That was not only funny, but actually a bit frightening. The opening sequences in recent years have been longer than the original openings, almost being a fourth segment. He gave the overall episode a rating of 7. The unofficial rule is that they must be in every episode, although quite often they will be forgotten and are added at the last moment, resulting in only a brief appearance. They are known for being more than an average Simpsons episode and contain several different trademarks, including the characters who have appeared in every episode.
The third, fourth and fifth episodes were each represented by two segments. Between 2000 to 2008 and 2010, due to 's contract with 's , several episodes have originally aired in November; as of 2011 every Treehouse of Horror episode has aired in October. These special episodes are split up into three different stories each of which have the family in different scenarios that usually involve something scarier and are often much more violent than their usual episodes. But the final segment is a questionable Avatar parody which seems to exist simply for the sake of existing. Act 3: The school cafeteria turns to an unusual source of food -- and schoolchildren start mysteriously disappearing. As of 2009 there were 20 Treehouse of Horror episodes, with one airing every year.
This episode does lack a bit in the Halloween ambiance as many later episodes did but is one of the funniest and deserves its spot on the list. In later years, the series dropped the framing device of characters telling stories, but kept the Treehouse title. Lisa Simpson voice as The Dentist. He is an obese German exchange student obsessed with candy and is voiced by Russi Taylor. For another, it has the darker sense of humor that fuels the better Treehouse specials. These segments usually have a horror, science fiction or fantasy theme and quite often are parodies of films, novels, plays, television shows, episodes, or old issues of.
However, it has been known on many occasions for new shows to premiere on the West Coast only in time for Halloween regardless of how long the World Series lasts. Simpson title card In a parody of , Homer and Marge appear to be attending marriage counseling and recount a brief moment of tension between them. Swartzwelder, John; Kogen, Jay; Wolodarsky, Wallace; Simon, Sam; Archer, Wes; Moore, Rich; Silverman, David. The horrible creation that Bart conjures up is hilarious, as is the sight of Smithers as a snake. However, like The Simpsons itself, critics have noted a decline in the quality of the later episodes. The Simpsons are invited to see Kodos's dissection, where they reflect that since Kodos was an evil-looking alien who turned out to be bad, it must be good to judge a book by its cover. But when they are gone, Homer almost kills Marge with a crossbow and when enters the destroyed house, he complains about all the noise and that the neighbors are mad about all the noise, Marge becomes furious and shoots Chief Wiggum with the crossbow.
Opening cards Note: So far, is the only Treehouse of Horror without one. Several of the episodes have won awards for animation and sound editing. But once my memory was jogged, I remembered that the Jumanji parody was quite enjoyable, mostly because Jumanji was practically built for The Simpsons to riff on. Both Homer and Marge turn a blind eye to Bart's misbehavior and simultaneously shoot Skinner instead. It turns out that Lovecraftian horror and New England stereotypes make for a pretty effective combination. But that basic idea never coalesces into anything significant.
The scream was replaced with other quotes or Homer's screams. The second segment, in which a gypsy curses Homer is genuinely frightening, with Bart committing suicide after living with a stretched-out neck becomes unbearable. This was abandoned in later seasons, because the length of each episode has been reduced significantly since the first few seasons, and also because the current writers were sure that everyone was aware that the Halloween episodes were scary by then. Archived from on October 10, 2011. The Paranormal Activity parody was just sort of average, and suffered the late-period Simpsons trend of simply re-enacting the events of the subject matter, rather than truly spoofing them. The couch bit in the Treehouse episodes was set to the same them as the rest of the show however, by having the family dressed different Halloween related costumes.
That being said, it's also hard to ignore the fact that the classic specials used to work a lot more efficiently. Recent parodies have included films and television specials in more varied genres, including , , , , the , and. The final segment sees Homer once more play a part in the destruction of the Earth as Y2K takes over. And I can tell you: I doubt anyone with even a shred of intelligence is laughing. They're showing a Halloween episode. That's what makes this year's special so surprising. They take place outside the show's normal and completely abandon any pretense of being realistic, being known for their far more violent and much darker nature than an average Simpsons episode.
The tombstone gags were easy for the writers in the first episode, but like Marge's warnings, they eventually got more difficult to write, so they were abandoned. Between the lengthy opening sequence focused on lampooning the cult of Steve Jobs and the obligatory pod people sequence, there's barely room left for the segment to do anything else. Finally, Kodos reveals that the devices he had the Simpsons collect were for a portal-generating device- so that others of his planet can come to Earth and wipe out the human race. The first two episodes of Season 19 were poor, followed by two great episodes, followed by this joke of an episode. The Raven Lisa reads the classic Edgar Allan Poe poem. Things get a little better in the next segment, a spoof of Dexter in which Homer has Flanders kill his enemies by pretending to be God. Before he leaves, he tells Marge he will be coming home late and makes up a crazy excuse; Marge also states that she is busy and makes up an equally far fetched excuse.