If like me you've been collecting The Simpsons boxsets then, like me, you may be getting slightly frustrated at the slowness of their releases. Being that they're about to start the 21st season it's not like they're running out, we're only half way there man! But although it's averaging on a year long wait (hopefully season 13 will be out sooner than next september) it is worth the wait since the Simpsons gang dont short-change the DVD viewer.
Season 12 is one of the lesser regarded seasons by some, some reason that after the 11th/12th season the show looses a lot of it's original heart and becomes more cartoony and whacky but I diagree. Although zanier and whackier than older seasons season 12 still has some heartwarming stuff. In this season Krusty finds out he has a daughter, Homer comes closer to Lisa than ever before and Bart, Ralph, Milhouse and Nelson form a boyband.... OK, yeah this season is kind of crazy with killer dolphins and Homer getting kidnapped in Brazil but at this stage the Simpsons was still really good and funny. Other episodes include Bart and Milhouse being banned from the comic book store, the Simpsons get a tennis court in their back garden and Lisa finds a genetic reasoning behind bullies. One of my faves is in here to when Homer volunteers himself as a science guniea pig they find out that Homer's amazing idiocracy is caused by a crayon lodged in his brain, once taken out Homer is smart and bonds with Lisa like he never has.
The guest stars this season are of usual Simpsons quality, you've got some lame ducks like *NSYNC (in all fairness they were the hottest thing at that point no matter how lame I think they are!). But some of the guest stars are awesome including Michael Keaton, Frankie Muniz, Edward Norton and the frickin Who man, I mean come on, THE WHO! Joe Mantegna is back as the wonderful Fat Tony, Kelsey Grammer appears once more as Sideshow Bob, even tennis legends like Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and Venus Williams make an appearance!
Special features wise the Mr Groening and the gang dont let us down, As ever all 21 episodes come with a commentary track with the writers, directors animators and a couple of the actors pop along for the ride to (no surprises in Yeardley Smith). There's the usual Matt Groening intro, deleted scenes and animatics as are also standard by now in these series of DVDs. There are also 2 featurettes, one on the global dominance of The Simpsons (although they prefer the term Global Fanfest) and a clipfest of the very best Comic Book Guy zingers called Comic Book Guy: Best Moments Ever! (well worth a peep if like me you love Comic Book Guy for the sad sap he is!)
So the general consensus here is, enjoy the plentiful bounty of Simpsons Season 12 but you may have to savour it as it may be 10-12 months till Season 13 is released (by which time they'll be on season 22... most probably) but this boxset will tip the scale to 269 episodes so, although there's like 200 God knows how many more to come, there's a butt load there to keep Simpsons junkies from a-joansing!