There’s something strangely accordion-like happening with Homer Simpson’s mouth when he whistles a tune from The Sound of Music. But beyond those few seconds of oddity, the site Next Movie has proven just how well (and thoroughly) The Simpsons has worked movie references into every half hour episode.
The site released two videos, each about 20 minutes long, breaking out every Simpsons clip—when we say “every,” we mean every one that they found, knowing there’s likely diehard fans out there who can spot a missed movie cameo or two—featuring movie references in the show’s first decade.
The first video, tackling seasons one through five, and the second, handling seasons six through 10, not only serves as a blast from the Simpsons’ past, but an entertaining look at how the show’s creators sometimes subtly— and sometimes with in-your-face obviousness—portrayed the big-screen in the small-screen world of Springfield.
According to the dedicated watchers at The Daily Beast, Stanley Kubrick films earn top billing on The Simpsons and some American classics, such as Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz, also get some multiple mentions through the first 10 years of television’s longest-running show.
With untold references awaiting archivists in seasons 11 and beyond, we may need to wait for Next Movie folks to reenergize or call upon other Simpsons’ fans to give us a full-show history.
From Searching for Bobby Fischer to It’s a Wonderful Life to countless Disney creations, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the first decade of The Simpsons was rife with parodies of movies that captured our culture, no matter the style or era. Of course, the countless Star Wars references make us wonder: Was that movie franchise really the most influential on all of American culture? It may well have been so in Springfield.