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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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