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Bart-Mangled Banner 

An accidental photo showing Bart mooning the American flag makes the Simpsons the most hated family in town.



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Episode cast overview:
... Homer Simpson / Hans Moleman / Barney Gumble / Rich Texan / Writer / Sideshow Mel / Mayor Quimby / Gil / Squeaky-Voiced Teen / Krusty the Clown / Mr. Teeny / SWAT Man / Wine Expert / Bill O'Rights / French Ship Captain (voice)
... Marge Simpson (voice)
... Bart Simpson / Kearney / Elmo (voice)
... Lisa Simpson (voice)
... Drederick Tatum / Moe Szyslak / Superintendent Chalmers / Editor / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Crazy Golf Attendant / Carl / Nash Castor / Quimby's Aide #2 / Luigi / Guard #1 / Terrorist / Guard #3 / Immigration Official (voice)
... Dr. Hibbert / Mailman / Principal Skinner / Lenny / Mr. Largo / Tom Brokaw / House Speaker / Quimby's Aide #1 / Reverend Lovejoy / Bill Clinton / Guard #2 / U.S. Constitution (voice)
... Edna Krabappel (voice)
... Jimbo Jones (voice)
... Dolph / Iraqi Woman / Cookie Kwan (voice)
Karl Wiedergott ... Others (voice)


When a donkey rips Bart's shorts off whilst he is standing in front of a screen exhibiting the American flag, he is erroneously taken to be mooning it and he and the family declared to be unpatriotic and, with them, by definition, Springfield. Quimby changes the town's name to Libertyville but the family is still sent to the Ronald Reagan Rehabilitation Center on Alcatraz. They escape and end up in France, which they quite like but decide to 'emigrate' to the New World and start over. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

16 May 2004 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In addition to giving all of his eight children, patriotic American names, Apu also mentions that he has changed his family name from Nahasapeemapetilon to McGillicuddy. That was the maiden name of the character Lucille Ball played in "I Love Lucy," surely the most all-American sitcom of all time. It is obviously why Apu could not have used Lucy's married name, since it was Ricardo, which was no more "American" than Nahasapeemapetilon. See more »


[the Simpsons are in jail with Michael Moore, the Dixie Chicks, and Elmo]
Elmo: Elmo go to wrong fundraiser.
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References Sesame Street (1969) See more »


America the Beautiful
Music by Samuel A. Ward
Lyrics by Katharine Lee Bates
Performed by Nancy Cartwright, Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, and Yeardley Smith
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A Very Adventurous and Different Episode,
21 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

Bart-Mangled Banner is a fantastic Simpsons episode with a very well written storyline and loads of very funny scenes. It's certainly one of the highlights of the fifteenth season, I always forget about this episode but when I see it on I remember how much I love it, it's very risky, making several jabs at America, and the overall set up seemed like a disaster waiting to happen, but it ended being a truly great and unique episode. It had great potential at the end of the episode to have a second part, which I think would have been great and felt like a missed opportunity, it's a substantial episode so it would have made perfect sense to be a two parter, I would have loved to see the Simpsons getting use to a new life in New York, eventually moving back to their home town in Springfield of course, this was a great opportunity for another episode and the writers should do something like that more often, twenty more minutes to wrap up the story properly. It's very impressive how much is done in this episode, I find it very hard to believe that it's only twenty minutes long, the story takes many twists and turns, and the characters are taken to many different locations, this couldn't have been easy for the animators and the director deserves huge credit for the amount of work that went in to it. There isn't any other episode like it, Bart- Managled Banner is a very enjoyable Simpsons episode.

The Simpsons become the most hated family in America after a picture of Bart mooning the American flag goes viral.

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