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Bart Gets an Elephant 

After Bart receives an elephant as a prize for calling in to a radio station, the animal proves to be too costly to care for and Homer decides to sell it.

Director:

Jim Reardon

Writers:

Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Pyle / Bill Clinton / Marty / Grampa / Santa's Little Helper / Man with Glass Pane #1 / Barney Gumble (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson / Patty Bouvier / Selma Bouvier (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Child #2 (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak / Mr. Cleanser / Chief Wiggum / Snake / DJ 3000 / Arboretum Employee / Cletus / Kirk Van Houten / Potential Elephant Buyer / Widelife Preserve Representative (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Gomer / Principal Skinner / Jasper / Kent Brockman / Mr. Burns / Smithers / Mr. Blackheart / Ned Flanders / Man with Glass Pane #2 / Peanut Factory Employee (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Child #1 / Luanne Van Houten (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... KBBL Boss / Child #3 / Mother / Helen Lovejoy / Maude Flanders / Tar Pit Information Speaker (voice)
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Storyline

After winning a phone-in competition Bart has a choice of prize of either $10,000 or an elephant, he chooses the latter, naming him Stampy. The Simpsons are in chaos after Stampy wrecks the house and eats all the food. They have no alternative, Stampy must go to an animal refuge. Written by wodder-1

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1994 (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 most important thing to David Mirkin while making the episode was to make sure that the elephant would be a "bastard" and behave rudely, unlike other animals on the show. For example, instead of putting people on his back, Stampy would put them in his mouth. Mirkin said the elephant "never quite bonds because it's a very cantankerous animal, a concept that was very important to this episode". See more »

Quotes

Homer Simpson: I just have two questions: "How much?" and "Give it to me".
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Connections

References Lassie (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
(uncredited)
Written by Doug Ingle
Performed by Iron Butterfly
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Bart Gets an Elephant gets a C
17 September 2008 | by gizmomogwaiSee all my reviews

The fifth season comes right between the two greatest seasons of the series, the fourth and sixth, and yet I'd say season 5 is one of the weaker classic seasons (but still classic- there are a few great episodes like Treehouse of Horror IV, Rosebud and Cape Feare). Bart Gets an Elephant is probably the weakest episode of this season.

Its storyline, about Bart winning an African elephant in a radio contest, isn't very realistic or relatable. It has a few even crazier jokes, for example, having the dog talk and Patty and Selma taken by a tornado. With these kinds of episodes, though, having a writer like John Swartzwelder (the author of this episode) is a good idea, because he can at least make them funny. Indeed, Bart Gets an Elephant scores some laughs with Homer's dubious reasoning about ivory supply and demand, a character answering a question as to whether he's an ivory dealer, a d'oh-deer joke, Barney lighting a cigarette. These jokes save the episode from being outright bad- but most jokes fall flat, some of them seeming lazy, making this episode a low point in the classic years.


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