Short #14: Space Patrol
I'm finding it amazing how much abuse Bart takes in these shorts. He really was the mascot for the Simpson family way before he became huge (or infamous if you are the Bush family). Space Patrol is slapstick with the girls taking advantage of Bart with a vase on top of his head. It works effectively and isn't overly done. Even Maggie gets a few licks at her alien brother. This is a pretty good short that will have you chuckling throughout the entire thing.
Score: 7 out of 10
Short #15: Bart's Haircut
Cursing back in 1987 was not a new thing, but to see that in animation would feel strange. Check out The Transformers: The Movie on YouTube for the few curse words they had. For The Simpsons, even with the show, they're not one to push many buttons in that category. Unlike Family Guy and South Park, they don't abuse the concept, even with Bart saying hell in this short and having "Who the hell are you?" as a catchphrase in the show's early days.
Speaking of which, Bart's hair is too long. It's actually been a while since seeing a new location with the barber shop. You can see the improvements on how to make different locations and they did a good job with that and providing humor at Bart's expense. The character modeling on Homer and Marge seems like a small improvement, but it's another step closer to what they would look like on the actual show. Another solid short. Not many chuckles, but they hit them at the right time.
Score: 7 out of 10
Next week's short reviews include Homer readying for nuclear war and Bart's attempts to steal cookies. Read on next Tuesday.
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