Simpsons promotion

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 4, 2007
Updated • Dec 20, 2012
Music and Video

Ok. I have seen lots of movie promotions but this one is topping them all. Remember the Simpsons TV series? The Kwik-E-Mart were Apu is pressing money out of Homer and his friends? Well, they apparently created several of those across the United States to promote the new Simpson movie.

You can buy all sorts of Simpson stuff that looks like it came right of the tv series. Cereals called KrustyO's, BuZZ Cola, Squishee Donuts and much more. You see Simpsons characters standing around and everything resembles the Kwik-E-Mart from the TV series. Here are some pictures:

Take a look at all images at Flickr. I'm a bit worried about regular customers though. A sign read for instance "5 Minute Parking. Violators will be executed" which could turn off some customers. Don't you think?

The stores that were converted for the promotion of The Simpsons movie were 11 7-Eleven convenience stores in the United States and Canada.

Kwik e mart 7 11

It is interesting to note that 7-Eleven paid the money for the promotion and that stores that were taking part in it saw a 30% jump in profits during the time the promotion ran. Other 7-Eleven stores sold products from The Simpsons as well, including Buzz Cola , Krusty-O's, Squishees or Sprinlicious doughnuts but not Duff-Beer. Several in-store items were re-packed in Simpsons-themed packaging

Two Kiwk-E-Marts were opened at Universal Studios Florida and Holywood in 2007. Visitors can purchase Simpsons merchandise and products in the stores up to this day. They are the two only surviving stores as all 7-Eleven stores were converted back to 7-Eleven stores after the promotion ended.


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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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