"Angry Dad: The Movie"
- For the film this episode is based around see Angry Dad: The Movie (film)
- "Angry Dad is nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Short? I'm going to the Oscars! Not as a seat filler!"
|"Angry Dad: The Movie"
"Angry Dad: The Movie" is the fourteenth episode of Season 22.
Homer and Bart win an Oscar for their animated short film titled "Angry Dad: The Movie".
Bart is left home alone after the rest of the family go out for frozen yogurt at Pinkbeardy Yogurt. After watching an episode of Itchy and Scratchy named "The Great Brawl of China", Bart gets bored and ties his skateboard to the ceiling fan by a long rope and takes the rope through the house. He then turns the fan on and it drags him through the house, destroying a lot of furniture in the process.
When the family return home, they find the house in a wreck and are angry. Homer tells Bart that he will not get his frozen yogurt but Marge tells him that Homer ate it in the car. They are then interrupted by the doorbell going off. The door is answered by Herman Melwood who tells them that he wants to make Angry Dad into a movie. He then introduces himself as owner of the company that make the Aerochair.
He tells the family that the company that owned Angry Dad, BetterThanTV.com, ordered a lot of their chairs but were unable to pay for them. Therefore, he repossessed the only thing they had, the online shows. This included Space Penis, Geena Davis Internet Project 1999, John Stankworth, Fart Detective and The Adventures of Parody Man. However, Angry Dad was the only one they were interested in.
In the animation studio, they find out that the original voice of Angry Dad, Dan Castellaneta, lost his voice after screaming and shouting after finding out he wasn't going to get paid. Bart then asks Homer to become the new voice of Angry Dad and he accepts. Homer doesn't turn up for table reading of the script and was lazy in recording the movie. When they first show the movie, people hate it, boo it and someone starts shouting "turn it off, turn it off". It was then suggested that Bart cut the movie down to a short film, which he does.
Luigi Risotto comes round the Simpsons house to tell them that Angry Dad: The Movie was being nominated for a Golden Globe. The Simpsons go to the awards ceremony where Bart and Lisa meet Mixar who realizes that they are the competition and tells them that they've got an enemy. Russell Brand announces the award for best animated short film and Angry Dad wins, beating Condiments, The Brothers of Boeville and Saakashvili Spring. Bart gets up to claim the award but Homer gets there first and claims it. Bart is shocked by this.
Meanwhile at the Golden Globe awards, Ricky Gervais goes up to a barman and tips him when his back is turned. The barman insists that the $10 tip was already there though. Gervais, now annoyed, takes the tip back when he turns his back again.
They then go to the Children's Choice Awards, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Playboy Mansion and Kennedy Center Honors, all of which Homer hijacks from Bart. This leaves Bart angry at Homer and when he finds out that Angry Dad has been nominated for an Oscar, he doesn't tell Homer but instead gives him a list of places to go in Los Angeles, including the Watts Towers. Homer plinks the towers, causing them all to wobble. A car then pulls up and DJ Kwanzaa tells them not to do that before another person realizes that Homer is Angry Dad and asks him why he isn't at the Oscars. Rolling 80 the give them a lift to the Oscars.
Halle Berry announces the award for best animated short film here. After watching a clip of Condiments, Lisa wishes Nick Park good luck and shakes his hand, taking it off. Park reveals that he is more clay than man now. Angry Dad: The Movie wins another award here, beating Condiments and Willis & Crumble in Better Gnomes and Gardens. Bart goes up to make a speech and stops, realizing that he isn't the only person who helped make the movie. He then gives everyone credit and cuts up the award into bits, giving each bit to the crew. He then asks if they can get another award but Homer says that eBay are full of them. Maggie is then seen sucking on one.
As the credits roll, Ricky Gervais becomes all emotional around who he thinks is Sir Ridley Scott but is actually just a seat filler. After he finds out, he breaks the emotional character and asks him why he didn't tell him this before.
Executive producer Al Jean said it is "a bit of a satire of the different Oscar acceptances where two people clearly race to the stage to get there first, and Homer and Bart are fighting to be the one that accepts."
Guest voices include Halle Berry, Ricky Gervais, Russell Brand, Nick Park and J. B. Smoove.
The episode was viewed by an estimated 6.35 million households, with a 2.8 Nielsen rating and 8% share of the audience among adults between the ages of 18 and 49. This marked a slight rise in ratings from last week's episode, "The Blue and the Gray".
"Angry Dad: The Movie" garnered positive reviews from TV critics and fans alike, with the "visual gags" being highly praised. TV Squad praised the episode's use of Hollywood references going on to say "that's what good episodes of The Simpsons are made of.". Gervais's performance was also well-received, calling his two monologues "classic". The A.V. Club' enjoyed the multiple references layered in the episode commenting that they saved the episode from being "mediocre". Despite this, the plot was heavily criticized, with many commenting that it did not come "from the heart of the show". Entertainment Weekly also liked the short films competing against "Angry Dad" calling them "the truly amusing stuff"
The episode is nominated for an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Animated Program (for programming one hour or less)"