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"The Simpsons" - An assessment

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GCSE Coursework-Media "The Simpsons" "The Simpsons" is an animated, American sitcom. It makes fun of the 'average' American family and the American way of life. In the opening sequence we see twelve separate places. There is an aerial view from the clouds descending into a long shot of town along the road to the school: then a medium shot zooms into the classroom, then we cut to the nuclear plant where we first see Homer in a medium shot. There is a cut to the supermarket where Marge and Maggie are, then to the music room where Lisa is. We cut to Homer in his car driving, and see Bart on his skateboard in the street, as the angle of the car move around the car then follows Bart. We cut to Maggie imitating Marge as she's driving. All the family, one by one, finally get home then rush to the couch. ...read more.

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In the title sequence we learn that Bart is the bad child and a 'daredevil' because he was writing lines on the board and dodging people through the street. Lisa is an independent person because she was playing her saxophone differently from the class. Homer is careless and clumsy because he gets a radioactive crystal stuck in his clothes and throws it out his car window when he was driving. Marge likes to have a routine and Maggie is a quick learner because she was copying her mother when she was driving. The cartoon genre allows "The Simpsons" to break the rules because anyone who is from the past, present or future, dead or alive, real or imaginary can make an appearance i.e. Elvis, God and George Washington all have made guest appearances. "The Simpsons" will never get old i.e. ...read more.

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In each episode the words, which Bart is writing changes and hints to what, that episode is about i.e. in an episode Bart, on the board, wrote 'the truth is out there' and the family on jetpacks flew to the couch. That episode was about Bart and Homer claiming to see an alien that glowed, which turns out to be Mr. Burns, Homer's boss, he was very sick and his medicine made him glow. When they all are rushing into the house, the way they get to the couch changes i.e. they have dived, danced, went to the wrong room, gone to the wrong show, ran, and flown on jetpacks. In the "Homer Badman" episode, the frame with Ashley Grant, feminist student shows the hypnotic effect of violent video games on young boys, since she used the game to bribed him to do what she asked. For the younger audience it is funny because Bart seems to be hypnotized and for the mature audience the humour is that a feminist would frown upon anything violent especially for young children. ...read more.

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