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The Simpsons Show Anaysis
Transcript of The Simpsons Show Anaysis
Lisa is an activist for an array of social issues including recycling, protecting animals, etc. Lisa’s passion for protecting the environment is a common theme in many episodes where Lisa is the main focus. Other common themes include her everyday life, school, pets and her relationship with Millhouse and other male characters.
The main characters, the Simpsons family, is based on
the writer’s own family. Matt Groening, the writer,
named Homer after his father, Marge after his mother,
Lisa after his sister and Maggie after his other sister. He
did not name Bart after himself because he thought
that his superiors would not like that idea. The
character of Bart came from the image of a father yelling
at his son. Since Bart sounds like “bark”, Matt Groening
thought it would be entertaining. Interestingly, Bart is
an anagram for “brat.”He also wanted the family name
to be funny so he took the short form of simpleton, “simp”, and went with it. The inspiration for the setting came from Springfield, Oregon, which is close to where Matt Groening lives. Springfield is a very generic name and is the most common name for a city in the U.S. Since it is a popular name, people would easily relate to the setting thinking that it was their own town Springfield which would contribute to the show’s success. The idea of dramatizing an everyday family’s life came from his father. Matt Groening’s father used to tape record his family which motivated him to do something autobiographical with the show.
Some humour is also
created through the
Lisa and Millhouse.
Millhouse has a crush
on Lisa and he constantly
tries to get Lisa’s attention.
He never succeeds and
is always ignored or
rejected by Lisa. This is sometimes done in a humorous fashion and it contributes to Lisa’s comic profile. In this situation, Lisa can be perceived as having a similar profile as Phebe from “As you like it” by Shakespeare.
Lisa is also the most responsible person in the Simpson’s family along with Marge. In some episodes, Lisa is left in charge which is interesting due to the fact that she is only 8 years old. When this happens, Bart often gets offended that his parents trust Lisa more than him, which provides humor. He does not see his obvious irresponsibility since he thinks highly of himself.
Lisa also appreciates challenges. As a “nerd”, school
is easy for her and she feels that she needs a
challenge. She can sometimes be seen in episodes
taking the harder way. Lisa has moral values unlike
the other members of her family. For example, in
one episode, she was offered a free college education
if she took a dive on a spelling bee at the Spellympics (olympic equivalent of spelling). Lisa is tempted but decides to do her best and turns down the free college education.
The characters in the Simpsons do not age. Many cartoon characters do not age such as Ash Ketchum from pokemon.
The Simpsons show is now 25 years old, and yet Homer has not lost weight and Marge’s hair is still blue. However, the characters’ look have been slightly modified. The colouring of the characters has slightly changed while Homer’s and Bart’s head shape have been touched up gently.
Simpsons over the years
She is 8 years old and is usually portrayed as a young innocent girl.
Lisa has a sophisticated and intellectual personality. For that reason, her humor is mostly comprised of wit and banter. This quality is illustrated in the following quote when Lisa Simpson defended her father Homer in “Simpsons roasting over an open fire”.
“Well, I wish that you wouldn't. Because, aside from the fact that he has the same frailties as all human beings, he's the only father I have. Therefore, he is my model of manhood, and my estimation of him will govern the prospects of my adult relationships. So I hope you bear in mind that any knock at him is a knock at me. And I am far too young to defend myself against such onslaughts.”
Bart vs Lisa the third grade
Lisa gets an "A"
Lisa goes gaga
Trilogy of Error
Lisa the vegetarian
I love Lisa
Two dozen and a greyhound
Lisa and Phebe
Lisa the good student
Bartholomew JoJo "Bart" Simpson, is the sole son of the family. His humor comes from his lack of knowledge.
Despite his low intelligence, many of his comments are sarcastic and witty.
He is very immature, which causes humour.
His humor also comes from wit, nonsensism, and occasionally blue humor. He often disobeys his parents, causing humour.
Despite his irresponsibility and his apparent lack of respect, he does love his family, shown when he got a "mother" tattoo. Much of his humor results from his mistakes and the trouble he gets himself into.
Simpsons over the years
Homer Simpson is the father of the Simpsons family. He is known for his stupidity, funny comments and poor decisions. Some famous quotes include: "D'oh!", "I am so smart! I am so smart! S-M-R-T! I mean, S-M-A-R-T!" and "You tried your best and you failed miserably, the lesson is never try!".
Homer is aged 40, but only expected to live around 42 because of his poor eating choices, terrible lifestyle, and his alcohol problem. Homer Simpson is stupid for many different reasons, including: The Simpson Gene, which affects males in the Simpson family, making them lazy, exposure to radiation, multiple cranial traumas, alcohol issues and a crayon jammed in his brain.
In one episode, known as HOMR, the crayon is removed and his low IQ of 55 is boosted all the way to 105. He finally begins to understand Lisa, but starts to be bullied by his previous friends. Since he did not like being smart, he decided to get Mo to replace the crayon.
At 10 years old, he is the eldest child of the family, his sister Lisa has superiority over him as she is much more responsible. He refers to his father as “Homer”, his first name.
He is optimistic. “This could be the miracle that saves the Simpsons' Christmas. If TV has taught me anything, its that miracles always happen to poor kids at Christmas. It happened to Tiny Tim, it happened to Charlie Brown, it happened to the Smurfs, and it going to happen to us.”
Interesting fact: Bart is actually voiced by a woman, named Nancy Cartwright, who voices other characters on the show
Maggie is a usually a minor character in the show. There are a few episodes in which she has a major speaking role, such as "Who shot Mr. Burns Part 2" and "Four Great Women and a Manicure