Simpsons Couch-Gag Proves Hand-Drawn Animation Is Alive And Well

Simpsons fans may remember a particular couch-gag from last month's episode, "Diggs," created by French animator Sylvain Chomet. It was a stylistically distinct, hand-drawn take on the gag and it made quite the splash. And now, the production company behind the short, Th1ng, has just released a "making-of" feature. » 4/13/14 6:02pm Sunday 6:02pm

Why don't the Simpsons live in a base 8 world?

The latest episode of Numberphile delves into a particularly interesting reference to pi from the Simpsons episode "Marge in Chains," while raising the very valid question as to why the Simpsons – who have eight fingers apiece – don't live in a base eight world. » 10/31/13 12:20pm 10/31/13 12:20pm

What would Mr. Burns from The Simpsons look like in real life?

Bad news first. Robert Goodin's long-running Covered blog — which attracted comic book cover remakes from such luminaries as Steve Rude, Art Adams, and Matt Kindt — shuttered its digital doors today so that Goodin can pursue new projects. But one of the final remixes was artist Charles Guthrie's delightful and… » 9/28/12 4:15pm 9/28/12 4:15pm

On The Simpsons, Neil Gaiman was "the British Fonzie"

Or at least that's how Homer referred to the author on Sunday's episode of The Simpsons, "The Book Job." This was the 492nd installment of the long-running cartoon sitcom. And while the show hasn't been at the loopy zeniths of "Worker and Parasite" and Homer's vision of the ballet or Ned Flanders' apple cider lesson or » 11/20/11 9:40pm 11/20/11 9:40pm

The original Being Human is back! Can you handle it?

This week on television, the original British Being Human returns to America's screens. And it looks like yet another one of the other shoes is dropping on Fringe. Clark inches closer to wearing a costume on Smallville, and Dean reunites with his surrogate family on Supernatural. And you'll never guess who's getting… » 2/14/11 9:00am 2/14/11 9:00am

Coolest Shakespeare Riffs in Science Fiction and Fantasy

With The Tempest, opening tomorrow, Julie Taymor and Helen Mirren bring a splashy fantasy vibe to the Bard. But science fiction and fantasy have been playing with Shakespeare forever. Here are the greatest Shakespeare homages and cover versions in SF. » 12/09/10 5:10pm 12/09/10 5:10pm

Jewel Staite meets an angel. Plus Colin Ferguson's dinosaurs and Young…

How can you get through television's Thanksgiving lull? We're here to help. There are half-kaiju, half-teenager rebels, walking dinosaur skeletons, a team of superhero sidekicks, and Jewel Staite romancing Flash Gordon. Plus Chuck, Walking Dead and Sanctuary. It'll be okay. » 11/22/10 9:00am 11/22/10 9:00am