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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.
Milhouse Van Houten, Bart Simpson's best friend, is based on the character of Paul Pfeiffer from The Wonder Years (1988).
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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).
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The 'slightly irregular' trees seen just before Homer chops down the regular tree are drawn to resemble the trees in Dr. Seuss books.
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This is the only The Simpsons (1989) episode Mimi Pond ever wrote.
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At Moe's Tavern, the push door does not exist, it is a pair of saloon doors instead.
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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.
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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.
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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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Other dogs in Santa's Little Helper's race include: Whirlwind, Quadruped, Dog O' War, Fido and Chew My Shoe.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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Pilot for the long-running The Simpsons (1989).
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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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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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Eric Stefani, one of the animators, is Gwen Stefani's brother and a member of No Doubt.
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