Also, Bart uses Charlie Brown's catchphrase "Good grief" and is wearing his clothes. Capsules for the most recent seasons may not be yet finished. Written By "[14] Show Patrol wrote "The nostalgia factor makes “Grand Pumpkin” the best of these amusing bits for me, but they all lack that trademark “Simpsons” brand of satirical smartness. It's the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse title card, It's the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse promo card. When they return to Heaven, they find that Homer had locked them outside for revenge, and he becomes very good friends with Abraham Lincoln. "[21] The spokesperson added, "Nelson should send an apologetic e-card to Milhouse. “All pumpkins are racist. Sex, Pies and Idiot Scrapes S20E1 Lost Verizon S20E2 Double, Double, Boy in Trouble S20E3 Treehouse of Horror XIX S20E4 Dangerous Curves S20E5 Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words S20E6 MyPods and Boomsticks S20E7 The Burns and the Bees S20E8 Lisa the Drama Queen S20E9 Take My Life, Please S20E10 How the Test Was Won S20E11 No Loan Again, Naturally S20E12 Gone Maggie Gone S20E13 … Al Jean said it was "just really fun to do transformations [and] you can see why they enjoyed doing that film." However, Milhouse offers the Grand Pumpkin pumpkin bread, and when he reveals that the bread is made from pumpkins, the Grand Pumpkin is angered. Milhouse starts to believe in Tom Turkey, who comes to life and kills the Grand Pumpkin, freeing everyone he ate. "How to Get Ahead in Dead-Vertising" featured a parody of the title sequence of Mad Men. He then notices something "different" to which the transformers unanimously state "no". He enters You Forgot-Me-Nots in hopes of finding a cheap gift for Lisa. However, the voting machine is rigged to register his vote for Republican candidate John McCain. Maggie points at the toy to alert Lisa, but she doesn't buy it. [13] At the end of the segment, she says to the audience that they can send complaints to an address which she only says in more muted trombone noises. but the machine sucks him in and kills him, then shoots out his body out of the voting booth. The Vince Guaraldi music is such a huge part of it, so we got to clear it. Marge interrupts asking for the fighting to end. 21x04 - Treehouse of Horror XX. However, when Tom Turkey learns of what people do to turkeys on Thanksgiving, he vows revenge and begins eating some of the children as well. They take place outside the show's normal continuity and completely abandon … Episode Number He would try to get Springfield to "become more flamboyant, loosen up a little, become more sexually open". "Treehouse of Horror XIX" is the nineteenth Halloween episode of the animated sitcom The Simpsons. The Transformers realize they have no reason to fight in the first place and thus team up to enslave Humanity. Later on, Homer is approached by businessmen who heard of his deed. Turner Classic Movies called. "[22], Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, "Ratings: Obama's ad, World Series clincher top the week", "Simpsons' latest 'Treehouse' is less witty, but still worth visiting", "The Simpsons: "Treehouse of Horror XIX" Review", Simpsons World The Ultimate Episode Guide: Seasons 1–20, "Review -- The Simpsons: "Treehouse of Horror XIX, "Another visit to the Simpsons' 'Treehouse of Horror, "A mixed bag of parody on "Simpsons Treehouse of Terror XIX, "TV Ratings: NFL, 'Simpsons' Lead the Way Sunday", "Seitz on Why, After 500 Episodes, Slagging The Simpsons Is Unfair", "2008 Annie Award Nominations by Category", "D'oh! The dead celebrities start killing people at the party and shoot Chief Wiggum. This is the nineteenth Treehouse of Horror episode, and, like the other Treehouse of Horror episodes, contains three self-contained segments: in "Untitled Robot Parody", Transformerrobots run amok in Springfield; in "How to Get Ahead in Dead-Vertising", Homer is hired by ad agents to kill cele… Obviously it’s not a legacy of greatness. Outside, Homer enters his car and backs out of the driveway, but then the car transforms with his head sticking out the back (resembling Optimus Prime in color and design). Shows that are incomplete, or do not have enough transcripts added, will be highlighted in yellow. 424 Upon entering the store, Bart goes through a box entitled "Only 99 cents" and looks through the various toys and novelty items and subsequently gives up. Milhouse' prayer to the Grand Pumpkin is similar to the Nicene Creed. Matt Warburton In a parody of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Milhouse waits in a pumpkin patch on Halloween for the Grand Pumpkin (which Bart made up) with Lisa. Treehouse of Horror, also known as The Simpsons Halloween Specials, is a series of Halloween-themed episodes of the animated sitcom The Simpsons, each consisting of three separate, self-contained segments.These segments usually involve the Simpson family in some horror, science fiction, or supernatural setting. In the opening scene, Homer tries to vote for Barack Obama in the presidential election, but the voting machine is rigged to turn his vote into one for John McCain, and after six attempts to vote for Obama, Homer then rumbles the machine for not letting him vote Obama and is killed after getting sucked into and out of it. All over Springfield, machines transform into robots. Oh, for the love of... Huh? [8] The second segment features a parody of the opening of Mad Men and Homer kills several celebrities, including Kate Winslet, Prince, George Clooney, and Neil Armstrong, set to the song "Psycho Killer" by Talking Heads. In the segment, Milhouse wears the same clothes and plays the same role as Linus van Pelt. "The Simpsons" Treehouse of Horror XIX (TV Episode 2008) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. The truck rolls back and transforms into a pink convertible Ferrari. He dismisses the toy, stating that "Girls don't truck, come back when you're something else!" However, the real Krusty defaces sections of the mural, as it is an unlicensed use of his image. Realizing that Milhouse can bring things to life by believing in them, Lisa tells him about "Tom Turkey", a symbol of Thanksgiving, who comes to life and kills the Grand Pumpkin, freeing everyone he ate. It first aired on the Fox network two days after Halloween. In a parody of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Milhouse is waiting in the pumpkin patch for the Grand Pumpkin on Halloween, and Lisa accompanies him because (as she puts it) his glasses fog up when he cries, which he would probably do to learn that the Grand Pumpkin doesn't exist. The main theme to Peanuts "Linus and Lucy" is played several times. Original Airdate Soon Lisa leaves in frustration when she sees everyone at school having a Halloween party. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on November 2, 2008 and in the United Kingdom on [Sky 1]] on November 30, 2008. "[10], "It's the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse" was regarded by reviewers as the best segment in the episode. [5], The final segment is based on the Halloween cartoon It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Treehouse of Horror XIX Jean was a fan of the series and pitched the scene. The highlight so far, a cloud shaped like a giraffe that floated by during the rain delay. [4] Jean said in 2011 that "For years we had never been able to parody Charlie Brown's Halloween special, which is one of the all-time top three animated shows ever. Many individuals have contributed to them over the past decade, though they have been principally the work of Raymond Chen, Chris Baird, James A. Cherry, Frederic Briere, Hari Michael Wierny and, presently, Benjamin Robinson and Andrew Gill. It was just a dream come true to satirize it. Meanwhile, back in Heaven, the dead celebrities (including John Lennon) are outraged by these exploits. [12] When Marge first speaks, she uses a muted trombone. This is a parody of the "wah wah wah" voice that is used for adults in the various Peanuts specials. [4] Al Jean said it was "just really fun to do transformations [and] you can see why they enjoyed doing that film. They manage to convince Homer to start killing celebrities such as George Clooney, Prince, and Neil Armstrong. The capsules are the heart of the archive. 11/10/05 11:44 (Commentator) We're here at game six of the World Series. In the opening scene, Homer tries to vote for Democratic Senator Barack Obama in the 2008 American presidential election. The batter just called time-out again. Springfield! Episodes with a alternative Gracie Films logo, https://simpsons.fandom.com/wiki/Treehouse_of_Horror_XIX?oldid=933475. 30 characters or less. The episode received mixed reviews from critics, with "It's the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse" generally regarded as the best segment; critic Matt Zoller Seitz cited the segment as one of The Simpsons' "flashes of greatness" in the later seasons. 21x04 - Treehouse of Horror XX. Al Jean Krusty's angel kills Homer, who gets revenge by locking all the celebrities out of Heaven, leaving only himself and the apparently gay Abraham Lincoln. After Lisa sees everyone at school having a Halloween party, she grows tired of waiting and leaves in frustration. In an opening parody of period drama television series Mad Men, Homer and Marge arrive at a daycare center to drop off Maggie, but Maggie is upset by her parents leaving. Sadly, the script was never produced, though Prince did appear in later seasons, including ‘Treehouse of Horror XIX,’ where Homer stabs the musician with his guitar. However, Krusty is already there to have the images of his face sandblasted from the mural, as his likeness is trademarked and had been used without his permission. Thanking Marge, the two factions of sentient machines work together to overthrow humanity and use Springfield's residents in a game of human foosball. Homer is then hired as a celebrity assassin, taking out such famous faces as actor George Clooney, singer Prince, and astronaut Neil Armstrong. On Christmas morning, Bart gives the pink convertible to Lisa, which she proudly enjoys. A redesigned version of Santa's Little Helper can be seen sleeping on top of his dog house and Homer is seen sleeping on top of his house in a manner similar to Snoopy. Read Script Pages From Prince's Rejected Cameo On 'The Simpsons' According to some DVD commentary, the reason why the episodes are non-canon is a trade-off for the writers. Krusty convinces the dead celebrities except for Abraham Lincoln (who for some reason likes his exploit about him and George Washington kissing each other at a wedding commercial for a marathon although this outrages Washington) to descend from Heaven and stage an attack upon everyone who benefited from these exploits. "Treehouse of Horror XIX" is the fourth episode of the twentieth season of The Simpsons. Apparently, the likeness of dead celebrities can be put in commercials for free, since they refuse to sponsor certain products while alive. Canning wrote, "this segment may not be all that gory, but it's funny and, quite honestly, it will just make you feel good. Behind him a red cab-over semi-truck (reminiscent of the original Optimus Prime) appears, blinking its lights at Bart in an attempt to gain his attention. Homer is later approached by two advertising agents who have heard of his deed and explain their plan to use celebrities' likenesses in advertising without issues over permission by simply killing those who refuse to lend their names to advertising. After the success of the Michael Jackson episode "Stark Raving Dad" (which has now been pulled from broadcast), around production of the fifth season of the show, the writers wrote a sequel to "Stark Raving Dad" which would feature the Leon Kompowsky character from the last episode thinking he is the musician Prince instead of Michael Jackson. to which Krusty replies, "It's a mix of Voodoo and Methodist." Just as the two machine factions' leaders prepare to face off, Marge asks why the robots are at war with one another; as it turns out, they cannot even remember. Watch "Treehouse Of Horror XIX" on Disney+ 21 ... featuring a script that rhymes in Seussian fashion and centers around Homer as (mild groan) The Fat in the Hat. "[17] Film and television critic Matt Zoller Seitz has cited the segment as one of The Simpsons' "flashes of greatness" in the later seasons, writing in 2016 with Alan Sepinwall that "Whenever you're about to count The Simpsons out, it produces a magnificent segment like... 'It's the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse'". <-- Back to List of Shows Shows with not enough episodes listed, or no episodes listed at all, will be highlighted in red. He is further appalled to find that his kindred pumpkins are being carved up on Halloween and used for food, and vows revenge by eating several people whole, including Homer, Groundskeeper Willie, and Nelson (who threatens to cut a yellow pumpkin) and later kills Principal Skinner. 17x04 - Treehouse of Horror XVI. Homer's corpse is then ejected and Jasper places an 'I Voted' sticker on his head. In the center of town, "Carnage Destructicus" and "Bestimus Muchos" prepare for a final battle. A spokesperson for the GLSEN said "many people say gay without even realizing what they're saying is bad, we're trying to educate people that this is a term that is hurtful to young people when used in a negative way. However, when Tom Turkey learns that people eat turkeys on Thanksgiving, he vows revenge and starts angrily chasing children around the school, devouring some of them whole as Marge wishes the viewers happy holidays. A few tips: Halloween Names must be short. Must tell President McCain!") It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on November 2, 2008 and in the United Kingdom on [Sky 1]] on November 30, 2008. Shows that have pages created for all episodes, but are not fully formatted, will be highlighted in light blue. For nearly three decades, The Simpsons has paid their respects to Halloween traditions with annual episodes that embrace many of the holiday's horrifying aspects. Special Guest Voices Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. ", "It's the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse" was regarded by reviewers as the best segment in the episode. However, the voting machine is rigged to turn his vote into one for Republican Senator John McCain. 10/22/09 03:35. The opening segment of the episode, which was leaked onto the internet weeks before the episode aired,[2] features Homer voting for Barack Obama. Marge plays a trombone, a loving salute to the way the Peanuts specials portrayed adult voices. Production Code [15], In its original airing, the episode was viewed by 12.48 million viewers and achieved a 4.9 Nielsen rating. How to Get Ahead in Dead-Vertising title card. The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror is an annual special episode of The Simpsons consisting of several parodies of horror movies, TV shows, novels, and other horror elements. The first Treehouse of Horror episode aired in 1990 as part of the second season, and its on-screen title was "The Simpsons Halloween Special. It was written by Matt Warburton and directed by Bob Anderson. "[10] Rob Owen concurred, writing that it, "succeeds because it offers sly cultural commentary." The first, second and fifth Treehouse of Horror episodes open with Marge standing on a stage and warning parents about the content of the episode, advising them to put their children to bed. The car beeps and calls Bart's attention. "[15] Rob Owen of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette concurred, writing that it "succeeds because it offers sly cultural commentary. Hey, lame-os. Show Runner [11] The commercial "Planet of the Taste" is a parody of the 1968 film Planet of the Apes. After six attempts to vote, Homer heads out to report the mishap ("This machine is rigged! [15] Robert Canning of IGN gave the episode a 7.9/10, calling it "funny, entertaining and even nostalgic [which] only makes this yearly tradition that much better. and blows Homer's head off with a shotgun, killing him. For the continuing series of Halloween specials, see Treehouse of Horror series. "[9] Hal Boedecker of the Orlando Sentinel gave the episode a 4/5 and called the final segment a "witty parody of Charlie Brown's Halloween classic. So, if anyone in bored-on-the-internet land has any ideas for the Matt Selman Halloween name for “Treehouse of Horror XIX” (airing November 2, 2008), that would be super. This is the nineteenth Treehouse of Horror episode, and, like the other Treehouse of Horror episodes, contains three self-contained segments: in "Untitled Robot Parody", Transformer robots run amok in Springfield; in "How to Get Ahead in Dead-Vertising", Homer is hired by ad agents to kill celebrities so their images can be used for free; and in a Simpsons-style parody of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (called "It's the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse"), Milhouse summons a demon pumpkin who goes berserk when it sees humans carving its brethren into jack-o-lanterns as part of Halloween tradition. The convertible transformer calls the "Posibots" to transform: Alarm Clock "Snooze", Lamp "Three-Way", Boom-Box "Melody," and "Sex Toy," who was arrived late because of business with Homer and Marge. Oh, would you look at that? The scene where Prince is killed in "How To Get Ahead in Dead-Vertising" has now been edited out in the syndicated episode on FXX, due to his real-life death from opioid abuse. The scene then cuts to Marge, who tells the audience that they can send complaints to the following address and wishes everyone Happy Holidays. The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror specials are renowned for their gory non-canon outings of the show, but how many times have members of the Simpsons family died during these Halloween episodes?Early on in its thirty years onscreen, The Simpsons began its annual Treehouse of Horror tradition. (cocks gun) Ah, Halloween: the one night when we can walk the streets undetected. [8], "Treehouse of Horror XIX" received mixed reviews from critics. Simpsons Under Fire for Gay Crack", "Nelson Owes Milhouse Apology for "Gay" Slur", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Treehouse_of_Horror_XIX&oldid=1000737993, Cultural depictions of Edward G. Robinson, Fictional depictions of Abraham Lincoln in television, Short description is different from Wikidata, Television episode articles with short description for single episodes, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 16 January 2021, at 13:26. Other celebrities shown include Golda Meir, Edward G. Robinson, John Wayne and John Lennon, who says "All we're saying is 'Let's eat some brains'", a reference to the chorus of "Give Peace a Chance" by the Plastic Ono Band. Robert Canning of IGN gave the episode a 7.9/10, calling it "funny, entertaining and even nostalgic [which] only makes this yearly tradition that much better. I thought it was a really funny idea that instead of not ever seeing the Grand Pumpkin, it comes to life, and he's really horrified at the way humans cook pumpkins into pies, and eat pumpkin seeds, which are basically pumpkin fetuses...."[7], The first segment of the episode is a parody of Transformers. Rick Bentley, of the Seattle Times, described "Treehouse of Horror XIX" as a "paint-by-numbers episode." The next morning, all the machines in the kitchen have been converted into transformers and transform while Homer reads the newspaper. Jasper sticks a "I Voted" patriotic-themed sticker on Homer's forehead. Treehouse of Horror XIX opens with Homer attempting to cast a vote on Election Day 2008. Realizing that Milhouse can bring things to life by believing in them, Lisa tells him about "Tom Turkey", a symbol of Thanksgiving. However, the Pumpkin is appalled to find that his kindred pumpkins are being carved up on Halloween and made into pumpkin bread, and vows revenge. Krusty is just about to kill Homer when Homer asks, "What is the one true religion?" However, the car turns out to be a Transformer. That night, the transformer shoots four beams at an alarm clock, a lamp, a boom-box and another off-screen. 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