History TakeThat / WesternAnimation

9th Sep '17 1:51:37 PM gophergiggles
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* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' fires one at the {{Media Watchdog}}s and MoralGuardians in ''Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate'' when Morty snaps at Summer for complaining about the violence in the tv shows:
--> '''Morty:''' Well, summer, maybe people that create things aren't concerned with your delicate sensibilities, you know? Maybe the species that communicate with each other through the filter of your comfort are less evolved than the ones that just communicate! Maybe your problems are your own to deal with, and maybe the public giving a shit about your feelings is a one-way ticket to extinction!
--> '''Rick:''' Geez, Morty. I take it Cathrine Hefflefinger hasn't texted you back yet.
7th Sep '17 11:01:06 PM louisXVI
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** In another episode, Buster creates a self-aggrandizing cartoon based around his own imaginary adventures. Describing the premise to his friends, Arthur notes that the show is supposed to be "edutainment," which causes everyone to recoil in disgust.
7th Sep '17 1:24:29 AM bfunc
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** "Saturday Morning Fun Pit" is one massive Take That to 70s and 80s cartoons by emphasizing all the aspects of them that most people forget about due to NostalgiaFilter such as Creator/HannaBarbera's decline in quality, mediocre writing and animation, shameless [[MerchandiseDriven merchandising]], and excessive {{Bowlderisation}} and censorship by MoralGuardians for violence and lack of educational value.

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** "Saturday Morning Fun Pit" is one massive Take That to 70s and 80s cartoons by emphasizing all the aspects of them that most people forget about due to NostalgiaFilter such as Creator/HannaBarbera's decline in quality, mediocre writing and animation, shameless [[MerchandiseDriven merchandising]], and excessive {{Bowlderisation}} {{Bowdlerisation}} and censorship by MoralGuardians for violence and lack of educational value.
28th Aug '17 7:38:42 AM ClintEastwood
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*** In one episode, a wanted police book in Italy cites [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Peter]] for "[[RecycledPremise plagiarismo]]" and [[WesternAnimation/AmericanDad Stan]] for "plagiarismo di plagiarismo".
*** In "Treehouse of Horror XIII", Peter Griffin can be seen in the middle of a crowd of thousands of cloned versions of Homer.
*** In "Missionary: Impossible", Betty White hosts a TV pledge drive, urging viewers to call right away "if you don't want to see crude, lowbrow programming disappear from the airwaves." As she says this, she turns off a TV that has the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' logo on it. Notably, this episode first aired at a time when FOX was first threatening to cancel ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' and critics have written the show off as a crude ''Simpsons'' knock-off with [[CutawayGag pointless jokes]] and BlackComedy which softens the Take That a little.
*** In "The Wandering Juvie", as Bart and a girl from the neighboring female juvenile delinquent facility exchange insults, Gina responds to Bart calling her a psycho and a future skank by calling him a "family guy."
** "Black Widower" takes swipe at ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'': "It's like they saw our lives and put it right up on screen!" In return, ''Dinosaurs'' had Earl commenting they've made one big successful show and now others are making cheap rip-offs of it. Baby Sinclair replies, "Don't have a cow, man," a regular catch phrase used by Bart Simpson.
** "The Last Temptation of Krust" references the trope itself, when guest star Creator/JaneaneGarofalo mocks Krusty's TV dinner jokes: "Take that, Swanson's!"
** In "They Saved Lisa's Brain", when Mensa makes improvements in Springfield, the city moves up to #299 on the list of America's 300 most livable cities. Comic Book Guy shouts: "Take that, East St. Louis!"
** In "Sweets and Sour Marge", Chief Wiggum tosses a few Butterfingers into a candy bonfire only to see them repelled unharmed: "Even the fire doesn't want them." Take That, soon to be ex-endorsement! Earlier in the episode Springfield is declared America's fattest city. Homer shouts, "In your face, Milwaukee!"
** In the DVD commentary tracks for the earlier seasons, the writers and producers of that time explain Take That as [[MindScrew a taunt to counter unnecessary cheap shots at innocent targets]].

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*** In one episode, "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS17E8TheItalianBob The Italian Bob]]", a wanted police book in Italy cites [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Peter]] for "[[RecycledPremise plagiarismo]]" and [[WesternAnimation/AmericanDad Stan]] for "plagiarismo di plagiarismo".
*** In "Treehouse "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E1TreehouseOfHorrorXIII Treehouse of Horror XIII", XIII]]", Peter Griffin can be seen in the middle of a crowd of thousands of cloned versions of Homer.
*** In "Missionary: Impossible", Betty White "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E15MissionaryImpossible Missionary: Impossible]]", Creator/BettyWhite hosts a TV pledge drive, urging viewers to call right away "if you don't want to see crude, lowbrow programming disappear from the airwaves." As she says this, she turns off a TV that has the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' logo on it. Notably, this episode first aired at a time when FOX was first threatening to cancel ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' and critics have written the show off as a crude ''Simpsons'' knock-off with [[CutawayGag pointless jokes]] and BlackComedy which softens the Take That a little.
*** In "The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS15E16TheWanderingJuvie The Wandering Juvie", Juvie]]", as Bart and a girl from the neighboring female juvenile delinquent facility exchange insults, Gina responds to Bart calling her a psycho and a future skank by calling him a "family guy."
** "Black Widower" "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E21BlackWidower Black Widower]]" takes swipe at ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'': "It's like they saw our lives and put it right up on screen!" In return, ''Dinosaurs'' had Earl commenting they've made one big successful show and now others are making cheap rip-offs of it. Baby Sinclair replies, "Don't have a cow, man," a regular catch phrase used by Bart Simpson.
** "The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E15TheLastTemptationOfKrust The Last Temptation of Krust" Krust]]" references the trope itself, when guest star Creator/JaneaneGarofalo mocks Krusty's TV dinner jokes: "Take that, Swanson's!"
** In "They "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E22TheySavedLisasBrain They Saved Lisa's Brain", Brain]]", when Mensa makes improvements in Springfield, the city moves up to #299 on the list of America's 300 most livable cities. Comic Book Guy shouts: "Take that, East St. Louis!"
** In "Sweets "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS13E8SweetsAndSourMarge Sweets and Sour Marge", Marge]]", Chief Wiggum tosses a few Butterfingers into a candy bonfire only to see them repelled unharmed: "Even the fire doesn't want them." Take That, soon to be ex-endorsement! Earlier in the episode Springfield is declared America's fattest city. Homer shouts, "In your face, Milwaukee!"
** In the DVD commentary DVDCommentary tracks for the earlier seasons, the writers and producers of that time explain Take That as [[MindScrew a taunt to counter unnecessary cheap shots at innocent targets]].



*** In one episode, Sherry or Terry states, "I'm so hungry, I could eat at Arby's!" The other children gasp in horror and sympathy.

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*** In one episode, "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E14DasBus Das Bus]]", Sherry or Terry states, "I'm so hungry, I could eat at Arby's!" The other children gasp in horror and sympathy.



*** In "Treehouse of Horror XVII" short "Married to the Blob", Homer eats a space-blob of goo that is trying to escape his body. Homer then proceeds to say "If I can keep down Arby's, I can keep down you!" After many ruthless escapes going as far as ''out his nostrils and ears''.
*** From season 8's "A Milhouse Divided":

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*** In "Treehouse "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS18E4TreehouseOfHorrorXVII Treehouse of Horror XVII" XVII]]" short "Married to the Blob", Homer eats a space-blob of goo that is trying to escape his body. Homer then proceeds to say "If I can keep down Arby's, I can keep down you!" After many ruthless escapes going as far as ''out his nostrils and ears''.
*** From season 8's "A "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E6AMilhouseDivided A Milhouse Divided":Divided]]":



** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has also taken a jab or two at Mountain Dew, the most memorable of which being from "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson."

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** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has also taken a jab or two at Mountain Dew, the most memorable of which being from "The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E1TheCityOfNewYorkVsHomerSimpson The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson."Simpson]]".



** In another episode, Homer and Bart were offered a drink. As soon as they started drinking it, the man offering it said it was bear urine, which causes Homer and Bart to pause. The man then says it was really Fresca, wherein Bart and Homer spit it out.

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** In another episode, "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E18DudeWheresMyRanch Dude, Where's My Ranch?]]", Homer and Bart were offered a drink. As soon as they started drinking it, the man offering it said it was bear urine, which causes Homer and Bart to pause. The man then says it was really Fresca, wherein Bart and Homer spit it out.



*** There's also "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E13TwoBadNeighbors Two Bad Neighbors]]'', where Bush senior moves into a house opposite the Simpsons. He gets to be the butt of nearly every joke.…while somehow providing one of the few sympathetic portrayals of Barbara Bush to be shown in an American sitcom. But only as a pastiche of Mrs. Wilson.
*** Completely and utterly averted in his first appearance, when after Lisa exposes a corrupt Senator's land deal (taking bribes to allow drilling for oil on top of Mount Rushmore), an emergency expulsion bill is sent to President Bush. He signs it, commenting "This ought to make my bosses happy... all 350 million of them!" [[note]] Referring to the American people[[/note]] This is probably the only time in ''Simpsons'' history that politics has NOT been used as fodder for a Take That. Of course this scene could be taken as satire, showing such an over-the-top positive view of American politics that it's easier to imagine as yet another Take That after all.

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*** There's also "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E13TwoBadNeighbors Two Bad Neighbors]]'', Neighbors]]", where Bush senior moves into a house opposite the Simpsons. He gets to be the butt of nearly every joke.…while somehow providing one of the few sympathetic portrayals of Barbara Bush to be shown in an American sitcom. But only as a pastiche of Mrs. Wilson.
*** Completely and utterly averted in [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E2MrLisaGoesToWashington his first appearance, appearance]], when after Lisa exposes a corrupt Senator's land deal (taking bribes to allow drilling for oil on top of Mount Rushmore), an emergency expulsion bill is sent to President Bush. He signs it, commenting "This ought to make my bosses happy... all 350 million of them!" [[note]] Referring to the American people[[/note]] This is probably the only time in ''Simpsons'' history that politics has NOT been used as fodder for a Take That. Of course this scene could be taken as satire, showing such an over-the-top positive view of American politics that it's easier to imagine as yet another Take That after all.



** There's a real good take that in "Homer Badman". If you pause the television when the apologies at the end of the episode are showing you can clearly see "If you're reading this you have no life" and [[SelfDeprecation "If you're writing this you really have no life"]]
** In one episode, Homer watches ''A Prairie Home Companion'' and starts shaking his TV screaming, "Be more funny!"

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** There's a real good take that in "Homer Badman"."[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E9HomerBadman Homer Badman]]". If you pause the television when the apologies at the end of the episode are showing you can clearly see "If you're reading this you have no life" and [[SelfDeprecation "If you're writing this you really have no life"]]
** In one episode, "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E6MargeOnTheLam Marge on the Lam]]", Homer watches ''A Prairie Home Companion'' ''Series/APrairieHomeCompanion'' and starts shaking his TV screaming, "Be more funny!"



** Another episode has [[Disney/TheLionKing Mufasa]] appearing in the clouds only to say to Lisa "You must avenge me Manga/{{Kimba|TheWhiteLion}}...I mean...Simba." An obvious stab at ''Disney/TheLionKing'' [[TheyCopiedItSoItSucks for coming out after the anime series]].
** "Treehouse of Horror XV" has Ned, after getting Literature/TheDeadZone-esque powers of predicting people's death by touch, commenting upon seeing that Rosie O'Donnell's musical being closed down that he "didn't need special powers to know that was coming!" an obvious take that on the quality of the musical. Also falls into HilariousInHindsight (or FunnyAneurysmMoment) when Rosie O'Donnell's revived talk show ends up being cancelled without even a series finale.

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** Another episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E22RoundSpringfield 'Round Springfield]]" has [[Disney/TheLionKing Mufasa]] appearing in the clouds only to say to Lisa "You must avenge me Manga/{{Kimba|TheWhiteLion}}...I mean...Simba." An obvious stab at ''Disney/TheLionKing'' [[TheyCopiedItSoItSucks for coming out after the anime series]].
** "Treehouse "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS16E1TreehouseOfHorrorXV Treehouse of Horror XV" XV]]" has Ned, after getting Literature/TheDeadZone-esque powers of predicting people's death by touch, commenting upon seeing that Rosie O'Donnell's musical being closed down that he "didn't need special powers to know that was coming!" an obvious take that on the quality of the musical. Also falls into HilariousInHindsight (or FunnyAneurysmMoment) when Rosie O'Donnell's revived talk show ends up being cancelled without even a series finale.



** In "The Mansion Family", Homer complains that he didn’t win anything at an awards show. When Lisa [[ContinuityNod reminds him]] [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E1HomersBarbershopQuartet he won a Grammy]], Homer says he meant an award worth winning. A disclaimer notes "Mr. Simpson's opinions does not reflect those of the producers, who don't consider the Grammy an award at all."
** In the "Treehouse of Horror XXIV" Creator/DrSeuss parody "Oh, the Places You'll D'oh!", when Homer's character [[Literature/TheCatInTheHat The Fat in the Hat]] is on the verge of death, he declares "I'm frightened of nothing, not even Hell's fires. Just don't let me ever [[Film/TheCatInTheHat be played by]] Creator/MikeMyers!"
** The writers were once [[ExecutiveMeddling "asked" to introduce a new character]] to liven up the show. The result was ''The Itchy And Scratchy And Poochie Show'': an episode which has a new character be introduced to the titular cat and mouse duo which utterly ruins the show and is [[TheScrappy universally despised]] by everyone except Homer [[CreatorsPet who voices him]]. Meanwhile, a character named Roy appears out of nowhere, is treated as if he was [[RememberTheNewGuy always a part of the Simpsons family]], and vanishes without a trace in the end. Lisa even ''bluntly'' points out the writer's stance on it:

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** In "The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E12TheMansionFamily The Mansion Family", Family]]", Homer complains that he didn’t win anything at an awards show. When Lisa [[ContinuityNod reminds him]] [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E1HomersBarbershopQuartet he won a Grammy]], Homer says he meant an award worth winning. A disclaimer notes "Mr. Simpson's opinions does not reflect those of the producers, who don't consider the Grammy an award at all."
** In the "Treehouse "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS15E1TreehouseOfHorrorXIV Treehouse of Horror XXIV" XIV]]" Creator/DrSeuss parody "Oh, the Places You'll D'oh!", when Homer's character [[Literature/TheCatInTheHat The Fat in the Hat]] is on the verge of death, he declares "I'm frightened of nothing, not even Hell's fires. Just don't let me ever [[Film/TheCatInTheHat be played by]] Creator/MikeMyers!"
** The writers were once [[ExecutiveMeddling "asked" to introduce a new character]] to liven up the show. The result was ''The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E14TheItchyAndScratchyAndPoochieShow The Itchy And & Scratchy And & Poochie Show'': Show]]": an episode which has a new character be introduced to the titular cat and mouse duo which utterly ruins the show and is [[TheScrappy universally despised]] by everyone except Homer [[CreatorsPet who voices him]]. Meanwhile, a character named Roy appears out of nowhere, is treated as if he was [[RememberTheNewGuy always a part of the Simpsons family]], and vanishes without a trace in the end. Lisa even ''bluntly'' points out the writer's stance on it:
8th Aug '17 5:03:01 PM Parkern1
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** And ''another'' had Quagmire abducting and seducing Marge Simpson, before being discovered by Homer and being forced to kill the entire Simpson family with a shotgun. Matt Groening was pissed off about that episode, to the point where he actually stopped speaking to Seth [=MacFarlane=] for a while. [=MacFarlane=] realized that he had probably gone too far and ultimately had to apologize. It didn't help that when Fox refused to air the sequence, Seth responded with a long rant on the DVD commentary for the episode where he said ''The Simpsons'' was awful and Fox was showing unfair favoritism toward it -- which is true, but the real reason Fox refused to air the bit is because it features Quagmire ''murdering kids'' (Bart, Lisa, and Maggie).

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** And ''another'' had Quagmire abducting and seducing Marge Simpson, before being discovered by Homer and being forced to kill the entire Simpson family with a shotgun. Matt Groening was pissed off about that episode, to the point where he actually stopped speaking to Seth [=MacFarlane=] for a while. [=MacFarlane=] realized that he had probably gone too far and ultimately had to apologize. It didn't help that when Fox refused to air the sequence, Seth responded with a long rant on the DVD commentary for the episode where he said ''The Simpsons'' was awful and Fox was showing unfair favoritism toward it -- which is true, it, but the real reason Fox actually refused to air the bit is because it features Quagmire ''murdering kids'' (Bart, Lisa, and Maggie).
16th Jul '17 9:27:52 AM gophergiggles
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** The writers were once [[ExecutiveMeddling "asked" to introduce a new character]] to liven up the show. The result was ''The Itchy And Scratchy And Poochie Show'': an episode which has a new character be introduced to the titular cat and mouse duo which utterly ruins the show and is [[TheScrappy universally despised]] by everyone except Homer [[CreatorsPet who voices him]]. Meanwhile, a character named Roy appears out of nowhere, is treated as if he was [[RememberTheNewGuy always a part of the Simpsons family]], and vanishes without a trace in the end. Lisa even ''bluntly'' points out the writer's stance on it:
--> '''Lisa:''' Adding a new character is often a desperate attempt to boost low ratings.
16th Jun '17 6:54:02 PM Andyroid
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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has Dipper watching a channel called [[Creator/TheHistoryChannel Used to be about History Channel]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': "Northwest Mansion Mystery" has Dipper watching a channel called "Ghost Harassers" on the "[[NetworkDecay Used To Be About]]
[[Creator/TheHistoryChannel Used to be about History Channel]].Channel]]".
6th Jun '17 10:28:17 AM luiz4200
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* ''WesternAnimation/EightHundredAndFiftyMeters'': One of the silhouettes that scare the knight in the foggy area looks like [[Series/{{Teletubbies}} one of the teletubbies]]. [[spoiler:It's eventually revealed it was a dragon that intentionally put on a disguise to look like that.]]
31st May '17 2:39:03 PM DukeTulpersn
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** One episode went at length to show that, due to tight money, Gumball's family could only afford the cheapest versions of products, like hamburger buns the size of doughnut holes and having to watch [[Creator/VideoBrinquedo The Little Panda Fighter]] [[ShoddyKnockoffProduct instead of a real movie.]]
10th May '17 3:16:22 PM moto12
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** In another episode, Freakzoid is interviewing a woman who saw something horrible. When Frekazoid asks her to be more specific, she says that it was like "having to watch ''Film/{{Waterworld}}'' for a month, which horrifies Freakazoid.

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** In another episode, Freakzoid is interviewing a woman who saw something horrible. When Frekazoid asks her to be more specific, she says that it was like "having to watch ''Film/{{Waterworld}}'' for a month, month," which horrifies Freakazoid.
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