The Simpsons – Equinox – tape 1337

Here’s a tape chock full of Simpsons episodes. First, Krusty Gets Busted, in which Krusty the clown is framed for armed robbery by his sidekick, Sideshow Bob.

Sideshow Bob

Next, Some Enchanted Evening, in which Homer and Marge go out for the evening, leaving the children in the care of a psychopath.

In Bart Gets an F, Bart gets an F.

Simpson and Delilah is the episode where Bart uses a hair growth formula, and suddenly becomes a go-getter. It contains one of my favourite Mr Burns lines, as he watches his workers on CCTV. “Morons. Pathetic Morons in my employ stealing my precious money.”

There’s Dead Putting Society where Homer plays Ned at crazy golf.

In Bart The Daredevil, the scene where Homer tries to jump a canyon on a skateboard is one of the best sustained gags the show has ever done.

Itchy & Scratchy & Marge sees Marge complaining about the violence in cartoons. But she’s then dismayed when other people want to ban Michelangelo’s David from Springfield Museum.

After this, recording switches to Equinox – Theme Park Heaven. It starts with a look at Disneyland, the pioneer of Theme Parks, and there’s some interesting footage from the launch, including Ronald Reagan (then an actor, of course) presenting.

This is a nice programme, talking to the people who design rollercoasters, who are just as nerdy about what they do as you’d want them to be. They’re working not just with the laws of physics and engineering, but also with psychology, of what makes a ride exciting or scary.

There’s nice look at Disneyland Paris (then Eurodisney). They obviously picked a great day to film there, as it’s all lovely blue skies. My experience of the park is that you certainly can’t rely on that.

Frontierland

There’s also a look at the Universal Studios Earthquake ride.

Earthquake

Special Effects legend Douglas Trumbull now works developing simulator rides, like the Back to the Future ride at Universal Studios.

Douglas Trumbull

There’s a look at the work being done by Evans & Sutherland, taking their military simulators, and applying them to civilian applications. The quality of their real time graphics seemed so impressive at the time, but today it looks ancient.

Evans and Sutherland real time graphics

Virtual Reality at this stage is not quite as advanced.

VR 1992

There’s some doomsaying about how addictive VR could be – nothing really changes.

I don’t believe this shot of Disneyland is entirely real.

Disneyland Moonrise

I wonder if anyone has kept any of the supporting material these programmes generated?

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After Equinox, the recording continues for a while, with the start of Evelyn Glennie in Concert.

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