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Treehouse of Horror XIX 

The Simpsons' 19th Halloween Special, with parodies of "Transformers," "Mad Men," and "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown."

Directors:

Bob Anderson (as Beelze-Bob Anderson), Mike B. Anderson (as Mikenstein B. Anderson)

Writers:

Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Grampa Simpson / Krusty the Clown / Groundskeeper Willie / Blue-Haired Lawyer / Snooze / Sex Toy / Sedan Bot / Ad Man 2 (voice) (as Black Catstellaneta)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice) (as Boooooline Kavner)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz / Ralph Wiggum / Maggie Simpson (voice) (as I Peed My Pants Nance)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice) (as The Smith to Nowhere)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak / Chief Wiggum / Comic Book Guy / Apu / Old Jewish Man / Voting Machine / Bestimus Muchos / Ad Man 1 / Charlton Heston / Announcer / George Washington / John Lennon / Edward G. Robinson / Prince / Grand Pumpkin / Tom Turkey (voice) (as Hockey Mom Azaria)
Harry Shearer ... Principal Skinner / Melody / Fast-Talking Announcer / Carnage Destructicus (voice)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice) (as Macabre Marcia Wallace)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten (voice) (as Hellsablazin' Hayden)
Tress MacNeille ... Dolph / Boy / Malibu Stacy (voice) (as Tress MacNihil)
Karl Wiedergott Karl Wiedergott ... Three-Way / John Wayne (voice) (as 'Hot Tea!')
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Storyline

After Homer gets eaten by a demonic polling booth an 'untitled robot parody' shows Lisa's Christmas present, a Malibu Stacey car, turn into a transformer as inanimate objects around Springfield follow suit and declare war on each other, Marge's peace suggestion being less than helpful. Then, after accidentally killing Krusty, Homer is approached by ad men to murder celebrities to avoid paying them royalties for product endorsement - but the illustrious ghosts fight back. Finally Milhouse unwisely conjures the Great - and cannibalistic - Pumpkin on Halloween, requiring a giant turkey to come and save the kids of Springfield. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The song that plays when Maggie is looking at the Krusty pictures on the wall of the day care is "Wouldn't It Be Adequate?" from the episode 'My Fair Laddy.' See more »

Quotes

Homer Simpson: Before you kill me, I have to know, what is the one true religion?
Krusty The Klown: It's a mixture of voodoo and Methodist.
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Connections

Spoofs The Searchers (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Hava Nagila
[Played while Golda Meir is throwing the star of David at Homer.]
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The best Simpsons Halloween special in the last few years.
2 November 2008 | by TOMNELSee all my reviews

Reviews out before this episode aired all had similar complaints, many of them being about the second segment and how lacking it was. I found all three segements to be very solid, though the first segment was a bit generic. In the end, this was the best Simpsons Halloween special in the last few years.

The opening features Homer trying to vote for Barack Obama, but the machine says McCain each time. Where this could have been a political hit towards one candidate, it felt more like just the horror of rigged voting. It wasn't in poor taste, and it was a good, and original opener.

The first segment is called Untitled Robot Parody. Bart buys Lisa a Malibu Stacy car for Christmas, and it turns out to be a Transformer type robot. It seems as though every machine in Springfield is a robot, and they all start fighting with each other. After Marge has a talk with one of the robots, they decide to stop fighting and enslave the humans. The ending of this segment is all too familiar, with Kang and Kodos segments ending the same way, but it was still a good ending. It was way too short running at less than five minutes, but it was still deserving of a Halloween segment.

Segment number two is the critically panned portion of the episode, but it's also the one I found the funniest. Homer accidentally kills Krusty the Clown and finds out that he has a knack for killing celebrities. He begins to get paid to kill celebrities so their likenesses can be used for free in commercials. The celebrities in Heaven decide to come down and kill Homer. This segment produced the most laughs for me. The celebrity deaths were original, and the segment was well paced.

The beloved Charlie Brown Halloween special has been turned into a Simpsons segment. Milhouse believes in the Grand Pumpkin, and because of how strong his belief is, the Grand Pumpkin comes to life. After seeing that humans eat and carve pumpkins, it goes crazy and start eating Springfield residents. The only thing that can stop imagination is more imagination. This was by far the best segment. It wasn't the funniest, but it made up for not a super amount of laughs with it's amazing style. The water color backgrounds and over the top Peanuts animation looked excellent.

Overall, this was one of the better Simpsons Halloween specials. It was funny, and had amazing style!

My rating: *** 1/2 out of ****. 30 mins. TVPGDLVS


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 2008 (USA) See more »

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USA

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Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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