The Simpsons and Alfred Hitchcock

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  1. Anthony Hom

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    Awhile back, a thread was created to see how many people can spot references to Stanley Kubrick films in the Simpsons. There is enough Hitchcock also in the Simpsons to see how perceptive the Hitchcock buffs are who watch the Simpsons.

    I'll get it started with an easy one:

    In the "Oh! Streetcar" episode, Homer picks up Maggie from the Ayn Rand day care center, only to find all the babies sitting around sucking pacifiers (ala the Birds). To hit home the scene, Hitchcock is portrayed doing his Birds cameo, walking by with two poodles.
     
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    Kubrick != Hitchcock
     
  4. Anthony Hom

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    Should have put this thread in the Movies section. I see the TV people here don't have an in-depth film backgound. My bad. [​IMG]
     
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    Oh, I have the Hitchcock background... just not Simpsons-wise enough.

    I do remember one reference though... I think it was "Itchy, Scratchy, Marge". When Maggie drops a bucket of paint on Homer's head, the series of cuts and music cues greatly resemble Psycho.
     
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    There was the parody of Rear Window when Bart had broken his leg.
     
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    I believe there was a North by Northwest reference in the episode where Marge has a fear of flying. (she chased by a byplane shooting at her.).
     
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    The Psycho shower scene parody when Maggie clonked Homer with the hammer. Very well done.
     
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    I think The Birds was also spoofed last season with dolphins.
     
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    In one episode, Principal Skinner runs up the clock tower of the Elementary School. Half-way to the top, he looks down at the spiraling stairway beneath him and the stairs do a Vertigo-type effect.

    It's been a while since I've seen this episode, but I think it was the one in which he fell in love with Marge's sister, Patty. I may be wrong about that, though. If someone knows the episode, please speak up!
     
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    There's also the third Halloween special, that has the music from Hitchcock's TV show intro, and the outline of Homer's gut. Homer steps into the outline, and says "Good Eeevening. I've been asked to tell you that the following show is very scary, with stuff that might give your kids nightmares..."
     
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    There's the obvious connection between Skinner's mother and Mrs. Bates, or "Mother".
     
  13. Anthony Hom

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    Great, I knew you guys would come through. Here is another one:

    There was a scene in prinicple skinners office, where you see him looking up at a house on a hill ala psycho, talking as if his mother were talking to him. (what's that, mother?).

    The Rear window scenes is in the one when they buy a swimming pool and bart fractures his leg.
     
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    The one where Lisa takes the bus out to nowhere and is droppped off by a cornfield (north by northwest).
     

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