Bart, Burns, Frink, and Godzilla

Deadly Movies Cameos | Nancy Cartwright in ‘Godzilla’ (1998)

Nancy Cartwright and Harry Shearer in 'Godzilla' (1998)

In 1996 Tri-Star and movie fans alike were getting very high on Roland Emmerich’s ‘Independence Day‘, so what better man to handle another SFX laden sci-fi disaster project that had been doing the rounds under the glorious title of  ‘All New American Godzilla!‘. By the end of July 1998 the high was over, the munchies abandoned on the theatre floor, and the downer had kicked in. Emmerich had delivered one of internet fandom’s first hate targets (in the illustrious company of ‘Batman and Robin‘). Almost everything in Emmerich’s ‘Godzilla‘ was hideously misjudged. Only a handful of people could walk away from ‘Godzilla‘ without some ounce of blame. Two such brave souls were ‘The Simpsons‘ veterans Harry Shearer and Hank Azaria who at least gave it a good go didn’t embarrass themselves (too much). Joining Shearer and Azaria for one of the films lighter and subtler in-jokes was the voice of Bart Simpson, Nancy Cartwright. Cartwright appears in a nice little cameo as a Network TV receptionist who witnesses the mighty Godzilla take a stroll by the lofty office window, while in the background  Shearer’s yappy news anchor bleats on about the lack of a decent lead story. Of course in typical Emmerich fashion one in-joke is never enough. Take a look over Nancy’s shoulder and you can see TV dinosaur ‘Barney’ on the screen in the background. You see he’s a dinosaur type thing and so is Godzilla (sort of), get it? GET IT!? In a movie where subtlety isn’t the order of the day, Nancy’s cameo at least gives your eyes a rest from all the rolling they’ve been doing.

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4 thoughts on “Bart, Burns, Frink, and Godzilla

  1. Deggsy says:

    I still wonder why so much bile is directed at this movie. It certainly has its problems but for me it remains watchable, unlike Independence Day. Of course, I said the same thing about Mystery Men, another Azaria movie. But it can’t be just him, since I hate the Simpsons. But yes, the in jokes varied from the sublime to the ridiculous, but then the same could be said for the Jurassic Park movies.

    • deadlymovies says:

      I’ll give you that the film has it moments. For one I love the opening credits and the first 30mins or so (footprints, attack on the tuna boat, and NYC coming ashore). But the middle section, I think, is pretty poor. Mainly down to the Audrey character and the overly long Madison SG sequence which needed 15 mins trimmed off. Still the Brooklyn Bridge (or was it the GW?) ending is pretty good.

      Also I was never completely sold on the burrowing beneath the streets idea. Like a giant rabbit!

  2. Mark Hodgson says:

    I’d rather watch Nancy Cartwright in TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE…

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