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Cape Feare 

After being released from prison on parole, Sideshow Bob plots to murder Bart.

Director:

Rich Moore

Writers:

Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Grampa Simpson / Blue-Haired Lawyer / Laughing Cop / Ernest P. Worrell / Wolves / Santa's Little Helper (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson / Patty Bouvier / Selma Bouvier (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz / Exercise Video Girl / Girls (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Chief Wiggum / Lou / Moe Szyslak / Snake Jailbird / Obengruppenfuhrer Wolfcastle / General Krelm / Parole Board Officer / FBI Man #2 (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Ned Flanders / Scratchy / McBain / Jasper Beardly / Radio DJ / Parole Judge / Persuasive Man / First FBI Man / Football Announcer (voice)
Kelsey Grammer ... Sideshow Bob (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Anya / Girls (voice)
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Storyline

An anonymous letter writer makes ominous threats to Bart. The Simpsons discover they were sent by Sideshow Bob who, when released from prison, harasses the Simpsons and then attempts to kill Bart with a machete. But Bob's vanity foils him yet again. Written by Tiff Banks

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1993 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Additions to the end musical number, including visual gags such as Bob appearing in uniform, were added after the animatics. The crew felt that watching the character singing would not be interesting enough and they had to include these gags to make it work. Matt Groening was surprised when he saw the additions, because he originally thought they were silly and would not appear in the final cut, but he has grown to like them. See more »

Goofs

In the final scene, when the Simpsons arrive back at their house they drive straight past it and Grampa Simpson is not in the garden. In the next shot they are stopping outside their house and Grampa Simpson is standing in the garden. See more »

Quotes

[after writing a death threat to Bart in blood, Bob starts writing another letter with his bleeding finger]
Sideshow Bob: "Dear 'Life in These United States,' a funny thing happened to me...?
[as his finger bleeds freely, he sways, woozy, and collapses onto the desk]
Snake: Use a pen, Sideshow Bob.
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Alternate Versions

The episode "Cape Feare" has been banned from broadcast in Germany because it shows McBain's announcer in full Nazi regalia. See more »

Connections

References Psycho (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Three Little Maids From School Are We
(uncredited)
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Performed by Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, and Yeardley Smith
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Classic Sideshow Bob Episode
8 July 2009 | by freemantle_ukSee all my reviews

Up until 'Day of the Jackanapes' Sideshow Bob episode have been some of the best Simpsons episodes and Cape Feare is seen as one of best episodes overall by Simpsons fans.

Bart is receiving death threats in the post, causing him to live in fear and stress. It is soon revived that Sideshow Bob had been sending the letter and he had just been released from prison. The Simpson family are placed in the FBI witness protection program, and relocated to Lake Terror. But Sideshow Bob was able to follow the family and wants to exact his bloody revenge on Bart.

Cape Feare is the Simpsons' version of Martin Scorsese's Cape Fear, with many scenes lifted and parodied. It fun to see the Simpsons' twist on that psycho thriller (as well as some other film references). They are top notch jokes, good voice acting, excellent animation and even a good few musical numbers. All key parts of what made the Simpsons successful. A great moment for the Simpsons.


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