Movie References You Never Got On The Simpsons
Yellow people, silver screen. The Simpsons have always utilized film moments in the show. But, there are some obscure and clever references you maybe missed by being, you know, not born or just too young to get it. Many thanks to http://moviesimpsons.tumblr.com/ for their amazing gifs!
A Streetcar Named Marge S4E2, “The Birds”
At the Ayn Rand School For Tots, Maggie the alpha baby overcomes her circumstances only to free her compatriots from their pacifier-less misery. Clearly she learned nothing from the school, but the writers certainly learned their Hitchcock.
Homie The Clown S5E16 ,“Close Encounters Of The Third Kind””
Clowning fever. The scourge of art school parents and Marge Simpson’s alike.
Sideshow Bob Roberts S6E5, “All The President’s Men”
Smithers plays deep throat…no comment.
Lady Bouvier’s Lover S5E21, “The Gold Rush”
Grandpa Simpson tries to charm his way into Marge’s mom’s girdle by using the ol’ Chaplin maneuver. If you’re wondering this also works on Smosh Pit writers.
Last Exit To Springfield S4E17, “Batman”
There are a lot of references to Pulp Fiction in Last Exit but did you notice the caped crusader getting a shout out?
Homer The Vigilante S5E11, “It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad World”
It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad World is obscure obscure ob – oh you get it. But even if you’ve never heard of the mad cap film, The Simpsons were definitely thorough with their spoof.
Brother From The Same Planet S4E14, “Public Enemy”
The title is also a film homage (Brother From Another Planet) but the reference worth a google comes from James Cagney’s black and white hit “Public Enemy”. Yeeeeah boy (couldn’t resist)!
Mr. Plow S4E9, “Sorcerer”
Mr. Plow is one of the most classic Simpson’s episodes but did you know all the truck footage was taken from Roy Scheider film, “Sorcerer”? Obviously since Scheider is just a notch under Ian and Anthony in your heart boners you probably did. But you never know.
Yokel Chords S18E14, “Un Chien Andalou”
Less a reference and more a direct recreation, Luis Bunuel’s highly influential “Un Chien Andalou” got The Simpson’s treatment not too long ago.
Cape Feare S5E2, “Cape Fear”
Even if you didn’t know the title of the episode, Cape Feare is an amazing shot for shot recreation of the thriller that subs in Sideshow Bob for Bobby DeNiro.
Which spoof did you recognize? Any surprises? Let me know in the comments!
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