In late October, the world lost actress and comedienne Marcia Wallace. Wallace entered show business in the late '60s, racking up dozens of both live-action and voice over credits. Her most beloved role was easily that of sarcastic school teacher Edna Krabappel on the long-running animated institution known as 'The Simpsons.' Wallace played the character in nearly 200 of the show's 500 plus episodes, with her many love interests including Principal Skinner, Moe Szyslak, Ned Flanders, and even (unwittingly) Bart Simpson himself.
While Wallace's death has yet to be addressed onscreen (there are still several more previously recorded appearances by Mrs. K set to air later this season), 'The Simpsons' team saw fit to throw a quick, yet touching tribute to their deceased friend in the elaborate Christmas themed opening credits sequence that aired prior to Sunday night's episode. During the sequence (embedded below), Mrs. Krabappel is shown floating above the ground, complete with angel wings and a halo. Floating beside her is a likeness of late 'Simpsons' writer Don Payne, who also passed away recently.
For those not quick enough to get a good look, here's a still of the aforementioned moment:
Say what you want about the current iteration of 'The Simpsons,' but that was a really classy move. While the show, as always, must go on, Springfield won't be the same without Edna Krabappel, and TV certainly won't be the same without Marcia Wallace.
And "Anonymous" #2, that whole thing was crazy ignorant.
Message Posted On Dec 17th, 2013, 6:58 pm
Killing a cartoon character because the voice actor dies is stupid. What happens when Dan Castellaneta or Hank Azaria dies? Will the show be cancelled? They voice the most characters so I'm looking forward to the episode where Homer and half of springfield die when the nuke plant explodes. If other companies did this foolishness there would be no Buggs Bunny or Mickey Mouse (which might be a good thing.
Message Posted On Dec 17th, 2013, 12:23 pm
Christmas show sucked ass. I did enjoy how they poked fun at Global Warming. Too bad they didn't quote Gore on his iceless North Pole in five years, which had a five year anniversary a couple of days ago. Ice up 50% this year at the pole.