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"The Simpsons" The Secret War of Lisa Simpson (1997)

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Original Air Date:
18 May 1997 (Season 8, Episode 25)
After a prank destroys half the town, Bart is shipped away to military school. Lisa, seeking a challenge, decides to enroll with him, but is faced with discrimination as the school's only girl cadet. | Add synopsis »
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S8: Broader narratives weaken it a bit – particularly when some of the self-referential joking hits close to home See more (3 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Santa's Little Helper / Grampa Simpson / Cadet Anderson (voice)

Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)

Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Ralph Wiggum / Nelson Muntz (voice)

Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)

Hank Azaria ... Chief Wiggum / 'The Moon of Earth' Narrator / Prof. Frink / English Teacher / Black-Haired Cadet / Firing Range Instructor (voice)

Harry Shearer ... Sand Movie Narrator / Adlai Stevenson / Principal Skinner / Jasper (voice)

Willem Dafoe ... The Commandant (voice)

Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice)

Pamela Hayden ... Janey Powell (voice)

Tress MacNeille ... Brown-Haired Cadet / Orderly (voice)

Maggie Roswell ... Miss Hoover / Franklin (voice)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Mike B. Anderson  (as Mikel B. Anderson)
Writing credits
Matt Groening (created by)

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

Richard Appel (written by)

Produced by
Richard Appel .... producer
Laurie Biernacki .... animation associate producer
James L. Brooks .... executive producer
David X. Cohen .... supervising producer (as David S. Cohen)
Jonathan Collier .... supervising producer
Greg Daniels .... co-executive 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
Dan McGrath .... 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 
Kurtis Kunsak 
Casting by
Bonita Pietila 
Production Management
Martin Alvarez .... animation production manager
Joel Kuwahara .... animation production manager: Gracie Films
Rick Polizzi .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lance Kramer .... assistant director
Pete Michels .... assistant 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 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 Ron 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 coordinator (as Elizabeth Hernandez)
Scott Alberts .... character design supervisor
Dean Bauer .... animation post-production coordinator
Karen Bauer .... color design lead (as Karen Bauer-Riggs)
John Berman .... background layout artist (as John M. Berman)
Jason Bikowski .... animation production assistant
Ani Cash .... animation post-production assistant (as Ani Martirossians)
Kendis Chase .... character layout artist
Utit Choomuang .... overseas animation director
Phyllis Craig .... ink and paint supervisor
Jeff Curtis .... animation production assistant
Hunilla Fodor .... character layout artist (as Huni Fodor)
Jonathan Gebhart .... character layout artist
Matt Groening .... character designer
Kyle C. Hammans .... animation production accountant
Younghee Higa .... animation checking supervisor
Kent Holaday .... lip sync
Sam Im .... animation checker
Trevor C. Johnson .... background layout supervisor (as Trevor Johnson)
Reid Kramer .... animation production associate
John Krause .... background designer
Eric Loudon .... animation production associate (as Eric Louden)
Istvan Majoros .... layout artist: Freelance
Jason Manzatt .... animation production associate
Michael Marcantel .... character layout artist
Steve Markowski .... storyboard artist
Emily Michels .... character layout artist
Sarge Morton .... character layout artist
Juli Murphy .... timing director
Debbie Peterson .... background designer (as Debbie A. Silver)
Teresa Potter-Heimark .... character layout artist
Christian Roman .... storyboard artist
Christian Roman .... storyboard supervisor
Sam Simon .... character designer
Charlotte Stout .... character layout artist
Rene Vega .... background layout artist
Joe Wack .... character designer (as Joseph Wack)
Mark Watts .... character layout artist
Paul Wee .... character layout artist
Lance Wilder .... background design supervisor
Editorial Department
Larry Field .... telecine: Unitel Video
Tim Heyen .... negative cutter: D and A Film Cutting
Kurtis Kunsak .... assistant film editor
Louis Russell .... assistant film editor
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
Dan Fybel .... assistant to the producers
Ned Goldreyer .... story editor
Dan Greaney .... executive 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
Christine Shinn .... 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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Additional Details

USA:30 min | Argentina:30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | USA:TV-PG (1997-Present)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Bart's prank involves 15 bullhorns altogether.See more »
Anachronisms: The educational film THE MOON OF EARTH, supposedly made in 1952 during Adlai Stevenson's presidential run, contains a prominent American flag with 50 stars (post-1959) instead of the period 48, shown behind Governor Stevenson. Another flag, shown later, is correct.See more »
[after Lisa's poor performance at the firing range]
Rangemaster:Maybe you should just learn to use this.
[hands Lisa a whistle]
Rangemaster:If there's a war, just blow on it, and I'll come help you.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofs Moonraker (1979)See more »
You Are My SunshineSee more »


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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
S8: Broader narratives weaken it a bit – particularly when some of the self-referential joking hits close to home, 1 November 2014
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Although it is now in its 20-somethingth season, at one point The Simpsons seemed like a miracle of longevity by virtue of having 8 seasons of very high quality television and still appearing to be going strong. In some ways the strain of that does appear to be showing a little bit in this season. This is not all a bad thing because I did enjoy some elements of the in- joking about this, however it is in the plotting where it has a slightly negative impact on the show. Some of the plots here are smaller character driven things, but mostly it is bigger wider things that drive the stories. The examples run from the start to the end of the season: Homer working for a Bond villain; Homer becoming a boxer; long-lost sons and quite a few others in the same ilk.

Of course such plots have always been part of the show, but here I thought they did it too much, with the more 'sitcom' fare pushed to back rather than being something subverted and expanded upon. It is still funny though but I found that it was happening for me in the side plots and smaller characters rather than in the main plots – plus, with them being crazier, they tended to fill more time rather than acting as the spine down the middle of a strong episode. The second half of the season produces some stronger episodes, and better narratives. As a result of this some of the in-jokes about trying to keep things fresh (one of them an entire episode) don't land quite as well as intended. The regular cast are good as ever, and the guest voices are mostly good and well used – although a couple feel forced in for the sake of it.

Another enjoyable season overall, however the plots do feel like the show is occasionally reaching for ideas – making it look a bit less effortless and hurting some of those in-jokes in the meantime.

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