Category Archives: Krusty The Clown

The Simpsons First Two Seasons

Hi folks and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. This week’s post is all about the first two seasons of The Simpsons. Obviously, the show was in its infancy and characters were being created, to go alongside all the characters who appeared in the Tracey Ullman Shorts. There were also changes to some of the Simpson family, during this period of the show’s history: in that Bart became more rounded and was not just this bratty 10-year-old. He showed that he does care for his Dad, when he finds out that he only has $13 to spend on Christmas gifts for the family from his earnings as a mall Santa. He gently encourages Homer that they should go home, before they are persuaded to go to the dog track and they get their dog, as we know. Lisa shows her true intelligence and her true feelings on the world, before becoming a vegetarian or converting to another religion.

Obviously, Homer’s voice still had the Walter Matthau sound to it and even Grandpa sounded a bit different too, compared to later seasons. Even characters like: Mr. Burns, Barney and Milhouse sounded a bit different during those years, from 1989 to 1991. Season 1 also saw the introduction to characters like: Nelson Muntz, Apu, Otto Man and Moe, whom Bart would make prank calls to throughout the series.

In Season 2, other characters began to be introduced like: Jeffrey Albertson (aka comic book Guy) and his voice actually got better as the series progressed. At first he spoke with a lisp but the main trade of his, which was his sarcasm was always evident. Even Wralph Wiggum was a bit different in that he wasn’t blurting out his random lines like “my cats breath smells like cat food” yet. He actually sounded more Normal then and wasn’t given a family to live with yet.

Also in Season 2, Homer began to work with a voice which was similar to the one we know today. This is because Dan Castellaneta found the Walter Matthau sound limiting and couldn’t hold the voice through the long recording sessions. He wanted something with more power and the change was complete in Season 3 and the rest is history.

Okay, let’s not forget Krusty The Clown and Sideshow Bob, because they are equally important to the early seasons too. Krusty was already a character when the Tracey Ullman Shorts aired but Sideshow Bob wasn’t yet, at least in a speaking roll. In Season 1, we first heard Kelsey Grammer voice Bob in the episode Krusty Gets Busted and it also established his hatred for Bart, for foiling his plan to completely take over Krusty’s show, while he was in jail. As the series progresses Sideshow Bob became more rounded too, with his own family and by Season 19, all the main components of his family were established, with mostly fellow actors from Frasier voicing family members. If you want to know more, there are many places on the internet where you can trace the evolution of his family, including the Simpsons fan sites.

As for Krusty, we find that he has to ware a pacemaker because of an on air heart attack which we saw during Krusty Gets Busted. We also discover that he is also illiterate. Later on, Krusty’s Father is introduced during Season 3 and he fakes his own death in Season 7.

As for my favourite episodes from those first two seasons, I have some that I will watch again and again such as: Bart The General, Moaning Lisa, Krusty Gets Busted, Bart Gets An F, Lisa’s Substitute, Oh Brother Where Are Thou, Principal Charming, Bart Gets Hit By A Car, among others. So, the first two seasons are a bit ordinary in that the plots and characters are much more conventional and not as silly and surreal as Seasons 3 to 8. However, they are just as important in the timeline of the show, as any other season since then and should never be overlooked.

This Tuesday, it will be 29 years since the Simpson family were first introduced on the Tracey Ullman Show, as shorts. I have mentioned them in previous posts and will probably have something for next year, when it will be the 30th anniversary.

On the birthday front, former Simpsons writer Conan O’Brien turns another year older tomorrow. Of course, he wrote two of the best episodes from Seasons 4 and 5: Marge vs. The Monorail and Homer Goes To College. He even guest starred in the Season 5 episode Bart Gets Famous as himself on his then new late night TV show.

Well that’s about it for this weeks post. Check out Chris Ladesma’s blog. He is the Music Editor for The Simpsons and has been since day 1.
http://simpsonsmusic500.wordpress.com/author/simpsonsmusic500/
Also, check out Yeardley Smith’s blog at http://gobbingoff.tumblr.com
Don’t forget about Marchez Vous, which is her women’s shoe designer company, which she started earlier in the decade. You can check out their website at
http://www.marchesvous.com
Additionally, for more news on The Simpsons, you can go to http://news.simpsonswiki.com/
You can also comment here or you can email me at blindgordie@gmail.com and I will reply as soon as I can to all messages I receive. If you follow me on Twitter or are my friend on Facebook you can comment directly to me that way too.
You can follow Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean on Twitter and his Twitter handle is @AlJean.
He has ran the show since Season 13 and has ran it during Seasons 3 and 4.
Anyway, that is it for this weeks post. Talk to you again next Sunday

Things I Notice… Again?

Hi folks and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. This weeks post is all about things I notice, again. This is a continuation on an entry I posted last October and has some more things I noticed, as I watched the episodes I have missed for some time.

In the episode New Kids On The Blecch the vocals for: Bart, Nelson, Milhouse and Wralph’s boy band are autotuned. I wonder who are the singers involved with providing the vocals.

In the episode It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Marge Otto talks about meeting Becky at Woodstalk 99 and the song Show Me What You Got by Limp Bizkit is playing. This makes me wonder if ever Slipknot will guest star, even during a Treehouse Of Horror episode. Well, there will be an episode next season entitled The Nightmare Before Krustmas. This could be what I’ve been wishing for, or maybe not. I certainly hope so!

I notice that sometimes the theme song is editors or taken apart, to accommodate the couch gag. Not that it’s a bad thing, but I miss hearing the theme in its entirety. Maybe even hearing the Brodway version, complete with the elephants and clown music at the end.

One thing I certainly miss and would like to see is an episode with clips again. I know I did an entry on the clip shows a few weeks ago, but I would like there to be just one more of them. I like when a show looks back at itself like The Simpsons has done on occasion.

Well that’s about it for this weeks post. Check out Chris Ladesma’s blog. He is the Music Editor for The Simpsons and has been since day 1.
http://simpsonsmusic500.wordpress.com/author/simpsonsmusic500/
Also, check out Yeardley Smith’s blog at http://gobbingoff.tumblr.com
Don’t forget about Marchez Vous, which is her women’s shoe designer company, which she started earlier in the decade. You can check out their website at
http://www.marchesvous.com
Additionally, for more news on The Simpsons, you can go to http://news.simpsonswiki.com/
You can also comment here or you can email me at blindgordie@gmail.com and I will reply as soon as I can to all messages I receive. If you follow me on Twitter or are my friend on Facebook you can comment directly to me that way too.
You can follow Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean on Twitter and his Twitter handle is @AlJean.
He has ran the show since Season 13 and has ran it during Seasons 3 and 4.
Anyway, that is it for this weeks post. Talk to you again next Sunday

Episode And Plot Point Call Backs

Hi folks and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. This weeks post is on the episode Gal Of Constant Sorrow and similarities to other episodes in the series. On one side, you have Bart and Lisa, who discover a homeless woman who turns out to have a great voice for a folk singer. Well, she turns out to be more rough than a polished jewel, when she is found out to be a drug addict.

On the other hand, we see Homer once again trying to show Marge that he is the handy man of the house, when he tries to replace a tile. He actually does this but gets the cat caught inside the wall. At the end of the episode everything is alright again, when Marge tells Homer that she knew what was going on, even when he tried to lie his way out of his screw up, with Snowball II, or whatever the latest cat is now.

This episode calls back some plot points. Usually when Lisa thinks she is onto something, she is always let down and Bart actually tries to protect her from this happening again. Of course, she persists and gets let down, when her homeless folk singer is unable to perform at a gig Lisa got for her at a Springfield festival. It is also a callback sort of, to the episode Lastest Gun In The West, when an old after who was big in westerns (buck McRae) turns out to be an alcoholic. Of course, the family finds out after he gives a failed performance on the Krusty The Clown show.

The other plot point is Homer taking a job in which he is not qualified to do. In this case it is replacing a tile and of course, he screws up by getting the cat caught inside the wall. He does this to show up his wife that he can do anything because he is a man. Well, I’m a dude but I just can’t fix things just like that. I am also a ham radio operator but I can’t put up antenna’s or work with a power supply safely. Yes, I am blind but this makes the point that just because you are of a certain gender you aren’t automatically programmed to do such work like that. This obviously requires classes and well, you get the idea. Right?

Well that’s about it for this weeks post. Check out Chris Ladesma’s blog. He is the Music Editor for The Simpsons and has been since day 1.
http://simpsonsmusic500.wordpress.com/author/simpsonsmusic500/
Also, check out Yeardley Smith’s blog at http://gobbingoff.tumblr.com
Don’t forget about Marchez Vous, which is her women’s shoe designer company, which she started earlier in the decade. You can check out their website at
http://www.marchesvous.com
Additionally, for more news on The Simpsons, you can go to http://news.simpsonswiki.com/
You can also comment here or you can email me at blindgordie@gmail.com and I will reply as soon as I can to all messages I receive. If you follow me on Twitter or are my friend on Facebook you can comment directly to me that way too.
You can follow Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean on Twitter and his Twitter handle is @AlJean.
He has ran the show since Season 13 and has ran it during Seasons 3 and 4.
Anyway, that is it for this weeks post. Talk to you again next Sunday

Sideshow Bob Do Good?

Hi folks and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. I hope everyone enjoyed last weeks episode. It was also nice that Glenn Close made another appearance as Mona Simpson again, all be it in a flash back in Grandpa’s memory. I’m looking forward to this weeks episode Gal Of Constant Sorrow.

This weeks post is another look into what could have been. I recently watched the episode Brother From Another Series and it occurred to me that if Sideshow Bob hadn’t gone to jail with his brother he probably would have given up on his criminal activities. This would have meant an end to wanting to kill Bart or his former boss Krusty The Clown. His intentions in this episode were clearly good and he was grateful to Bart for saving his life, after his brother Cecil attempts to murder him and take all the money from their project together. Cecil is of course voiced by David Hyde Pierce, who also portrays Niles Crane, the brother of Frasier Crane portrayed by Kelsey Grammer himself. If you think about it and research both characters by both actors, both Niles and Cecil would have been what their brothers (Sideshow Bob and Fraisure) would have been, had their dreams come true. In the case of The Simpsons, Cecil tried out as one of Krusty’s sideshows and failed and was still pissed off that his brother became Sideshow Bob.

What would have happened if Cheif Wiggum actually believed Lisa about Sideshow Bob’s innocence in his brothers nefarious plot to blow up the Springfield damn? Would Bob become friends with Bart and Lisa and possibly reunite with Krusty in some form, without plotting to kill him? Would he have still got a job as the PA Announcer for Springfield Elementary School? He actually had this job in the Season 12 episode Day Of The Jackanapes, where Krusty is being bothered by network executives who are trying to tell him how to change his TV show for their own benefit and because they can. Sideshow Bob uses Bart to kill Krusty in a plan which almost works, except for Krusty giving an emotional speech for Bob, which changes Bob’s mind and he releases Bart as his Bomb boy.

There Also would have been no need for Bob to move to Italy and become a grape crusher and get married to Francesca and have his son Gino. However, other things could have come up as plot devices if Bob had become friendlier or an acquaintance of The Simpsons. Maybe Bob would have become another one of Barts frenemmys much like Principal Skinner or Groundskeeper Willie at Springfield Elementary School. Maybe he would have helped Bart in his pranks on Skinner, if it turned out that he didn’t like him either. Or, he would have teamed up with Skinner to make life hell for the students, much like in the episode The President Wore Pearls. This episode saw Skinner make Lisa School President in order to Cary out his evil plan to get rid of classes like: music, gymnastics and art. All though, I believe that Bob probably would have sided with Lisa and foiled Skinner’s plot instead. Obviously his brother would have been in jail while Bob was freed.

On the birthday front, Kelsey Grammer turns another year older today. He is still active both inside and outside The Simpsons. His most recent episode on The Simpsons was the latest episode in the Treehouse Of Horror series, where Sideshow Bob finally kills Bart. I wonder what Sideshow Bob will be up to in seasons to come after this non canon episode?

Also, let us not forget about the creator of The Simpsons and Futurama, Matt Groening turning another year older on Monday. He is still very much involved with the show and I am very happy he started this all back in 1987, when: Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa all appeared for the first time on the Tracey Ullman Show as shorts in the short Good Night. You can find the entire short on the episode The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular, along with bits of other shorts. My favourite is when Homer and Bart are at home, while Marge and Lisa are out with Maggie. Homer and Bart can’t decide if they want fish nuggets or pork-a-roni. Homer unwisely mixes them together and Bart is not pleased, saying “yuck… ‘Tastes like dog food”. I think it is still on Youtube somewhere but I haven’t looked for a while.
Well that’s about it for this weeks post. Check out Chris Ladesma’s blog. He is the Music Editor for The Simpsons and has been since day 1.
http://simpsonsmusic500.wordpress.com/author/simpsonsmusic500/
Also, check out Yeardley Smith’s blog at http://gobbingoff.tumblr.com
Don’t forget about Marchez Vous, which is her women’s shoe designer company, which she started earlier in the decade. You can check out their website at
http://www.marchesvous.com
Additionally, for more news on The Simpsons, you can go to http://news.simpsonswiki.com/
You can also comment here or you can email me at blindgordie@gmail.com and I will reply as soon as I can to all messages I receive. If you follow me on Twitter or are my friend on Facebook you can comment directly to me that way too.
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Also, you can join the mailing list for the newsletter, which will also have other things that I will send out in mass blasts that will not appear on the website.

You can follow Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean on Twitter and his Twitter handle is @AlJean.
He has ran the show since Season 13 and has ran it during Seasons 3 and 4.
Anyway, that is it for this weeks post. Talk to you again next Sunday

Wralph Wiggum Loves Someone

Hi folks and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. First of all, my apologies to those of you who are following this blog and have received some strange emails about Weather Radio. I am currently in the process of updating a new website which I will announce here, next week at the end of the post.

Second, I hope that those of us in Southern Ontario are keeping warm, after a milder winter so far. We have been hit with a deep freeze and hopefully, it will be just a blip this season. Here’s hoping that spring will come soon and we can shed our winter jackets.

This weeks post is all about Valentines Day on The Simpsons. My favourite episode is I Love Lisa from Season 4. It’s the one where Wralph Wiggum doesn’t get a valentines card from any of his class mates and Lisa feels sorry for him, so she gives him a card. This causes him to say “you choo choo choose me”? This quote has also ended up as an alert tone for iPhones and other iOS devices!

Then Wralph thinks Lisa loves him but she just likes him. During the Krusty The Clown 29th Anniversary Special he declares his love for Lisa and she loudly tells him no and that she only gave him the card because nobody else would.

This got me to thinking about another story involving Wralph and Alison Taylor, that I found in the Fan Fiction archives last year. This one see’s the two becoming a couple and just like in the episode, they go to the Krusty The Clown 30th Anniversary Special together. He declares his love for Alison Taylor and she reciprocates. The story goes on to flash forward to their high school and college days and eventual marriage. Oh, the story is called For The Love Of A Special Someone. https://m.fanfiction.net/s/9429137/1/For-the-Love-of-a-Special-Someone

It would be nice if Wralph actually had someone who loved him and cared for him. I know he is rather an odd character but even he should have someone in his life. Maybe Alison Taylor may actually become the love of his life in an episode one day.
Well that’s about it for this weeks post. Check out Chris Ladesma’s blog. He is the Music Editor for The Simpsons and has been since day 1.
http://simpsonsmusic500.wordpress.com/author/simpsonsmusic500/
Also, check out Yeardley Smith’s blog at http://gobbingoff.tumblr.com
Don’t forget about Marchez Vous, which is her women’s shoe designer company, which she started earlier in the decade. You can check out their website at
http://www.marchesvous.com
Additionally, for more news on The Simpsons, you can go to http://news.simpsonswiki.com/
You can also comment here or you can email me at blindgordie@gmail.com and I will reply as soon as I can to all messages I receive. If you follow me on Twitter or are my friend on Facebook you can comment directly to me that way too.
You can follow Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean on Twitter and his Twitter handle is @AlJean.
He has ran the show since Season 13 and has ran it during Seasons 3 and 4.
Anyway, that is it for this weeks post. Talk to you again next Sunday