I’ve been on a pixelated kick lately, digging up examples of early internet GIFs, Video Toaster screencaps, Game Boy sprites and After Dark screensavers. One file I’ve copied from PowerMac G4 to current laptop is a folder full of Simpsons icons, compiled by a website so long dead its server host no longer exists. The icons are exhaustive, covering even the most obscure characters. Given the extreme gap in translation ability, they look to be the work of several hands and not a single artist. I actually like the ones that look like a 6th grader painstakingly put them together in MSPaint; their lack of shading, poor color choices and bizarre textures make them the folk art of the 90s.
Instead of flat orange/red, Bart’s shirt is Freddy Krueger-colored.
Here’s an example of the gap in ability I mentioned – two different ‘Bart from Treehouse of Horror III’ – note the use of shading, economy of space, and pleasing color scheme of the one on the right.
Possibly depicting Scratchy’s severed head instead of just a bust shot. I love the wall-eyes, gaped mouth and color scheme.
Grandpa Simpson wearing 90s style Matrix sunglasses.
Troy McClure weirdly squished with Bob’s Big Boy checkered hair.
Checkered Itchy; it looks like he has mousepox.
This Jimbo’s eyes and face are so wonky…there’s a decent Jimbo icon in the bunch, but this one’s more compelling.
When I said these were exhaustive, they really went to the outer limits of obscure characters. These range from ‘Potentially Recognizable’ to ‘Why Would Someone Have That As A Desktop Icon’?
Worker from the lone ‘Worker And Parasite’ cartoon replacing ‘Itchy And Scratchy’ on Krusty’s show.
The mutated laser-eyed squirrel from ‘Marge vs. The Monorail’
Spinal Tap’s Half Inflated Dark Lord
Bart The Raven from ‘Treehouse of Horror I’
Edward The Penitent: actually I might use this one as an icon. “I’m afraid ‘sorry’ doesn’t cut it with this Pope!”
Llewellyn Sinclair – another appearance of Jon Lovitz as the director of ‘Oh, Streetcar!’
Sideshow Luke Perry
Neil Patrick Harris as Bart in ‘Blood on the Blackboard: The Bart Simpson Story’
“You kids probably know me best as Sgt. Fatso Judson in ‘From Here To Eternity’!
Perennial kids’ favorite Garrison Keillor!
Then there’s icons with no basis in Simpsons canon whatsoever, like this Klingon Homer,
…or Mad Scientist Bart,
…or Old Bart, though Older Bart has been shown several times, including as male stripper ‘Bang Bang Bart’ and Supreme Court Justice Simpson.