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The Girl Who Slept Too Little 

A new cemetery right outside the window of Lisa's room makes Lisa suffer from many sleepless nights.

Director:

Raymond S. Persi

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 / Snowball II / Gravedigger Billy / Groundskeeper Willie / Santa's Little Helper / 'Cats' Cast Member (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Carl / Milton Burkhart / Dr. Nick Riviera / Chief Wiggum / Lou / Wild Beast #1 (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Ned Flanders / Lenny / Kent Brockman / Eddie / Scratchy / Wild Beast #2 (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Psychiatrist / Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Woman Introducing Milton Burkhart / Little Boy / All-You-Can-Eat Salad Bar / Wild Beast #3 (voice)
Karl Wiedergott Karl Wiedergott ... Additional Voices (voice)
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Storyline

A cemetery is built at the back of the Simpson house and Lisa's room looks directly onto it. As a consequence she becomes very worried about death and so,to conquer her fears,slips out of the house to spend a night among the grave stones. Having hit her head on a tombstone she has a dream in which she meets friendly Wild Things so that,when her parents find her next day,her fears have been allayed. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Marge complains that the family will be next to a graveyard instead of a stamp museum. Technically, they are living next to a cemetery. The difference is whether or not the property features a house of worship. A cemetery is a standalone property. The terms are sometimes used interchangeably, though. See more »

Quotes

Lisa Simpson: If Scooby Doo has taught me anything, it's that there's nothing to be afraid of except crooked real estate developers.
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References Spider-Man (2002) See more »

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Bonanza
Composed by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
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Rocky at times, but overall a good episode
15 July 2008 | by MidnightDrearySee all my reviews

This episode seemed to pitch from good to mediocre, but it's still one of this season's better episodes.

The first act begins with a stamp museum being constructed behind the Simpson home. Their attempts to drive the unwanted construction away are successful - then they discover that the stamp museum will be built on the site of the cemetery and that, consequently, the cemetery will be literally built in the Simpsons' backyard. The entire setup for the main storyline is weak, and the family's visit to the stamp museum later on in the episode is fairly pointless as well.

Lisa's bedroom, somehow, is the only one that faces the cemetery. It could be merely my love of the macabre, but the scenes featuring the graveyard were exceptionally well done, with some good music to create ambiance. Lisa is afraid of the cemetery and begins sleeping in her parents' bed. After trying and failing to spend a night in Lisa's room themselves, Homer and Marge go to a child psychiatrist to try and help her. Meanwhile, Lisa goes to spend a night in the graveyard to face her fear, although she regrets it immediately. When trying to escape, she hits her head on a gravestone and falls unconscious, where she goes into a series of dreams, ending in one very similar to the book "Where The Wild Things Are" - parodied here as "The Land of the Wild Beasts". (Somehow a mention of the book was slipped in earlier in the episode.) Marge and Homer find Lisa the next morning; she has overcome her fear.

Basically, an up-and-down episode. The graveyard scenes, such as the ones with Gravedigger Billy, were well done, and there's a funny bit with Bart's poorly constructed racecar bed, but the psychiatrist visit was flimsy and there were a few awkward jokes. I wish I could vote 7.5/10.


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