Monday, July 17, 2006

Reader's Diary #128- Nancy Cartwright: My Life As a 10-Year-Old Boy (up to "I'm Talkin' To You Cowboy...Draw!")

I'm going to take some solace here in the fact that I don't know the name of the episode I'm about to try and reference...

In this episode that I can't recall, the Comic Store Guy and some other nerds are at some sort of convention (comic books, Star Wars, I don't remember) and someone demands to know how some particular plot hole is possible. It's funny because it's an obvious way of saying to all the Simpsons geeks out there to get a life. (I've redeemed myself by forgetting rather significant details of that episode- a geek sin.)

But as many Simpsons fans know, there have been a few plot holes over the years. There are multiple versions of Bart's conception for instance. Still, who cares?

However, I do care when Nancy Cartwright gets something wrong. When she talks about Luke Perry's appearance she says that he stars as himself "playing the never-introduced-before brother of Sideshow Mel." WRONG! He was the half-brother of Krusty. Geez.

Small erroneous details aside, the books fails in another way. She obviously couldn't decide if this was to be a "The Making of The Simpsons" book or her autobiography. It would be fine if it was both of course, but she doesn't handle the transition well. Clumsily she jumps from one to the other, one second talking about her kids, the next second talking about how table reads are done.

Still, despite its (many flaws) I was interested in hearing how and why some transitions were made from the first few seasons to the latter ones. We can thank a budget, for instance, for the smoother images of the family that we've come to appreciate so much more than the early, rougher images. Apparently, they're just easier and cheaper to mass produce. Homer's voice change came out of practicality too. If you watch the first season, his voice is rather deep and he almost seems to bark at times- not at all lovable like now. The reason? Castellaneta found that as the writer's were giving Homer's personality a more varied emotional range, the gruff voice wasn't working. He tweaked it and the there you have it. That stuff was interesting- too bad you have to sift through a lot of crap to get it!


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Was it the time they attended the Bi Mon Sci Fi Com? When Mrs Krabople was dating Comic Book Guy?

Oh was that too nerdy? Sorry.

I'm still interested in this book, and it sounds like it does have its charms. I've finished JPod and will write something about it in the next few days, although I will suck at it compared to you.

John Mutford said...

I don't think that's the episode (I checked the show summary)- but you remember what I'm talking about right?

Yeah, if you're a Simpsons fan (and I gather that you are!), read the book anyways. Hope I haven't revealed all the interesting points!