Mr. Burns hosts a film festival in Springfield to improve his image. Film critic Jay Sherman, of "The Critic" is invited, and stays with the Simpsons.



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Episode credited cast:
Rappin' Rabbi #2 / Homer Simpson / Grampa Simpson / Paparazzo / Krusty the Clown / Mayor Quimby / 'Marge is gonna say something....' / Heckler #1 / Heckler #2 / Airport Tannoy / Hans Moleman / Barney Gumble / 'Pure egotism!' / Beer Vendor / Itchy (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Rappin' Rabbi #1 / 'Hey!' / Japanese Father / Moe Szyslak / Chief Wiggum / Charles Bronson / New York Pilot / TV Announcer / Senor Spielbergo / Anthony Hopkins / William Shatner / Bumblebee Man / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Man in Audience #2 (voice)
Jay Sherman (voice)
Charlton Heston (voice)
Eudora Welty / George C. Scott (voice)
Doris Grau ...
Various (voice)
Japanese Mother / Milhouse Van Houten / Rod Flanders / Woman Praising Barney's Movie (voice)
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Maude Flanders (voice)


It is decided that a film festival should be held to put Springfield on the map and cinema critic Jay Sherman comes to town and stays with the Simpsons. Various people submit films that they have made to win the critics' prize, from Burns' blockbuster presenting him as an epic hero to Barney's strangely poetic monochrome short, but the most popular choice seems to be George C. Scott in 'Man Getting Hit With a Football'. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy





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5 March 1995 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


As Todd Flanders is being swept down the river while being filmed, Ned prays for God to save him. Afterwards, God's hand descends from the clouds with five fingers, whereas throughout the series, as everyone knows, all of the characters have only four on each hand. See more »


After Jay makes his escape from an angry Rainier Wolfcastle, he calls out, "Taxi!" but his lips don't move. See more »


Homer: Barney's movie had heart, but Football In The Groin had a football in the groin.
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References Mo' Better Blues (1990) See more »


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Is it an ad? Maybe so, but it's a funny ad...
1 July 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is actually a controversial episode; series creator Matt Groening took his name off the credits and complained about it. The concern was that A Star is Burns is an advertisement, since a key character is the star of another cartoon- Jay Sherman from the unsuccessful 1990s series The Critic. Sherman's appearance on the show introduced Simpsons fans to the character. But the character's appearance was straightforward- you didn't need to be familiar with The Critic to appreciate it (I don't remember much of the show). With basic ideas like making movies and Homer feeling jealousy regarding Jay, I think I'd even go so far as to say that this episode is timeless, at least more so than other cultural references on The Simpsons.

I loved this episode as a kid. When I got season 6 on DVD, I rewatched it and hardly laughed. I thought I might have outgrown it- this is an episode that utilizes jokes like Hans Moleman being hit in the groin by a football. But on rewatching it again, I enjoyed it. The basic storyline of this episode is an excellent concept- movies have been a big part of Western life and to see the characters of Springfield making movies is fun. A key part is played by Mr. Burns, always an excellent character, here being compared to an ogre and making a propaganda film. Also funny and slightly sensitive was Barney's award-winning movie. Who ever said advertisements can't be art?

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