The Simpsons Episode “Saturdays of Thunder”, “Ben Hur” and Two Films I Can’t Identify

by Joey deVilla on September 25, 2007

Update: Some quick notes…

  • I didn’t compile or make these images; I found ’em, thought they were neat and posted them for everyone to see.
  • You can find more images like this at Actualidad Simpson.

The Simpsons episode with the soap box derby — Saturdays of Thunder — refers to a number of movies, starting with the title’s reference to Days of Thunder. In the stills I have, I recognize the Ben Hur references in the last two shots, but I don’t know what the other two films are. If you know, let me know in the comments!

Stills from the Simpsons episode “Saturdays of Thunder”
Images courtesy of Miss Fipi Lele.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

david September 25, 2007 at 11:30 am

Second one is The Natural.

Hamish Grant September 25, 2007 at 11:35 am

first one is still Days of Thunder… that’s Tom Cruise visiting one of his competitors. And the second one is from The Natural – Glenn Close in the stands.

William Boscoe September 25, 2007 at 12:33 pm

It’s “Days of Thunder” and “The Natural” but the fourth Simpsons still (and Nelson’s car in general) is an homage to “Death Race 2000”

BentoBoxx September 25, 2007 at 1:27 pm

I think the forth frame is more a homage to “Grease” during the race in the L.A. river. Even the spike on the wheel looks similar

zullo September 29, 2007 at 12:21 am

I think the soap box race is a reference of little rascals the soap box scene

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