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"The Simpsons" The Homer They Fall (1996)

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9 November 1996 (Season 8, Episode 3)
Homer becomes a boxer after Moe discovers his amazing ability to take a punch. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Indian #1 / Kearney's Dad / Barney Gumble / Reporter #1 / Reporter #4 / Grampa Simpson / T-Shirt Vendor / Krusty the Clown / Referee / Fan Man (voice)

Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)

Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Kearney (voice)

Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)

Hank Azaria ... Indian #2 / Comic Book Guy / Clerk / Jimbo's Dad / Moe Szyslak / Carl / Reporter #3 / Professor Frink / Dr. Nick Riviera (voice)

Harry Shearer ... Mall Show Announcer / Dolph's Dad / Dr. Hibbert / Lenny / Boxcar Bob / Reporter #2 / TV Announcer / Kent Brockman / Montgomery Burns (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michael Buffer ... Himself (voice)

Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Jimbo Jones / Janey Powell (voice)

Sally Stevens ... 'People' Singer (voice)

Paul Winfield ... Lucious Sweet (voice)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Mark Kirkland 
Writing credits
Matt Groening (created by)

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

Jonathan Collier (written by)

Produced by
Richard Appel .... producer
Laurie Biernacki .... animation associate producer
James L. Brooks .... executive producer
David X. Cohen .... producer (as David S. Cohen)
Jonathan Collier .... supervising producer
Alison Elliott .... associate producer
Matt Groening .... executive producer
Ken Keeler .... supervising producer
Colin A.B.V. Lewis .... co-producer
Ian Maxtone-Graham .... consulting producer
J. Michael Mendel .... producer
George Meyer .... co-executive producer
David Mirkin .... consulting producer
Bill Oakley .... executive producer
Richard Raynis .... producer
Phil Roman .... animation executive producer
Richard Sakai .... producer
Bill Schultz .... animation producer
Mike Scully .... co-executive producer
David Silverman .... producer
Sam Simon .... executive producer
Denise Sirkot .... producer
Steve Tompkins .... co-executive producer
Josh Weinstein .... executive producer
Michael Wolf .... animation producer
Original Music by
Alf Clausen 
Film Editing by
Don Barrozo 
Michael Bridge 
Casting by
Bonita Pietila 
Production Management
Martin Alvarez .... animation production supervisor
Tony Garcia .... animation production supervisor
Joel Kuwahara .... animation production manager: Gracie Films
Rick Polizzi .... animation post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matthew Nastuk .... assistant director
Art Department
Karen Bauer .... color design supervisor (as Karen Bauer-Riggs)
Shigeko Doyle .... painter
Syd Kato .... color designer
Mark Kirkland .... storyboard artist
Matthew Nastuk .... storyboard artist
Kevin M. Newman .... 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
Ronny Cox .... production mixer (as Ronald Cox)
Terry Greene .... dialogue sound editor
Bob Hile .... sound recordist
Bobby Mackston .... dialogue sound editor
Norm MacLeod .... dialogue sound editor
Greg Orloff .... re-recording mixer
Travis Powers .... sound effects editor
R. Russell Smith .... re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Patrick Buchanan .... animation camera supervisor
Robert Ingram .... animation camera
Animation Department
Elizabeth Ableson .... animation production assistant (as Elizabeth Hernandez)
Scott Alberts .... character design supervisor
Martin Archer .... storyboard artist
Orlando Baeza .... character layout artist
Timothy Bailey .... background layout artist (as Tim Bailey)
Dean Bauer .... animation post-production coordinator
Jason Bikowski .... animation production assistant
Utit Choomuang .... overseas animation director
Phyllis Craig .... ink and paint supervisor
Jeff Curtis .... animation production assistant
Luis Escobar .... character layout artist
Milton Gray .... animation timer
Matt Groening .... character designer
Kyle C. Hammans .... animation production accountant
Phil Hayes .... background layout artist
Younghee Higa .... animation checking supervisor
Bill Ho .... character layout artist
Kent Holaday .... lip sync
Jen Kamerman .... character layout artist
Reid Kramer .... animation production associate
John Krause .... background designer
Joel Kuwahara .... animation production coordinator: Gracie Films
Eric Loudon .... animation production assistant
Jason Manzatt .... animation production associate
Maria Mariotti .... background designer (as Maria Mariotti-Wilder)
Juli Murphy .... timing director
Dexter Reed .... character layout artist
Sam Simon .... character designer
Charlotte Stout .... character layout artist
Youngmee Thom .... animation checker
Joe Wack .... character designer (as Joseph Wack)
Lance Wilder .... background design supervisor
Thomas Woodall .... character layout artist
Glen Wuthrich .... background layout supervisor
Casting Department
Bonita Pietila .... casting by
Editorial Department
Tim Heyen .... negative cutter: D and A Film Cutting
Kurtis Kunsak .... assistant film editor
Michael Perry .... telecine: Unitel Video (as Mike Perry)
Ping Warner .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Danny Elfman .... composer: theme "The Simpsons"
Chris Ledesma .... music editor
Bob Beecher .... music editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Jacqueline Atkins .... assistant to the producers
Ellen Barnett-Bendavid .... assistant to the producers
Brad Bird .... executive consultant
Dominique Braud .... post production coordinator (as Dominique Braud-Stiger)
James L. Brooks .... executive creative consultant
Donick Cary .... executive story editor
Richard K. Chung .... post production assistant (as Richard Chung)
Claudia De La Roca .... assistant: Matt Groening
N. Vyolet Diaz .... assistant to the producers
Alexander Duke .... post production assistant
Sherry Falk .... assistant to the producers
Ned Goldreyer .... story editor
Dan Greaney .... story editor
Matt Groening .... creative consultant
Ron Hauge .... story editor
Debra Jackson .... assistant to the producers
Elizabeth Jacobs .... assistant: Bill Oakley & Josh Weinstein
Louise Jaffe .... script supervisor
Maria Kavanaugh .... assistant: James L. Brooks
Jacob Meszaros .... assistant to the producers (as Amir Meszaros)
Felicia Nalivansky-Caplan .... assistant: Richard Sakai (as Felicia Nalivansky)
Felicia Nalivansky-Caplan .... production coordinator (as Felicia Nalivansky)
Jeffrey Poliquin .... assistant to the producers
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

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Argentina:30 min
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The title is from the old proverb: "The bigger they are, the harder they fall."See more »
[on television, a monstrously strong Drederick Tatum exits a jail cell threateningly]
TV Announcer:Society put away Drederick Tatum for his brutal crime. But he's paid his debt, and now he's going to get revenge... on Homer Simpson.
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Out of all the crazy things you have done this ranks somewhere in the middle, 31 January 2010
Author: freemantle_uk from United Kingdom

Season 8 is the last of the great series of The Simpsons (though season 9 is still good), with a number of classic episodes, Treehouse of Horror VII, You Only Move Twice, A Milhouse Divided, Lisa's Date with Density, The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show, Homer's Phobia, Brother from Another Series, Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment, Grade School Confidential and Homer's Enemy are some of my favourite episodes of all time, not just in this series. The Homer They Fall is another classic episode from this series and one I love.

After getting beating up Homer discoveries that he has a medical defect that prevent him falling down during a fight. Moe discovers this ability and shows his past as a ex-boxer. He offers Homer a chance in a new career. The problem is Homer lack of physical fitness prevent him from actually fighting so the strategy is to let his opponent trier from over punching. Homer fight some local hobos and he quickly raises up the ranks. This coincides with the release with Drederick Tatum, the Simpsons' parody of Mike Tyson. Homer is offered the chance to contend for the World Heavyweight Championship.

What makes this episode so great is a cleverly written script setting out an organic process about how Homer would have fought against a heavyweight professional. Modern Simpsons episodes would go straight for the jugular loosing both its heart and its head. There are excellent jokes, verbal and physical. The physical humour is Homer getting hurt which is always fun to see. As well as the jokes there is also excellent parody of Boxing as sport and the personalities involved. There is the obvious parodies of Mike Tyson and Don King, and of the sport itself when at it's highest levels. One of the best bits showing this is seeing the Springfield celebrities in the crowd before the fight. There are also parodies of the great boxing films like Raging Bull and Rocky, which was tastefully done. Finally there are subtle little reference the Simpsons' writers themselves with some small background details.

A great Simpsons episode.

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