The Simpsons (1989– )
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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.


Matthew Nastuk


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

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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)


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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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

19 December 1999 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Funzo is based on Furby, the interactive toy which became a huge national craze. See more »


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 »


Lindsey Naegle: [exits her office to see Gary doing karate] I'm sorry, Gary. There's no longer a place for you here.
Gary Coleman: Whatchutalkin'bout, Miss Naegle?
Lindsey Naegle: That is so adorable! You're re-hired.
[she closes the door behind her]
Gary Coleman: Sucker! I knew exactly what she was talking about.
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References Webster (1983) See more »


Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves
Written by Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart
Performed by Nancy Cartwright and Pamela Hayden
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A festive dud
22 July 2017 | by studioATSee all my reviews

'The Simpsons' tend to do holiday themed episodes well, so it was a surprise to me that this one was a bit underwhelming.

It starts slowly, and despite getting better as it goes along, lacks any really big laughs or moments.

I've been largely impressed with the 11th series of the show so far, but this is not one of the better episodes.

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