BEST NIGHT FOR FOX CARTOONS EVER!Yes, that's right, you heard me. Even though King of the Hill doesn't start until January.
What made it so damn special?
First, on The Simpsons, Homer's reading a Harry-Potter-with-the-names-changed-for-legal-reasons book to Lisa but he read the "Everyone dies" ending in advance and didn't like how it turned out so he made up his own ending, which included the Harry Potter stand-in girl and Homer-as-Dumbledore driving off in a red Ferrari F40. (Actually, by modern Simpsons' "Oh, how far we've fallen since the golden years over a decade ago" standards, this was an above-average episode, with a relatively not-that-far-fetched A-plot about Bart taking advantage of his new-found friendship with Nelson Muntz for protection, and a nice B-plot about Homer, who wasn't acting too stupid for a change, attempting to bond with Lisa, which is a subplot they've done many times before, but it's always welcome.)
Minutes later, on American Dad, we get to see Klaus the goldfish's fantasy about fleeing from assassins with Francine Smith by escaping to an underground lair, where they get in an orange Ferrari Testarossa to fight Mexican vampires.
So both episodes get perfect 10's from me for that completely superficial reason. The only way this evening could get any better would be if Family Guy could write in a Ferrari 288GTO somehow.
Speaking of Family Guy and Ferrari, I went to the The Source at Circuit City store (ex-Radio Shack Canada) at the Rideau Centre in downtown Ottawa the other weekend, and, evidently, Stewie Griffin has his eye on the same (radio-controlled) Ferrari F430 that I want for Christmas.
Though he can't take it away from me since he's trapped in that infernal plastic prison.
Which reminds me, I think that Pixar's Cars deserves to win the Best Animated Feature Oscar for many reasons, not the least of which is because we get to see a Ferrari F430 at the end. But now I'm facing a conundrum. I wasn't all that interested in La Femme Nikita director Luc Besson's first "animated" (actually, a CGI animation/live-action hybrid) feature film Arthur and the Invisibles (French title: Arthur et les Minimoys) since it looked to be too much like an unofficial remake of the 1980s DiC cartoon The Littles (which itself was a Franco-American co-production, with the animation done in Japan, obviously) starring Troll dolls. But, when I first saw the trailer in front of Happy Feet, I noticed that they show clips from one scene with mini-Arthur and two more of the "Invisibles"/"Minimoys" in what appears to be a miniature Ferrari 250 GTO, possibly the most iconic Ferrari of all time, with the Ferrari logo clearly visible on the hood, so now my loyalties are torn, since Arthur and the Invisibles is one of the 16 films on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' short list of eligible films for this year's Best Animated Feature Oscar, and, while I doubt AMPAS will nominate Arthur and the Invisibles (since it's getting too minimal a release too late in the year to make much of a dent in the Academy voters' consciousnesses, and also since Cars and Happy Feet have all the momentum, with the other one or three nomination berth(s), depending on whether or not the two extra berths are activated, likely to be given to films distributed by Sony (Monster House and/or Open Season) and/or Dreamworks (Over the Hedge and/or Flushed Away), in the unlikely event that it is nominated, will my love for the Prancing Horse logo make me root for it? Eh, no, even then, Cars still has the edge, since the Ferrari in Arthur and the Invisibles doesn't have a voice provided by none other than Michael Schumacher himself. Though I'll grant that some of those female "Invisibles" look kind of hot for characters that initially looked like Troll dolls to me.