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"The Simpsons" Lard of the Dance (1998)

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Original Air Date:
23 August 1998 (Season 10, Episode 1)
A new girl arrives at Springfield Elementary and becomes instantly popular, with Lisa forced to organize a dance at her school, while Homer and Bart try to start their own grease business. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Dominic Polcino 
Writing credits
Matt Groening (created by)

James L. Brooks (developed by) &
Matt Groening (developed by) &
Sam Simon (developed by)

Jane O'Brien (written by)

Produced by
Richard Appel .... co-executive producer
Lolee Aries .... animation producer
Laurie Biernacki .... animation associate producer
James L. Brooks .... executive producer
Donick Cary .... producer
David X. Cohen .... co-executive producer (as David S. Cohen)
Dan Greaney .... producer
Matt Groening .... executive producer
Ron Hauge .... producer
Colin A.B.V. Lewis .... producer
Ian Maxtone-Graham .... consulting producer
J. Michael Mendel .... producer
George Meyer .... co-executive producer
David Mirkin .... consulting producer
Bill Oakley .... consulting producer
Bonita Pietila .... producer
Richard Raynis .... producer
Jace Richdale .... consulting producer
Phil Roman .... animation executive producer
Richard Sakai .... producer
Brian Scully .... co-producer
Mike Scully .... executive producer
Sam Simon .... executive producer
Denise Sirkot .... producer
Julie Thacker .... co-producer
Josh Weinstein .... consulting producer
Michael Wolf .... animation producer
Film Editing by
Don Barrozo 
Michael Bridge 
Casting by
Bonita Pietila 
Production Management
Elizabeth Ableson .... animation production supervisor (as Elizabeth Hernandez)
Martin Alvarez .... animation production manager
Joel Kuwahara .... animation production manager: Gracie Films
Rick Polizzi .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Polcino .... assistant director
Jim Reardon .... supervising director
Art Department
Karen Bauer .... color design supervisor (as Karen Bauer-Riggs)
Shigeko Doyle .... painter
Syd Kato .... color designer
Davy Lauterbach .... color designer (as David Lauterbach)
John Mathot .... storyboard artist
Kevin N. Moore .... prop designer
Belle Norman .... painter
Amy Rychlick .... color designer (as Amy Klees-Rychlich)
Cookie Tricarico .... painter
Jefferson R. Weekley .... prop designer
Sound Department
Terry Brown .... sound recordist
Derek Casari .... adr engineer
Ronny Cox .... production mixer (as Ron Cox)
William Freesh .... re-recording mixer (as Bill Freesh)
Terry Greene .... dialogue sound editor
Bob Hile .... sound recordist
Bobby Mackston .... dialogue sound editor
Norm MacLeod .... dialogue sound editor
Travis Powers .... sound effects editor
R. Russell Smith .... re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Reid Kramer .... animation camera
Jordan Levine .... animation camera (as Jorden Levine)
Eric Loudon .... animation camera
Animation Department
Scott Alberts .... storyboard artist
Mike B. Anderson .... artist supervisor
Orlando Baeza .... storyboard artist
Dean Bauer .... animation post-production coordinator
Karen Bauer .... color design lead (as Karen Bauer-Riggs)
John Berman .... background layout supervisor (as John M. Berman)
Jason Bikowski .... animation production associate
Utit Choomuang .... overseas animation director
Chris Clements .... character layout artist
Sandra Contreras .... animation production accountant
Noel Cox .... character layout artist
Tria Ellison .... animation production associate
Mark Ervin .... animation timer
Matt Groening .... character designer
P.T. Henderson .... animation production associate
Bill Ho .... character layout artist
Kent Holaday .... lip sync
Sam Im .... animation checker
Trevor C. Johnson .... background designer (as Trevor Johnson)
Jen Kamerman .... animation timer (as Jennifer Kamerman)
Nakjong Kim .... overseas animation producer: Akom (as N.J. Kim)
Grant Lee .... layout retake artist
Michael G. Mahan .... animation post-production assistant (as Michael Mahan)
Jason Manzatt .... animation production associate
Michael Marcantel .... character layout artist
Tom Mazzocco .... animation timer
Steve Mealue .... character layout artist
Kevin M. Newman .... character designer
Carlos Nieto III .... background layout artist (as Carlos Nieto III)
Joey Nilges .... character layout artist
Julius Preite .... character layout artist
Charles Ragins .... background designer
Libby Reed .... ink and paint supervisor
Christian Roman .... storyboard supervisor
Andy Schaffer .... animation production assistant (as Andrew Schaffer)
Sam Simon .... character designer
Larry Smith .... animation checker
Joe Wack .... character design supervisor
Mark Watts .... character layout artist
Brian Wells .... character layout artist
Lance Wilder .... background design supervisor
Editorial Department
Larry Field .... telecine: Editel LA
Tim Heyen .... negative cutter: D and A Film Cutting
Kurtis Kunsak .... assistant editor
Music Department
Bob Beecher .... music editor
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Danny Elfman .... composer: theme "The Simpsons"
Chris Ledesma .... music editor
Dennis Sager .... scoring engineer
Other crew
Jacqueline Atkins .... assistant to the producers
Ellen Barnett-Bendavid .... assistant to the producers
Dominique Braud .... post production supervisor (as Dominique Braud-Stiger)
James L. Brooks .... executive creative consultant
Richard K. Chung .... post production assistant
Claudia De La Roca .... assistant: Matt Groening
N. Vyolet Diaz .... assistant to the producers
Larry Doyle .... story editor
Alexander Duke .... post production coordinator
Matt Groening .... creative consultant
Debra Jackson .... assistant: Mike Scully
Louise Jaffe .... script supervisor
Brian J. Kaufman .... post production assistant
Mark McBride .... assistant to the producers
Rich Moore .... executive consultant
Brendan Murphy .... assistant: James L. Brooks
Jamie Nachenberg .... assistant to the producers
Felicia Nalivansky-Caplan .... production coordinator (as Felicia Nalivansky)
Michael Nobori .... assistant to the producers
Jane O'Brien .... story editor (as Jane C. O'Brien)
Jeffrey Poliquin .... assistant to the producers
Matt Selman .... story editor
John Swartzwelder .... consultant

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James L. Brooks  developed by
Matt Groening  created by
Sam Simon  developed by

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Argentina:30 min
Argentina:Atp | USA:TV-PG (1997-Present)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

At one point Alex tells Lisa "Don't be such a Phoebe". Alex was voiced by Lisa Kudrow who more famously portrayed Phoebe in "Friends" (1994)See more »
Continuity: Homer puts three barrels on each side of his car to funnel grease into, but during the interior shots of the car no barrels are visible outside the car.See more »
Janey:Didn't your old school have apple picks?
Alex Whitney:No, we weren't big on fruit. We more into, like, dances. You know, things that are fun.
See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Friends" (1994)See more »
The Bonnie Banks o' Loch LomondSee more »


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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Wow, personal favorite, I don't care what people say!!, 13 April 2007
Author: kylekool150 from Canada

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I absolutely love this episode, it doesn't exploit Lisa in a bad way like people say, and we get to see a fully functional story and cast of characters lit up with great animation for the time being.

The plot launches introducing a new character "Alex Whitney" who completely steals the popularity left in Lisa by introducing hip and new style to the school, while Lisa tries to cope with these changes, Bart and Homer have joined the grease business to make money, with some hilarious consequences including a violent fight between grounds keeper Willy. Tensions flare when Lisa looses control over herself trying to find a date for a dance, when she doesn't, Principal Skinner assigns her to do the job of admissioning people into the dance. She finds out the news at the dance, that Alex's plans have gone totally wrong and everybody is repelling each other due to nervousness. The writers don't forget Homer and Bart, as they fall through the vent in the roof and come down to the dance floor followed by gallons of gooey grease. Lisa convinces Alex to live a little as a touching ending.

Overall, all the characters were in their pride, and all the jokes were top-notch. Well written by Jane O' Brien. That sums up my review.

I give this episode a 90% rating.

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