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"The Simpsons" Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire (TV Episode 1989) Poster

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DVD commentary revealed that the creators got letters of praise for heightening the awareness of the abandonment of racing dogs even though they didn't know it was a real problem when they created the episode.
At Moe's Tavern, the push door does not exist, it is a pair of saloon doors instead.
This special was not originally intended to be The Simpsons (1989) pilot. Production problems, particularly with the first produced episode, The Simpsons: Some Enchanted Evening (1990), saw the show delayed from its planned October debut until late December, thus dictating that this Christmas-themed episode, the eighth one produced, was the first to be broadcast. ("One Enchanted Evening" was eventually broadcast as the last episode in the first season).
Episode aired first but was written eighth. This is why Santa's Little Helper doesn't make an appearance in the episodes that follow immediately.
In this episode, Barney had blonde hair which was the same colour as his skin, but that was later dropped because of the belief that only the Simpson family should have such hair.
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First appearances (not including The Tracey Ullman Show (1987)) of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers (just voice), Mr. Burns, Grandpa, Patty, Selma, Snowball II, Ned Flanders, Todd Flanders, Moe, Barney, Lewis, Milhouse, and Santa's Little Helper.
This is the only The Simpsons (1989) episode Mimi Pond ever wrote.
There is no Blackboard or Couch gag in this episode's opening titles, owing to the holiday theme of the episode making the title sequence different.
The 'slightly irregular' trees seen just before Homer chops down the regular tree are drawn to resemble the trees in Dr. Seuss books.
Matt Groening claims that this episode has been incorrectly credited with creating the "alternate version" of "Jingle Bells" that has become a well-known children's playground song.
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Itchy and Scratchy from the ultra violent cartoon "The Itchy & Scratchy Show" are based on "Tom and Jerry" and other cat and mouse cartoons.
Milhouse Van Houten, Bart Simpson's best friend, is based on the character of Paul Pfeiffer from The Wonder Years (1988). However, this has been disproven by the writers and the voice actor of Milhouse.
This episode was the eighth to be made for the series, as shown by the production code, but because the series was beginning broadcast just before Christmas 1989, logic dictated that should be the first one shown in the run.
Al Jean came up with the title.
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When Lisa is doing the tribal dance, many people were curious as to why she isn't wearing anything from the waist down. Years later, the DVD commentary for this episode revealed that Lisa is actually wearing a body suit, and is in fact not naked.
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The title is based on "The Christmas Song" or "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" written in 1944 by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells. The most famous version was record by Nat 'King' Cole.
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The odds of Santa's Little Helper are ninety-nine to one. If the dog had won the race Homer and Bart would have won $1,287 dollars. Barney, on the other hand won only $130 after betting on the dog named Whirlwind whose odds were ten to one.
This was the only Simpsons episode premiered in 1989.
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The Springfield Shopper gives the Christmas pageant 3 and a half stars; as seen on a sign outside of Springfield Elementary for the annual Christmas pageant.
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Syndication cuts out a good chunk of the school pageant at the beginning.
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Santa's Little Helper joins the family.
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Eric Stefani, one of the animators, is Gwen Stefani's brother and a member of No Doubt.
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Lisa requests a pony 6 times on her Christmas list.
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The "Santas of many lands" portion of the Christmas pageant is based on Matt Groening's experience in the second grade when he did a report on Christmas in Russia. Groening also used that reference in his comic strip "Life in Hell" when he spoofed himself as a young man, being told that it is too bad his grandmother is from Russia, because Christmas is against the law there.
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Mimi Pond said of writing this episode, "It was not a great experience for me. I would rather focus on my comics!"
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This episode is on the "Christmas with the Simpsons" DVD as well as on the Season 1 DVD set.
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This special went on to be the series premiere. It is now listed as episode 7G08, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire".
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Pilot for the long-running The Simpsons (1989).
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Other dogs in Santa's Little Helper's race include: Whirlwind, Quadruped, Dog O' War, Fido and Chew My Shoe.
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This was first Christmas show they did until 1995. The next Christmas show Marge not be proud first aired on December 17 the same date as this one.
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Marge parks in section ZZ in the mall parking lot.
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