Planet Simpson : How a Cartoon Masterpiece Documented an Era and Defined a Generation Paperback
by Chris Turner
Astute, funny, literate, politically and culturally aware; in this analysis of The Simpsons, Chris Turner, a provocative new writer, dissects the world's favourite TV show - its genesis, past, characters and influence.
Bart, Homer and Marge have entered the lexicon of iconic, global characters.
Bart has the highest recognition factor amongst kids in the UK & US, way above that of Harry Potter.
The British voted it their favourite TV programme ever.
The Archbishop of Canterbury called it 'one of the most subtle pieces of propaganda around in the cause of sense, humility and virtue.' Yet The Simpsons is thoroughly subversive and irreverent.
Bringing the savvy insight to The Simpsons that has been brought to publishing on global politics, the internet and the fast-food industry, Chris Turner looks at how teh programme is created and the unique two-way relationship of inspiration and influence it has with the real world.
From Marge and moral values to Lisa and the environment, from Homer and consumerism to Citizen Burns and corporate villainy - this is the first book to be written that is as intelligent, subversive, wide-ranging and funny as the show itself.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 480 pages
- Publisher: Ebury Publishing
- Publication Date: 04/08/2005
- Category: Comic book & cartoon art
- ISBN: 9780091903367
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Review by whirled
I've found some unpolished gems on the reminders table at my local bookstore - this was most definitely not one of them. Unauthorised and relying on stale secondary research, <i>Planet Simpson</i> offers nothing in the way of fresh insights. Chris Turner's "analysis" includes the fact that Homer Simpson represents voracious Western consumerism and white male privilege, Mr. Burns unchecked corporate greed and Lisa the aims and limitations of social activism. In other words, nothing that hasn't already occurred to any halfway serious <i>Simpsons</i> fan long ago. It is kinda fun to relive some favourite moments of the show, but Turner often rehashes the same scenes two or even three times. He also mistakenly assumes that reflections on his childhood in Kingston, Ontario or a Wilco concert he once attended (among other inanities) are of interest to complete strangers. Terminally self-indulgent.