Quick ‘Simpsons’ Reviews

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

I’m going to be honest about this. I’m not a fan of ‘The Simpsons’.

(Audience boos)

I’m sorry! I’m not a fan of ‘The Simpsons’!

Okay, let me rephrase that. I’m not someone who goes insane whenever ‘The Simpsons’ is on TV and the like. I know people have a huge love for this animated sitcom series as it’s been going on for years. The show has lasted for about 33 seasons by the time this review is out. Will it ever STOP?!!!!!

Sometimes I would watch a couple of ‘Simpsons’ episodes now and again if I felt so inclined. Sometimes I would find the humour in the episodes quite funny. But other times, there are occasions where I’ve found ‘The Simpsons’ humour…well…crude, sometimes mean-spirited and silly.

Now I’m sure I’m judging the series in the wrong light as maybe it was good when it started back in 1989. But the show’s been going on for too long and I wonder how the writers can come up with so many ideas and stories for their characters. It’s a marvel they can produce a lot of seasons from this.

I also don’t think the characters are very well-realised. I mean, Bart, Lisa and Maggie are still the same age since they began right up to the present day. Don’t these kids ever grow up? Is it like the ‘X-Men’ prequel films where the characters are still the same age despite going through each decade?!

Even Homer Simpson can’t seem to grow out of his bumbling, stupid self. I don’t understand the appeal in ‘The Simpsons’. It never caught on for me. But the appeal is there for everyone else who watches the series, so I can’t blame them for liking something in ‘The Simpsons’ I can’t comprehend.

Lately, I’ve had a chance to check out a few ‘Simpsons’-related films on Disney+. These include ‘The Force Awakens from Its Nap’, ‘The Good, the Bart and the Loki’ and ‘The Simpsons Movie’. I watched these recently over the weekend I attended the ‘Bedford Who Charity Con 6’. I’ve enjoyed them. 😀

‘The Force Awakens from Its Nap’ is a short film which was released on May the 4th 2021 to celebrate ‘Star Wars’ Day. It features the toddler Maggie Simpson who ends up in a ‘Star Wars’-themed daycare where she meets BB-8 who helps her recover her baby dummy, which was stolen. 🙂

I enjoyed the ‘Star Wars’ references featured throughout the short film, especially when Maggie fought against a toddler version of Darth Maul. It’s amusing how there’s no talking between characters as Maggie is brought in by her mother Marge and she’s interacting with the ‘Star Wars’ characters. 🙂

‘The Good, the Bart and the Loki’ is equally enjoyable. This short film features Loki from the ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ and it celebrates the MCU particularly. It was also made to promote the Disney+ series ‘Loki’, which I’ve seen this year. Tom Hiddleston even reprises his role as Loki in the short film.

I love the references to MCU throughout. It was funny when one of the characters Ralph became the Hulk and threw Loki about like Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk did at the end of ‘Avengers Assemble’. It was also fun to see Lisa become Lady Thor when she picked up Thor’s hammer at Asgard. A great short film! 🙂

I also saw ‘The Simpsons Movie’ on Disney+, which was originally released at cinemas back in 2007. I never saw the film at a cinema, though I did see it when it came out on DVD at a couple of places, including a summer drama holiday camp and at a friend’s house. I can’t say I’m in awe of the film. 😐

Oh, there are some amusing moments to enjoy, but there are occasions where I felt the characters were mean-spirited (especially regarding environmental issues). The film doesn’t reflect reality in the way that I see it. I know its animation, but the film’s overdose in humour doesn’t quite appeal to me.

I enjoyed watching these ‘Simpsons’ films on Disney+ with a McDonalds takeaway which I had in my hotel room in Bedford. The ‘Spider-Pig’ sing-song by Homer in ‘The Simpsons Movie’ was fun to hear and hopefully predated Spider-Ham in ‘Spider-Verse’! 😀 The three films are great to check out on holiday.

But I can’t say that I’m an instant ‘Simpsons’ fan from watching the three films. Not really. I’m not that keen on shows like ‘Futurama’ and ‘Family Guy’. Maybe my mind will change over time, but ‘The Simpsons’ is currently lost on me. I’m pleased I’ve been able to see three ‘Simpsons’ films lately.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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