The Simpsons has parodied pop culture since the show’s debut in 1989. From annual Treehouse of Horror Halloween specials to regular characters ridiculing real-life celebrities, the show has always satirized real events and popular media.
In the show, there have been scenes depicting characters watching movies that exist in their universe. Often they’re parodies of actual movies or humorous pastiches of popular genres, but they’re often quick-cut gags that are some of the show’s most memorable lines.
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In “Homer Goes To College,” Homer watches this steamy comedy to get into the spirit of college life. In the film, the disruptive students prank college dean Dean Bitterman by raining bras when the President of the United States visits campus. Homer quickly enters the film and relishes revenge on Bitterman.
The movie is a parody of crass, X-rated college movies that were popular in the 80s, like Animal House. The cutscene makes a big gag due to the sheer ridiculousness of the college comedy genre and sets up Homer’s farce when he kidnaps his college’s pig mascot to annoy the dean.
Often known as “groin football,” this short was directed by and starred Hans Moleman in the Season 6 episode “A Star Is Burns.” In an effort to make Springfield more cultured, the city holds a film festival for citizens to submit their own films. The film’s reaction is met with silence, except for Homer, who cries with laughter.
Hans Moleman is one of the most underrated Simpsons characters. The pint-sized eldest is a man of a few words, but when he speaks he has some of the show’s best one-liners and gags. The film is a few seconds of slapstick which, along with the character of Hans and the silliness of the joke, made it effective and also the source of many memes among Simpsons fans.
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The dysfunctional animated television family came to a head in the Season 16 episode, “On a Clear Day, I Can’t See My Sister.” On a field trip where Lisa is trying to talk to her classmates about climate change, Bart ruins the talk by making fart noises on a walkie-talkie. Tired of her pranks, Lisa files a restraining order against Bart, and Chief Wiggum shows her an instructional film about the new situation.
The film’s title alone is a hilarious play on the title of Billy Ocean’s song “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car.” Infamous Hollywood actor Gary Busey makes an appearance in the film, explaining to the viewer how a restraining order works. This joke is a nod to the fact that Busey has been involved in a lot of real-life legal issues.
McBain’s character appeared throughout 1990s cartoon episodes as short clips when the characters watch television with scenes sprinkled throughout the series out of order. The clips parody cheap and predictable shoot-’em-up films from the 1980s and 1990s that rip off popular action films like Die Hard. Austrian actor McBain’s character, Rainier Wolfcastle, is itself a parody of Austrian action star Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The outright commitment of the writers and animators of The Simpsons to continue this movie in small segments out of order is an impressive joke in itself. The McBain clips perfectly capture how cliched and silly many of these cash-action films are, usually involving a stereotypical villainous stranger and best friend character who dies days before retirement.
6 McBain: Let’s Be Silly
Rainier Wolfcastle returns to theaters in the new comedy-action film McBain: Let’s Get Silly. The film is billed as a clip from film critic Jay Sherman’s show as he interviews Wolfcastle. In the clip, the character poorly performs a Jerry Seinfeld-style observational stand-up and kills hecklers by shooting them and throwing grenades at them, as only McBain could.
This scene has so many comedic layers that add up to a hysterical scene. The joke perfectly mocks Arnold Schwarzenegger’s comedy film career in the 1990s which fell flat. McBain’s deadpan delivery, combined with weirdly funny jokes and violent overreaction, all add up to a hilariously good one. When Sherman asks him how he can sleep at night making such awful big-budget Hollywood movies, Wolfcastle ends the joke with the perfect punchline in his response, “besides a lot of money, with a lot of beautiful ladies.” .
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Part of a selection of great Troy McClure informational films, the film is shown at school in the episode “Lisa The Vegetarian” after Lisa refuses to dissect an animal and wishes for a vegetarian lunch. This meat industry-sponsored film attempts to highlight the benefits of eating beef, showing the process of cows entering a slaughterhouse.
The film is packed with plenty of little golden nuggets of big jokes in an incredibly absurd one-minute clip. There are so many lines like, “Let’s take a look at the floor of death.” Don’t let the name surprise you, Jimmy, it’s not really a floor. The facial expressions and brief added “food chain” segments add up to consistent laughs throughout, and the film invites one of Ralph Wiggum’s best lines: “When I grow up, I want to go to Bovine University! »
4 The Muppets Go Medieval
In his acting adventures, Troy McClure returns to the screens for The Muppets Go Medieval – an old movie from 1977 that the Simpson family watches on a rainy day. They watch the now-stranded McClure attempt to woo Princess Miss Piggy with a suave kiss and engage in a sword fight with Kermit the Frog. McClure later takes Selma to see the film on a drive-in movie date where he proposes to her.
The film is utterly absurd for someone who is as cartoonish and fake as Troy McClure, whom Bart mistakes for “a leather muppet.” When he recites lines from the film while proposing to Selma, asking for her “delicate hoof in marriage”, while Selma passes out as Miss Piggy, it humorously foreshadows their doomed marriage.
3 Truckasaurus: The Movie
Truckasaurus is a robot-dinosaur hybrid monster created by Professor Frink, parodying the popularity of franchises like Jurassic Park and Transformers, as well as the popularity of monster trucks in the 1990s. A clip shows an advertisement for the tie-in film, apparently voiced by Marlon Brando.
The hit movie’s crossover with legendary Old Hollywood method actor Marlon Brando, coupled with a bad impression of his voice in The Godfather, makes for a gloriously silly cutaway joke. The “spoofed celebrity voice” disclaimer at the end is the cherry on top of the absurd clip.
2 The Monster That Ate Everyone
At a drive-in, Bart and Homer, living as truckers, block the view of other patrons and watch a bad horror movie called The Monster Who Ate Everyone as they gorge themselves on snacks. In the film, a man informs a woman about the titular monster that ate everyone, who keeps asking if individual characters were eaten as well.
The film resembles many bad horror movies that exist in the real world that usually involve monsters. The repetition of the woman repeatedly asking if the monster that ate everyone also ate Patrick and Erica and the increasingly frustrated man (with Bart and Homer also joining) makes it funnier as it goes. measure.
1 The Itchy & Scratchy Movie
This fictional movie had an entire episode devoted to it. Unlike other Simpsons fiction films, viewers never see The Itchy & Scratchy Movie. Bart is punished by Homer for his behavior by banning him from seeing the movie all summer. The film was a monster hit, winning nine Oscars and remaining in theaters for nearly a year until everyone in Springfield had seen it – except for Bart.
The fact that the viewer never gets to see how insanely good the movie is makes the joke even funnier, because the movie can’t be as good as the episode depicts it. The dark future scenes where Homer lets Bart see the movie add to the episode’s humor, and the ending where an older Homer and Bart watch the movie in the future makes a heartwarming bookend for the joke. .