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Grift of the Magi 

A toy company purchases Springfield Elementary and uses the student body as a focus group for their new Christmas toy Funzo.

Director:

Matthew Nastuk

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 / Krusty (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz / Ralph Wiggum / Girl / Boy (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak / Court Show Announcer / Defendant / Bumblebee Man / Chief Wiggum / Carl / Funzos (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Montgomery Burns / Waylon Smithers / Ned Flanders / Kent Brockman / Hibbert / Principal Skinner / Phil / Announcer / Lenny (voice)
Clarence Clemons ... Narrator (voice)
Gary Coleman ... Gary Coleman (voice)
Joe Mantegna ... Fat Tony (voice)
Tim Robbins ... Jim Hope (voice)
Marcia Wallace ... Crowd (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Plaintiff / Lindsey Naegle / Teacher (voice)
Russi Taylor ... Martin Prince / Sherri / Terri (voice)
Karl Wiedergott Karl Wiedergott ... Crowd (voice)
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Storyline

With the school strapped for cash Principal Skinner allows Jim Hope,president of Kids First Industries,to take it over. He is using the children as guinea pigs to test popular toys,in particular one called,at Lisa's suggestion,Funzo. However the Simpsons discover that Funzo's purpose is to destroy all other toys so they collect every Funzo model to prevent this,ending with a family celebration that combines 'A Christmas Carol' with 'It's a Wonderful Life'. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1999 (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

The title references O. Henry's story "The Gift of the Magi". See more »

Goofs

Lisa is writing I WILL NOT DO MATH IN CLASS on the board. She stops after writing MATH. In the next shot an IN has appeared. See more »

Quotes

Homer Simpson: So, who am I beating up?
Lisa Simpson: Nobody. You're just gonna break into everyone's house and steal their favorite toy.
Bart Simpson: Thus saving Christmas.
Homer Simpson: Now, let's see... this'll make three Christmases I saved versus eight I ruined... two were kind of a draw...
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Connections

Spoofs The Terminator (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont
Performed by Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith
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Easily the best episode of this awful season. It's surprisingly great
18 November 2007 | by killbill500See all my reviews

Okay, so we've all established that Season 11 is undoubtedly the worst season in the show's run. But this episode is an exception.

It's just overall a good episode, which really stands out from the rest of Season 11. It's exciting, fun, surprisingly funny, and even clever at times, which is something the rest of Season 11 (with the exception of, "Treehouse of Horror X") and most of Season 10 and 12 have failed to do.

If you've seen stinkers like, "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge" and "Saddlesore Galactica" and have pretty much given up on this awful season, then just watch this episode because you really are bound to enjoy it. Well, I don't know that, but I do know that I liked it.


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