Monday, May 25, 2015

Best. Gift. Ever.

As of my birthday this year, I'm the proud owner of a piece of television history!
This is an animation cel from "The Simpsons'" first-ever "Treehouse of Horrors" segment, "Bad Dream House." The segment was written by John Swartzwelder and directed by Wes Archer.

Click here to see the scene where this cel was used.

If you find yourself not really caring, it's completely understandable. I get it. When all is said and done, the only thing that matters is the finished episode and your enjoyment of it.
But to me, it's almost unbelievable that I can possess this item, this thing that was an important piece of a classic episode of one of my all-time favorite TV shows. This is not a reproduction. An animator drew directly onto this cel. A colorist painted it. A camera took a picture of it -- of this exact thing -- and this is what I saw on TV all the way back when I was 10 years old! And again in reruns. And then again on DVD.

This one little cel -- just one element within one/twenty-fourth of one second of a TV show -- has been a part of my life for 25 years!

That's really cool to me.

A big THANK YOU goes out to Helby and my family for conspiring to get me this.

Click here to view the full episode (requires a cable subscription).

And here's Bart receiving a much less impressive "Itchy & Scratchy" cel: