Friday, October 28, 2011
Sunday: The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror XXII
The best part is the opening gag where Homer falls into a crevice. Aaron Ralson, the real-life dude whose story of survival was told in the film 127 Hours, lends a hand (as it were).
The first Halloween story, "The Diving Bell and the Butterball," is a goof on the film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Did anybody see that film? Will anybody get the joke? D'oh!
There are plenty of fart jokes, however, so it should be universally understood.
Part II, "Dial D for Diddly," is a parody of Dexter starring Ned Flanders. There are several nice little touches, like blood splatters on a Jackson Pollack painting (improving it) and Mr. Burns head growing a third eye after it is tossed into a lake polluted by his own nuclear waste. There is even a brief, hilarious homage to the classic Chuck Jones Road Runner cartoons. The late Mrs. Flanders even makes a surprise cameo.
Part III, "In The Na'Vi," is a parody of Avatar. As the 18-year-old said, "Didn't that movie come out three years ago?"
As usual, it all hails from "Bat" Groening, James L. "What Isn't Scary?" Brooks, etc.