Could you please help me understand what the author is talking about? I have no idea what "animated madness" means. I don't understand it.
Many of these sequences are short, funny and downright tame compared to the cartoonish nonsense that would come in a few seasons. But they were also startlingly out of place in a show that had never made use of them before. The Simpsons was increasingly relying on cartoonish tricks and (danger free) action sequences to tell its stories, and was making those parts even harder to swallow by playing the over-the-top moments of animated madness for suspense instead of comedy.