By Jouni Paakkinen (firstname.lastname@example.org) - December 12, 2000
Encouraged by the enormous success of the
Simpsons Clue game,
currently developing a new version of world's most popular board game, Monopoly, featuring characters and
locations from "The Simpsons." Players get to move around the Springfield-themed board with pewter Simpsons
character tokens, such as Homer and Bart.
The Simpsons Monopoly, unveiled this February at Toy Fair in Gotham, is expected to be on store
shelves by early spring 2001. Additionally, a Homer-centric trivia game by Cardinal
Industries will be launched at the Toy Fair, along with a new wave of interactive figures from Playmates.
For a list of existing Simpsons games, see our Simpsons Games
(courtesy Jake Lennington)
Meditations on Springfield
By Jouni Paakkinen (email@example.com) - November 3, 2000
"Cartoons don't have any deep meaning. They're just stupid drawings that give you a cheap laugh,"
Homer Simpson once said. A group of philosophers and academics will prove Homer wrong in the upcoming book
by Open Court.
The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer begins with philosophical examinations of a number of our
favorite characters. Does Homer actually display Aristotle's virtues of character? In what way does Bart exemplify
American pragmatism? Why does Maggie matter?
The book then goes on to examine the ethics at work in the show. Why is Mr. Burns' quest for
happiness continually frustrated? Is Ned Flanders consistent and justified in his practice of neighborly love?
What does the show tell us about the politics of the nuclear family?
The Simpsons and Philosophy also tackles such issues as irony and the meaning of life,
parody as homage, traditional sexual roles, existential rebellion, American anti-intellectualism and even Marxism
Among the philosophers discussed are Aristotle, Marx, Camus, Sartre, Heidegger, and Kant.
Also included are an episode guide and a chronology of philosophers. See the book's
contents for more details.
"The Simpsons and Philosophy is meant to be an entertaining and even edifying look at The
Simpsons, a series of meditations on the silly, absurd, hyper-ironic, and even philosophical world that is Springfield,
the town without a state," explains editor William Irwin.
The book will be released in the spring 2001. The Springfield Times will keep you posted!
is now taking advance orders for the book.
Ten Years Gone
By Jouni Paakkinen (firstname.lastname@example.org) - October 22, 2000
A new Simpsons exhibit reflecting the show's past seasons opens Saturday,
October 28 at the Hollywood Entertainment Museum. Entitled "The Simpsons:
Ten Years Gone," the attraction will feature a variety of items from the
series, including a collection of color animation cels.
Serving as the exhibit's centerpiece will be a 1'x2½' limited edition artwork
dubbed "Where's Bart," which attempts to portray all the characters which have
appeared on "The Simpsons." Other highlights include an original color drawing
of the Simpson family, and a display of Simpsons promotional and merchandising
items never before seen in the U.S.
"The Simpsons is a singular show that has carved a historic niche in
television lore," says Phyllis Caskey, president and CEO of the Museum. "Our
mission is to house and celebrate the best of Hollywood, and The Simpsons
comfortably falls into that elite category."
The opening will be attended by more than 400 Global Fanfest winners from
around the world as part of Fox's year-long celebration of the series. The
exhibit will be open Thursdays to Tuesdays (11 a.m. - 6 p.m.) at the
Hollywood Entertainment Museum, 7021 Hollywood Blvd,
until December 3. For more information, phone (323) 465-7900.
Bart's Extreme Extravaganza!
By Jouni Paakkinen (email@example.com) - October 5, 2000
The Simpsons Global Fanfest Celebration year will culminate on October 27-29, when Fox
brings together show's viewers and its creators in Hollywood, California. However, to many fans' disappointment, only
contest or sweepstakes winners have been invited to attend this much anticipated Simpsons event.
If you're one of the fans without an invitation, you can console yourself on the Fanfest
weekend by participating in a free-for-all event called "Bart's Extreme Extravaganza." The festivities begin at 1 p.m. on
Saturday, October 28th at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.
Paying a tribute to daredevil Bart, world-renowned athletes will entertain the audience with extreme
sport stunts, including a skateboarding competition. Additionally, Bart's most outrageous moments from the show will be displayed
on a giant screen.
Fox urges people to arrive early as the space is limited. For more
details on the event and the Fanfest weekend, visit thesimpsons.com.
Anniversary Trading Cards Hit Stores
By Jouni Paakkinen (firstname.lastname@example.org) - September 21, 2000
Inkworks has released a new series of collectible trading
cards celebrating a decade with The Simpsons. The 81-card set includes decoder cards
in every pack, episode highlights, character cards, Simpsons Exposed cards, a Homer
tribute and more.
Additionally, as a treat for collectors,
special "Hobby Store Only" boxes contain:
The suggested retail price is $2.99 for a seven card pack. To
locate a comic book store near you call 1-888-266-4226 (toll free).
- Cut Ups; Nine die-cut character cards.
- Nuclear Neon; Six neon plastic cards that seem to glow.
- Diorama-Rama; Two paper and two plastic overlay cards that combine to create
a mix-and-match puzzle.
- Autographs; Card signers to be announced later.
- A special bonus card has been added for customers who buy full 12 box cases.
The Inkworks series is the fourth trading card set released in the United States.
The first series was released by Topps (88 cards)
in 1990, and the second and the
third series (both 80 cards) by Skybox in 1994.
Nancy's Life as a Ten Year Old Boy
By Jouni Paakkinen (email@example.com) - September 10, 2000
The first Simpsons book by Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, Ralph Wiggum,
Nelson Muntz and many other Simpsons characters, will hit stores on October 31.
My Life as a Ten Year Old Boy is a behind-the-scenes story from a point of view of
a voice actor. On the 224 pages of the hardcover book, Nancy talks about the very first recording
sessions and how The Simpsons became a huge hit in the early 90s. She also describes the
production of a Simpsons episode, revealing hilarious anecdotes about other cast members
and guest stars.
Nancy Cartwright will be appearing in person to sign copies of her book on
November 2 in Dayton, Ohio, and on November 6 at 7:30 PM at the Barnes & Noble
store in New York City.
Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble
and other major bookstores are now accepting pre-orders for the book.