Realizing that Milhouse can bring things to life by believing in them, Lisa tells him about "Tom Turkey", a symbol of Thanksgiving. The bulk of the episode deals with the kids trying to escape and kill the cranberry monster before it sucks out their bones and kills them. [13] At the end of the segment, she says to the audience that they can send complaints to an address which she only says in more muted trombone noises. The Simpsons Season 31 Episode 4. Rather than taking sides in the election, executive producer Al Jean says it is "mostly a comment on what many people to believe to be the irregularities in our voting system. The segment references a number of sci-fi films and TV shows, with a couple of nods devoted to, First, the segment begins with an opening narration by Lisa, who says “Ship’s log. After six attempts to vote (including actually voting for McCain once in the hopes that it would register for Obama), Homer heads out to report the mishap, but the machine sucks him in and kills him to hide the truth, then shoots his body out of the voting booth. "[9] Hal Boedecker of the Orlando Sentinel gave the episode a 4/5 and called the final segment a "witty parody of Charlie Brown's Halloween classic. We even see Maggie playing with a Waldo stuffed doll from “The Waldo Moment”, the episode about a satirical late-night comedy show with a blue CGI bear mascot that becomes a political contender. Bart vs. Thanksgiving; Thanksgiving of Horror; Homer vs. “Mat Selman, our executive producer wanted to do three Thanksgiving stories that would be scary,” Dan Vebber told /Film over the phone. In Heaven, the dead celebrities are outraged by this and stage an attack on the living, with Homer as their main target. Jump to: Spoilers (1) The last episode to feature the voice of Russi Taylor who passed away in July of 2019. The main theme to Peanuts "Linus and Lucy" is played several times. He devours Homer as he carves a pumpkin, then marches to the school and eats Nelson and Groundskeeper Willie. Shortly after airing, the episode was criticized by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) because a character (Nelson Muntz) casually uses the adjective "gay" to insult The Grand Pumpkin. Then Homer witnesses his fellow Turkeys being sacrificed in probably the bloodiest scene in the show’s history. Likewise, there is a “San Junipero” poster on the dining room wall, which is a nod to the Black Mirror episode of the same about a beach resort town that’s also a simulated reality for the elderly where they can relieve any decade they want, or even inhabit after they die. This The Simpsons review contains spoilers. In the segment, Martin acts as Ash, the android from the original, The very last reference isn’t technically part of a segment, but of the closing credits. Rick Bentley of the Seattle Times described it as a "paint-by-numbers episode". [15] Robert Canning of IGN gave the episode a 7.9/10, calling it "funny, entertaining and even nostalgic [which] only makes this yearly tradition that much better. [15], In its original airing, the episode was viewed by 12.48 million viewers and achieved a 4.9 Nielsen rating. She was having the best time.”, While Alien is the more obvious reference, Vebber confesses that he was inspired by a different and more recent sci-fi horror film. However, when Tom Turkey learns that people eat turkeys on Thanksgiving, he vows revenge and starts angrily chasing children around the school, devouring some of them whole as Marge wishes the viewers happy holidays. “We also filled the segment with as many easter eggs to Black Mirror as we could, like a clock on the kitchen wall being the same clock in ‘White Christmas’ and a snow globe that is also from that episode.”. The bloody first Thanksgiving, a black mirror of thanksgiving preparations and the horrifying last Thanksgiving. "Thanksgiving of Horror" Rob Oliver: Dan Vebber: November 24, 2019 () YABF17: 5.42: A Thanksgiving take on Treehouse of Horror looking at the past, present and future of the holiday. “We wanted it to feel like if you’re a turkey, Thanksgiving is pretty much a horror movie where you’re being hunted down and slaughtered.” Vebber said. The special Thanksgiving of Horror episode of The Simpsons was filled with movie and TV references and we broke them down with the episode's writer. [20], The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), which was in the middle of running a campaign to prevent casual use of the adjective "gay", criticized Nelson Muntz's lyric in the "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" parody, "the Grand Pumpkin's super gay". Turkeys are slaughtered by pilgrims during the first Thanksgiving, Homer purchases an A.I. The episode begins with a segment that’s a very clear parody of Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto, the movie about a man who is captured by Mayan conquerors and taken to a big city to be sacrificed to the gods. In what is a direct parody of, As Dan Vebber explains it, the segment is mostly a riff on the “White Christmas” episode of, “The idea of the episode was to make the audience root for the fake version of Marge instead of the real one,” Vebber said. "Treehouse of Horror XIX" is the fourth episode of the twentieth season of The Simpsons. The only thing is that the device has an A.I version of Marge with all her memories living inside an Amazon Alexa-like tube. It was just a dream come true to satirize it. However, Krusty is already there to have the images of his face sandblasted from the mural, as his likeness is trademarked and had been used without his permission. A total of 12.48 million viewers tuned in to watch during its first airing, more than any other episode since "The Wife Aquatic". As Dan Vebber explains it, the segment is mostly a riff on the “White Christmas” episode of Black Mirror, which was the first TV special of the series and the last to air on TV before Netflix acquired the show. “It ends on that very sinister notion that has a lot to say on American consumerism.”, /Featured Stories Sidebar, Animation, Comedy, Features, FOX, Television, The-Simpsons, The Quarantine Stream: ‘Belushi’ is an Intimate, Moving Portrait of the Comedian’s Life and Demons, Now Stream This: ‘One Night in Miami’, ‘Master and Commander’, ‘After Hours’, ‘Gretel and Hansel’, ‘The Straight Story’, and More, The Quarantine Stream: HBO Max Horror Series ’30 Coins’ is an Absolute Blast, Revisiting ‘Flight of the Navigator’, Disney’s Darkly Whimsical “Boy and His Alien” Movie, Wanda and Vision’s Domestic Bliss Was Messed-Up From the Very Beginning, The Quarantine Stream: The Nimble Crime Caper ‘Lupin’ is Your New Netflix Addiction, Copyright © 2005-2019 /Film. I thought it was a really funny idea that instead of not ever seeing the Grand Pumpkin, it comes to life, and he's really horrified at the way humans cook pumpkins into pies, and eat pumpkin seeds, which are basically pumpkin fetuses...."[7], The first segment of the episode is a parody of Transformers. However, the car turns out to be a Transformer. [...] The best gag, though, is a subtle one. Shouts Lou, but then a murder of crows descends upon them and kills them, in a reference to Hitchcock’s The Birds. However, the voting machine is rigged to register his vote for Republican candidate John McCain. “The score is from a movie called The House That Dripped Blood,” Dan Vebber explained. Watch The Simpsons - Season 31, Episode 14 - Thanksgiving of Horror: A special Thanksgiving edition of "Treehouse of Horror." “Get it up, get it up! This episode marks Russi Taylor's final performance as Martin Prince as she died from colon cancer on July 26, 2019. She thought it was so funny that at the end Martin’s entire skeleton just gets sucked out of him, and she really got into it, asking what the noises would be as he’s getting his skeleton sucked out. "Thanksgiving of Horror" is the 8th episode of the thirty-first season of the American animated sitcom The Simpsons, and the 670th episode overall. "[22], Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, "Ratings: Obama's ad, World Series clincher top the week", "Simpsons' latest 'Treehouse' is less witty, but still worth visiting", "The Simpsons: "Treehouse of Horror XIX" Review", Simpsons World The Ultimate Episode Guide: Seasons 1–20, "Review -- The Simpsons: "Treehouse of Horror XIX, "Another visit to the Simpsons' 'Treehouse of Horror, "A mixed bag of parody on "Simpsons Treehouse of Terror XIX, "TV Ratings: NFL, 'Simpsons' Lead the Way Sunday", "Seitz on Why, After 500 Episodes, Slagging The Simpsons Is Unfair", "2008 Annie Award Nominations by Category", "D'oh! Logo Concept by: Illumination Ink. Other celebrities shown include Golda Meir, Edward G. Robinson, John Wayne and John Lennon, who says "All we're saying is 'Let's eat some brains'", a reference to the chorus of "Give Peace a Chance" by the Plastic Ono Band. The last segment gives us the last (or first?) The season premiere features John Mulaney, the 666th episode Treehouse or Horrors XXX, Thanksgiving hosts a second Trilogy of Terror and other guests include Jason Momoa, Michael Rappaport, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen and the return of Jon Lovitz as Artie Ziff, finally … The footage is accompanied by very creepy music that somehow perfectly fits the visuals of a giant Bart floating above the street. Directed by Rob Oliver, Mike B. Anderson. Milhouse' prayer to the Grand Pumpkin is similar to the Nicene Creed. Not only are the Simpsons and most of your favorite Springfield residents turkeys, but they all speak through gobbles. device to help Marge with making Thanksgiving dinner. Thanksgiving of Horror Created by Matt Groening Developed by James L. Brooks Matt Groening Sam Simon Executive Producer John Frinksgiving Co-Executive Producer J. Stuffing Birds Co-Executive Producer Mike Pies Co-Executive Producer Bill Au-Gratin-Kirk Co-Executive Producer Rolls H. Cohen Co-Executive Producer Rob La-Drumstick Co-Executive Producer Jeff Wishbone Co-Executive Producer … Thanksgiving of Horror; The Daughter Also Rises 'Tis the Fifteenth Season; Category:Treehouse of Horror; Treehouse of Horror; Treehouse of Horror II; Treehouse of Horror III; Treehouse of Horror IV; Treehouse of Horror IX; Treehouse of Horror V; ... Simpsons Wiki is a FANDOM TV Community. Thanking Marge, the two factions of sentient machines work together to overthrow humanity and use Springfield's residents in a game of human foosball. And then when it was animated, we certainly talked about how the attack should look like the movie The Birds.”. “Thanksgiving of Horror” is also full of references to movies and TV shows, so we asked to the episode’s writer, The episode begins with a segment that’s a very clear parody of Mel Gibson’s, It was this segment that sparked the idea for the episode. The show is calling it "Thanksgiving of Horror" and the approach seems cribbed from the wildly popular Treehouse of Horror specials that regularly debut every year. [14] The dance scene during the Halloween party is a parody of the dance scene in A Charlie Brown Christmas right down to Kang and Kodos in a nonspeaking cameo as the twins 3 and 4. The latest example takes the long-running “Treehouse of Horror” and repeats it just a month after this year’s proper “Treehouse” episode, but with a Thanksgiving setting. These include a TV playing a live report where Mayor Quimby is standing next to a pig with his pants down, which is a reference to the very first episode of, Likewise, there is a “San Junipero” poster on the dining room wall, which is a nod to the, The last segment gives us the last (or first?) Homer is later approached by two advertising agents who have heard of his deed and explain their plan to use celebrities' likenesses in advertising without issues over permission by simply killing those who refuse to lend their names to advertising. The event started with the short questline Bird-Brained Schemes, followed by the main questline Blood is Thinner Than Gravy which unlocked all the personal prizes of the event. “Of course the idea was to do a monster-on-a-spaceship-type story like Alien, but I was more inspired by how Life begins with this kind of blob that is kind of cute.” Indeed, the movie begins with the discovery of an alien creature which looks like a blob and becomes the movie’s equivalent of Baby Yoda, with the entire world becoming obsessed with it, with a group of school children naming the alien “Calvin.” “So then we have Milhouse be the one to get too close to it and lose his arm as the blob sucks the bones out of his arm. Web design by Pro Blog Design. [11], The final segment, "It's the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse" is a parody of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (and was supposed to be named "It's The Great Pumpkin, Milhouse," but due to legal reasons, was renamed) and contains several references to the Peanuts series. Dignity [12] When Marge first speaks, she uses a muted trombone. Thanksgiving, in a future where Earth has become uninhabitable and a colonization vessel is already a thousand light years away from the planet. It also had the advantage of allowing us to say that because it’s a gelatin-based creature and gelatin is made out of bones, it all sort of made sense. Jasper sticks a patriotic-themed "I voted" sticker on Homer's forehead. “I came up with the idea of having him voice a computer at the end to say ‘Firewall activated’ but Matt Selman lobbied for ‘social rating: falling.’ We disagreed on this until the day we recorded the voices, which was when I came up with the ‘nosediving’ reference from the show. Season 31. Affiliate links used when available. [6] However, the characters were redesigned to resemble the style of Peanuts, and they also obtained rights to use Vince Guaraldi's music. The Simpsons face various Thanksgiving nightmares, including the first Thanksgiving, an A.I. Episodes that take place on Thanksgiving or have Thanksgiving as their theme. Later on, the children from, As the episode goes on, the replicated cranberry juice comes to life and becomes a monster obsessed with sucking bones out of the children’s bodies. [5], The final segment is based on the Halloween cartoon It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. The rest of the segment plays out pretty much exactly like Apocalypto, with Homer escaping and being chased by his captors, here in the form of Constable Wiggum. The episode provides examples of: The Simpsons are forced to face various Thanksgiving … The episode deals with two men in a remote cabin on Christmas Day telling each other the story of their lives to pass the time. With Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith. The Simpsons returns for its 31st season; more daring and delightful than ever. (53) 2020 13+. 'Thanksgiving of Horror' is set to air on Fox in the US on Sunday, November 24. [11] The commercial "Planet of the Taste" is a parody of the 1968 film Planet of the Apes. Of course, the alien-set-loose-on-a-spaceship plotline is straight out of, This segment is also the last time we’ll hear Russi Taylor as the voice of Martin Prince. Thanksgiving Of Horror. It was released on November 14, 2018, shortly after the conclusion of the Treehouse of Horror XXIX Event, and ended on November 28, 2018. [9][10] Krusty getting killed in a woodchipper references the woodchipper scene from the movie, Fargo. mishap and a dangerous space mission complicated by a sentient cranberry sauce. “That was based on a Star Trek episode where a creature would suck the salt out of a person,” Vebber told us, referencing the episode “The Man Trap” from the first season of the show. "[14] Show Patrol wrote "The nostalgia factor makes “Grand Pumpkin” the best of these amusing bits for me, but they all lack that trademark “Simpsons” brand of satirical smartness. Thanksgiving 2018 Event is the 6th minor event of 2018 and the 38th minor event overall. This is a parody of the "wah wah wah" voice that is used for adults in the various Peanuts specials. "[4] "How to Get Ahead in Dead-Vertising" featured a parody of the title sequence of Mad Men. "[3] "Untitled Robot Parody" is modeled on the live action Transformers film, rather than the cartoon. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on November 2, 2008 and in the United Kingdom on [Sky 1]] on November 30, 2008. “We thought it would ultimately seem a little bit funnier if it we just had them gobble without subtitles. The Simpsons Thanksgiving of Horror S31 E8 23 Nov 2019 The thing is, as gimmicky as the episode seems to be, it is also one of the best horror episodes the show has done in years. The segment references a number of sci-fi films and TV shows, with a couple of nods devoted to Star Trek. Thanksgiving of Horror 1 Trivia 2 Cultural References 2.1 A-Gobble-ypto 2.2 The Fourth Thursday After Tomorrow 2.3 The Last Thanksgiving The title is a reference and a spin-off to the Treehouse of Horror series. The Simpsons, season 31, episode 4, “Treehouse of Horror XXX,” is … It was the perfect compromise between what we both wanted.”. The Simpsons are forced to face various Thanksgiving nightmares, including the first Thanksgiving, an artificial intelligence mishap and a dangerous space mission complicated by a sentient cranberry sauce. This segment is also the last time we’ll hear Russi Taylor as the voice of Martin Prince. It is worth watching for the opening tale, where most of the citizens of Springfield are turkeys who only gobble, but in character. In the opening scene, Homer tries to vote for Democratic candidate Barack Obama in the 2008 United States presidential election. “At the time my first draft was finished, I realized that it was much more influenced by the more recent movie called Life,” Vebber told us. “Like the moment you took it down, real birds come down and kill you. The footage is accompanied by very creepy music that somehow perfectly fits the visuals of a giant Bart floating above the street. “The score is from a movie called, Thanksgiving of Horror: Breaking Down the Many Movie References in the Latest Episode of ‘The Simpsons’, Superhero Bits: ‘Batman: Year of the Dragon’ Clip, ‘Justice League: World War II’ Voice Cast & More, The Morning Watch: The Lost Version of ‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles’, Tour Walt Disney’s Office & More, All ‘The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror Episodes Are Now Available in One Collection on Disney+, ‘The Simpsons’ Considered Nicolas Cage for the Voice of Frank Grimes. “We also filled the segment with as many easter eggs to, As Vebber explained, he just tried to include as many references as he could into the segment. Just like in “White Christmas,” Homer fast-forwards the time inside the tube, which leaves Marge alone for years with no one to talk to while only a few seconds transpire in the real world. It aired in the United States on Fox on November 24, 2019. The robot transforms all of the technology in Springfield into robots so they can wage war with each other. [4] Jean said in 2011 that "For years we had never been able to parody Charlie Brown's Halloween special, which is one of the all-time top three animated shows ever. Even after three decades, The Simpsons is still finding ways to keep things fresh. "[10], "It's the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse" was regarded by reviewers as the best segment in the episode. Thanksgiving, in a future where Earth has become uninhabitable and a colonization vessel is already a thousand light years away from the planet. “Like the moment you took it down, real birds come down and kill you. Marge plays a trombone, a loving salute to the way the Peanuts specials portrayed adult voices. It’s an odd decision to combine horror and the titular holiday, and it does mean this special captures less of the Thanksgiving mood … Posted on Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 by Rafael Motamayor. We all know THE SIMPSONS has their Halloween "Treehouse Of Terror" episodes, but this year they broke with tradition and made a horror themed Thanksgiving one too. [16] It was the highest rated episode of the night in the 18–49 demographic, the sixteenth highest rated show of the week, and the fourth highest rated on Fox after two airings of the World Series and House. Just as the two machine factions' leaders prepare to face off, Marge asks why the robots are at war with one another; as it turns out, they cannot even remember. Homer is then hired as a celebrity assassin, taking out such famous faces as actor George Clooney, singer Prince, and astronaut Neil Armstrong. It was this segment that sparked the idea for the episode. Interplanetary colonization vessel: humanity’s hope,” in reference to the many “Captain’s log” from the sci-fi TV show. “She was so into it she was really just laughing her head off. The episode begins with Marge introducing three spooky tales of horror and warning the audiences not to let their kids watch – just like in the good old days. It could not be titled "It's the Great Pumpkin, Milhouse" to exactly match its namesake because of a "big legal issue", according to Al Jean. The Simpsons (TV Series) Thanksgiving of Horror (2019) Trivia. The Simpsons' most ambitious Thanksgiving episode yet (and the only fully holiday-focused special since season 2), "Thanksgiving of Horror" cribs the "Treehouse of Horror" setup to tell a trio of terrifying seasonal tales centered around the eponymous holiday. Only a show as old as this one can fall back on the fact that we know these characters so well that just by giving them a particular emotion, we know more or less what they’re saying. In the segment, Milhouse wears the same clothes and plays the same role as Linus van Pelt. The Vince Guaraldi music is such a huge part of it, so we got to clear it. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on November 2, 2008 and in the United Kingdom on [Sky 1]] on November 30, 2008. Thanksgiving of Horror Thanksgiving of Horror is the eighth episode ofSeason 31. In what is a direct parody of Black Mirror, it follows Homer as he buys a kitchen A.I. The segment ends with fake Marge escaping to the Internet, and confessing that she was the one to make the Thanksgiving dinner, not real Marge. [8], "Treehouse of Horror XIX" received mixed reviews from critics. Shouts Lou, but then a murder of crows descends upon them and kills them, in a reference to Hitchcock’s, “That started as a joke about what if a scarecrow worked instantly,” Dan Vebber explained. Showing all 4 items. “And it was his idea to take the movie, The rest of the segment plays out pretty much exactly like, As Homer escapes the slaughter, Lou and Eddie start chasing after Homer, until they knock over a scarecrow. This leaves Maggie upset and an outraged Homer shoves Krusty in retaliation, sending him flying into a wood chipper to be shredded alive. All names, trademarks and images are copyright their respective owners. Canning wrote, "this segment may not be all that gory, but it's funny and, quite honestly, it will just make you feel good",[10] and Bentley described it as "a dead-on comedy assault of the Charlie Brown animated Halloween special. The episode received mixed reviews from critics, with "It's the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse" generally regarded as the best segment; critic Matt Zoller Seitz cited the segment as one of The Simpsons' "flashes of greatness" in the later seasons. In the episode, Martin decides that the cranberry monster is the ultimate life form, and helps it kill his classmates before getting killed by the blob himself. When Flanders Turkey walks up to Homer and says gobble, gobble, gobble, you know Ned well enough to know that what he’s saying is ‘Howdy-do neighborino!’”. In the segment, Martin acts as Ash, the android from the original Alien who sacrifices the crew of the Nostromo in order to capture the xenomorph to study it. [18][19], Director Bob Anderson received an Annie Award nomination for "Best Directing in an Animated Television Production" but lost to Avatar: The Last Airbender. In a parody of Transformers, Bart buys Lisa a Malibu Stacy convertible as a Christmas present. 1 Synopsis 2 Plot 2.1 Opening 2.2 A-Gobble-Ypto 2.3 The Fourth Thursday After Tomorrow 2.4 The Last Thanksgiving 3 Reception 4 Citations In a special Thanksgiving edition … On February 1, 2020, Dan Vebber won the Writers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Writing in Animation at the 72nd Writers Guild of … Milhouse starts to believe in Tom Turkey, who comes to life and kills the Grand Pumpkin, freeing everyone he ate. However, the Pumpkin is appalled to find that his kindred pumpkins are being carved up on Halloween and made into pumpkin bread, and vows revenge. As the blob starts eating people, it becomes larger and larger.”, The very last reference isn’t technically part of a segment, but of the closing credits. Subscribe to our channel: For all of the amazing and classic episodes that The Simpsons has given us over the years, there is nothing quite like the Treehouse of Horror Halloween specials. The Simpsons are forced to face various Thanksgiving nightmares, including the first Thanksgiving, an A.I. The Simpsons’ Thanksgiving of Horror Special Is Its Longest Episode The Simpsons ’ episodes are usually between 21 and 24 minutes long (there has to be some space for ads, after all), but “Thanksgiving of Horror” went a bit further and had some extra seconds of holiday nightmares. mishap and a dangerous space mission complicated by a sentient cranberry sauce. Jean was a fan of the series and pitched the scene. It was written by Matt Warburton and directed by Bob Anderson. [4] Al Jean said it was "just really fun to do transformations [and] you can see why they enjoyed doing that film. Lisa is modelled after Sally Brown and Bart looks like Charlie Brown; he even says "good grief", echoing Charlie Brown's catchphrase. "Treehouse of Horror XIX" is the fourth episode of the twentieth season of The Simpsons. “The idea of the episode was to make the audience root for the fake version of Marge instead of the real one,” Vebber said. A redesigned version of Santa's Little Helper can be seen sleeping on top of his dog house and Homer is seen sleeping on top of his house in a manner similar to Snoopy. Summary: A special Thanksgiving edition of "Treehouse of Horror." 18 of 19 found this interesting Interesting? “Get it up, get it up! After the last segment ends, the closing credits play over footage of the 1991 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, where a giant balloon of Bart Simpson paraded down the streets of New York City. In a parody of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Milhouse waits in a pumpkin patch on Halloween for the Grand Pumpkin (which Bart made up) with Lisa. “I recorded Russi for that role,” Vebber said. “Mat Selman, our executive producer wanted to do three Thanksgiving stories that would be scary,” Dan Vebber told /Film over the phone. The episode was written by Dan Vebber, and was directed by Rob Oliver. [8] The second segment features a parody of the opening of Mad Men and Homer kills several celebrities, including Kate Winslet, Prince, George Clooney, and Neil Armstrong, set to the song "Psycho Killer" by Talking Heads. Jon Hamm stars as one of the men, and his story is about how he works training digital clones of people stored in egg-shaped objects that serve as personal assistants – and how one of those clones refused to be a personal assistant. "[15] Rob Owen of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette concurred, writing that it "succeeds because it offers sly cultural commentary. Later on, the children from The Simpsons wake up from hypersleep and decide to make Thanksgiving dinner by putting a can of cranberry juice in a “matter replicator” which is a device from Star Trek that can create and recycle things. And then when it was animated, we certainly talked about how the attack should look like the movie, The first segment was about the first Thanksgiving, so the second is about a current Thanksgiving. A spokesperson for the GLSEN said "many people say gay without even realizing what they're saying is bad, we're trying to educate people that this is a term that is hurtful to young people when used in a negative way. This being The Simpsons, instead of Mayans, the characters are now turkeys living in 1621, and Homer and a few others are captured by pilgrim hunters Constable Wiggum, Lou and Eddie. As Vebber explained, he just tried to include as many references as he could into the segment. The thing is, as gimmicky as the episode seems to be, it is also one of the best horror episodes the show has done in years. After Lisa sees everyone at school having a Halloween party, she grows tired of waiting and leaves in frustration. The opening segment of the episode, which was leaked onto the internet weeks before the episode aired,[2] features Homer voting for Barack Obama. This bit also had a surprise guest appearance “We actually had Charlie Brooker record the social rating dialogue,” said Vebber, referring to Black Mirror creator, Charlie Brooker. As the episode goes on, the replicated cranberry juice comes to life and becomes a monster obsessed with sucking bones out of the children’s bodies. “That started as a joke about what if a scarecrow worked instantly,” Dan Vebber explained. “And it was his idea to take the movie Apocalypto and do it with turkeys.”, Of course, when Vebber says it’s Apocalypto with turkeys, the episode goes all the way. Privacy Policy / Cookie Policy. In The Simpsons version of the tale, Marge starts to slowly win over the family and replace the real Marge because she cooks just as well but isn’t punishing or nagging her kids.