King Homer collapses in the street in Treehouse of Horror III, The Simpsons.

Springfield Googolplex Ep. 17: King Kong with Dede Crimmins presents:
Springfield Googolplex
– The movie podcast for Simpsons fans.

Adam and Nate welcome film critic and horror expert Dede Crimmins to wrestle with King Kong (1933), a precursor to the modern blockbuster with a legacy as unbreakable as chrome steel. We talk about the full-length Simpsons parody “King Homer” from “Treehouse of Horror III” (S4E5), many other references to the movie throughout the series, and whether this special effects-driven love story between ape and woman holds up.

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Also in this episode:

  • Is King Kong a horror movie?
  • Dede’s Simpsons fandom from early animation festivals to the latest season
  • The surprising amount of runtime dedicated to dinosaurs in this movie
  • Why are the Simpsons writers so obsessed with putting a giant ape on Broadway?
  • Plus bonus content at

Next time, Adam and Nate slip on The Mask of Zorro (1998) and “E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)” (S11E5)!


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