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Treehouse of Horror XIX (2 Nov. 2008)

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The Simpsons' 19th Halloween Special, with parodies of "Transformers," "Mad Men," and "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown."

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Homer Simpson / Grampa Simpson / Krusty the Clown / Groundskeeper Willie / Blue-Haired Lawyer / Snooze / Three Way (voice) (as Black Castellaneta)
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Marge Simpson (voice) (as Boooooline Kavner)
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Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz / Ralph Wiggum / Maggie Simpson (voice) (as I Peed My Pants Nance)
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Lisa Simpson (voice) (as The Smith to Nowhere)
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Moe / Chief Wiggum / Comic Book Guy / Apu / Old Jewish Man / John Wayne / Abraham Lincoln / Bestimus Mucho / Carnage Destructicus / Sex Toy / Tom Turkey / Edward G. Robinson / Voting Machine (voice) (as Hockey Mom Azaria)
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Edna Krabappel (voice) (as Macabre Marcia Wallace)
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Milhouse Van Houten (voice) (as Hellsablazin' Hayden)
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Dolph (voice) (as Tress MacNihil)
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After Homer gets eaten by a demonic polling booth an 'untitled robot parody' shows Lisa's Christmas present,a Malibu Stacey car,turn into a transformer as inanimate objects around Springfield follow suit and declare war on each other,Marge's peace suggestion being less than helpful. Then,after accidentally killing Krusty,Homer is approached by ad men to murder celebrities to avoid paying them royalties for product endorsement - but the illustrious ghosts fight back. Finally Milhouse unwisely conjures the Great - and cannibalistic - Pumpkin on Hallowe'en,requiring a giant turkey to come and save the kids of Springfield. Written by don @ minifie-1

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John Wayne: [to Prince] Little Sister, is that mustache coming or going?
Prince: Well your wife likes it.
John Wayne: [chuckles] You're okay, goofy grape.
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The best Simpsons Halloween special in the last few years.
2 November 2008 | by (Long Beach, California) – See all my reviews

Reviews out before this episode aired all had similar complaints, many of them being about the second segment and how lacking it was. I found all three segements to be very solid, though the first segment was a bit generic. In the end, this was the best Simpsons Halloween special in the last few years.

The opening features Homer trying to vote for Barack Obama, but the machine says McCain each time. Where this could have been a political hit towards one candidate, it felt more like just the horror of rigged voting. It wasn't in poor taste, and it was a good, and original opener.

The first segment is called Untitled Robot Parody. Bart buys Lisa a Malibu Stacy car for Christmas, and it turns out to be a Transformer type robot. It seems as though every machine in Springfield is a robot, and they all start fighting with each other. After Marge has a talk with one of the robots, they decide to stop fighting and enslave the humans. The ending of this segment is all too familiar, with Kang and Kodos segments ending the same way, but it was still a good ending. It was way too short running at less than five minutes, but it was still deserving of a Halloween segment.

Segment number two is the critically panned portion of the episode, but it's also the one I found the funniest. Homer accidentally kills Krusty the Clown and finds out that he has a knack for killing celebrities. He begins to get paid to kill celebrities so their likenesses can be used for free in commercials. The celebrities in Heaven decide to come down and kill Homer. This segment produced the most laughs for me. The celebrity deaths were original, and the segment was well paced.

The beloved Charlie Brown Halloween special has been turned into a Simpsons segment. Milhouse believes in the Grand Pumpkin, and because of how strong his belief is, the Grand Pumpkin comes to life. After seeing that humans eat and carve pumpkins, it goes crazy and start eating Springfield residents. The only thing that can stop imagination is more imagination. This was by far the best segment. It wasn't the funniest, but it made up for not a super amount of laughs with it's amazing style. The water color backgrounds and over the top Peanuts animation looked excellent.

Overall, this was one of the better Simpsons Halloween specials. It was funny, and had amazing style!

My rating: *** 1/2 out of ****. 30 mins. TVPGDLVS


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