May 2013 Archives

Florida Annexes Springfield

itchy & scratchy land mapUniversal Studios Florida - sorry, Universal Orlando Resort, officially announced the addition of a Springfield-themed area next to The Simpsons Ride, thus confirming the rumors from back in November.

Here's what their Facebook page says about it:

It will be the only place in the world where you can walk the streets of Springfield, grab a Krusty-certified meat sandwich at Krusty Burger, go nuts for donuts at Lard Lad, imbibe at Moe's Tavern and more! Plus there will be Duff Beer - brewed exclusively for Universal Orlando - and a new attraction called Kang & Kodos' Twirl 'n' Hurl that will take you "foolish humans" on an intergalactic spin designed to send you into orbit!

By "streets" they must mean "street," singular, if the artwork is anything to go by. Also there's something called "Cletus' Chicken Shack" which is NOT CANON and should be boycotted at all costs.

In related news, Universal just jacked up the price of admission to $92, thus becoming the first Orlando theme park to go over $90.

[Inside the Magic]

Al Jean Tries To Blame Matt Groening For Justin Bieber Cameo

So, pop superstar Justin Bieber had a small 10-second cameo in last Sunday's Simpsons episode, which seemed to disappoint everyone. Bieber fans didn't like it because it was too short, unbeliebers thought it was too long, and Bieber himself initially tried to suppress all evidence of it last year.

Perhaps wary of The Controversy, executive producer Al Jean attempted to deflect blame for it onto his boss, Matt Groening:

According to Jean, Groening requested that Bieber be worked into an episode. "I think he has a family member who was a fan," Jean says. "I think he's a fan, too. So he asked us to find a place to use him. I think [Bieber] had also met Matt and wanted to be on the show."

Matt Groening, a Bieber fan? It's possible, but Groening - a former music critic - is known for his eclectic music taste. He likes oddball rock & roll, Balinese gamelan music, and Romanian brass bands. He said pop music "usually sounds like the audio equivalent of CGI." He wrote a biography of The Residents. He's curated the All Tomorrow's Parties progressive music festival twice. He guest-edited an anthology of music writing. He's let indie bands Tender Forever and Electrelane hang out at his house. He's a big Captain Beefheart fan. He interviewed and was friends with Frank Zappa.

Nice try, Al.

[Rolling Stone]

Matt Groening Made Yet Another Company

Matt GroeningSimpsons creator Matt Groening added yet another company to his only robust portfolio last year, a mysterious entity known as "Bapper Entertainment." Bleeding Cool suspects he's "getting ready to reveal" whatever this new thing is. I wouldn't count on it, though, because making new companies seems to be something of a hobby for him. Let's take a look at some of the other companies he's had over the years, shall we?