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Simpsonai The Day the Violence Died (1989– ) Online
Original Title :
The Day the Violence Died
Genre :
TV Episode / Animation / Comedy
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Directror :
Wesley Archer
Cast :
Dan Castellaneta,Julie Kavner,Nancy Cartwright
Writer :
Matt Groening,James L. Brooks
Type :
TV Episode
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Simpsonai The Day the Violence Died (1989– ) Online

Bart and Lisa meet a homeless person who claims to have created Itchy, one half of the cat and mouse team of their favorite cartoon series, "Itchy & Scratchy." {locallinks-homepage}
Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta Dan Castellaneta - Homer Simpson / Itchy / Grampa Simpson / Blue-Haired Lawyer / Krusty the Clown (voice)
Julie Kavner Julie Kavner - Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright Nancy Cartwright - Bart Simpson / Lester (voice)
Yeardley Smith Yeardley Smith - Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria Hank Azaria - Seat Thief / Comic Book Guy / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon (voice)
Harry Shearer Harry Shearer - Kent Brockman / David Brinkley / Scratchy / Judge Snyder / Fat Man (voice)
Kirk Douglas Kirk Douglas - Chester J. Lampwick (voice)
Phil Hartman Phil Hartman - Lionel Hutz (voice)
Alex Rocco Alex Rocco - Roger Meyers Jr. (voice)
Jack Sheldon Jack Sheldon - The Amendment (voice)
Suzanne Somers Suzanne Somers - Suzanne Somers (voice)
Pamela Hayden Pamela Hayden - Milhouse Van Houten / Boy in 'Amendment to Be' (voice)
Tress MacNeille Tress MacNeille - Kid Greeting Bart (voice)

Kirk Douglas' last role before suffering a stroke that impaired his speech.

Lester and Eliza look like Bart and Lisa from when they were sketches on The Tracey Ullman Show (1987).

The title is based on the event "The Day the Music Died" on February 3, 1959, when three American rock and roll musicians: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson were killed in a small-plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. The event is also mentioned in the song "American Pie" by singer-songwriter Don McLean in 1971.

During their tenure as executive producers, Billy Wilder and Josh Weinstein tried to include one episode related to The Itchy & Scratchy Show in every season. This was The Itchy & Scratchy Show-related episode for the seventh season, and became a vehicle for jokes about animation.

After completing the episode, Billy Wilder commented, "This episode is one of the craziest episodes ever, I would dare say. It is so packed with references and inside jokes and the ending is so bizarre that a lot of people didn't understand it."

The episode was considered polarizing. In one of its jokes, Bart asks Homer for a large sum of money and Homer immediately pulls out his wallet. Billy Wilder described the scene as "very controversial" among the show's producers; Matt Groening in particular did not like it.

In the original script, the "Amendment to Be" segment was a cartoon that was consciously a parody of the humor style of The Simpsons, but the producers felt that it was not funny. As a result, it was replaced by the "Amendment to Be" cartoon, which is a parody of the "I'm Just a Bill" segment of the educational television series Schoolhouse Rock! (1973). Worried about potential lawsuits, the lawyer of The Simpsons made the animators change the design of the senator in the segment.

William Hickey was the producers' first choice for the role of Chester J. Lampwick. They described him as "famous for being a grouchy, mean old man". Billy Wilder and Josh Weinstein, who often search for "the absolutely perfect voice" when looking for guest stars rather than simply using celebrities, felt that Hickey's gruff raspy voice would be perfect for the role, but he turned them down.

In Nancy Cartwright's autobiography My Life as a 10-Year-Old Boy, she comments that the episode's script was a "gem" and recalls that Kirk Douglas' recording session, directed by Josh Weinstein, was fraught with interruptions. He refused to wear the earphones supplied to him in the recording studio, saying they hurt his ears, so he was unable to hear Weinstein from his booth. Cartwright directed Douglas, who was in a hurry and said that he would do two takes per line at the most. However, despite reading his lines all at once, he only had trouble with one scene; the scene in which Lampwick tells Bart he created Itchy & Scratchy required three takes, as Douglas continuously misread the line "I changed all that" as "I charged all that". Cartwright managed to get him to do a third reading of the line by pretending to sneeze during his second take.

In his script, John Swartzwelder randomly paired David Brinkley and Suzanne Somers together as the parade commentators. The producers were unable to get Brinkley to play his part, so he was instead voiced by Harry Shearer. However, they were successful in getting Somers to voice herself.

Roger Meyers, Sr. being cryogenically frozen is a reference to the myth that Walt Disney was frozen.

Itchy's former name of "Itchy the Lucky Mouse" was a reference to the prototype to Disney's mascot Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, and in fact, the backstory regarding Chester Lampwick, Meyers Sr., and Itchy's creation was a reference to a similar incident regarding Walt Disney, Ub Iwerks, and then-Universal Studios head Charles Mintz, where Disney and Iwerks initially created Oswald, but were legally forced to give exclusive ownership of the character to Universal Studios when they left, which ultimately resulted in them creating Mickey Mouse, the actual mascot for what would eventually become the Walt Disney Company. In this case, however, Meyers, Sr. was closer to Mintz while Lampwick was similar to Disney/Iwerks.

If the homeless man claims to be the creator of Itchy and Scratchy then it is likely that Roger Meyers is a fraud.

When Roger Meyers Jr. pleads his case in court, he mentions that several animated television series and characters were plagiarized from other series and characters: "Animation is built on plagiarism! If it weren't for someone plagiarizing The Honeymooners (1955), we wouldn't have The Flintstones (1960). If someone hadn't ripped off Sergeant Bilko, there'd be no Top Cat (1961). Huckleberry Hound, Chief Wiggum, Yogi Bear? Hah! Andy Griffith, Edward G. Robinson, Edward G. Robinson".

User reviews



'The Day the Violence Died' is, in my opinion, an excellent episode of The Simpsons, and contains loads and loads of Itchy and Scratchy. Bart and Lisa find a bum on the street who claims to be the true creator of Itchy and Scratchy, and they help him gain ownership of the Itchy and Scratchy corporation. To see how it goes, you'll have to watch it yourself. This is a great episode of The Simpsons, and has laughs galore. 'The Day the Violence Died' is probably in my top 15 favorite episodes of The Simpsons, and if you like humor and a satirical take on how America is entertained by violence, then I'd recommend this episode to you.

Rating: TV-PG
Slowly writer

Slowly writer

When I re-watched season 7 on DVD, I found a few episodes were exceptional, but a lot of others- maybe most others- were disappointing, often not quite what I remembered them to be. The Day the Violence Died is one of the lackluster episodes. It's about Bart discovering that Itchy of the Itchy and Scratchy cartoons is a stolen character, and the real creator of the cartoon mouse is a homeless, impoverished old man. Bart helps him get the credit and money he deserves- and then some. The problem is that this bankrupts the company that makes the cartoons.

I think the main problem with this episode is that it has no purpose to exist. We didn't need an episode about Itchy's origins. He's such a minor character that it just wasn't worth expanding on the (funny and brief) origin story we already had from season 4's Itchy and Scratchy: The Movie. Moreover, the creator/bum isn't an interesting enough character to make the episode worthwhile. Compared to the last colourful Itchy and Scratchy episode, about the amusement park, copyright concerns seem dull. We also have the bum living with the Simpsons for a while- haven't they already taken enough people in? Think Otto and Apu. The ending with Lester and Eliza also doesn't work for me, maybe because it was a bit unsubtle.

But there is some good in this episode. The Itchy and Scratchy cartoon at the beginning is fine, and the joke about taking the gun is good. But above all else, the song about a constitutional amendment on flag burning is great. Even if the real life educational cartoons that inspired this joke are one day forgotten, the joke still captures the flag burning debate in a clever and humorous way. But it probably could have been done in another episode.


It was such a terrific Simpsons episode because it is a great one. That old man Chester got his 800 million dollars after Bart Simpson showed proof that Chester invented Itchy and Scratchy for his first film in 1919. Even if I had 800 million dollars,I would get myself cash-able anytime savings bonds and live on the interest from the Toronto Dominion Bank. Three percent or higher from 800 million is over 24 million dollars interest. Why would Chester have someone build a solid gold house and buy a rocket car? Chester would put a million dollars in a Springfield bank and put the rest in savings bonds so he can live on the interest. He should be in a luxury air-conditioned apartment as a suggestion. He should hire a limo chauffeur, a maid, a chef and nurse. That is what I would do with 800 million dollars.