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Grift of the Magi 

A toy company purchases Springfield Elementary and uses the student body as a focus group for their new Christmas toy Funzo.

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Homer Simpson / Krusty (voice)
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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Gary Coleman (voice)
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Fat Tony (voice)
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Jim Hope (voice)
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Crowd (voice)
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Martin Prince / Sherri / Terri (voice)
Karl Wiedergott ...
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With the school strapped for cash Principal Skinner allows Jim Hope,president of Kids First Industries,to take it over. He is using the children as guinea pigs to test popular toys,in particular one called,at Lisa's suggestion,Funzo. However the Simpsons discover that Funzo's purpose is to destroy all other toys so they collect every Funzo model to prevent this,ending with a family celebration that combines 'A Christmas Carol' with 'It's a Wonderful Life'. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy

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19 December 1999 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Funzo is based on Furby, the interactive toy which became a huge national craze. See more »

Quotes

Lindsey Naegle: [exits her office to see Gary doing karate] I'm sorry, Gary. There's no longer a place for you here.
Gary Coleman: Whatchutalkin'bout, Miss Naegle?
Lindsey Naegle: That is so adorable! You're re-hired.
[she closes the door behind her]
Gary Coleman: Sucker! I knew exactly what she was talking about.
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References The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »

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Silent Night
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Music by Franz Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
Performed by Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith
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A festive dud
22 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

'The Simpsons' tend to do holiday themed episodes well, so it was a surprise to me that this one was a bit underwhelming.

It starts slowly, and despite getting better as it goes along, lacks any really big laughs or moments.

I've been largely impressed with the 11th series of the show so far, but this is not one of the better episodes.


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