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January 11, 2016 4:45 AM   Subscribe

 
It was definitely one of the better-done of couch gags in recent months (years?).
posted by blucevalo at 5:02 AM on January 11, 2016


Now if they could just get rid of the 22 minute dénouement that follows.
posted by fairmettle at 5:03 AM on January 11, 2016 [19 favorites]


"Chaise Longue" as the name of the couch is pretty brilliant.

Other than that, between this and Kung Fury I think people remember the 80s as being substantially cooler than they actually were.
posted by tobascodagama at 5:06 AM on January 11, 2016 [20 favorites]


See also: Moonbeam City.
posted by lmfsilva at 5:30 AM on January 11, 2016 [2 favorites]


Man, the experimental couch gags done by different animators have almost justified the continuing existence of The Simpsons. Is there a supercut somewhere of all the guest animators' versions?
posted by Greg Nog at 5:45 AM on January 11, 2016 [5 favorites]


"Jaundice epidemic sweeps Miami."

(Also the use of "bap" gave away the London-based creator).
posted by uncleozzy at 6:03 AM on January 11, 2016 [2 favorites]


Now if they could just get rid of the 22 minute dénouement that follows.

They should have the couch gag as a halftime segment during FOX NFL Sunday. Replay it once during Sunday night programming. Build it up all season to the Super Bowl halftime. Who objects?
posted by T.D. Strange at 6:36 AM on January 11, 2016


The actual 80s moved about 3x slower and contained 1/10 of this coolness.

But I'm fine with this version because I don't want to sit through anything from the actual 80s again.
posted by emjaybee at 6:44 AM on January 11, 2016 [6 favorites]


Yep, anything 80s still gives me hives. Been happening since the actual 80s.
posted by nevercalm at 6:46 AM on January 11, 2016 [2 favorites]


I wonder if it was inspired by Kung Fury :D
posted by Calzephyr at 6:48 AM on January 11, 2016


Wait, if it was on TV, why was there "old VHS tracking error" distortion?
posted by filthy light thief at 7:02 AM on January 11, 2016


This seems more "Moonbeam City" than the actual 80s. Maybe if they did a Voltron couch gag?
posted by GuyZero at 7:57 AM on January 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


The actual 80s moved about 3x slower and contained 1/10 of this coolness

I developed a greater consciousness of the world around me* in the later half of the 80s. So the music of the 80s and the movies and TV of the 80s really contributed to my daydreams about what life would be like when i became an adult. Sunshine and palm trees. Mullets and boat shoes. Teased hair and bright neon colours as far as the eye could see. Where life's problems were solved in 30 or 60 minutes.

I'm generally happy living in the now, but I have to admit that regardless of what the actual 80s were like, they will always be cool to me.

* In other words in 85 i started to develop hopes, dreams and fears; music and movies moved me way too much, and I became more aware of the world around me and the people in it
posted by bitteroldman at 8:02 AM on January 11, 2016 [5 favorites]


> The actual 80s moved about 3x slower and contained 1/10 of this coolness.

Well, this is not about the actual '80s, it's about the fever dreams of the '80s, and it's a beautiful distillation of them. (The actual '80s were a nightmare of Reagan and the destruction of all that was best about America; they are better forgotten.)
posted by languagehat at 8:08 AM on January 11, 2016 [8 favorites]


(Hello I would like to overthink this Simpsons couch gag).

One of the things about nostalgia for a given era blurs over (Mad Men had this problem) is that clothes, interiors, appliances and ideas don't transform magically the moment the decade starts. The 70s lasted into the early part of the 80s and the 80s dragged on into the 90s. Early 80s movies have tons of people with variations on the wing/flip 70s hairstyle; the mullet started in the 80s; giant baggy clothes and neon colors were definitely all over the early-mid 90s.

(My kid tends to refer to media from any era between WWII and his birth as "from the 80s." He can't tell the difference. It's humbling but instructive.)
posted by emjaybee at 8:16 AM on January 11, 2016 [6 favorites]


The revelation here for me was the quick shot of Marge as the waitress. I have never been able to understand her hair, if that makes sense, but that one shot showed it as an actual viable hairstyle in a way I have never been able to see it before.
posted by OmieWise at 8:53 AM on January 11, 2016 [5 favorites]


Those of us who had no adult responsibilities in the 80s really miss it, can you blame us?

We're going to be seeing some really weird 90s nostalgia take place in the not-too-distant future. Kids my daughter's age seem to have some BuzzFeed-fueled misconception about the 90s being a time of sheer awesomeness and abundance, and I'm like, oh kids, no. No no no no no. The snake people weren't old enough to know what was going on and they're lying to you. Most of the NickToons were absolute shit and I don't even remember seeing Dunkaroos for sale, let alone eating them.
posted by prize bull octorok at 9:18 AM on January 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


This feels like a good time to post a link to the Blood Bros trilogy of mixtapes. (It's always a good time to post a link to the Blood Bros mixtapes.)
posted by Guy Smiley at 9:27 AM on January 11, 2016 [4 favorites]


The 90s nostalgia will be really weird if The Simpsons is still on, since the show's been coasting on it's 90s golden age since, well, the 90s ended.
posted by FJT at 9:29 AM on January 11, 2016


I have never been able to understand her hair, if that makes sense, but that one shot showed it as an actual viable hairstyle in a way I have never been able to see it before.

Maybe it's blue because in the 80's people could still smoke indoors.
posted by mhoye at 9:51 AM on January 11, 2016 [2 favorites]


Maybe it's blue because in the 80's people could still smoke indoors.

No, it's blue because she uses blue dye number 52, or possibly 56. She's been as gray as a mule since she was seventeen.
posted by Sangermaine at 9:57 AM on January 11, 2016 [7 favorites]


Those of us who had no adult responsibilities in the 80s really miss it, can you blame us?

As someone who falls into the category of "no adult responsibilities in the 80s", no I don't miss it and yes I blame you.
posted by tobascodagama at 10:16 AM on January 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


I assume that's what Police Cops re-re-tooled itself into. And they even threw in a MAX POWER to further antagonize Homer.
posted by ckape at 10:24 AM on January 11, 2016


The 90s nostalgia will be really weird if The Simpsons is still on, since the show's been coasting on it's 90s golden age since, well, the 90s ended.

Hopefully the show will end before they try something like, dunno, a Grunge-themed episode with Homer as Cobain, or anything that desperate to shift the show timeline a couple of decades and crap all over the continuity.
posted by lmfsilva at 10:51 AM on January 11, 2016 [5 favorites]


Ned Flander's jailhouse to-do list:
  1. Do time
  2. Get ripped
  3. Destroy Simpson
  4. Pay papers
posted by kirkaracha at 11:11 AM on January 11, 2016 [2 favorites]


The actual 80s moved about 3x slower

Last night, after a matinee of The Hateful Eight, the missus and I watched The Thing. I was astonished at how sedately it unfolds. I have seen it at least a half-dozen times, but not in a decade or so.

Also, there was Wilford Brimley, bafflingly being younger than either of us is today. How is that possible?
posted by ricochet biscuit at 11:48 AM on January 11, 2016 [2 favorites]


I was astonished at how sedately it unfolds.

Last Beltane, when I built a wicker man, my wife was like "Oh! I've never seen The Wicker Man! Maybe we should watch it!" and I was like, "uh... we can... I mean, it's fine and all, it's just.. it's slow. It's from the seventies, you know, before filmmakers discovered Excitement"
posted by Greg Nog at 12:01 PM on January 11, 2016 [3 favorites]


IMO, the sedate pace of films from that era is entirely part of their charm. Especially for a movie like The Thing that relies so much on suspense. When you know that some kind of action scene is coming every ten minutes on the dot, it's hard to occupy that paranoid headspace of "something could happen at any moment!"
posted by tobascodagama at 12:57 PM on January 11, 2016 [2 favorites]


mcbainmendoza
posted by Zerowensboring at 1:24 PM on January 11, 2016


...a Grunge-themed episode with Homer as Cobain...

Sadgasm tho
posted by Zerowensboring at 1:25 PM on January 11, 2016


I was astonished at how sedately it unfolds.

a few months back, I watched one of the Pink Panther movies with Peter Sellers, and while the Metafilter-side of my brain kept on repeating to itself that this is what real comedy is about, the JJ-Abrams-side of my brain was quite disappointed that the movie wasn't a barrel-of-laughs at every twist and turn.
posted by bitteroldman at 1:31 PM on January 11, 2016


I was enjoying some Kurosawa the other day, but then I realized I'd accidentally had it paused for an hour.
posted by davejh at 1:36 PM on January 11, 2016 [9 favorites]


…the missus and I watched The Thing. I was astonished at how sedately it unfolds.
The 1951? version is paced almost perfectly, especially considering it was a cheap B-grade movie. Every subsequent remake drags.

c.f. King Kong. In the original Denham meets Darrow, invites her to Monster Island (obSimpsonsReference: it's only a name...), and she accepts - all in the space of about 30 seconds…
posted by Pinback at 2:09 PM on January 11, 2016


IMO, the sedate pace of films from that era is entirely part of their charm. Especially for a movie like The Thing that relies so much on suspense. When you know that some kind of action scene is coming every ten minutes on the dot, it's hard to occupy that paranoid headspace of "something could happen at any moment!"

Oh, I agree entirely on the measured pace bringing the tension. Hitchcock famously said that there is no terror in a bang, only in the anticipation of it. The only big director working these days who has demonstrated any deftness in creating suspense is M. Night Shyamalan, who has a lot of other issues that going in the other column.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 2:50 PM on January 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


Hopefully the show will end before they try something like, dunno, a Grunge-themed episode with Homer as Cobain, or anything that desperate

Speaking of nostalgia, that was already eight years ago.
posted by malapropist at 5:50 PM on January 11, 2016


Actual '80s Simpsons was a lot less spectacular.
posted by foobaz at 6:12 PM on January 11, 2016


Yes, what the Simpsons did here (and what "Moonbeam City" did) was capture a small slice of '80s culture, the part that was mostly limited to "Miami Vice" on TV Friday Nights. But if you define the decade from its most popular TV shows, "Vice" only made the Top 10 in one of five seasons on the air (too much competition from ABC's TGIF comedies). So what defined the decade on TV? Well, "Dallas" (with "Dynasty" right behind it), "Cheers" and omigod "The Cosby Show". In the category of "action TV shows", the top show for the decade was "The A-Team", and among "TV crime shows"... "Murder She Wrote" (it WAS the Reagan Era as much as anything else). Our memories are very selective, but that's why you have to take a parody like this and give it the MST3K disclaimer: "It's just a show, I should really just relax."
posted by oneswellfoop at 6:44 PM on January 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


Very much like "chiptune" and "nintendo graphics" are said to be misused, visually "The 80s" is mostly an aesthetic trope, not so much a true representation of the decade. Miami Vice pastels, Nagel prints, Memphis School designs and renewed interest of Mondrian and Bart van der Leck and other abstract painters (leading to the "sprinkle explosion" designs), TRON- style "computer" graphics, lost of chrome, neons (both objects and color categories), animal print, fingerless glove, Carrera sunglasses, checkered patterns, big everything (hair, muscles, mullets, tans, shoulder pads) and so on. That "the 80s" have been reduced to this is a bit of a false memory, an implanted memory by pop culture. The pastel-tinted glasses looking back at a decade marked by Reaganomics and the final fears from a Cold War.

Looking at contemporary stuff, reality would probably be closer to Grandmaster Flash The Message and They Live (except the magic sunglasses and aliens). "The 80s" is something like this.

I was born in 1982, so, very few memories before the very late 80s, and most of my actual memories from "the 80s" was what bled through the early 90s. I've noticed that while doing a poster for a 90s themed event - my 90s were completely different from the 90s for kids born 10-15 years after.


Speaking of nostalgia, that was already eight years ago.
Yikes.
posted by lmfsilva at 3:35 AM on January 12, 2016 [3 favorites]


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