Shorts #46 and 47: Maggie in Peril (Two parts)
I don't get the angle of wanting to do a two part set of shorts. Whatever the case, it's executed very well. Maggie plays with a ball and her siblings are annoyed by it. Bart kicks it very far away and she goes on a skateboarding ride to get it back. It's like a cartoon in a way. There is a bit of stuff that is funny. The animation is really good for these two shorts. It's these little things that make it stand out among the Tracey Ullman era of Simpson related stuff. If you can find it online, especially with part two, give it a watch.
Scores: Both get 8 out of 10.
Short #48: TV Simpsons
If you've seen me keep commenting on these last few shorts regarding their animation, it's that good for the time. TV Simpsons saves the best for last in that category. It's excellent and has that kind of quality that some of the first season episodes had. Getting to the short, the kids lose the TV due to Homer wanting to watch a bowling tournament. He suggests flying a kite and Bart manages to get one into the antenna on the roof. Really, it shouldn't be funny, but it is. It has an Itchy and Scratchy bit. Homer is being an ass and an oaf. They nailed it down for this last short. A solid conclusion to its run on Tracey Ullman.
Score: 7 out of 10
Once again, these shorts have never seen a DVD release. Some of them have appeared on the show. Fox should try to put them out at some point. It's an important part of their early days as a network and one of the reasons they exploded on the scene in 1990. Other than that, I am taking a break from doing reviews of The Simpsons until December. I might start doing some Seinfeld reviews and maybe some game related reviews. I do hope some of you enjoyed the content. Read on with all 48 shorts.