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“Moby or Not Moby”

ISHMAEL: Call me Ishmael.
YAKKO: Call me Ishtar.
WAKKO: Call me irresponsible.

Ishtar (1987) is one of the most infamous box-office flops of all time; Call Me Irresponsible is a 1962 song composed by Jimmy Van Heusen with lyrics by Sammy Cahn, originally written for either Judy Garland or Fred Astaire but first performed by Jackie Gleason in Papa’s Delicate Condition (1963), winning an Oscar for Best Original Song.

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“The Good, the Boo and the Ugly”

Tons of references to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), starting with the title:

  • The music playing throughout the segment is based on TGTBATU’s famous main theme, composed by Ennio Morricone
  • The film is the most famous example of the “Spaghetti Western” genre, so-called because they were traditional Westerns filmed in Italy
  • The two men in the saloon are caricatures of Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach, who played Angel Eyes (the Bad) and Tuco (the Ugly), respectively
  • Chicken Boo as “The Man with No Personality” parodies Clint Eastwood’s poncho-wearing Man with No Name, also known as Blondie (the Good)