Where Did THAT Come From – 2015 Holiday Randomness

So… it’s fair to say that the 2015 TSTO Holiday Event was a smorgasbord of goodness that could be added into our beloved towns.  The kind of additions that inevitably will lead to tappers calling for more land (although somehow I still have plenty).  Of course, not everything comes from the show and sometimes items are original.  But how original are they?  This is precisely what I sought to find out with the following items.  Fair warning… this post is a bit of a Wookiee ramble but you might be interested in the origin stuff my random ADHD-ness discovered.  (Also possibly discovered a squirrel or too lol.)

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SO this whole post begins with a search for the ski chalet.  It looks so familiar to me (Note: this happens sometimes more than I’d like and I can get quite goofy trying to find some things that elude me and Bunny’s knowledge).  I must admit I looked all over for the ski chalet. I first checked out “Little Big Mom” (S11:E10) because that’s the most well-known skiing episode but other than the beauty of Flanders feeling like he’s wearing nothing at all… the ski retreat our favorite family goes to looks different than the blue one we could craft.

Ski Chalet Little Big Mom Simpsons

I then decided to head to “Mountain of Madness” (S8:E12). No ski retreats in this episode but I did actually find a ski lift that looks more like the item that came with Stupid Sexy Flanders than the one I referenced in my original WDTCF about Flanders snowsuit. When Marge can’t find Bart and Lisa in the Mt. Useful Visitors Center, the park ranger takes her to the chairlift for “an eagle eye view of the area below the chair lift”.

Mt Useful Ski Lift Simpsons

Of course, I wasn’t prepared to give up on the ski chalet so I looked one more time in “Double, Double, Boy in Trouble” (S20:E3) when our favorite family went to Aspen. This possibility occurred to me after I’d taken a break to write up other origin posts. Of course the ski lodge in this episode looks different too but I do love Homer rolling down the black diamond ski trail in a giant snowball with Bart.

Aspen Ski Lodge Simpsons

It’s little moments like this that get my creative juices working in a different way. The ski chalet definitely looks like a Swiss home IMHO but for now, I’m done looking for it.  Odds are if it exists, I’ll find it next round of origin posts when it’s too late, write myself a note and never get back to it. Jebus knows the file I use for all my post ideas/info is currently 13 pages long. Of course, all this gallivanting around episodes for origins (don’t get me wrong, I love and enjoy watching the Best. Show. Ever. whenever possible) got me wondering if it’d be fun to point out some possible origin ideas for different item from the 2015 TSTO Holiday Event. I decided it could be a neat post so I went ahead with it. There’s a few different things I think bear striking similarities to new items.

I mentioned Homer in a giant snowball in the Aspen episode and that got me thinking about the giant snowman from Act One. While it didn’t ring any bells for this walking carpet, I had fun building it. I especially like it with the scaffolding showing. Of course, when I first saw the load screen and started building the snowman, the first thing I thought of was a different giant pile of snow from “White Christmas Blues” (S25:E8). When Springfield ends up as the only town in the U.S. with snow, normal snowman making happens.

White Christmas Blues Snowman Simpsons

RIght after this is seen, Mayor Quimby happens across Wiggum who bent down to pick up a piece of candy and rolled down a hill. “You always think it’s the other guy that’ll turn into a giant snowball, never you. Have you seen Lou?” “There’s snow (breath)… in my lungs (breath).” “A lot of attitude in that hand Lou… a lot of attitude.” A few different items from this episode made it into our games so I wonder if Wiggum’s snowball might have inspired a designer or two?

Wiggum and Lou stuck in a giant snowball Simpsons

That pile of snow would definitely make a great base for the giant one we have now. I’m probably one of the only people who thought of Lou trapped forever while it was being built. But what about the giant snowman? In the TV Series, there’s the Simpsons snowpeople and the Fever Cabin Snowmen we’ve discussed in previous origin posts. Maybe this one is just plainly the Best. Snowman. Ever. to parody Comic Book Guy? I guess if I was voting for best snowmen ever though, I’d have to pick the two from “Mr. Plow” (S4:E9). Any Raiders of the Lost Ark reference is gonna win my vote hands down. Why do I really want the giant one to melt just like this come TSTO Spring?

Indiana Jones Snowmen Simpsons

I bet there’s a bunch of folks ready for the snow melt in TSTO too. Next up… an easy one… Uncle Moe’s Exotic Petting Zoo from Act II of the event. While this one is a unique item, anyone who has seen “Bart Sells His Soul” (S7:E4) would recognize this particular brand of Moe goodness. Seems Moe is one bartender who knows when a brand works. Even when the Zoo was vandalized by Cletus, it had a callback to that episode. I just wish the vandalized versions were options for each one.

Exotic Petting Zoo Vandalized

Simpsons Aw, jeez. And you got the stink lines and everything

While I didn’t even bother with watching the show for the Fortress of Lonelitude, hopefully there are enough geeks here to realize this is a parody of Superman’s icy refuge, the Fortress of Solitude.  I chose to show an image from the 2006 Infinite Crisis comic book series and one from Smallville which was one of my guilty pleasures for a long time.

Fortress of Solitude

My geek flag was flying high when I first saw this. Superman is my oldest kiddo’s favorite. Of course, lest we forget, we learned in “My Big Fat Geek Wedding” (S15:E17) that CBG has a Superman tattoo on his buttock.  Now he just has a fortress to rest said buttock on when he’s in your game.

Comic Book Guy's Superman tattoo Simpsons

But that’s not the only fancy ice structure this event brought us. What about the fancy igloo? Honestly, I have no clue but I did laugh when my brain pan remembered this little piece of Simpsons funniness from “Adventures in Baby-Getting” (S24:E3). Remember The Nook of the North, an Ice Place to Visit? It’s right across the street from the Museum of Christmas Ornaments on Historic Route 33. I crafted a couple igloos and am presently pretending it is this place lol.  For the record, this is the second holiday event I’ve wanted that museum and not gotten it.  Maybe next year.

The Nook of the North Museum of Christmas Tree Ornaments Simpsons

Coincidence that this motel happens to be in an episode with a Christmas item… I think not. Sure it’s not as fancy but igloos are hard to come by in this show. Bonus: The igloo motel is also a great place to mistake your husband for a stuffed walrus.  C’mon Marge… you really think Homer lost weight?

Igloo Motel Marge kisses a Walrus

I guess I should point out there are igloos among the robotic kiddos of The Little Land of Duff in “Selma’s Choice” (S4:E13).  These aren’t fancy either and I’d have forgotten them if I wasn’t working on more than one post at the same time.

Igloo Little Land of Duff Simpsons

Last up… R.O.S.A aka the Robotic Offspring-Sitting Automaton. While I read through different forums that she was original, I figured this must come from the Jetson parody in “My Fare Lady” (S26:E14). Of course, there’s no Rosie in the segment but Bender and some other robots showed up. I think the mommy robot on the left looks like Rosie.

Jetsons Parody The Simpsons

I guess you could count seeing Rosie from The Jetsons in “Replaceable You” (S23:E4) if you wanted. A clip of the show is seen when Frink and the nerds reprogram the Robopets to escape jail. “Mr. J., if I don’t get my green card, they’re gonna turn me into a washing machine.”

Jetsons Parody The Simpsons 2

The true origin is the new cut scene that came with he appearance. So that’s really it my friends. Just some random thoughts from me about some of the different items in the Holiday Event that I didn’t cover as Where Did THAT Come Froms for what should be obvious reasons. I will say, if any of you know origins for any of this, please chime in. While I do have a vast knowledge of this silly cartoon which I adore, I am by no means perfect. Trust me when I say all this origin nonsense is a labor of love. I sincerely hope you enjoyed the event despite any hiccups or issues. I really thought it was swell. Stay classy and much love from the fuzzball.

TTFN… Wookiee out!

34 thoughts on “Where Did THAT Come From – 2015 Holiday Randomness

  1. So these people who control the program, they must not live in the Midwest. If they did, they would know that winter isn’t over. Lol

    1. LOL, Winter only just started in Belgium, we could walk outside in only a sweater until two weeks ago (extremely unusual) 🙂

  2. 10:15am PST,
    The Update is Here!
    Drat, and I was only 1700 pacifiers away from more donuts
    LOL

    Off to investigate what good stuff we have received.

  3. So this should have been titled “Where Didn’t that Come from” :p

    There are two posts I’m looking foward to now. 1. hopefully on or before the 23rd of This Year :p and 2. A discussion about the R.O.S.A, Cut Scene … Ok, yeah, there are others. Chinese New Year, and other EA plead posts 🙂

  4. Also, why is it on find Maggie I can’t make her found. I clicked for 30 seconds and nothing, then it timed out.

  5. Not sure if my replies are showing. Those who want to know about the petting zoo and fortress of lonlitude, if you click on them you will see the various stages.

  6. I want that museum too! Not sure if you found the true origin of the Mountain Lodge (sorry, too lazy to open a new window, etc. while typing this), but if not, the ski chalets in the images on this post resemble that a bit more closely – and frankly, more accurately to what you would expect to see in a North American ski resort anyway. I like the small ones though. I lined up three of them side by side, similar to rental townhouses in a ski resort area, and then the Mountain Lodge is a bit above them in the corner of the mountains with a view. I also have the hot squishee and chocolate shop, etc. like a little pedestrian village you would find at the base of a major mountain. It looks very authentic to me, although a bit ‘incomplete’ because I’ve intentionally left some space for future offerings. It’s all patterned mostly after Mt. Tremblant, Quebec (Canada) and a bit off Whistler, BC (also Canada). Love this post Wookiee!!

  7. Did anyone notice that the robot is in the city hall list and says Waiting for something to do? Maybe that means the robot will get a task list in the future.

  8. As a reminder of the Christmas 2015 event my Fortress of Lonelitude still has the green slime on it. Was that supposed to go away?

    1. Same here. My zoo, moonshine shack, FOL, and reindeer truck are all still stuck in vandalized mode. But only in one of my towns.

  9. The fact that you couldn’t find the ski chalet almost makes me want to take the day off from work and fast forward through “every episode ever” (thanks, FXNow!) to find it. I love a challenge! 😉

    1. Speaking of a challenge and the ski chalets…. Last night I thought I’d finally take the four chalets I crafted out of storage and create the little resort I wanted near the big ski lodge thing we got from Springfield Heights (?), but those chalets are way too big and out of scale! Very disappointed – not sure where I’m going to put them now….

      1. My ski resort village / North pole area is all at the top right of my town. The Lodge is at the (almost far right, with the best view) and I have 3 smaller chalets lined up to the left of it, directly against the mountains – the ski lift is just a bit further to the left. It looks great. I”m very happy with it. I also have a bunch of little shops, outdoor fire, etc. below those items to create a little pedestrian village, which is fairly authentic to what you would find at a major North American ski resort,

        1. Can you post a pic. That sounds great. I have something similar but simpler. I put a pic on the Flickr group. 🙂

        2. The chalets I have are taller than the mountain lodge!

          Your ski resort sounds really cool, though. Too bad we’re not neighbors (or are we?)…

            1. Is your Origin ID the same as your handle here? If not, let me know what your Origina ID is and send me an invitation and, the next time I have someone to “prune,” I’ll be happy to accept your invite! (I always prioritize folks I “know” from here over “strangers.”)

              I suspect I’ll have a better idea whether any of my neighbors have stopped playing once I update.

          1. Unfortunatey, with my small phone, I grabbed a few shots while the snow was still on the ground, but I don’t have everything in one view, and I’m honestly too lazy to learn how to stitch. I’ll try and find time this week to check out the flickr thing and post them – at least people can get some idea what the whole looks like.

      1. “Various stages of the build” is not the same as the vandalized view. Unfortunately, there’s no option to bring that back (at least that I’ve seen).

  10. That was great Wookie. “the Olde Chocolate Shoppe” comes from the episode where the Germans purchase the power plant and they tell Homer that they come from the land of chocolate.

    I always thought LOC was the background music for visiting neighbors but it’s not, what is the origin for that music? I thought it might be flushing meadows too.

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