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The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show 

Krusty becomes alarmed at the flagging ratings for "The Itchy & Scratchy Show" and demands it be corrected. The producers reason some new gimmicks are needed to inject fresh air and - after a focus group doesn't quite go as well as planned - decide to introduce a new character named Poochie, a rapping cartoon dog that is supposed to become friends with Itchy and Scratchy. Homer auditions to do ... See full summary »

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Krusty becomes alarmed at the flagging ratings for "The Itchy & Scratchy Show" and demands it be corrected. The producers reason some new gimmicks are needed to inject fresh air and - after a focus group doesn't quite go as well as planned - decide to introduce a new character named Poochie, a rapping cartoon dog that is supposed to become friends with Itchy and Scratchy. Homer auditions to do Poochie's voice and wins the part. Poochie's first cartoon, "The Beagle Has Landed," premieres to great fanfare but is poorly received to say the least. The producers decide that, given his spectacular failure, Poochie will be killed off in the mutt's next cartoon. Homer learns about this and at his next recording session, gives a speech imploring everyone to give Poochie a chance. However, the effort is unsuccessful and Poochie's death - along with the correct lines dubbed in - is revealed in the next animated short. Also: A college-aged boy named Roy temporarily moves in with the Simpsons and ...

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The animator who designs Poochie is a caricature of animator and series director David Silverman. See more »

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In episode 2F09 when Itchy plays Scratchy's skeleton like a xylophone, he strikes the same rib twice in succession, yet he produces two clearly different tones. I mean, what are we to believe, that this is some sort of a magic xylophone or something? Boy, I really hope somebody got fired for that blunder. See more »

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Doug: [wearing a T-shirt that says "Genius at Work"] Hi. A question for Miss Bellamy. In episode 2F09 when Itchy plays Scratchy's skeleton like a xylophone, he strikes the same rib twice in succession, yet he produces two clearly different tones. I mean, what are we to believe, that this is some sort of a magic xylophone or something? Boy, I really hope somebody got fired for that blunder.
June Bellamy: Uh, well...
Homer: I'll field this one.
Homer: [to Doug] Let me ask you a question. Why would a man whose shirt says "Genius at ...
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Wrestling (2001) See more »

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'The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show' Theme
Written by Robert Israel, Sam Simon, Alf Clausen and David X. Cohen (as David Cohen)
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"The little dog nobody wanted"
23 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

Enter Poochie, the shrew attempt at boosting the limp ratings of Itchy and Scratchy. Focus-grouped and crassly emblematic of teens' "extreme!" culture, he ends up a cautionary tale; the Scrappy Doo, if you will.

'The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show' casts a keen eye on this most durable of TV tropes. It's hard not to identify with this, being an avid TV viewer for so many years. I know full well the hyper-scrutiny of a favorite show, and the fanboy outrage when that show deviates from the norm. It's a very clever episode; the jokes all land beautifully because we've all seen this first hand. It's a biting satire on the industry and the devotees that sustain.

Highly entertaining.

9/10


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