The Day the Violence Died
Couch gag: The family are painted while sitting on the couch.
Director: Wes Archer
Kirk Douglas as Chester J. Lampwick
Suzanne Somers as herself
Phil Hartman as Lionel Hutz
Jack Sneddon as the Amendment
Alex Rocco as Roger Meyers Jr
Synopsis: Bart discovers a homeless man created Itchy and cartoon violence, and sues Roger Meyers for back royalties, bankrupting the studio and killing off his favourite show.
Discussion: Another classic episode where Bart and Lisa… don’t solve the problem *gasp*! Bart has successfully won compensation for Chester but bankrupted the studio. Bart and Lisa stay up all night to find a solution but are beaten to it by a couple of kids who look suspiciously like themselves… Hmm… Add in a cheesy 70s educational video to the Krusty show and you have yourselves a great episode.
The premise is simple and executed well, with a twist of two other kids solving the studio’s financial problems at the very end. The ep parodies all sorts of ye olde cartoon culture (much the same way as Meyers’ previous episode parodied Disney’s creation of Mickey Mouse) and helps out a bum as well.
Overall, it’s a great episode.
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.