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The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show 

Krusty becomes alarmed at the flagging ratings for "The Itchy & Scratchy Show" and demands it be corrected. The producers reason some new gimmicks are needed to inject fresh air and - after a focus group doesn't quite go as well as planned - decide to introduce a new character named Poochie, a rapping cartoon dog that is supposed to become friends with Itchy and Scratchy. Homer auditions to do ... See full summary »

Director:

Steven Dean 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 / Krusty / Sideshow Mel / Pasty-faced Lawyer / Weinstein / Itchy / Poochie / Barney / Benjamin (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz / Ralph Wiggum / Database (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Oakley / Meyer / Roy / Doug / Comic Book Guy / 'Uh, in episode...' / Moe Szyslak / Carl (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Focus Group Guy / Animator / Otto / Cohen / Recording Engineer / Scratchy / Jasper / Ned Flanders / Kent Brockman / Gary (voice)
Phil Hartman ... Troy McClure (voice)
Alex Rocco ... Roger Meyers Jr. (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Krusty's Secretary (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Network Lady / June Bellamy (voice)
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Krusty becomes alarmed at the flagging ratings for "The Itchy & Scratchy Show" and demands it be corrected. The producers reason some new gimmicks are needed to inject fresh air and - after a focus group doesn't quite go as well as planned - decide to introduce a new character named Poochie, a rapping cartoon dog that is supposed to become friends with Itchy and Scratchy. Homer auditions to do Poochie's voice and wins the part. Poochie's first cartoon, "The Beagle Has Landed," premieres to great fanfare but is poorly received to say the least. The producers decide that, given his spectacular failure, Poochie will be killed off in the mutt's next cartoon. Homer learns about this and at his next recording session, gives a speech imploring everyone to give Poochie a chance. However, the effort is unsuccessful and Poochie's death - along with the correct lines dubbed in - is revealed in the next animated short. Also: A college-aged boy named Roy temporarily moves in with the Simpsons and ...

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Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1997 (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

The animator who designs Poochie is a caricature of animator and series director David Silverman. See more »

Quotes

Animator: Excuse me, but "proactive" and "paradigm"? Aren't these just buzzwords that dumb people use to sound important?
[backpedaling]
Animator: Not that I'm accusing you of anything like that.
[pause]
Animator: I'm fired, aren't I?
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Wrestling (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

William Tell Overture
(uncredited)
Composed by Gioachino Rossini
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Very Clever Take on Something Several Television Series Have Done,
26 August 2014 | by lesleyharris30See all my reviews

The Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie Show is a brilliant Simpsons episode with a very well written storyline and a ton of very funny scenes.The episode is very cleverly written and is a very smart take on what several television series have done to get the show better ratings, Poochie was a very legit way that a new character is introduced in a show,pops up out of nowhere and suddenly all the other characters instantly love him.I also really liked seeing Homer as the voice actor of Poochie and the writing room scenes for Itchy and Scatchy are some of the episodes highlights.Another great episode from the eight season (without a doubt my favourite season to date),the Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie Show is a funny and clever episode.

When ratings start going down,the writers of Itchy and Scratchy decide to add a new character to make things interesting,however Poochie the dog is unsuccessful with fans.


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