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Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire ()

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  • Season 1
  • Episode 1

The family is forced to spend all of their savings to get Bart's new tattoo removed, and with no money for Christmas, Homer is forced to become a store Santa.


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Homer Simpson / Barney Gumble / Elf Moldy / Grampa Simpson (voice)
Marge Simpson / Patty Bouvier / Selma Bouvier (voice)
Bart Simpson / Ralph Wiggum / SNPP employee / Radio singing voice / Boy / Lewis / Cashier / Elf Bubbles (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Principal Seymour Skinner / Mr. Largo / Ned Flanders / Tattoo Guy / Waylon Smithers / Dr. Zitofsky / Loudspeaker Announcer in Shop / Santa Claus Manager / Santa Claus Teacher / Announcer / Clerk (voice)
Moe Szyslak (voice)
Girl (voice)
Santa Claus Girl / Rod Flanders / Santa Claus Woman / Milhouse Van Houten / Son (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christopher Collins ...
Mr. Burns (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

David Silverman

Written by

Mimi Pond ... (written by)
Matt Groening ... (creator) (creator)
James L. Brooks ... (creator) (creator) &
Matt Groening ... (creator) (creator) &
Sam Simon ... (creator) (creator)

Produced by

Larina Jean Adamson ... co-producer
James L. Brooks ... executive producer
Matt Groening ... executive producer
Al Jean ... co-producer
J. Michael Mendel ... associate producer
Margot Pipkin ... animation producer
Mike Reiss ... co-producer
Richard Sakai ... producer
Sam Simon ... executive producer

Music by

Richard Gibbs

Film Editing by

Ric Eisman
Brian K. Roberts

Editorial Department

Don Barrozo ... assistant film editor
Joseph A. Boucher ... post-production coordinator
Larry Field ... digital intermediate colorist (uncredited)
Brian K. Roberts ... post-production coordinator (uncredited)

Casting By

Bonita Pietila

Production Management

Sherry Gunther ... animation production manager (as Sherry Argaman)
Michael Stanislavsky ... executive in charge of production: Gracie Films

Art Department

Rich Moore ... storyboard artist

Sound Department

Brad Brock ... production sound mixer
Michael L. DePatie ... sound effects editor (as Michael DePatie)
Gary Montgomery ... re-recording mixer
Travis Powers ... sound effects editor
Brian K. Roberts ... dialogue editor
Joel Valentine ... sound effects editor
Derek Sample ... adr recordist (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

James Keefer ... animation camera (as Jim Keefer)
Wesley Smith ... animation camera

Animation Department

Alvaro Arce ... background designer
Bronwen Barry ... layout artist
Tibor Belay ... layout artist
Cullen Blaine ... layout artist
Gabor Csupo ... supervising animation director
Zeon Davush ... layout artist
Steve Fellner ... layout artist
Erick Geisler ... background artist
Milton Gray ... layout artist (as Milton Grey)
Matt Groening ... character designer
Dolores Hanson ... animation checker
Dale Hendrickson ... character designer
Don Judge ... clean-up artist
Karenia Kaminski ... layout artist (as Karenia Kaminsky)
Nancy Kruse ... clean-up artist
Jang Woo Lee ... layout artist
Maxine Markota ... animation checker
Michael O'Connor ... layout artist
Eduardo Olivares ... layout artist
Phil Ortiz ... background designer / character designer
Gyorgyi Peluce ... background painter / color designer
Greg Reyna ... layout artist
Joe Russo II ... clean-up artist (as Joe Russo)
Swinton O. Scott III ... layout artist (as Swinton Scott)
Sam Simon ... character designer
Don Spencer ... overseas animation director
Eric Stefani ... layout artist
Michael Swanigan ... layout artist
Gregg Vanzo ... layout artist
Nikki Vanzo ... animation checker

Music Department

Danny Elfman ... composer: theme music
Chris Ledesma ... music editor
Sally Stevens ... main title singer
Philip Giffin ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Louise Jaffe ... script supervisor

Additional Crew

Stuart Baker ... assistant to producers
Brad Bird ... executive consultant
James L. Brooks ... executive creative consultant
Donavan Brown ... production assistant
Steve Gottfried ... assistant to producers
Todd Jacobsen ... production assistant
Stephen J. Lineweaver ... visual consultant (as Stephen Lineweaver)
Patty MacDonald ... assistant to executive producers
Michael McCusker ... assistant to producers
Eleanor Mills ... production assistant (as Elenore Mills)
Daria Paris ... assistant to executive producers
Lana Repp-Lewis ... assistant to producers (as Lana Repp Lewis)
Leslie Richter ... assistant to producers
Sam Simon ... creative supervisor
Julie Steddom Smith ... assistant to executive producers (as Julie Stedmon Smith)
Lisa Stewart ... assistant to producers
Jon Vitti ... story editor
Sarah Werner ... production coordinator
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Plot Summary

During Christmas at the Simpsons, Bart asks for a tattoo. Marge takes them to the mall to buy presents. Bart sees a tattoo parlor and lies about his age to get a "Mother" tattoo. Marge catches Bart while the tattoo parlor is working on it. Marge runs in and drags Bart out. She spends all the Christmas money on removing Bart's tattoo, and Mr. Burns doesn't give out bonuses. Homer then gets a job at the mall as Santa Claus. Bart goes to the mall and pulls off Homer's beard. Homer is then left without a job, and only gets paid $13.00. Will Christmas get any better for the Simpsons? Written by

Plot Keywords
Taglines Twas the Week Before Christmas and Fate Played a Joke. No Tree and No Presents, Homer was Broke! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Especial de Navidad (Mexico)
  • 30 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia DVD commentary revealed that the creators got letters of praise for heightening the awareness of the abandonment of racing dogs even though they didn't know it was a real problem when they created the episode. See more »
Goofs The copyright date is given as 1990, yet this episode aired in 1989. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Way of the Dog (2020). See more »
Soundtracks Jingle Bells See more »
Crazy Credits Copyright date given as 1990, despite a 1989 air date. See more »
Quotes Bart: Can we keep him, Dad? Please?
Homer: But he's a loser. He's pathetic. He's...
[the dog licks his face]
Homer: A Simpson.
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