Itchy & Scratchy Land
I am not the reincarnation of Sammy Davis Jr
Couch gag: The family are ‘beamed’ onto the couch as in Star Trek, along with noise.
Director: Wes Archer
Synopsis: The family take a vacation to the grand opening of Itchy & Scratchy Land, where they experience violence first hand.
Discussion: Some episodes, I groan with having to watch again as I only remember the crap bits out of them. Then I watch the whole ep and think, “This is actually pretty good… until the crap bits”. In this case, the crap bit is the robotic Itchy & Scratchy turning their violent ways on the humans- namely the Simpson family. The irony is that the robots can be defeated without the use of violence.
Until that point, it’s a pretty good ep. Lots of memorable lines and allusions to various Disney theme parks around the world, as well as Disney animated films (anyone who knows me also knows I am a total Disney nut!) There’s very little plot, so this episode is placed nicely within season 6 (you’ll remember that season 5 was heavy on plots and exploring relationships). And because the plot is thin, there’s extra room to shove in as many parodies as possible. It’s not a bad thing- it’s a hallmark of the show as a whole and makes it that extra bit more entertaining for the viewer.