes, you'll always find something new to laugh at and this particular season contains some of my favorites. I remember almost rendering my life during "Bart the Daredevil" when poor Homer tries to skateboard down Springfield Canyon, and about expanding my comical hatred of Rod and Todd Flanders in "Dead Putting Society", some of the funniest television moments of my life.

It's hard to believe this series has been around for over a decade and that it's managed to remain as valid today as it was then. It's definitely aged well and even the most well-seasoned episodes can split your guts open at any given time. The second season was a particularly noticeable step up from the jumpier animation and the focus shifted slightly from the all-Bart season one to Homer, whose today become the rock on which the show rests. Doh...the man does rule!

EPISODE GUIDE

Disc 1: Bart gets an F / Simpsons and Delilah / Treehouse of Horrors / Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish / Dancin' Homer / Dead Putting Society

Disc 2: Bart vs. Thanksgiving / Bart the Daredevil / Itchy & Scratchy & Marge / Bart Gets Hit by a Car / One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish / The Way We Was

Disc 3: Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment / Principal Charming / Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? / Bart's Dog Gets an F / Old Money / Brush with Greatness

Disc 4: Lisa's Substitute / The War of the Simpsons / Three Men and a Comic Book / Blood Feud / Special features
THE EXTRAS
The extras were a bit of a letdown for me though, as there was a lot of stuff, but mainly divided into very short, and therefore unrevealing segments. Here they are:

American Music Awards 1991 (2 mins.): This was actually pretty weird. It's a costumed Nancy Cartwright as Bart Simpson and some douchebag presenting MC Hammer with an AMA but it looks like no one really knows what's going on. It all becomes clear though when you listen to creator Matt Groening explain it on the optional commentary. Frightening.

"Deep deep trouble" and "Do the Bartman" music video (10 mins.): These are actually a bit dated. Released at the time when the Simpsons album was released, it was the kind of stuff reserved for my cousin Ed. He's the only person I know who actually owned it aside from quizmaster Indiana Sev. They're both available with optional commentaries.

"Butterfinger" TV commercials (2 mins.): Three quick and pretty nostalgic Butterfinger ads featuring Bart in situations leading up to him saying that "nobody better lay a finger on his Butterfinger". Pretty cool stuff, especially since one of them involves Nelson Muntz.

David Silverman on "The creation of an episode (6 mins.): This is a pretty interesting clip in which senior director Silverman very briefly explains the different stages of an episode production. It takes between 5 & 7 months for an episode to be fully completed, so there's definitely a hell of a lot more work behind it than you see in this short clip, but it's cool to listen to.

Emmy Awards Presentation (3 mins.): This is a pretty funny clip from the 1990 Emmy Awards in which the entire animated Simpson Family present some loser with an award. Bart misbehaves, Homer strangles him, Lisa makes a plea for some weird cause, Marge is conservative and a good time is had by all. Doh! I forgot to tell you: the loser in question is none other than the unfunny Ted Danson.

Interview with Creator/Executive Producer Matt Groening and Executive Producer James L. Brooks (10 mins.): I'd never before known what Groening looked like and I didn't really know he sounded like a live Homer Simpson but here he was. The Interview features both dudes waxing poetic about many things Simpson, basically the creation of the family and the team behind it. It actually became a bit boring after a while. Pretty weird from two guys who create such a funny show.

The Art of the Simpsons: Picture galleries featuring four different topics: two episode storyboards, some early sketches and drawings as well as a bunch of magazine covers featuring Simpsons characters. Pretty cool but that elusive nude shot of Maude Flanders was nowhere to be found.

Foreign Language clips (8 mins.): This was a really cool addition. It features a short scene in 5 different languages, namely French, German, Hungarian, Portuguese and Spanish. I watched the German one in particular over and over. I just never pictured Germans as being funny, but I guess it's different when Bart speaks their language.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This is one of those definite must-buys and it also happens to be pretty affordable at about $30.00 US. So if you like the Simpsons, grab this bargain and enjoy hours of fun. Not much more to say on my behalf, the creators of the Simpsons have been doing a great job of selling this themselves for over a decade!
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