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Simpsons debbie

  1. 1. The SimpsonsBy Debbie Marques
  2. 2. Programme follows a non linear narrativeCreates confusion over time and spaceFirst episode: December 17, 1989The Simpsons is the longest-running American sitcomThe Simpsons
  3. 3. Intertextuality refers to the way in which texts gain meaningthrough their referencing of other texts.Pastiche= closely imitates work of previous artistsParody= made to mock, comment or trivialise (irony)Homage= mixing and blurring of conventions, tributing quotesSatire= merciless and ridiculeINTERTEXTUALITY
  4. 4. The Simpsons itchy and scratchy is a simulation of the real world ofSpringfield making references to Tom and Jerry .Itchy and scratchy is a show lisa and bart usually watchMake relative references to Tom And Jerry by the fact the it is a catchasing a mouseINTERTEXTUALITYTom & jerry Itchy & scratchy
  5. 5. INTERTEXTUALITY IN ARTMona lisa Scream• Having a Mona Lisapainting in TheSimpsons.• Getting idea fromanother media text• Parody of the real artpiece.• Having homer in the paintinggetting idea from the scream• Getting idea from anothermedia text• Parody from the real paintingSimpsons version Simpsons version
  6. 6. TWILIGHTMaking references to film TwilightHaving characters from the filmHomage by using quotes and actions from the filmBased episode on film as a tributeINTERTEXTUALITY
  7. 7. HARLEM SHAKEViral videoThe Simpsons had their own version of Harlem ShakeUsing it in the program so audience can relate to itMake close references to real videoINTERTEXTUALITY
  8. 8. POPULAR CULTURELady gagaMake references to other celebritiesSuch as justin timberlake, justin bieber, lady gagaINTERTEXTUALITY
  9. 9. PSYCHOMaking references to film psycho shower sceneLisa hits homerBlood dripping onto the floorMusic is also the same as in the film sceneINTERTEXTUALITY
  10. 10. Hybridisation= Mixture of genresanimation, comedy, dramaEach episode usually has a mixture of genresAll these end up making an American sitcom such as The SimpsonsThis is then called bricolage as it is a mixture of conventions from manytypes of genre to make one new one (sitcom)HYBRIDISATION/ BRICOLAGEReligion and beliefs: night show
  11. 11. SELF REFLEXIVITYA B C C“oh don’t worryeverything will bealright by nextepisode”Lisa moans ofwearing samedressLisa: “the writershould beashamed ofthemeselves”Bart: “cartoonshave writers”• Programme points out to the audience that it is a media text.
  12. 12. BEFORE (1989) NOW15 writers come up with plots and ideasfor jokesWriters come up with plots and ideas forjokes1 or 2 writers are sent away to write outthe whole script for the episode1 or 2 writers are sent away to write outthe whole script for the episodeScript is then given a read through bythe voice artists, before making any finalalterations.Script is then given a read through bythe voice artists, before making any finalalterations.Episode recorded onto voice track andsent to animation teamEpisode recorded to voice track and sentto animation team in KoreaThe animators draw out story boardsand rough sketches for how the episodewill lookUsing ToonBoom create 3D effectsThese are then shot under a camera,pieced together and combined with hevoice track to give the writers anddirector a rough overview of the episodeAlready computerised and ready to putvoice records and music onto footage.How it is made
  13. 13. THE SCENES gaga in The Simpsonsinterview with her andproducer housecharacters onThe SimpsonsHow it firststarted
  14. 14. SIMILAR PRODUCTS• First episode: January 31, 1999• Animated sitcomSIMILARITIES DIFFERENCESAbout a nuclear family First aired during different erasSame kind of intertextualities Attract different audiencesSitcom Way jokes are portrayedMake fun of pop culture, government,and ethnic or religious backgrounds.Make reference from differentgenerations
  15. 15. SIMILARITIES DIFFERENCESportrays adults as clueless idiots with nocommon senseCharacters are 4 boys instead of nuclear familySame king of jokes are made (intertextualities) Different type of languageRevolves around families living in the suburbswhile constantly dealing with the problematicproblems.Attract different audience due to language andkind of jokes madeInclude fictional version of certain celebritiesthat interact with the main charactersMore modern, references from modern mediatexts and topicsSIMILAR PRODUCTS• First episode: August 13, 1997• Animated sitcom
  16. 16. LyotardChallenging meta narrativesExample : religion, nuclear Christian family and Lisa is Buddhist.Criticising religion : having Starbucks in church (episode)Rejects idea of set rules and happy endingDoesn’t like idea of happy endings therefore many episodes donot end in a happy way.THEORY /THEORISTS
  17. 17. JamesonSimpsons when first started was made because there was not manyprogrammes that kindGot famous for the originalityWas being made for artHowever now it is made for profitAccording to Jameson nowadays media texts are made just formoney and not for art.THEORY/ THEORISTS
  18. 18. DEBATESFOR AGAINSTIntertextuality Higher number ofpeople watching it.Audience may take itoffensively.Self reflexivity People will find it ironictherefore it becomesfunny.Audience may find itpointless the fact theyare giving up theillusion.Contemporary themes Audience can relate andtherefore find itinteresting.May blame theprogramme and say it ismocking contemporarysociety.
  19. 19. Not common to see programmes likethisTechnology was not as advanced inorder to be able to make manyanimationsParody could be taken in the wrongway and be highly criticised.Not as many postmoderncharacteristics were usedCOMAPRISON TO HISTORICAL TIMEPERIODSBEGUINING(1989)NOW (2013)• More programmes the samegenre• Intersexuality is more visible asthere are more programmes inwhich they can relate to.• Easy to identify postmodernismin the programme
  20. 20. FUTUREHOW WILL IT BE IN THE FUTURE ?• Similar style products will be invented• More genres will be combined together (hybridisation)• The audience will increase as more and more people are going to be able torelate to the Intertextualities.• Loose sense of originality as more copies are going to be made