This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at 6 MORE times that The Simpsons referenced Disney and Universal! After doing this fine blog series for almost seven years, we would have a hard time ranking our favorite editions of “The 6.” We’d have to include the Theme Park Turkeys of the Year Awards. An installment of “David and Derek” would be a must. The Special Investigation on Theme Park Photography, Disney Merchandise That Doesn’t Exist (but Should), and an edition of the Hall of Shame all deserve to be in. But believe it or not, one of our all-time favorite articles to do over the years was 6 Times THE SIMPSONS Totally Nailed Being a Theme Park Fan. We are huge fans of The Simpsons, and when the show skewers the theme park world it becomes even better. Now that The Simpsons are on Disney+, it’s time to do a follow up article on even more Disney references on the show, and maybe – just maybe – a Universal one too….
# 6 – From the Disney Vault
The Simpsons has been poking fun at Disney brands for 30 years, and some of the jabs have targeted old school Disney films, including Mary Poppins. One beloved episode has “Shary Bobbins” arriving into Springfield in order to nanny the Simpsons’ children and even her entrance parodies what we love in the Julie Andrews/Dick Van Dyke classic.
The Simpsons have also taken a crack at Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
# 5 – New Animated Classics
The Simpsons arrived on the TV scene just as Disney’s animated movies were making a resurgence thanks to Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg. So it was no surprise that, at the time back in the ’90s, television viewers saw timely jabs at movies such as The Lion King and Little Mermaid. This tradition continued for the next 30 years to include send ups of more current Disney films such as Frozen, Planes, and Wall-E.
In one episode, the family went to the Golden Globes as Bart was up for an award for his short film. There they met the team from the animation studio Mixar. This was playing fun with the company Pixar and several Pixar employees, including John Lasseter.
In an incredible moment, the Mixar team has composer Randy Newman sing a song called “You have an enemy,” sung to the tune of “You Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story.
# 4 – Lady and the Tramp
Of all the Disney films that The Simpsons has referenced over the years, none has made more appearances than Lady & the Tramp. The iconic spaghetti eating scene of Lady & the Tramp has been used on episodes decades apart.
The Simpson‘s dog Santa’s Little Helper had his moment.
Homer reenacts the “Lady & the Tramp” kissing scene while sharing a chili dog with Mindy.
Even ol’ Montgomery Burns had his Lady & the Tramp moment with a fun reveal.
# 3 – Couch Gag
The show opening “couch gag” is a staple for The Simpsons. Every single episode has a new joke, giving viewers a reason to not skip the opening credits. In season 27, the couch gag was done by animator Eric Goldberg. Disney fans would know Goldberg by his work in films such as Aladdin, Hercules, and Fantasia 2000. Goldberg’s Disney inspired couch gag started off in black and white, like the old timey Mickey Mouse shorts, and had Maggie dancing with the living room furniture.
The scene then transitions to Lisa coming out as Cinderella.
Next, we had Marge as Snow White.
The girls then meet Homer in a Jungle Book-inspired moment.
With Bart appearing like Mickey as the sorcerer’s apprentice in Fantasia.
# 2 – Hall of Vice Presidents
We like jokes about Disney films as much as anyone, but we LOVE jokes about the parks. In the past we’ve seen send-ups of Euro Disneyland, EPCOT, and even Soarin’, but more recently we got a quick look at some Disney attractions when the Simpson family took a vacation to Kissimmee. We start by getting a quick look of Disney building a Family Guy World, where in the background is the Astro Orbiter, Big Thunder Mountain, and Space Mountain.
Bart and I are going to engage in perhaps the most popular Florida tradition….complaining to the manager. – Homer Simpson
Instead of Disney, the Simpsons find themselves at the St. Nick Theme Park and Resort in Kissimmee. Here is where they go into the Hall of Vice Presidents, a wonderful parody of Disney’s Hall of Presidents.
Vice Presidents rule! – Bart Simpson
# 1 – Flaming Moe from Universal
In an episode from season 29, Homer is convinced to give up drinking by Ned Flanders. However, bartender Moe soon takes the form of the devil to try and sway Homer back. In a wonderful moment, the devil offers Homer a drink in a cup evocative of the ones used for a Flaming Moe at the Universal theme parks.
Drink me! I’m the most overpriced thing at Universal studios! – The Devil
While not technically a Universal reference, this past season The Simpsons did pay tribute to our favorite CityWalk venue Voodoo Doughnut.
Honorable Mention – Tombstones
Like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney and Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, every year The Simpsons has their own spooky tradition with the Treehouse of Horror episode. During the opening credits, The Simpsons writers throw in fun references to things like “Casper the friendly boy” and “American workmanship,” but there have also been some Disney related references….
So there you have it: Six More Times That THE SIMPSONS Referenced Disney and Universal! See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles covering the latest from the Disney Outlet Stores. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan).
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