The Simpsons

Season 25 Episode 2

Treehouse of Horror XXIV

25
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 06, 2013 on FOX
7.1
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  • good episode

    8.0
    I just a like almost ever thing in that episode
  • Seriously?

    2.0
    This was the most boring TreeHouse episode ever HANDS DOWN. How can people compliment it. If you like the Simpsons fine; but roll with the punches and call out the bad when its bad.
  • Great episode

    9.0
    Interesting. I LOVED the intro, that was a hilarious strong start. The first story was alittle slow at first but after the murder started it was great. 10 minutes of rhyming is hard to keep entertaining, but their were enough decent jokes sparsed throughout.



    The second, again, the plot line seemed kinda thin till the end.



    The 3rd was good, but mostly because I immediately recognized the reference to the 1932 movie "Freaks". However that's a reference 99% of the audience is gonna miss IMO.



    I dunno, this was a good episode for me but how could it not? How can you mess up Tree House of Horror? These are always my favorite episodes.



    Not my favorite THoH but not bad. A 9 (by today's standards. It's not fair to compare to the original seasons)



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    In case anyone would like to see a 2 minute review of "Freaks" from 1932 referenced in The Simpsons 3rd story tonight. 2009/10/05/05-freaks-1932/

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  • The Simpsons continues its annual Halloween tradition with the twenty-fourth installment of the "Treehouse of Horror" series.

    8.0
    I am a little surprised ay all of the overwhelmingly negative reviews of this chapter of "Treehouse of Horror". I found it to be one of the funniest episodes of the series in quite a long time. I do agree with some naysayers in that the introduction was great. Very clever indeed. I laughed myself silly watching the opening segment "Oh, the Places you'll D'OH!". The writing and visuals were very clever. The Fat in the Hat was quite funny and the accompanying songs were well written. Like others have mentioned I was not too crazy about the second segment mainly because it was a recycled premise from one of the earliest "Treehouse of Horror" episodes where somebody's head is placed onto someone else's body. The third and final segment was not terrific, but had a few clever laughs to make it watchable. The strength of the intro and the first segment help carry this episode in this long running series. See you at chapter twenty-five!moreless
  • brilliant opening and one of the best non-Suess Suesses ever

    9.0
    I don't normally bother reviewing individual episodes of the Simpsons, but this one deserves special notice for two things. First there is the brilliant Halloween version of the standard Simpsons opening, which is amazing. Then there's the first mini-story, "Oh, the Places you'll D'OH!" A lot of people have tried to emulate Dr. Suess over the years, and every Suess take-off I've come across failed, unable to capture his unique rhymes. But whoever wrote this episode nailed it. Kudos!



    The next two episodes were less memorable, certainly, but they were still very funny. I don't know what to make of all these people who gave the episode a 1. There has never been an episode in the 25 years of the Simpsons that deserved a 1. These people should be ignored entirely.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Abraham Simpson, Arnie Pye, Groundskeeper Willie, Krusty the Clown, Kodos & Barney Gumble

Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson & Selma Bouvier

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum & Kearney

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Comic Book Guy, The Bore-ax, Moe Szyslak, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Bumblebee Man, Dr. Nick Riviera, Carl Carlson & Rafael

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Dr. Julius Hibbert, Principal Skinner, Kang & Lenny Leonard

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten & Jimbo Jones

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner & Dolph

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (1)

    • Homer: With an emerald that big, I could buy anything! A jalopy, an icebox, a steamer trunk full of fedoras… But how do I get my hands on it? Oh, I'm an idiot — of course! I get Marge to marry Moe, then I kill Moe, then she gets the ring, then I marry her, and the ring is mine. And the brilliance of my plan is its simplicity!

  • NOTES (3)

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual in Animation - color design director and background designer.

    • The extended opening sequence begins with the show title approaching in a gray clouds and storm sky, as lightning strikes the three-eyed crow flying from left to right, and it continues flying despite being reduced to only its skeleton.  In a more apocalyptic setting, soldiers are battling zombies, among which include Jimbo and Dolph, whom as usual are sawing off the head of the Jebediah Springfield statue.  As always, it drops on Ralph Wiggum, but he's decapitated, having the statue head on his body, as his own head still functions, licking the ice cream cone he drops.

      Billboard Gag:  Krusty...Now doing funerals. (with a saddened Krusty pictured, wearing a yarmulke)


      The sequence continues with the giant Lard Lad Donut boy statue getting eaten by an even larger monster.  Then, Ms. Krabappel, sitting on a park bench next to Alfred Hitchcock, is chased away by a flock of crows, similar to what was seen in his 1963 movie The Birds.

      Chalkboard Gag:  Bart writing "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy", as is Stephen King all over the classroom walls seen in his 1980 movie The Shining, based on his horror novel of the same title.


      Continuing the sequence, Homer mutates into an Alien-like vampire creature at the nuclear plant, then Carl dresses up as vampire hunter Blade (featured in Marvel Comics, as well as a number of movies and animated TV series) to pursue him, decapitating Lenny as he departs.  Panning downward to Hell, we see Mr. Burns as an evil creature who eats Smithers, seen as a small fairy.  At the supermarket, Maggie finds herself surrounded by human insects, including Marge, before the toddler herself is revealed to be the monobrowed boy in disguise.  Then, Lisa is playing her saxophone, but in a cathedral before being kicked out by her music teacher who's seen as the Phantom of the Opera.  Bart skateboards in an apocalyptic street setting with various monsters and creepy figures standing around as Springfield's citizens flee in terror from more monsters chasing them.  Maggie is then seen driving a black car, knocking Milhouse, riding a bicycle, off a bridge, where be becomes prey to a giant three-eyed fish.  When Homer arrives home, he gets flattened by Maggie still driving the car.


      Couch Gag:  The children are seen in normal form, but Marge is still a giant insect and Homer is a burnt zombie.  Then Lisa suddenly drops down a hole and her outfit changes to a dress similar to Alice in Wonderland.  She lands safely on a mushroom, spotting the HypnoToad, seen in  Futurama. Her outfit changes again as she finds herself in a more regal setting where Homer and Marge are king and queen, and Bart is seen as a mythic creature who greets her upon arriving.  Above Lisa is a TV that shows the title "Treehouse of Horror XXIV".

    • The extended opening sequence begins with the show title approaching in a gray clouds and storm sky, as lightning strikes the three-eyed crow flying from left to right, and it continues flying despite being reduced to only its skeleton.  In a more apocalyptic setting, soldiers are battling zombies, among which include Jimbo and Dolph, who as usual are sawing off the head of the Jebediah Springfield statue.  As usual, it drops on Ralph Wiggum, but he's decapitated, having the statue head on his body as his own head still functions, licking the ice cream cone he drops.

      Billboard Gag:  Krusty...Now doing funerals. (with a saddened Krusty pictured, wearing a yarmulke)


      The sequence continues with the giant Lard Lad Donut boy statue getting eaten by an even larger monster.  Then Ms. Krabappel, sitting on a park bench next to Alfred Hitchcock, is chased away by a flock of crows, similar to what was seen in his 1963 movie  The Birds.

      Chalkboard Gag:  Bart writing "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy", as is Stephen King all over the classroom walls seen in his 1980 movie  The Shining, based on his horror novel of the same title.


      Continuing the sequence, Homer mutates into an Alien-like creature at the nuclear plant, the Carl dresses up as vampire hunter Blade to pursue him, decapitating Lenny as he departs.  Panning downward to Hell, we see Mr. Burns as an evil creature who eats Smithers seen as a small fairy.  At the supermarket, Maggie finds herself surrounded by human insects, including Marge, before the toddler herself if revealed to be the monobrowed boy in disguise.  Then Lisa is playing her saxophone, but in a cathedral before being kicked out by her music teacher who's seen as the  Phantom of the Opera.  Bart skateboard in an apocalyptic street setting with various monsters and creepy figures standing around as Springfield's citizens flee in terror from more monsters chasing them.  Maggie is then seen driving a black car, knocking Milhouse, riding a bicycle, off a bridge, where be becomes prey to a giant three-eyed fish.  When Homer arrives home, he gets flattened by Maggie still driving the car.


      Couch Gag:  The children are seen in normal form, but Marge is still a giant insect and Homer is a burnt zombie.  Then Lisa suddenly drops down a hole and her outfit changes to a dress similar to  Alice in Wonderland.  She lands safely on a mushroom, spotting the HypnoToad, seen in  Futurama. Her outfit changes again as she finds herself in a more regal setting where Homer and Marge are king and queen, and Bart is seen as a mythic creature who greets her upon arriving.  Above Lisa is a TV that shows the title "Treehouse of Horror XXIV".

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • The first segment has the townspeople as various Dr. Seuss Characters and with a couple of parody names such as The Fat In The Hat, The Bore-Ax.  These are parodies to The Cat In The Hat and The Lorax written by Dr. Seuss.

       


    • The title of the first segment, "Oh, the Places You'll D'oh!" is a take on the title of the book Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Suess.  The book was published in 1990 making it the final Dr. Suess work published before his death.

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