For a show that has been around long enough to see some of its audience grow up, get a college degree and get married, we’ll give credit where it’s due: “The Simpsons” can still pull out a gem from time to time.
For the show’s 25th “Treehouse Of Horror” episode, the segment “A Clockwork Yellow” featured a pretty clever and extended riff on Stanley Kubrick‘s oeuvre. The story finds Moe leading a gang of droogs comprised of Homer, Carl and Lenny into an “Eyes Wide Shut“-like party, and from there “Full Metal Jacket,” “Barry Lyndon,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and obviously “A Clockwork Orange” get playfully ribbed. It’s executed with a clear affection for Kubrick’s films. And of course, as long time fans know, “The Simpsons” previously played on Kubrick’s “The Shining” with “The Shinning” from “Treehouse Of Horror V.” Not to mention the number of nods to Kubrick the show has featured throughout its run.