The Simpsons

Season 4 Episode 6

Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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."