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Encyclopedia > HOMR
The Simpsons episode
"HOMR"
Episode no. 257
Prod. code BABF22
Orig. airdate January 7, 2001
Show runner(s) Mike Scully
Written by Al Jean
Directed by Mike B. Anderson
Chalkboard "Network TV is not dead"
Couch gag The Simpsons are placed on the couch by the pneumatic transport tubes used on Futurama. Philip J. Fry (the protagonist from Futurama) is in on the couch for a split second before he’s sucked up and replaced by Bart.
Season 12
November 1, 2000May 20, 2001
  1. Treehouse of Horror XI
  2. A Tale of Two Springfields
  3. Insane Clown Poppy
  4. Lisa the Tree Hugger
  5. Homer vs. Dignity
  6. The Computer Wore Menace Shoes
  7. The Great Money Caper
  8. Skinner's Sense of Snow
  9. HOMR
  10. Pokey Mom
  11. Worst Episode Ever
  12. Tennis the Menace
  13. Day of the Jackanapes
  14. New Kids on the Blecch
  15. Hungry, Hungry Homer
  16. Bye Bye Nerdie
  17. Simpson Safari
  18. Trilogy of Error
  19. I'm Goin' to Praiseland
  20. Children of a Lesser Clod
  21. Simpsons Tall Tales
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Contents

Plot

When the family visits the Sick, Twisted and Totally F***ed up Animation Festival,[1] Homer discovers Animotion, a motion capture technology that enables a cartoon character to mimic a human's movements. He likes it so much that he invests the family's life savings in Animotion. However, just after making the investment, the company goes into "super-duper" bankruptcy. To earn the family's life savings back, Homer takes a job at a medical testing center. During one experiment, the doctors find a crayon lodged in Homer's brain from when he was a child, which has been the cause of his life-long stupidity. The scientists then say that if they remove the crayon, it could increase his brainpower, or it could possibly just kill him. Homer decides to have the operation, thinking it would increase his killing power. The bouncing ball animation (below) consists of these 6 frames. ... Motion capture, or mocap, is a technique of digitally recording the movements of real things — usually humans — it originally developed as an analysis tool in biomechanics research, but has grown increasingly important as a source of motion data for computer animation. ...


After the crayon is removed, Homer's IQ goes up from 55 to 105 points, which allows him to form a bond with Lisa. Homer then writes a report on the nuclear plant's safety, which results in the plant's shutting down, and the laying off of all employees. Homer's friends, initially thrilled to have a smarter Homer around, quickly reject him, and Homer is even burned in effigy at Moe's Tavern. Lisa tries to explain, with the aid of a graph, that as you get smarter, happiness decreases. Homer decides to put a crayon back in his brain, with the aid of Moe—who says he is an unlicensed surgeon, and describes the procedure as "the old Crayola oblongata", a reference to the medulla oblongata. He arrives home his old, dumb, self, which initially disappoints Lisa. However, she finds a letter Homer wrote to her before the surgery, explaining that he now understands what it is like to be smart like her, and how much more he appreciates her because of this. Instead of being upset over her father's decision, the episode ends with Lisa embracing him. IQ redirects here. ... This article is about figure. ... Moes Tavern (also known simply as Moes) is a fictional bar seen on the animated series The Simpsons. ... “Surgeon” redirects here. ... Crayola logo 2002-present Crayola past logo, 1997-2002 Crayola is a brand of crayons and other writing and drawing utensils, such as markers, chalk, and colored pencils manufactured by Binney & Smith, Inc. ... The medulla oblongata is the lower portion of the brainstem. ...


Cultural references

  • The title is a reference to the movie CHAЯLY adapted from Daniel Keyes' novel Flowers for Algernon (which also deal with a mentally retarded man who gets an experimental operation to increase his IQ, only to end up retarded by the story's end).
  • The Sick, Twisted, and Totally F***ed Up Animation Festival may be modeled after Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation.
  • The clay animation watched by Flanders and his kids, The New Gravey and Jobriath, is a parody of Davey and Goliath, a similarly Christian-themed animation. This is one of the few scenes in the show to depart from traditional cel or cel-style animation.
  • The faux old footage of Itchy & Scratchy advertising for Laramie Cigarettes is likely a reference to the first season of The Flintstones, when commercials aired featuring Fred and Barney enjoying Winston Cigarettes.
  • Homer invests at "IPO Friday's", a parody of the popular restaurant chain TGI Friday's.
  • When Homer is getting his stock results, he says "Yahoo!" and gets that result, then says "What is this crap?". The show once again tweaks its bosses by having "crap" equal "Fox Broadcasting".
  • Ozmodiar, a parody of The Great Gazoo from The Flintstones, appears twice during this episode, once after Bart says cartoons do not have to make sense, and once more after all the employees are laid off from the plant.
  • Homer blames eBay (rapidly gaining fame at the time this episode premiered) for the poor-quality cowbell he purchased.
  • Intelligent Homer solves multiple Rubik's Cubes in his spare time.
  • The Film "Love is Nice", starring Julia Roberts, Richard Gere and Bill Pullman (but not Bill Paxton) is a parody of the other Roberts and Gere films, Runaway Bride and Pretty Woman. The show also pokes fun at how many fans confused Pullman and Paxton as both character actors started appearing in hugely successful films starting in the mid-1990's.
  • The line "Is that your final answer?" refers to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
  • When the researchers examine the X-ray of Homer's brain they use a visual enhancement machine similar to the one used by Deckard in Ridley Scott's film Blade Runner.
  • The name of the animation firm, Animotion is probably taken from the band known for their 1985 hit "Obsession"
  • The animated dog that dances to Homer's movements during the Animotion process resembles Snoopy.
  • During the couch gag in the opening credits, Fry from Futurama is on the sofa, before being sucked away again. However, his skin is yellow, like almost every character on the Simpsons.
  • While mailing his suggestions in the suggestion tube, Homer is humming Johann Sebastian Bach's Concerto Brandenburg #3.
  • When the Simpson family visit the animation convention, Bob and Larry, from VeggieTales, are shown on one of the booths. There is also a booth dedicated to Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro next to Itchy and Scratchy's booth.
  • This episode is referenced in The Simpsons comic "Laughter is not the Best Medicine". Dr. Hibbert shows an X-Ray of Homer's head and the crayon is seen.
  • The crayon can also be seen in Jaws Wired Shut, Season 13 Episode 9.

Spoiler warning: Charly (also spelled ChaЯly) is a 1968 film which tells the story of a mentally retarded man, working at a bakery, who becomes a subject of an experiment to increase his mental capacity. ... Daniel F. Keyes (born August 9, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York) is an American author best known for his award-winning short story Flowers for Algernon. Keyes was given the Author Emeritus honor by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2000. ... Flowers for Algernon is a soft science fiction story and play written by Daniel Keyes. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Davey and Goliath was the title of a 1960s stop-motion animated television series. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      Christianity is... This article is about Planned Parenthood Federation of America. ... Issues of discussion Pro-choice describes the political and ethical view that a woman should have complete control over her fertility and pregnancy. ... Jobriath, 1974 Album Creatures of the Street Jobriath was the stage name of Bruce Wayne Campbell (December 14, 1946 in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania - August 3, 1983) a glam rock singer of 1973 and 1974. ... Glam rock (also known as glitter rock), is a style of rock music, which initially surfaced in the post-hippie early 1970s. ... Itchy and Scratchy The Itchy & Scratchy Show is a fictional television cartoon show within the television cartoon show The Simpsons (see show-within-a-show). ... The Flintstones is an animated American television sitcom which ran from 1960 to 1966 on ABC. The Flintstones is about a working class Stone Age mans life with his family and his next door neighbor and best friend. ... Information Nickname(s) Twinkletoes Aliases Frederick F. Flintstone Species Human Gender Male Age Mid 30s Occupation Crane Operator Family Ed Flintstone (father), Edna Flintstone (mother), Rocksy Rubble (granddaughter), Chip Rubble (grandson), Bamm-Bamm Rubble (son-in-law) Spouse(s) Wilma Flintstone Children Pebbles Flintstone Portrayed by Alan Reed, Henry... Barney Rubble. ... Winston - outdoor advertising. ... A sign at a T.G.I. Fridays franchise in Pensacola, Florida. ... Ozmodiar is a fictional character from the simpsons and can only be seen by Homer Simpson. ... The Great Gazoo The Great Gazoo is a character from The Flintstones animated series. ... The Flintstones is an animated American television sitcom which ran from 1960 to 1966 on ABC. The Flintstones is about a working class Stone Age mans life with his family and his next door neighbor and best friend. ... This article is about the online auction center. ... The cowbell is a percussion instrument. ... Variations of Rubiks Cubes (from left to right: Rubiks Revenge, Rubiks Cube, Professors Cube, & Pocket Cube (also known as Mini-Cube)). Rubiks Cube is a mechanical puzzle invented in 1974[1] by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture ErnÅ‘ Rubik. ... Julia Fiona Roberts (born October 28, 1967) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress and former fashion model. ... Richard Tiffany Gere[1] (born August 31, 1949) is a Golden Globe- and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning American actor. ... William Pullman (born December 17, 1953) is an American film and television actor. ... William Paxton (born May 17, 1955) is a Golden Globe-nominated American actor and film director. ... Runaway Bride is a 1999 romantic comedy starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts and directed by Garry Marshall. ... Pretty Woman is a 1990 American romantic comedy motion picture. ... Logo from the UK version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? is a television game show which offers very large cash prizes for correctly answering successive multiple-choice questions. ... Sir Ridley Scott (born November 30, 1937 in South Shields, South Tyneside) is a British film director and producer. ... This article is about the 1982 film. ... Animotion is a 1980s U.S. New Wave/synthpop band best known for their songs Obsession (originally written by Michael Des Barres and Holly Knight), Let Him Go, I Engineer and Room to Move. Formed in 1983 from the remnants of a retro science-fiction band called Red Zone, they... See also: other events of 1985 Musical groups established in 1985 Record labels established in 1985 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 28 - Various artists, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry, Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny... Snoopy is a fictional character in the long-running comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. ... Philip J. Fry is the protagonist of the animated television series Futurama and is voiced by Billy West. ... This article is about the television series. ... “Bach” redirects here. ... Johann Sebastian Bach, c. ... VeggieTales is a series of childrens computer animated films featuring humorous, anthropomorphic vegetables and conveying moral themes compatible with and often based on Christianity and Judaism. ... Hayao Miyazaki ) (born January 5, 1941 in Tokyo, Japan) is the prominent director of many popular animated feature films. ... My Neighbor Totoro ), or My Neighbour Totoro on UK DVD box titles, is a 1988 film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. ... Jaws Wired Shut is the ninth episode of the thirteenth season of The Simpsons. ...

See also

Lisa the Simpson is the seventeenth episode of The Simpsons ninth season. ...

References

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