Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Simpsons Shorts: Making Faces, The Funeral Reviews

I apologize for no blogs this weekend and yesterday. It was a hectic weekend working and not being done until midnight two of those nights. Let's jump into Season 2 of shorts that The Simpsons had. Spoilers for these shorts as usual.

Short #8: Making Faces

The approach for this is similar to Burping Contest. All three kids make faces and Marge gets pissed that they are doing it. Really, the best laughs are in the second half of it when Marge puts on a scary face and tells them about their faces freezing already. A pretty good way to start the second season of shorts. Not much improvement in the animation, but the character modeling is an improvement in all the characters, though we don't see Homer until the next short.  The end short was used in an intro of one Futurama episode. I forget which one since that show is butchered as hell on Comedy Central.

Score: 7 out of 10

Short #9: The Funeral

Whenever there is something very serious in a comedy, writers do have to tackle how much humor there can be in an episode. Even though this is a minute long short, Matt Groening certainly got the idea down on what can be funny, and he delivered. The Simpsons go to a family funeral, and Bart causes a little mischief before and during it, getting all three kids in trouble. It feels pretty tame, but it gets the laughs.

This was a pretty good short. The animation looked better and the characters are more refined. It would still take time for them to get into their final phase that would be on the actual show. Some good laughs in this one.

Score: 7 out of 10

Next week, we'll look at the next two shorts, Maggie's Brain, and Football.

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