Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Why We Watch... The Simpsons (Part 2)
Hunter's new interest in "The Simpsons" television show has naturally led to an interest in "The Simpsons" comic books. We read several a week. A while ago a friend mailed him three comic collections that she found at used books stores. We immediately started reading them and we were quickly working through the collection. Then, for his birthday, another friend gave him a different collection and he also received a stack of individual comics from a different friend. Just this past weekend, we found yet another collection at the library book fair which funds our summer reading program. There are a lot of learning opportunities in the comics.
Here is a list of just some of the topics that we have read about in "The Simpsons" comics (I took these examples from just five different comic stories that I glanced back over briefly).
Harriet the Spy
The following is a list of some of the learning opportunities that I was able to pick out from barely watching Episode 17 from Season 18 called "Marge Gamer".
girls in athletics
rioting at sporting events
I also have shown Hunter some videos on YouTube related to "The Simpsons". We watched the episode of "Inside the Actors Studio" with the cast as guests. It was so interesting. We enjoyed learning tidbits of information about the show and watching the actors move fluidly from one character to another. We learned why the characters are yellow (because Matt Groening wanted to make viewers fiddle with the color on their set... this reminded me of Andy Kaufman's little stunt when he intentionally made the picture roll for a short period of time during his Television special.)
We also watched "The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special In 3D on Ice" which is funny, interesting, and loaded with great trivia about the show. It really illustrates how much you can learn about our culture from merely watching the show... and how much our culture has been influenced by it as well.
What is your favorite episode of "The Simpsons"? Do you have a favorite character?