Homer and Bart put together a team to author the next successful tween novel franchise and make a million dollars, but discover that they need Lisa's help to pull it off.

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Homer Simpson (voice)
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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Neil Gaiman (voice)
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Lisa becomes disheartened when she learns the shocking truth behind the "tween lit" industry and her beloved fantasy novel characters. But Homer decides to cash in on the craze and forms a team to group-write the next "tween lit" hit, with the king of fantasy, Neil Gaiman, lending his expertise to the effort. After catching the eye of a slick industry publisher at the Springfield Book Fair, the team gets an advanced copy of their work and discovers that the corporate lit business is a bigger operation than they imagined. Written by Fox Publicity

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In the scene where Lisa is chasing the dinosaur, she runs past a room with three dinosaurs lighting up cigarettes and smoking. This is a direct tribute to Gary Larson's comic where he suggests the "real" demise of the dinosaurs. See more »

Goofs

Lisa's laser printer is printing out Bart and Homer's manuscript yet the sound of a dot matrix printer is heard See more »

Quotes

Homer Simpson: It's not illegal to sleep in a Tyrannosaurus head.
Security Guard: Sir, you're inside an allosaurus.
Homer Simpson: I demand to speak to my paleontologist!
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The credits are written in white instead of the usual yellow. See more »

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Spoofs The Italian Job (2003) See more »

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The Simpsons take on The Italian Job, Ocean's Eleven and put together a very funny episode
26 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Couch gag: N/A There isn't one to speak of.

The episode: Lisa discovers one of her favorite authors is just a face for the back cover. Her books turn out to be written by scores of recently graduated lit majors who will do anything for money. Lisa vents to Homer about it, planting the idea in Homer's brain. He assembles a crack team, starting with Bart, to write the book with him.

Any time The Simpsons put together a group of Homer, Bart, Moe, Professor Frink, Selma, and Principal Skinner, you know you're in for a treat. That's precisely what this episode was. Neil Gaiman guest stars in this episode and does a very good job.

Favorite moment(s): Principal Skinner's original recruitment and then his pizza delivery decoy. Kansas City.

Sit down and watch this episode if you get a chance. It's cute but not too cute. The Italian Job/Ocean's Eleven spoof is a real charmer. This is an episode that ends really well, combining the comedy and sentimentality we've come to expect from The Simpsons.

Overall rating: 9/10 I highly recommend this episode. It's a fun one.


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