The Simpsons

Season 4 Episode 6

Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 03, 1992 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie
In order to curb Bart's constant misbehavior Homer and Marge come up with the ultimate punishment; they ban him from going to see the newly released Itchy & Scratchy movie.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • I feel bad for Bart...

    But... after re-watching this episode multiple times, I gotta agree with Homer on this one - Bart's a complete a-hole in this one when he stole Grandpa Simpson's teeth, tore up the carpet, and splattered mustard near the piano. Personally I'd rather just ground him like Hank Hill did to Bobby after kicking him below the belt instead of denying access to an important movie.

    Not very sad either, I like all the Itchy and Scratchy stuff in the show and this would've been one of my favorites if Homer wasn't too hard on Bart. After all, Marge DID say that it was time to drop the punishment after 2 months, but denying him anything to eat that night to me is probably much worse.

    Not the best SImpsons episode by any means, but it's pretty good. This episode is an example of the charm that The Simpsons had back in the day - sometimes a little depressing, but quickly humored back up (Similar to Hurricane Neddy) to appeal.moreless
  • Discipline much too harsh!

    Homer's ultimate decision to punish Bart was much too cruel and overbearing! If I were in that scenario, I would NOT take away my son's big desire to see a huge box office hit movie deep down in his heart. Rather, here is what I would do instead. Bart would be grounded for two weeks. During these two weeks, he cannot go anywhere away from home, except of course school. He could not have friends come over to visit and play and I would make him do his homework and chores every day. No comic book store, arcade, convenience store, watching television, or any other leisurely fun for the two weeks of being grounded. As long as Bart did not continue to misbehave; the Itchy and Scratchy movie would be an incentive awaiting him after he gets off his punishment! Should he continue to act up inappropriately, I would extend the punishment longer and this would delay getting to see the Itchy and Scratchy Movie. This would teach Bart not to misbehave anymore - the movie would be an incentive instead of cruel way to break his heart. This would enable Bart to see light at the end of his tunnel. I bet you parents out there would love my advice about discipline in this review! :)moreless
  • The writers must have been drunk when writing this episode.

    This is the worst Simpsons Episode. Homer so isn't himself. Normally Homer is a bumbling man who is too lazy to do anything, but he's more of an a**hole in this episode than a good parent. That's not really a punishment but just ridiculous. And whats up with Bart barley even trying to fight back. Homers ridiculous punishment had some potential for being a good episode, but Bart just moped around hoping Homer would let him see it. If Barts sadness was turned into anger and he actually did something, then it would probably be a good episode. Have Bart try and disguise himself to get it in or have a huge argument with either Bart seeing the movie, Bart swearing revenge or having Homer change is ways right after the movie is taken out of theaters. Or, they could have had Homer turn into a Disipline Nazi driving the house into chaos. But no, they don't do anything interesting like that. They pull some of the most disgusting cr*p I've ever seen. And that ending just made me want to F**king vomit.

    As Comic Book Guy would say, Worst Episode Ever.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons bart starts to misbehave alot lately and marge and homer dont know what to do after comeing from a school meating. and so homer comes up with the ultimate punishment they ban him from going to see the newly annuced and released itcy and scatch movie. and bart is upset that everyone including lisa has seen the movie . and she laughs when she comes into the house. and later in the futur they show bart becoming a serpream court justice when he is older this was a good ep i thought and it has some really good humore in it.moreless
  • Bart is Punished

    Bart, as well as practically all children in Springfield, have been wanting to see the Itchy and Scratchy Movie for a long time. But when it comes out, Bart is punished by Homer for stealing Grampa's teeth while he was babysitting. So Bart tries to sneak into the movie but he is not allowed in. Bart tries to get Homer to change his mind, but Homer sticks to the punishment. In the end Bart didn't see it. But in the future Homer and Bart finally get to see it together.

    A good episode, Bart is finally punished for doing something, and it made a good episodemoreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Some of the Springfield citizens in queue for The Itchy & Scratchy Movie are Milhouse, Martin, Ned and Rod Flanders, Otto, Abe, Jasper, Lewis and Wendell.

    • Sign spotted on an ice cream truck: "Native American Ice Cream (Formerly Big Chief Crazy Cone)."

    • When Lisa comes home from seeing the movie, she tells Bart about how great the movie was with the celebrity voiceovers, which although they are not credited, can obviously be identified. Two that she mentions are Michael Jackson and Dustin Hoffman. These two celebrities have also made cameos on the Simpsons, but not been credited. Hoffman can be heard in season 2's "Lisa's Substitute" as Mr. Bergstrom, credited as Sam Etic, and Michael Jackson was the voice of Leon Kompowski in the first episode of season 3, "Stark Raving Dad," although he is credited as John Jay Smith.

    • In the future scene, the movie theater has a special for "First Fifty Customers Get a Free Glexnor". Across the street, a store window reads "Glexnor 4 Less" (this flashes very quickly). It's not explained what Glexnor is.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Edna Krabappel: Bart has been guilty of the following atrocities: synthesizing a laxative from peas and carrots, replacing my birth control with Tic Tacs...

    • Kent Brockman: Let's take a look back at the year 1928. A year when you might have seen Al Capone dancing the Charleston on top of a flagpole. It was also the year of the very first Scratchy cartoon entitled "That Happy Cat." The film did very poorly, but the following year, Scratchy was teamed up with a psychotic young mouse named Itchy and cartoon history was made.

    • Lisa: You wouldn't believe the celebrities who did cameos! Dustin Hoffman, Michael Jackson. Of course, they didn't use their real names, but you could tell it was them.

    • Homer: You're welcome to watch anything you want on TV.
      Bart: TV Sucks.
      Homer: I know you're upset right now so I'll pretend you didn't say that!

    • Homer: Someday you'll thank me for this, son.
      Bart: Not bloody likely.
      Homer: No it's true, You know, when I was a boy, I really wanted a catcher's mitt, but my dad wouldn't get it for me. So I held my breath until I passed out and banged my head on the coffee table. The doctor thought I might have brain damage.
      Bart: Dad, what's the point of this story?
      Homer: I like stories.

    • Chief Wiggum: Aw, isn't that cute, a baby driving a car. Oh, look there's a dog driving a bus!

    • Kent Brockman: Tonight on "Eye on Springfield," we meet a man who's been hiccupping for 45 years!
      Man: *hic* Kill me! *hic* Kill me!

    • Homer: I said I'm gonna punish you and come hell or high water I.. wait a minute. Ice cream truck! Me, me, I was here first!

    • Homer: If you don't start making more sense, we're going to have to put you in a home.
      Grampa: You already put me in a home.
      Homer: Then we'll put you in the crooked home we saw on Sixty Minutes!
      Grampa: I'll be good.

    • Bart: Boy, time really flies when you're reading... The Bible!? Eeew!

    • Homer: Are you kidding? Lisa turned out perfect! I wont sit here and listen to you badmouthing Lisa!
      Marge: We're talking about Bart.
      Homer: Oh. That guy.

    • Ms. Hoover: You must have read to her at a young age.
      Homer: I did! I did read to her! (flashback) 8:00, Happy Days. The Fonz, Henry Winkler, is worried he's losing his cool.

    • Marge: We'll bring back dinner.
      Lisa: What are we gonna have?
      Homer: Well, that depends on what your teachers say. If you've been good, pizza. If you've been bad... uh... let's see... poison.
      Lisa: What if one of us has been good and one of us has been bad?
      Bart: Poison pizza.
      Homer: Oh, no! I'm not making two stops!

    • Grampa: Movies! What a rip-off! I don't have to stand here and take this.
      I... zzzzzzz.

    • Marge: Do you want your son to grow up to be Chief Justice of the Supreme court or a sleazy male stripper?
      Homer: Can't he be both like the late Earl Warren?
      Marge: Earl Warren wasn't a stripper!
      Homer: Now who's being naive?

    • Milhouse: I've seen the Itchy and Scratchy Movie 13 times.
      Nelson: I've seen it 17 times!
      Bart: You must be getting pretty tired of that movie by now, huh?
      Milhouse: No one who saw the movie'd say that!
      Nelson: Let's get him!

    • Homer: Dad, you and your stories. Bart broke my teeth, the nurses are stealing my money, this thing on my neck is getting bigger...

    • Homer: (to Bart) Young man, since you broke Grandpa's teeth, then he gets to break yours.
      Grandpa: Aw, this is gonna be sweet.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Itchy & Scratchy: "Steamboat Itchy"
      Here, Itchy (who resembles the Disney mascot in more ways than one) cheerfully pilots his steamboat down the river. Eventually, Scratchy walks in and joins in on the happy tune. After a brief cutaway to see the boat putt-putting down the river, we hear another putt-putt - this time, coming from Itchy's machine gun, used to shoot Scratchy's knees off. The hapless cat is left to crawl around in pain, his eyes closed and trailing blood. Itchy opens the furnace (which has a fire burning inside) and directs his feline adversary inside. The cat is locked in and shakes in pure anguish, the sadistic mouse enjoying what he sees. Eventually, Scratchy finally dies, and Itchy pulls out his burned corpse. He remarks happily, "Oh me, oh my!" before the iris-out.

    • First Appearance: Bumblebee Man

    • Originally, for the Itchy & Scratchy movie scene at the end, writer John Swartzwelder wrote the more violent, depraved scene imaginable, but the other writers would have no part in it. They briefly considered not showing it at all, then created the final product, which is basically an episode of the show.

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not bury the new kid.
      Couch Gag: The couch deflates.


    • Snake: Oh no, ßeta!
      This is a referenced to the format wars between Betamax and VHS, which VHS was largely winning by the mid-1980's.

    • Dr. No
      Bart strokes a cat while disposing of 007. This is a take off the 1962 film, Dr. No.

    • Kirk: Captain's Log, Stardate 6051
      "Star Trek XII: So Very Tired" spoofs the numerous Star Trek. movies and sequels that have been released in the years since the original 1966-1969 TV series completed its original run.

    • Homer: Then we'll put you in the crooked home we saw on 60 Minutes!
      Homer's threat of sending Grampa to "the crooked home we saw on 60 Minutes. references media reports on nursing home abuse and corruption, some of which aired on newsmagazine shows including '60 Minutes' and '20/20' during the late 1980s and early 1990s. While obviously a joke here, the real-life reports - sometimes depicting horrific examples of elderly residents enduring sadistic abuse by nursing home employees - were anything but funny.

    • Mickey Mouse
      The classic "first" Itchy and Scratchy cartoon, parodies Mickey Mouse's well known appearance in the 1928 cartoon "Steamboat Willie".

    • Homer: I never thought I'd find a replacement for my 'Where's the Beef?' bumper sticker.
      "Where's the Beef?" became a national buzz-phrase after its constant repetition in the memorable Wendy's commericals. The ads featured Clara Peller, an elderly woman, inspecting a competitor's hamburger only to find a minuscule patty on a "big, fluffy bun."