[4], In 2011, staff writer Al Jean commented on the episode: "The idea of it to parody EC Comics was really original and kind of shocking for a cartoon on network television. At the time (1995), it was groundbreaking, as it was unusual for a television show to use such animation. The first segment involves a haunted house that is based on various haunted house films, primarily The Amityville Horror (1979) and Poltergeist (1982). It is considered to be non-canon and takes place outside the normal continuity of the show. James Earl Jones as the mover, Serak the Preparer, and the narrator of "The Raven". wave, including King Homer (, This page was last edited on 1 January 2021, at 06:36. In the 1950s he started acting in stage shows. Alf Clausen, who has scored most of the Simpsons music, began his work on the show with this episode. Kang and Kodos were prominent characters in the 2015 episode "The Man Who Came to Be Dinner," which was not Halloween themed. They were last used in "Treehouse of Horror V", which included a solitary tombstone with the words "Amusing Tombstones" to signal this. [sic]"[46] In Treehouse of Horror XVII, a segment called "The Day the Earth Looked Stupid" ends with Kang and Kodos taking over Springfield as part of a mission called "Operation: Enduring occupation". Budke described the segment as "one of the most refined Simpsons pop references ever" and knows "people [who] consider this the point that they realized The Simpsons could be both highly hilarious and highly intelligent". [3] A Treehouse of Horror episode has since aired around Halloween every season. [16] The tombstone gags were easy for the writers in the first episode, but like Marge's warnings, they eventually got more difficult to write, so they were abandoned. [8] While similar "warnings" were used to open the second and third "Treehouse" episodes, these quickly became a burden to write and there was no warning for the fourth episode. That night, the house possesses Homer and the children, manipulating their minds and making them chase each other with axes and knives. Directed by Wesley Archer, Rich Moore, David Silverman. Their questions are answered when the walls begin to bleed and objects begin to fly through the air, and Lisa senses an evil presence in the house. James Earl Jones was born on January 17, 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA. "[44] However, these episodes seem mild compared to the carnage that followed in later episodes, according to Jean, who calls it "a societal thing". Beginning with "Treehouse of Horror II", the producers decided to give the cast and crew of the show "scary names" in the opening and closing credits. Jean revealed that 2019's Treehouse of Horror will be the 666th episode of the series. [10] Following "Treehouse of Horror VII", the opening has been upwards of a minute long and sometimes featured an introduction by a character, such as Mr. Burns in "Treehouse of Horror XVII"[8] or included over-the-top violence, such as "Treehouse of Horror VIII" (which showed a Fox Network censor being brutally murdered) and "Treehouse of Horror XIV" (which showed the Simpson family killing each other).[5]. In a parody of Poltergeist and The Amityville Horror,[1] The Simpsons move into an old house, wondering about its low cost. The plot revolves around three scary stories told by the Simpson children in the family's treehouse. [15] The Guardian named it one of the five greatest episodes in Simpsons history. [22] Sam Simon, who left the show during the fourth season, still receives "developed by" and "executive producer" credits, and until Treehouse of Horror XXII, he had been listed in Treehouse of Horror episodes as "Sam 'Sayonara' Simon" and between Treehouse of Horror XXII and Treehouse of Horror XXV as "simonsam@TWITterror". Widely regarded as the one of greatest stage and screen actors both in his native USA and internationally, James Earl Jones was born on January 17, 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi. The word’ nevermore’ has been used for a significant amount of times. [2] Kurt M. Koenigsberger said in his book Leaving Springfield that The Simpsons, while "not strictly a literary form ... is certainly the literate of all situation comedies". James Earl Jones voices minor characters and narrates "The Raven". [4] The entire segment was a parody of the opening of the 1931 film Frankenstein. At an early age, he started to take dramatic lessons to calm himself down. Marge unlike the others however, is instead using her knife to spread mayonnaise on a sandwich and intervenes, breaking the trance. [23] By the fourth season, executive producers Al Jean and Mike Reiss were less enamored of Treehouse of Horror episodes and considered dropping them, but the other writers insisted that they be kept. [16] The authors of the book I Can't Believe It's a Bigger and Better Updated Unofficial Simpsons Guide, Warren Martyn and Adrian Wood, said the first two segments worked better than the third, "but this is a marvelous episode, and set a high standard for the Halloween specials to come". Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish, "12 Truly Scary 'Simpsons - Treehouse Of Horror' Segments", "The Simpsons: the five greatest episodes in the iconic show's history", "The Five: Best Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Segments", "Top 10 Segments from The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Treehouse_of_Horror_(The_Simpsons_episode)&oldid=997581532, Television shows based on works by Edgar Allan Poe, Television episodes about alien abduction, Television shows written by John Swartzwelder, Short description is different from Wikidata, Television episode articles with short description for single episodes, Television episode articles with short description and disambiguated page names, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 1 January 2021, at 06:38. [4] Starting with season 15's "Treehouse of Horror XIV", however, only one writer has been credited with writing each Treehouse of Horror episode. He points out that his 10-year-old daughter loves films like Coraline, and that, "[in] the age of scary stories [...] appropriateness has gotten lower. [13] The episodes were originally written at the beginning of the production run, but in later seasons they were written at the end and aired at the beginning of the next season as holdovers, giving the animators more time to work. [11], Every Treehouse of Horror episode opens with a special introductory segment. [19], Critics also praised the episode's relationship to various television shows and Poe's "The Raven". This is also the first episode to have the music composed by Alf Clausen. [47][80], This article is about the series. The episode then returns to the treehouse and Bart, Lisa and Maggie, who are not frightened by any of the stories. The segment ends when The Narrator, infuriated by the Raven's mockery of his grief, flies into a fit of rage chasing it across his study, ending with the Raven's eventual victory and The Narrator lying wide eyed and staring under a pile of books. The sets are: After the Playmates Toys sets were finished, McFarlane Toys produced four Treehouse of Horror themed playsets including the "Ironic Punishment Box Set" released in 2004,[61] the "In the Belly of the Boss — Homer & Marge Action Figures" released in 2005,[62] "The Island of Dr. Hibbert Box Set" released in 2006,[63] and a "Lard Lad Box Set" released in 2007. "[73] Rounding out the list were "Dial "Z" for Zombies", "The Devil and Homer Simpson", "Time and Punishment", "Hungry Are the Damned", "Clown Without Pity", "Citizen Kang", "If I Only Had a Brain", "Bart Simpson's Dracula", and "Starship Poopers". [16] The sixth and seventh episodes featured short clips with no lines because the episodes had run long, and longer segments were cut. [6] The haunted house being built on a burial ground is inspired by the 1982 film Poltergeist. The two exceptions are "Treehouse of Horror V", in which Groundskeeper Willie is killed by an axe in a similar fashion in all three segments, as well as in Treehouse of Horror XXVIII, in which Maggie is possessed by the demon Pazuzu in the first segment and is still recovering in the next segment. 1 Dec 2008 1 415 ... the classic halloween poems scary the simpsons nevermore haunted allen raven edgar james earl jones poe elanor. These segments usually involve the Simpson family in some horror, science fiction, or supernatural setting. In some cases there was a fourth writer who wrote the opening and wraparound segments. Critics singled out The Raven for praise, although Simpsons creator Matt Groening was concerned that it would be seen as pretentious. [12] They are difficult for the writers because they must produce three stories, an opening and, in the early episodes, a wraparound. [14] The segment returned in the season 31 episode Thanksgiving of Horror. His father left the family shortly after James Earl's birth and later became a stage and screen actor in New York and Hollywood. [52] Citytv in Canada however aired the episode as originally scheduled. [6] Two of the episode's segments were singled out by critics as exemplary parts of the Treehouse of Horror series. [71] In 2006, James Earl Jones, who guest starred in "Treehouse of Horror" and "Treehouse of Horror V", was named seventh on IGN's "Top 25 Simpsons Guest Appearances" list. [66] It was said that it "set a level of excellence that viewers never expected creator Matt Groening to repeat",[67] although it was also described as "kind of stupid and unsatisfying". [45] Rather than taking sides in the election, Jean says it is "mostly a comment on what many people to believe to be the irregularities in our voting system. From Season 2 Episode 3: Treehouse of HorrorBy Edgar Allen PoeRead by James Earl Jones Oct 12, 2013 - Best Guest Voice: James Earl Jones reciting "The Raven" while Bart the Raven says "Eat my shorts" After the spirit of the house threatens them again, Marge loses her patience and confronts the house, demanding that it treat them with respect during their stay. James Earl Jones is an extremely good orator, and so his voice is well suited to reading a classic poem like “The Raven”. James Earl Jones has appeared in several episodes of the show, and voiced several characters [72], In 2006, IGN.com published a list of the top ten Treehouse of Horror segments, and they placed "The Shinning" from "Treehouse of Horror V" at the top, saying it was "not only a standout installment of the annual Halloween episode, but of The Simpsons, period. "The Raven" was selected as the second best Treehouse of Horror segment by Ryan J. Budke of TV Squad in 2005. Earlier episodes did not feature the scream. These messages include the names of canceled shows from the previous season, deceased celebrities such as Walt Disney and Jim Morrison,[17] and a tombstone with an inscription that read "TV violence" that was riddled with bullets as the camera panned on it. [2] Their scene in "Treehouse of Horror VIII" nearly did not make the final cut of the episode, but David X. Cohen managed to persuade the producers to leave the scene in.[21]. It includes Treehouse of Horrors V, VI, VII and XII. [11] The first segment, "Bad Dream House", was written by John Swartzwelder and directed by Wes Archer. [65] In its first airing, "Treehouse of Horror" finished with a 15.7 Nielsen rating and a 25% audience share and would lose to The Cosby Show. Many of the episodes are popular among fans and critics of the show and have inspired a whole offshoot of Simpsons merchandise, including action figures, playsets, video games, books, DVDs, comic books, and a special version of Monopoly. [47] The episode failed to win, and Bill Oakley later expressed regret about submitting the episode. [23] Four different playsets have been made by Playmates Toys and released as Toys "R" Us exclusives. [3] Kang and Kodos's names are derived from two Star Trek characters. [14] There were no wraparounds for "Treehouse of Horror V" because they had been cut to make more time for the segments. 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