I understand it’s much cooler to talk about how The Simpsons passed its prime ages ago, but I still unabashedly love the show. Last night’s episode, in which Bart’s semi-autobigraphical animated short Angry Dad wins a slew of awards, was a good one for the rest of you. The animation geeks at The Simpsons take the opportunity to experiment: the CG of Pixar, the claymation of Wallace and Gromit, the star black-and-white of Persepolis, the crude Frenchness of The Triplets of Belleville. Plus, Ricky Gervais, Russell Brand, Halle Berry, and Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park all contribute to a sharp lampoon of awards season. Watch the relevant clips — or if you’ll allow me, the full episode — after the jump.
First, a parody of the offbeat folk at Pixar (er, Mixar), who make sure Randy Newman is always on hand when they need to intimidate. You may recall that The Simpsons parodied Up earlier in the season.
And now the animated shorts:
Condiments (reference: Toy Story)
The Brothers of Beauville (reference: The Triplets of Belleville)
Saakashvili Springs (reference: Persepolis)
Willis and Crumble: Better Gnomes and Gardens (reference: Wallace and Gromit)
Here’s the full episode. You’ll notice that’s Martin Scorsese in the thumbnail. You’re tempted now, right? Watch it! Watch it now! (If you’re in the U.S. — sorry to those who can’t watch Hulu videos.)