There’s plenty to love about The Simpsons and The Simpsons Movie, and we’re not about to go into the long history of Star Wars-references that have peppered the show for the past 18 years (besides, you can read that list here). But for those who have not yet picked up The Simpsons Movie on DVD, or the inattentive who have, here are a couple of Star Wars gags you may have missed.
First off, the DVD comes with an insert (remember those?) that is a reproduction of an issue of The Springfield Shopper. The always topical Homer, who pens “Critic’s Corner,” finally gets around to reviewing a certain movie from 1977:
“…the movie started, and I was swept off of Earth to Tatooine, a distant planet that looks like New Mexico. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Star Wars, it’s a parody of Spaceballs.”
One of the most miss-able Star Wars references is in the film itself, and would have been easily overlooked if not called out in the animators’ audio commentary. At the end of picture, here’s what Rich Moore, sequence director, has to say:
“Carl back there if you notice is doing the Lando Calrissian acting at the end of Return of the Jedi at the Ewok celebration.”