Homer Simpson speaks out on satnavs
Dan Castellaneta voices navigational hilarity
Evergreen Terrace’s most famous resident – no, not Ned Flanders – has finally officially found his way onto a satnav.
Homer: now available as a TomTom voice
TomTom has taken the Murdoch shilling to bring Homer Simpson – as voiced by Dan Castellaneta and broadcast by News Corp's 20th Century Fox subsidiary - onto its satnav for the very first time.
Although Homer always asks others to hold the steering wheel while he scratches himself in two places, the world’s most loveable yellow fellow will, according to TomTom, offer advice on which path you should take – be it to the Kwik-E-Mart, Moe’s or Krusty Burger.
The satnav firm also promised that drivers will not only reach their destination on time, but - with Homer Jay Simpson as a guide - have lots of fun en route as he imparts his own special words of... er... wisdom.
For example: “Take the third right. We might find an ice cream truck! Mmm... ice cream.” Perhaps he’d even suggest that you ditch your car for the monorail, because Main Street’s still all cracked and broken.
So, if you’re a Simpsons nut who can’t stand to live without Homer’s voice on your satnav for one second longer, then navigate your way onto TomTom’s website where you can download it for £8 ($13/€9) - less than the price of a Duff.
And we didn't say 'Doh!' once... oh, wait a minute... ®
My fave voices...
Have got to be either Ozzy Osbourne (though I do think it gave me tourettes!) or Austin Powers (Groooooooooovy Baby!!)
I found Yoda to be the best voice so far. Not because of the actual voice, but his grammar is actually very helpful because it gives you the information you actually need up front, and your brain filters out the rest of it.
For example, standard voices say things like "at the next junction, turn left", but Yoda says "left you must turn, at the next junction".
Most of the other voices have been tried for a couple of hundred miles, and then deleted as the novelty wears off.
I had a Homer voice on my SatNav years ago. For about a day. Boring!
Now, Gordon Ramsey shouting things like "For f#@ks sake, turn around you f#@king idiot" or "Take the next f#@king left" might justify the cost for a father's day gift or something.