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Simpsons Season 20 (New HD Intro)


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#1 of 36 DavidPla

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Posted February 14 2009 - 10:30 AM

After nearly 20 years, The Simpsons have changed their intro with full episodes now broadcast in Widescreen HD.



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#2 of 36 Marty M

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Posted February 14 2009 - 10:36 AM

Nice to see they are keeping elements from the old opening sequence. I think that the couch chasing goes on a little too long, though.
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Posted February 14 2009 - 10:42 AM

If I remember correctly, they were using the wider theatrical film animation cels and plates (or whatever, not familiar with all the terminology) to create the show for years, so it's probably not a big deal for them to create the show for a 16:9 frame.

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#4 of 36 Karl Pozorski

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Posted February 15 2009 - 12:04 AM

Love that new intro even though Burns and Smithers were replaced by Lenny and Carl. And did my eyes decieve me or did Maggie's price change? I wonder if the switch to widescreen means we'll start getting the season sets on blu-ray. Hope so.

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Posted February 15 2009 - 06:39 AM

Hmmm. I have mixed feelings about it. It's technically well made but it just feels "off" and a bit antiseptic.

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Posted February 15 2009 - 09:34 AM

Well, I suppose with all that happened over the years, and update to the intro was due.

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I think that the couch chasing goes on a little too long, though.

Yeah, in the last few years many of the couch gags go on for very long. They seem to be producing shorter episode running times I guess.
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#7 of 36 Nicholas Martin

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Posted February 15 2009 - 10:59 AM

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Love that new intro even though Burns and Smithers were replaced by Lenny and Carl. And did my eyes decieve me or did Maggie's price change?

I don't know what the original sequence price was, but this one is pretty easy to see now. Before scanning Maggie, the total was $243.26 and afterwards it was $486.52.

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Posted February 15 2009 - 11:02 AM

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I don't know what the original sequence price was,
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Posted February 15 2009 - 11:08 AM

I like it. Nice to see they've moved to widescreen. I'm betting however that it will be shortend down latter on.Posted Image
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#10 of 36 Nicholas Martin

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Posted February 15 2009 - 11:41 AM

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I just downloaded the flv file of this sequence and paused it to read what it said.


I hope you had to look that up, or paused the original sequence, because to just know that offhand....yikes!

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Posted February 15 2009 - 02:13 PM

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I hope you had to look that up, or paused the original sequence, because to just know that offhand....yikes!
As sick as it is, I did know it off hand. Posted Image I'm a walking encyclopedia of about the first decade of The Simpsons but I think that's always stuck with me because I got into an argument with someone who was trying to tell me that it actually said "NRA4EVER" (like the joke in The 138th Episode Spectacular says) and I ended up freeze framing it and showing him the $847.63 and he still wouldn't believe me. That debate ranks as one of the dumber ones that I've ever gotten into.

#12 of 36 Karl Pozorski

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Posted February 15 2009 - 03:17 PM

The $847.63 also unlocked an Easter egg on the Season 3 3rd Disk. It gives you access to audio outtakes from that season.

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Posted February 16 2009 - 02:43 AM

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Yeah, in the last few years many of the couch gags go on for very long. They seem to be producing shorter episode running times I guess.

Good. The new episodes are just torturous. The shorter they are, the better.

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#14 of 36 Nicholas Martin

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Posted February 16 2009 - 10:11 AM

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As sick as it is, I did know it off hand. Posted Image I'm a walking encyclopedia of about the first decade of The Simpsons but I think that's always stuck with me because I got into an argument with someone who was trying to tell me that it actually said "NRA4EVER" (like the joke in The 138th Episode Spectacular says) and I ended up freeze framing it and showing him the $847.63 and he still wouldn't believe me.

I didn't remember the actual numbers shown there, but knew the NRA gag was never part of it (though I'm sure like your friend a LOT of people started believing it was really there after that episode) because they were clearly numbers.

There must be 100 or more episodes of the show I've never seen because I gave it up around 2000 or so entirely, because once I started seeing promos of upcoming episodes that had Marge becoming a weightlifter with huge arms and other ridiculous things, I was done.

1992 to around 1997 are when I loved it, especially 92, 93 and 94.

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Posted February 16 2009 - 12:00 PM

The HD version of this episode was really a treat. It was just so colourfull.

Are they going to be in HD from now on?
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#16 of 36 Nicholas Martin

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Posted February 16 2009 - 12:41 PM

Yup.

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Posted February 16 2009 - 01:46 PM

What sucks is that Fox (at least in my area) doesn't letterbox the show for non-HD broadcast so, if you're unfortunate enough to be watching on a 4:3 TV, as I was last night, the picture is completely ruined by extreme cropping.

#18 of 36 Nicholas Martin

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Posted February 16 2009 - 01:56 PM

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What sucks is that Fox (at least in my area) doesn't letterbox the show for non-HD broadcast so, if you're unfortunate enough to be watching on a 4:3 TV, as I was last night, the picture is completely ruined by extreme cropping.

That is dependent on the local affiliate, because some Fox channels (and Global here in Canada) did letterbox the episode for standard definition broadcast.

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Posted February 16 2009 - 02:22 PM

What sucks is that Fox (at least in my area) doesn't letterbox the show for non-HD broadcast so, if you're unfortunate enough to be watching on a 4:3 TV, as I was last night, the picture is completely ruined by extreme cropping.


Yeah, it was pretty noticable. I remember at least a couple of times where Lisa was talking, but she was almost completely out of the frame.

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Posted February 17 2009 - 12:17 AM

Why is this show still on the air? I stopped watching around 2000 as well, but every once in a while I will watch an episode out of curiousity. I have not laughed once in about five years. The movie,on the other hand, was really good. They should cancel the show, and stick to theatrical features.


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