Swag Showcase and finishing “Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart”

Before we get to the swag, let’s wrap up PABF09 “Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart”

  • Fantasy fans got a pleasant surprise with our homage to “Game of Thrones” in this week’s couch gag. The visuals were a spot-on parody of the opening sequence of the HBO series and the music, composed by Ramin Djawadi, was licensed and composer Alf Clausen & orchestrator Dell Hake collaborated on recreating the theme for our SIMPSONS episode. Once again they, along with Scoring Mixer Rick Riccio, combined their talents to make our 35-piece orchestra sound like a 70+ member symphony orchestra. If you can catch it “on-demand” on your cable or satellite system and can hear the audio in 5.1 Dolby Digital, then crank it up and enjoy!

  • The Swapper Jack’s store in Springfield is modeled after Trader Joe’s which has stores in about 35 states, so maybe a few of you out there (and very likely our international fans) might not have gotten the joke. But for those of us in SoCal who shop there often, it was very funny, especially the window signs as Homer & the kids walk up to the entrance – and that first shot of the interior of the store is EXACTLY like many TJ’s I’ve visited.

  • Another entry in this season’s music appreciation class: “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” by Paul Dukas was used during the scene of Bart & Milhouse spray-painting Bart’s “Dope” image all over Springfield. If you’re not familiar with this work just as a pice of music, you may remember it from the sequence in 1940’s “Fantasia” where Mickey Mouse played the apprentice. Also, we used the “Trout” Quintet by Franz Schubert for the first scene at the art gallery when Bart has his dream and his head blows up. A quintet from this era of music is usually made up of 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello and 1 piano. Interestingly, we used a section of the work that didn’t include the piano, so it was really only performed by a quartet.
  • The End Credits music was performed by Nick McKaig who has gained quite a bit of internet popularity with his videos featuring his a cappella singing of popular works. His rendition of our theme caught the eye of one of our producers and we used his version for the End Credits of this episode. Here is the full version from his YouTube channel. I used this track and had to edit it down to 40 seconds to fit our show.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, as if it isn’t enough that the show pays me a living wage to laugh and enjoy great music, Gracie Films has also presented me with numerous gifts over the years to celebrate milestones, season premiers, DVD releases, etc. Below are a few photos of some of my faves. In a future post, I’ll show you a few more. Thanks for all the positive feedback about the 500th episode and the blog.

Click on any photo for a closer look.


10 thoughts on “Swag Showcase and finishing “Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart”

  1. Hey Folks, I have the Itchy and scratchy convertible backpack/bag as seen above. It was given to me by one of the Klasky-Csupo animators when I was in college. I barely used it knowing its possible value. Wifey needs more space to I have to sell it. Anybody know where I can get the most cash for it ?

  2. I am a super collector and have most of those items including the ball and backpack and the vacuum, which was Hank Azaria’s. Love them all. But i would kill, well maim at least, for that poker set! It combines two of my favorite things. If you should want to part with it or know someone that would, I’d love to hear from you! And keep up the great work, truly enjoying your craft…

    -=- Glenn -=-

  3. Super sweet swag. That vacuum cleaner is one funny sucker, I’m still lauging

    The crew jacket is the #1 Simpsons memorabilia I would love to own some day. Just seems so iconic and part of the whole show/creation mythos. I also love how Mr Bergstrom wears one!

  4. I loved that episode. Biggest laugh: when Homer’s talking about getting the gift autographed, and Lisa says “By Lenny?”

    The Game of Thrones intro is exactly why I came here- to mention how much I enjoyed it. It was a really inspired homage.

    The Marge vacuum looks like an MST3K character.

    • When we first received the Marge vacuum, we kinda rolled our eyes and groaned … but now she’s a part of the family, everyone who sees her gets a kick out of her, and she’s a REALLY GOOD vacuum!

      Glad you enjoyed the “Game of Thrones” couch gag. It was great to hear that music up-close and live.

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