Snap Judgment: Ludacris' 'Simpsons' cameo

So the much-heralded 400th episode of The Simpsons aired last night, and the critical consensus seems to be that it was just fine, if inevitably an ever-so-slight letdown. But forget all that; the part of the show I was most looking forward to was Ludacris’ promised cameo as, er, a rapping toothpaste tube in a dental-hygiene video. (Dude’s last name, after all, is Bridges.) One of the rap game’s most consistently funny punchline artists plus the best cartoon of all time — how could it go wrong?

I ended up missing the episode last night — sorry, but I was just too busy biting my nails in anticipation of our latest brilliantly grim update on that other Sunday-night TV family. Thankfully, Luda’s part of the show has already turned up on good ol’ YouTube, albeit in a heinously grainy clip which appears to have been shot by one of those furtive in-theater cameramen who supply downtown NYC’s curbside bootleg vendors. So how was it? (Watch it below, then read PopWatch’s evaluation after the jump.)

Pretty great, for the most part. There’s no way the rapper actually wrote the super-simplistic rhymes he kicks here, but his fluoride-enhanced alter ego “Ludacrest” does battle cavities with the requisite sly swagger — “Hey, you lowlife degenerates! Stop illin’ with the fillin’!” — and I know I laughed when he shouted out his pride in the”Dirty, dirty mouth, y’all!” The show’s writers even get in a nice dig at the moral ambiguity which plagues much mainstream hip-hop: “This film is against tooth decay,” muses Lisa, “but it also kinda glamorizes it. Mixed signals!” Not bad at all for a minute-long diversion.

That said, I am left with one serious complaint: Why does “Ludacrest” bear so little visual resemblance to the real Ludacris?!?! Dude looks like a leftover sketch of Ike Turner with a buzz cut!

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  • Fellow-ette

    Lisa Simpson, a perennial voice of wisdom in our vacant age.

  • Brainiac

    I actually thought that the episode was very good, not a letdown at all!
    Was the episode that aired before it, the 24 parody, a repeat, or was it also new? That was pretty hilarious!
    The new Simpsons have been getting better since they brough Al Jean back. They were getting really bad for a while.

  • tuppy

    LOVED these episodes.
    “I’m sure that man has a special tooth problem.”
    “I don’t even have a special tooth problem! This is just a routine check-up! The bib is choking me!”

  • BJohnson

    I only really paid attention to the 24 episode of the Simpsons. Pretty dead on and loved that Mary Lyn R. could make a brief cameo with Kiefer. I’ve been hit or miss with the Simpsons. I’m hooked on Family Guy & American Dad right now. It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since I plopped down to watch them inbetween Tracey Ullman sketches.

  • Howard

    OK, I’m not a regular Simpsons fan, and I know that Greoning (sp?) is almost as liberal as the rest of Hollywood. But I find it interesting that he made was obviously a take on the Imus scandal the Conservatives fault, when it was the Liberal poster children ($harpton and Rev. Je$$e) who were screaming for Imus’ head first.
    OK, now that the political comment is out of the way; I laughed until my ribs hurt at the 24 parody, and the second half hour was almost as funny. If I didn’t have too many programs that I was watching already, I might start watching regularly.

  • Fatima

    Howard – There is NO way that the Simpsons last night was about Imus. The production for a regular Simpsons episode is a very long process. There is no way they could have made the episode in two months. South Park can do stuff like that because they have simple animation, but this episode was written months and months ago I assure you.

  • Reality Check

    To put this to bed Sharpton and Jessie were not the first ones to bring the Imus issue to a head, they are just the loudest. It was the president of the NABJ but I digress.
    And it takes around 9 months to produce a simpsons episode.

  • Chris

    I was more interested in the part where they said that since FOX generates so much of the tv that has to pay fines, it seems that the FCC is the vehicle through which FOX gives money to the Republican party.

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