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HOMER MAD! HOMER SMASH! GET REVENGE ON WORLD!
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After being inspired by a cartoonist during Career Day at Springfield Elementary, Bart creates an Internet cartoon based on Homer's anger problems called Angry Dad. Meanwhile, the Comic Book Guy has his hands full when Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee begins harassing him and scaring off his customers.

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  • Actually Pretty Funny: Homer can't help but laugh at the "Bart-Toon" moniker given to the Angry Dad shorts.
  • Actually, That's My Assistant: A truly pathetic example when Kirk speaks at career day.
    Kirk: How many of you have gone back to your car and found a flyer on the windshield?
    Nelson: [Visibly bored] Are you the guy that puts them there?
    Kirk: No, I'm his assistant. But one time, he was sick and he let me do it. ... I totally messed it up.
  • Adam Westing: Stan Lee voices a deranged version of himself.
    "He can't be the Hulk! I'm the Hulk!"
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  • Animation Bump: The scene where Hulk-Homer smashes a fence and roars features more detailed shading and animation than any other scene in the episode.
  • Anti-Role Model: Principal Skinner comes to view Geoff Jenkins as this for touting his laissez-faire attitude toward his education and his easy adult lifestyle.
  • Art Shift: The Angry Dad web cartoons are produced with digital ink-and-paint (to emulate the look of an online cartoon), while the rest of the episode uses traditional cel animation (save for one shot, see Off-Model below), and was the last full season of the series to do so.
  • Author Avatar: Bart creates a cartoon about his father, like how Matt Groening based the Simpsons on his own family.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor, Ink-Suit Actor, and Take That!: Bart's voice actor for the Angry Dad Internet cartoons is based on Dan Castellaneta (the voice actor best known for playing Homer Simpson), who gets the job for capturing the spirit of Angry Dad ("Whoo-hoo! When do I get paid?"), but won't be paid until 2012 ("D'oh!").
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  • Body Horror: When trying to suppress his anger, boils keep popping out of Homer's neck until a whole bunch of them spring up.
  • Bland-Name Product: Betterthantv.com is pretty obviously Newgrounds (back when they were more known for cartoons than games).
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick:
    Homer: I gave up anger forever. From now on, I'm into candles, soft music, and horse tranquilizer.
  • Bring It: Willie vs. Seamus.
    Seamus: I'll turn your groin to puddin'!
    Willie: Aw, you speak like a poet, but you punch like one, too!
  • Buffy Speak:
    Homer: I'm a rageaholic. I just can't live without rage-ahol!
  • Call-Back:
  • Cheek Copy: One of the employees at betterthantv.com is seen the background Xeroxing his butt.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Stan Lee, who refuses to leave Comic Book Guy's store, breaks a toy Batmobile by forcing a The Thing action figure in while honestly believing it's better that way, and genuinely thinks he can transform into the Incredible Hulk.
    Bart: Stan Lee came back?
    Comic Book Guy: Stan Lee never left. And I'm starting to think that his mind is no longer in mint condition.
  • Composite Character: Parodied. Bart claims Angry Dad to be a mix of three dads: his dad, Lisa's dad, and a little of Maggie's dad.
    Lisa: No, it's just Dad.
  • Epic Fail: Homer tries turning off the TV to avoid watching The Boring World of Niels Bohr with an ice cream sandwich (the ice cream squeezes out and onto the screen; Santa's Little Helper laps it up) and then Homer starts to wonder where the remote is.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Bin Laden in a Blender.
  • Follow the Leader: In-universe; after seeing Danger Dog, the Springfield Elementary students are inspired to create their own cartoon characters, including Danger Cat, Trouble Dog, and Danger Dude (who is a dog.)
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Homer's anger problems inspire Bart to create Angry Dad.
  • Halfway Plot Switch: This episode starts out about comic books, then becomes about web cartoons, although it eventually ties back together.
  • Hands Go Down: When the creator of the cartoon Danger Dog visits Springfield Elementary, the children are given the chance to ask questions:
    Geoff Jenkins: Any questions?
    Student: What state is Danger Dog set in?
    Geoff: Michigan.
    [All but Bart lower their hands]
  • Hulking Out:
    • "HOMER MAD! HOMER SMASH! GET REVENGE ON WORLD!"
    • Stan Lee tries to transform into the Hulk, claiming to have actually done it in the past.
    Stan Lee: He can't be the Hulk! I'm the Hulk! [Rips shirt] Mrrrroaarrr! Come on, damnit, change! Mmmmm!
    Comic Book Guy: Oh, please! You couldn't even change into Bill Bixby!
    Stan Lee: Mmmmm! Aw, forget it. Mm-mmmm! I really did it once!
    Comic Book Guy: [Walking Stan Lee back into the store] Yes, yes. I just wish you had the power to leave my store.
    Stan Lee: [Off-screen] Mmmmmh!
    Comic Book Guy: You almost had it there.
  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: Bart says he is his own toughest critic, but that his Danger Dog knockoff, Danger Dude (whose main character is nevertheless a dog), is genius.
  • The Internet Is for Porn: Thanks proximately to Angry Dad, betterthantv.com is the world's most popular website, excluding porn. Including porn, it's #10,000,000,000,000.
  • Kick the Dog: Homer randomly starts punching Snowball II and isn't even aware of it until Marge points it out.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • In the scene wherein Bart is inspired to create Angry Dad, Homer catches on fire (and apparently catches Medium Awareness temporarily) and says, "I hope no one's drawing this!"
    • As Bart becomes frustrated by Homer not losing his temper (thus denying Bart material for Angry Dad), he says, "Don't make me do a clip show", referring to the last episode, "Gump Roast", which has been, to date, the last Clip Show ever done on the show (and considered the worst one to most fans).
  • Magic Pants: Worn by Homer Mad and lampshaded by Bart.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Stan Lee evaluates Bart's first comic. He says it sets off his stinky sense.
  • Noodle Incident: Stan Lee apparently turned into the Hulk once, though, considering how crazy he acted in this episode, he probably imagined it.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The Danger Dog Easter Special has nothing to do with Easter.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite criticising Angry Dad, Lisa's still enthusiastic about the idea of a cameo in the cartoon.
  • Off-Model:
    • Lampshaded by Comic Book Guy who calls the Angry Dad character this in every frame, but still considers it worthy of being sold in his store.
    • When Bart critiques his Danger Dog ripoff comic, everything except for Bart becomes pixelated, which gets jarring when he picks up the comic.
    • Bart loses his lower torso for a few frames during Milhouse's "Looks like the bubble burst" line near the end.
    • Maggie's bow shifts from its usual blue, to red, then back to again during the scene at the hospital between cuts.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: Just before introducing Jenkins, Skinner announces that "in a gutless act of political correctness, Pizza Day will now be known as 'Italian-American Sauced Bread Day.'" This currently provides the trope's page quotation.
  • Punny Name: The Boring World of Niels Bohr.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Homer finally releases his suppressed anger when he falls into a kiddie pool filled with green paint.
  • Reality Ensues: Homer doesn't truly Hulk Out, he just gets really angry. And despite that, he's incapable of causing any significant property damage and is easily subdued by the police. Yet somehow according to Marge, Bart's prank caused $10,000,000 worth of damages.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Bart's latest attempt to drive Homer furious involved green paint and made Homer look like the Hulk.
    • The title is a reference to the 1967 Swedish arthouse film I Am Curious (Yellow).
    • Homer gets angry when one of his favourite shows gets replaced by a documentary about the famous Danish physicist Niels Bohr.
  • Show Within a Show: Angry Dad, When Dinosaurs Get Drunk, The Boring World of Niels Bohr, and Danger Dog.
  • Stalker with a Crush: The Comic Book Guy is this towards Lynda Carter:
    Comic Book Guy: The restraining order says "No-no", but her eyes say "Yes-yes".
  • Take That!
    • To the popular dot-com bubble burst of the late 1990s-early 2000s.
    • Apparently, Danger Dog's mortal enemy is Molly Ringworm.
    • When Bart is trying to come up with ideas for a cartoon, Marge suggests he rips off Little Dot because nobody will know or care.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: Stan Lee doesn't seem to leave the comic book store.
    Bart: Stan Lee came back?
    Comic Book Guy: Stan Lee never left. And I'm starting to think his mind is no longer in mint condition.
  • Violent Glaswegian: Willie's enemy, Seamus, is one of the school's speakers. Upon being let go, Seamus blames Willie and gets into a fistfight with him.
  • We Were Rehearsing a Play: When Marge and Lisa walk in on Homer strangling Bart for making Angry Dad about him, he hastily explains, "We're just rehearsing for Angry Dad: The Motion Picture."
  • What You Are in the Dark: When Marge suggests Bart rips off Little Dot because nobody will know or care, Bart says he will know.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Lampshaded. When the creator of the cartoon Danger Dog visits Springfield Elementary, the children are given the chance to ask questions. Hundreds of hands go up. The first question is "What state is Danger Dog set in?" "Michigan." All but Bart's immediately goes down again.
  • You Monster!: Homer yells this at Bart before strangling him from finding out he created Angry Dad.

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