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"The Simpsons" Treehouse of Horror (TV Episode 1990) Poster

(TV Series)

(1990)

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This is the only show of the Simpson's ever to have only the Simpson family and no other characters from the show.
The only "Treehouse of Horror" to use the tree house motif and is so far one of two "Treehouse of Horrors" that don't use the spooky names. The second is The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XIII (2002).
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Edgar Allan Poe is listed in the opening credits as a writer as the episode refers to and quotes from his classic poem "The Raven".
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Very first The Simpsons (1989) episode whose score was composed by Alf Clausen who has scored every episode since then.
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This episode dispenses with the usual opening credits and cuts straight into the action.
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The closing theme tune is played on a harpsichord. Originally it was supposed to be a theremin but that particular instrument is unable to hit all the notes in the theme music.
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Matt Groening was nervous about "The Raven" because it did not have many gags, and felt it would be "the worst, most pretentious thing [they had] ever done" on the show.
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In 2011, staff writer Al Jean commented on the episode: "The idea of it to parody EC Comics was really original and kind of shocking for a cartoon on network television. [Executive producer] Jim Brooks said, 'We better have a disclaimer at the beginning of this Halloween show,' so Marge came out and warned people that they were going to see something scary. And the funny thing is it's now very tame by our Halloween standards and by network animation standards." According to M. Keith Booker, author of Drawn to Television, the warning only made the episode more attractive to children. The entire segment was a parody of the opening of Frankenstein (1931). While similar "warnings" were used to open the second and third "Treehouse" episodes, these quickly became a burden to write and there was no warning for the fourth episode. Instead, it had Marge ask Bart to warn people how frightening the show was during his introduction paying homage to Night Gallery (1969). The tradition was revived for The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror V (1994); after that, they were permanently dropped and the writers did not make any attempts at reviving them.
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This is the only Treehouse of Horror episode to be set in the treehouse.
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James Earl Jones recorded his lines at the Village Recorder in West Los Angeles.
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To get the right drooling sound for the aliens, James Earl Jones chewed on a cookie close to his microphone.
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This is the first appearance of Kang and Kodos.
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This is the first time that the Simpsons family have a barbecue.
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The tombstones at the beginning read from first to last, and left to right, in all caps: Ezekiel Simpson, Ishmael Simpson, Cornelius V. Simpson, Garfield, The Grateful Dead, Casper, the friendly boy, Elvis, Your name here, Paul McCartney, disco, and Violence on TV.
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Paul McCartney's gravestone is a reference to the "Paul is dead" hoax of the 1960s.
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Bart, as the Raven, knocks several of Edgar Allan Poe stories off the bookshelf, including "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Tell-Tale Heart," and "The Purloined Letter."
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This is the only Halloween episode with the normal Gracie Films logo sequence. From The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror II (1991) it features a pipe organ playing its jingle, and The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror IV (1993) onwards, a horrific and loud scream replaces "Shh."
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This is the first Treehouse of Horror in which Kang and Kodos don't try to conquer Earth.
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In "Hungry are the Damned," when the Rigellians are measuring the Simpsons' weight, along with Kang, Kodos, and Serak, there is a fourth unnamed Rigellian with them that does not appear for the rest of the episode.
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In "The Raven", Homer was reading Forgotten Lore, Vol. II. This is a reference to the second line of the poem, in which the narrator is pondering "Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore."
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This is the only appearance of Serak the Preparer.
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The Indian Burial Ground under the house in "Bad Dream House" contains graves of: Crazy Horse Sitting Bull Mahatma Gandhi The joke here being that Gandhi was Indian as in the Asian country, not as in American Indian. Pocahontas Geronimo Tonto Sacagawea Not So Crazy Horse
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This is the first Treehouse of Horror not to have the cast's names changed due to Halloween (e.g. "Bat Groening" instead of Matt Groening).
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Homer overuses lighter fluid for a barbecue again in The Simpsons: Lisa the Vegetarian (1995).
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According to the DVD commentary, Kang and Kodos' evil nature would have been revealed with Matt Groening's original intention; that the book's final title reveal would be How to Cook for Forty Humans and Then Eat Them.
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Harry Shearer provides the voice of the house in the first segment.
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