Since the first season, The Simpsons has harvested humor from movie parodies. The Simpsons was brilliant at spoofing classic and iconic movies and scenes, long before Family Guy came along, and in much more clever ways. Following is a list of my favorite movie parodies on The Simpsons.
Harry PotterHarry Potter is referenced casually and quickly with sight gags in several episodes of The Simpsons. My two favorite instances occur during season 21 in "Boy Meets Curl" and "The Bob Next Door." In "Boy Meets Curl," Moe and his patrons are watching Harry Potter and complimenting Harry's broomwork, but also commenting that he shouldn't be playing Quidditch as there are still four of the seven Horcruxes to be found. Then in "The Bob Next Door," Sideshow Bob describes his plot to kill Bart as "the greatest murder since Snape killed Dumbledore."
The Star Wars series of movies have been parodied mutilple times on The Simpsons. One of the earliest spoofs was when Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker himself, guest starred in "Mayored to the Mob" during season 10. He performed in a dinner theater version of Star Wars, singing "Luke, Be a Jedi Tonight" to the tune of "Luck Be a Lady Tonight" from Guys and Dolls. While Homer is fighting Mafia hit men, Luke advises him to "use the forks."
Another clever movie parody made by The Simpsons refers to The Godfather. The morning after chopping off the head of the Jebediah Springfield statue in "The Telltale Head," season 1, Bart wakes up with said head beside him in his bed, just like Jack Woltz in The Godfather.
In the season 5 episode "Boy-Scoutz N the Hood," Moe Syzlak and Hans Moleman have a knife fight on the street. Hans Moleman calls out, "You call that a knife? This is a knife!" and pulls a knife big enough to tip him over. This scene is a parody of the most famous scene from Crocodile Dundee where Crocodile Dundee is threatened by some muggers with a switchblade and says the same line. He then draws a huge Bowie Knife, scaring off the would-be attackers.
That same scene is parodied again in season 6 during "Bart vs. Australia." An Australian tells Bart, "You call that a knife? This is a knife," but shows Bart a spoon. Bart corrects corrects him and the Australian replies, "All right, all right. You win. I see you played knifey-spooney before."
Gone with the Wind
One of the movies referenced most often in The Simpsons is Gone with the Wind. In season 2, After Patty refuses Principal Skinner's marriage proposal in "Principal Charming," he channels Scarlett O'Hara, saying, "Oh, Springfield Elementary! I will have you back again. After all, tomorrow is another school day!".
Homer also imitates Scarlett in season 2 in "Brush with Greatness." After deciding it's time to begin seriously dieting, he states, "As God is my witness, I'll always be hungry again!"
Another Gone with the Wind reference is a sight gag in "Bart's Inner Child" during season 5. When Homer's trampoline endeavor takes a turn for the worse, the camera pans to show countless rows of injured children, just like the injured Civil War soldiers in the spoofed movie.
Another movie that has been parodied more than once on the The Simpsons is The Shining. In season 4's "Brother from the Same Planet," a mesmerized Milhouse writes "Trab pu kcip! Trab pu kcip!" on the wall when Homer forgets to pick up Bart after soccer practice, just like Danny writing "Redrum" in the movie. Even better, the entire episode of "Treehouse of Horror V" is a Simpsons version of the Stanley Kubrick horror masterpiece; the paranormal talent is called "The Shinning."
In season 3, The Simpsons parodies old-fashioned baseball film The Natural in "Saturdays of Thunder" (the title itself parodies Tom Cruise's movie Days of Thunder). When Bart looks into the grandstand, he sees that Homer has come to the baseball game to support him, similar to Robert Redford spotting Glenn Close. The theme from The Natural begins to play.
Mary Poppins, starring Julie Andrews, is a beloved and classic movie musical. The entire episode of The Simpsons "Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious" is a parody of that movie. Instead of Mary Poppins, we have Shary Bobbins. Instead of Bert as a one-man-band, we have Groundskeeper Willie. And although she has worked miracles in the Simpson household, Shary Bobbins flies away on her umbrella after realizing there is no hope for this family.