On February 15, 2009, THE SIMPSONS began regular TV broadcasts of new episodes in High Definition.
This led to the recent release of The Simpsons: The Complete 20th Season – Blu-Ray Edition, the first Blu-Ray DVD release for that series. That set will be reviewed at this Blog in the near future.
It also brought about a change in the opening title sequence of the show. It is now more elaborate and features more characters… MANY more characters! The vast majority of them appear to the naked eye as little more than a BLUR… if that!
But, with the aid of single frame advance, while viewing my Simpsons Season 20 DVDs, I can now tell you just who - and what - we happen to be missing. At least I THINK I can…
As we pan over, from left to right – to the Simpsons garage where Homer is nearly run over just before the “couch gag”, we see:
The Duff Blimp, Mrs. Skinner, Principal Skinner, Superintendent Chalmers, Milhouse throwing ball to Nameless Black Kid, The Grave of Frank Grimes – with Ralph Wiggum playing with the sand of his plot, Groundskeeper Willie, The Pimpled Nerd Teen, Nameless White Kid, Mayor Quimby and Mistress, Martin Prince threatened by Jimbo, Dolph, and Kearney, Fellow in Black Leotards, Patty and Selma Bouvier, Cletus and Brandine with their Pig, Captain McAllester catching Blinky the Fish, “El Barto” Graffiti, Stately Montgomery Burns Manor, Mister Burns and Smithers, Flying Saucer with Aliens Kang and Kodos, Twin Stacks of the Nuclear Power Plant, Kent Brockman with Cameraman, Purple Girls Sherri and Terri, Krusty the Klown, The Bee Man, Tony the Italian Chef, Fat Tony the Gangster with two of his Hoods, Cops Eddie and Lou – with outlaw Snake taking Lou’s gun, Springfield Elementary School Bus, Li’l Gil (sickly looking kid), Dr. Hibbard, Duffman, Bart’s Girlfriend, Mr. Teeny (Krusty’s monkey), Sideshow Mel, God, The Devil, Rod and Todd Flanders!
Whew! ‘Nuff seen!