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Bart the General 

After being beaten up by Nelson Muntz one too many times, Bart turns to Grampa for help, and soon leads a rebellion against the school bully.


David Silverman


Jon Vitti (story editor)

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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Grampa Simpson (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson / Receptionist (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz / Lewis (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Otto / Principal Seymour Skinner / Jasper / Herman (voice)
Susan Blu Susan Blu ... Weasel #1 (voice)
Jo Ann Harris ... Weasel #2 / Richard / Lewis (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Boy (voice)


Lisa is making cupcakes for her teacher and her family is trying to take one. When Bart and Lisa go to school, the most feared bully, Nelson Muntz, and his goons appear and eat all of Lisa's cupcakes. Bart gets in a fight with him and gets beat up, trying to think of ways of how to beat Nelson. Bart goes to his grandpa for help, and they try to get some of Bart's friends to rebel against Nelson and his goons. Bart leads his team to fight Nelson and his goons and teach him a lesson. Written by kevindklenke

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

4 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In this episode Bart confronts a "soldier" who says he's lost his nerves to which Bart responds by slapping him and saying "I won't have cowards in my army." Grandpa then slaps Bart and says "You can push them out of a plane. You can march them off a cliff. You can send them off to die on some God-forsaken rock. But for some reason you can't slap them. Now apologize to that boy right now." This is a reference to General Patton slapping a soldier who was in the infirmary dealing with PTSD during WWII. Patton was subsequently required to publicly apologize and was removed from the front lines as a result. See more »


Herman misspelled "Kwik-E-Mart" as "Quick-E-Mart" on his map of Springfield. See more »


Bart: I guess you learned your lesson, so now I'll untie ya.
Nelson Muntz: The second you untie me, I'm gonna beat you to death, man.
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Crazy Credits

The opening title sequence was edited down to a bare minimum due to the episode running long; only the title and the first aerial shot of Springfield are shown. The chalkboard and sofa gags are sacrificed. Most of the usual opening credits are missing, including the creator, developers, producers and writer. See more »


References Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) See more »


Theme from Patton
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
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A Classic Simpsons Episode!
17 October 2013 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

The fifth episode in the long-running Simpsons series is very funny and quite well-done. With me being such a movie buff, I loved the movie references such as Patton and of course, Full Metal Jacket. The episode had me laughing almost non-stop the entire time and the episode is way better than the previous 2 episodes and on par with the first two of Season One.

This episode, "Bart the General" formerly introduces us to Grampa, the school bully Nelson, and Bart's best friend. While sticking up for Lisa, Bart gets into a few altercations with Nelson. In order to stop the bullying, Bart asks Grampa for help so he can end the bullying for good.

Overall, this is a very funny episode and the many references to Full Metal Jacket is outstanding especially during the training scenes. Bart is indeed one heck of a general. I rate this film 9/10.

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