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The Simpsons: The Complete Third Season (1991)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: (commentaries on all 24 episodes, plus hidden second commentaries on 4 episodes): Creator Matt Groening, producer Al Jean, actors Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner, Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith, executive producer James L. Brooks, writers/directors Wes Archer, Brad Bird, Rich Moore, David Silverman, Mike Reiss, Jim Reardon, Howard Gewirtz, Mark Kirkland, Jay Kogen, Jeff Martin, Ken Levine, Jeffrey Lynch, Jon Vitti, and Wally Wolodarsky Rating:7.5/10 (14 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by ryan on June 6th, 2004:Find all reviews by ryan
28 total commentaries for 24 episodes of junior year of the Simpsons. Some very behind-the-scenes aspects are talked to great extent. Highly recommendable.

Reviewed by Blunt on June 7th, 2004:Find all reviews by Blunt
Whilst it's admirable that very episode has a commentary, there are just too many participants. Some episodes have six people crammed into a room, all talking over each other. Something interesting will be raised by one but, more often than not, they'll be interrupted by someone else making a supposedly funny comment (usually an in-joke), which is then accompanied by gales of laughter from the others.

Obviously, over the course of 22 episodes, the odd gem of info can be found. But I still think this is the wrong way to record commentaries. Far better to spread the participants wider and more imaginatively across the set. It might even speed the releases up.

The sort of commentaries that are more fun for the participants than the listener.
Reviewed by Blunt on June 7th, 2004:Find all reviews by Blunt
Apologies - there are 24 episodes, as noted above, and not 22 as I stated in my review.
Reviewed by The_Phantom_Menace on September 21st, 2004:Find all reviews by The_Phantom_Menace
The third season adds cast members to several commentary tracks. Of them, Nancy Cartwright and Dan Castellaneta tend to be the most informative. Julie Kavner rarely says anything beyond how much she loved the show she happened to be commenting on (plus her real voice grates just as much as her Marge voice), and Yeardley Smith only makes one or two appearances. Still, it's informative and entertaining as always.
Reviewed by aph86 on August 29th, 2008:Find all reviews by aph86
Very enjoyable commentaries. Worth listening to if you're a big fan.
Reviewed by shadyx8 on September 3rd, 2010:Find all reviews by shadyx8
im amazed at how much detailed information the participants talk about considering they worked on the particular episodes over 10 years ago. Matt Groening, Al Jean, David Silverman and Mike Reiss are particulary interesting and give great insight on the censors, animation and what it was like working with the voice acters and writers. I enjoy listening to every single commentary track on every simpsons dvd.
Reviewed by Hungry Baz on July 20th, 2016:Find all reviews by Hungry Baz
Julie explains that for the voices of Patty and Selma, Matt Groening wanted them to sound the same.

Nancy's baby daughter did some of Maggie's cries.

Julie and Harry Shearer hated the softball episode. Jose was a bit tricky to work with.

Chris Guest was also a bit prickly as well.

They go into lengths about Michael Jackson and Aerosmith.

They also make fun of the plot holes that this season has.

Beverly D'Angelo wrote Lurlean Lumpkin's songs.

Homer talking in the cinema was based on what happened to Groening's friend.

Overall, the tracks are okay. There are moments of dead air and "Oh this is great", but with listening to if you're a fan.

Shame Harry Shearer and Pamela Hayden weren't in them. Pam could talk about the Milhouse/Samantha episode and Harry could talk about Spinal Tap crossing over with The Simpsons, as well as playing Stoner Otto.