Treehouse of Horror XIX
Director: Bob Anderson
Synopsis: Three Halloween related stories: Untitled Robot Parody, How to Get Ahead in Dead-vertising, It’s the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse.
Discussion: As far as Halloween episodes go, this one sucked. Recently viewed seasons’ Halloween specials offered something new and funny. This one was a tired rehash of popular TV/movies and missed the mark by a loooooong shot.
Untitled Robot Parody is, obviously, based on the Transformers movie (as opposed to the TV cartoon). It was the same storyline of two alien robots choosing Earth to fight out their ultimate battle. Yawn. The only amusing line in the segment was Homer’s, “Well, the toaster’s never lied to me before…”
How to Get Ahead in Dead-vertising parodies dead celebrities being used in commercials. Homer, having killed Krusty, is hired to kill more celebrities so the big wig advertising people can use their likeness in ads. The dead celebs take time out from their busy lives in celebrity Heaven to exact revenge on Homer. What? Lame!
It’s the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse is a parody of a Charlie Brown cartoon I’ve never seen, mainly because Australia doesn’t really celebrate Halloween other than a few costume parties dotted around; it’s not a big cultural thing like the US. Any and all references to the Peanuts cartoon is completely lost on me, so I have to take it at face value of a giant pumpkin coming to life and eats people once he realises humans eat pumpkins. Again… what?
This ep was pretty gory, which is always good, but the rest of it was craptacular.