Thursday, June 01, 2006

Bantha on Board



Star Wars (1995 "Faces" VHS).


Songs in the Key of Springfield, the first in a series of two albums compiling the best musical moments from animated juggernaut "The Simpsons." This one includes the Stonecutter's anthem, Tony Bennett's "Capitol City," the monorail song, "Baby on Board," Oh, Streetcar! and Stop the Planet of the Apes in their entirety, and more versions of the "Simpsons" end credits theme than you can shake a stick at.


- The phrase "eyes so bright" in "Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart?" coincides with a closeup of C-3PO, whose eyes are glowing bright yellow.

- During Lisa's conversation with the deceased Bleeding Gums Murphy, various incarnations of James Earl Jones characters show up and offer their advice; Darth Vader is onscreen when Mufasa says, "you must avenge my death, Kimba - I mean, Simba!" and when Jones himself says, "This is CNN" (ironically, Vader is not onscreen when the Darth Vader on the CD says, "Luke, I am your father!").

- Someone says, "Whatsamattah, honey? You lost?" during Oh, Streetcar! as C-3PO is seen wandering through the Tatooine desert, obviously lost.

- The line "fight, fight, fight" in "The Itchy & Scratchy Show" theme coincides with a shot of C-3PO hitting R2-D2 inside the sandcrawler.

- The maudlin "Hill Street Blues" version of the end credits theme starts when Luke gets up from the table and walks out to stare longingly at the Tatooine suns.

- The line "Uh oh, something's wrong" during Homer's peanut dialogue coincides with Luke staring at the abandoned Banthas through his binoculars; seconds later, the Tusken Raider pops up right as Homer gasps and yells, "Moving!"

- Milhouse's groans during the Squishy bender coincide with Luke coming to after the Tusken Raider attack.

- The camera is on Luke when the line "you're the pick of the litter!" is heard right before "See My Vest."

- The cantina band sways in time with the monorail song (it kind of looks like they're playing it, too).

- Han Solo and Chewbacca get up from the cantina table as Reverend Lovejoy asks his congregation to "please rise" before "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida."


I can't believe Darth Vader wasn't onscreen when Darth Vader was talking on the CD. Oh, cruel irony! Why must you mock me like a fifth grader mocks a kindergartener? The pain is unbearable!


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