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Encyclopedia > Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire
The Simpsons episode
"Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"
The entire family sings "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer"
Episode no. 1
Prod. code 7G08
Orig. airdate December 17, 1989[1]
Show runner(s) James L. Brooks
Matt Groening
Sam Simon
Written by Mimi Pond[2]
Directed by David Silverman[2]
DVD
commentary
Matt Groening
James L. Brooks
David Silverman
Season 1
December 17, 1989May 13, 1990
  1. Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire
  2. Bart the Genius
  3. Homer's Odyssey
  4. There's No Disgrace Like Home
  5. Bart the General
  6. Moaning Lisa
  7. The Call of the Simpsons
  8. The Telltale Head
  9. Life on the Fast Lane
  10. Homer's Night Out
  11. The Crepes of Wrath
  12. Krusty Gets Busted
  13. Some Enchanted Evening
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"Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire", also known as "The Simpsons Christmas Special",[2] was the first full-length episode of The Simpsons to air despite originally being the eighth episode produced for season one. It first aired December 17, 1989.[1] It was written by Mimi Pond and directed by David Silverman.[2] The title alludes to "The Christmas Song", also known as "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire".[2] Simpsons redirects here. ... Image File history File links Simpsons_Roasting. ... December 17 is the 351st day of the year (352nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... James L. Brooks (born May 9, 1940) is a three-time Academy Award, nineteen-time Emmy and Golden Globe-winning American producer, writer, and film director. ... Matthew Abram Groening is an American cartoonist (Life in Hell) and the Emmy Award-winning creator of the animated series, The Simpsons and Futurama. ... Sam Simon is an American television producer and writer, most notable as one of the original developers of The Simpsons, along with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks. ... Al Jean (left) and David Mirkin (right), have both been writers for The Simpsons for more than ten years. ... The three people are caricatures of (left to right) Rich Moore, Wes Archer and David Silverman[1] The following is a list of directors who have worked on the Fox animated television series The Simpsons. ... David Silverman (born on 15 March 1957 in New York City, New York) is an animator best known for directing numerous episodes of the animated TV series The Simpsons, where he would go on to be the supervising director of animation for several years, as well as animating on all... 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This episode deals with The Simpsons preparations for the holidays, but Homer is forced to resort to desperate measures when his Christmas bonus is cancelled.

Contents

Plot

Lisa's pageant costume, which ran into trouble with the censors. It was later added that she was wearing a flesh tone body suit.
Lisa's pageant costume, which ran into trouble with the censors. It was later added that she was wearing a flesh tone body suit.[3]

Homer, Marge, and Maggie Simpson attend Bart and Lisa's Christmas pageant at Springfield Elementary. At home, Marge asks the children what they want for Christmas and Bart asks for a tattoo. When Marge, Bart, and Lisa go Christmas shopping the next day, Bart sneaks away and gets a tattoo reading "Mother". After discovering this, Marge immediately takes him to a laser removal clinic and spends the family's Christmas money getting Bart's tattoo removed. Meanwhile, at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, Homer learns that he will not be getting a Christmas bonus. Image File history File links SimpsRoastingLisa. ... Image File history File links SimpsRoastingLisa. ... Categories: Stub | Clothing ... Homer Simpson is also a character in the book and film The Day of the Locust. ... Marjorie Marge Simpson (née Bouvier) is a fictional character featured in the animated television series The Simpsons and is voiced by Julie Kavner. ... For the singer-songwriter, see Maggie Simpson (musician). ... For the comic book series of the same name, see Bart Simpson comics. ... Lisa Marie Simpson is a character in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Yeardley Smith; Lisa is the only character Smith voices on a regular basis. ... In the television series The Simpsons, the Springfield Elementary School is the school which Bart Simpson, Lisa Simpson and their fellow students attend. ... For other uses, see Tattoo (disambiguation). ... Springfield Nuclear Power Plant Springfield Nuclear Power Plant is a fictional nuclear power plant in the television animated cartoon series The Simpsons. ...


When Homer returns home and hears about the loss of the Christmas money, he decides not to tell Marge his bad news. Instead, he does the shopping himself, buying cheap presents from a dollar store. At Moe's Tavern, Homer meets Barney dressed in a Santa outfit. On Barney's advice, he secretly takes a job as a mall Santa. Bart discovers his secret after he rips off his fake beard on a dare by his friend Milhouse, but agrees not to tell the rest of the family. A 99 cent store A dollar store is a store that sells inexpensive items for one dollar or less each. ... Moes Tavern (also known simply as Moes) is a fictional bar seen on the animated series The Simpsons. ... Barnard Barney Gumble is a character on The Simpsons, voiced by Dan Castellaneta. ... A typical depiction of Santa Claus. ... Milhouse Van Houten In the animated series The Simpsons, the Van Houten family consists of the father Kirk, the mother Luann, and their son Milhouse. ...


Homer receives his paycheck and is dismayed to see it is only for $13. Barney, who has received a check for the same amount, suggests betting it at the dog track. With encouragement from Bart, Homer decides to gamble his paycheck and takes Bart with him to the dog track. Although Barney recommended they bet on a dog named Whirlwind, Homer decides to bet on a last-second entrant named Santa's Little Helper, believing it to be a sign. Santa's Little Helper, however, comes in dead last (supposedly for the 25th time) and his owner abandons him. The dog follows Homer and Bart, who decide to keep him. When they return home, Homer is going to tell his family about his misfortune, but they think he brought the dog as a gift and everyone has a merry Christmas.[1][4][5] Several greyhounds before a race. ... Santas Little Helper or once known as Santos L. Halper (voiced by Frank Welker or Dan Castellaneta) is the Simpson familys pet dog. ...


Production

Barney's yellow hair, which would later be changed to brown.
Barney's yellow hair, which would later be changed to brown.

Fox was very nervous about the show because they were unsure that they could sustain the audience's attention for the duration of the episode.[3] They proposed that they should do three 7 minute shorts per episode and four specials until the audience adjusted.[3] In the end, they gambled by asking FOX for 13 full-length episodes.[6] The series was originally planned to premiere in the fall of 1989, but due to major problems with the animation of "Some Enchanted Evening", the series instead began on December 17, 1989 with this episode. "Some Enchanted Evening" instead aired as the season finale.[7] Image File history File links Barneyfirst. ... Image File history File links Barneyfirst. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the Simpsons episode; for other uses see Some Enchanted Evening (disambiguation). ... December 17 is the 351st day of the year (352nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ...


The episode, being the first to air, lacked the now famous opening sequence which was later added in the second episode when Groening thought of the idea of a longer opening sequence resulting in less animation.[3]


The "santas of many lands" portion of the Christmas pageant is based on Matt Groening's experience in the second grade when he did a report on Christmas in Russia. Groening also used that reference in his strip "Life in Hell" when he spoofed himself as a young man, being told that it is too bad his grandmother is from Russia, because Christmas is against the law there. Also, Matt Groening claims that this episode has been incorrectly credited with creating the "alternate version" of Jingle Bells.[3] Jingle Bells, originally One Horse Open Sleigh, is one of the best known and commonly sung, secular Christmas songs in the world. ...


David Silverman directed this episode, although Rich Moore storyboarded it and designed Flanders. Several of the scenes were laid out by Eric Stefani, brother of Gwen Stefani.[8] In this episode, Barney had yellow hair which was the same color as his skin, but that was later dropped because of the belief that only the Simpson family should have such hair.[3] Rich Moore is an animation director whose credits include The Simpsons, Futurama, Baby Blues, and The Critic. ... Eric Matthew Stefani (born June 17, 1967, in Fullerton, California) is an American pop musician, former Simpsons animator, and Grammy-nominated composer and writer. ... Gwen Renée Stefani (born October 3, 1969) (pronounced [1]), is an American singer, songwriter, fashion designer, and occasional actress. ...


First appearances

Seymour Skinner, Milhouse Van Houten, Moe Szyslak, Mr. Burns, Barney Gumble, Patty and Selma, Ned and Todd Flanders, Santa's Little Helper, Snowball II, Dewey Largo and Lewis all make their first appearance in this episode.[2] Snowball I is mentioned for the first time and Smithers can be heard over the speaker at the plant, but he is not seen.[2] Principal W. Seymour Skinner (born in Capital City as Armin Tamzarian)[1][2] is a fictional character on the animated sitcom The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer. ... Milhouse Mussolini Van Houten is a fictional character featured in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Pamela Hayden. ... Morris Moe Szyslak (pronounced ) is a fictional character on the animated series The Simpsons, voiced by Hank Azaria. ... Mr. ... Barnard Barney Gumble is a character on The Simpsons, voiced by Dan Castellaneta. ... Patricia Patty Bouvier and Selma Bouvier Terwilliger Hutz McClure Stu Simpson , also known as Patty and Selma (both voiced by Julie Kavner) are fictional characters on The Simpsons. ... Nedward Ned Flanders is a recurring character in the animated television series The Simpsons. ... Ned Flanders In the animated cartoon series The Simpsons, the Flanders are a family consisting of Ned, Maude and their two sons Rod and Todd. ... Santas Little Helper or once known as Santos L. Halper (voiced by Frank Welker or Dan Castellaneta) is the Simpson familys pet dog. ... Snowball, Snowball II, Snowball III, Snowball IV/Coltrane, and Snowball V are five fictional cats that have been owned by the Simpson family in the TV show The Simpsons. ... This article is about the fictitious Springfield Elementary School in the American television show The Simpsons. ... Springfield Elementary School This is a list of the students who attend the fictional Springfield Elementary School from The Simpsons. ... Snowball, Snowball II, Snowball III, Snowball IV/Coltrane, and Snowball V are five fictional cats that have been owned by the Simpson family in the TV show The Simpsons. ... Waylon Smithers, Jr. ...


Award nominations

The episode was nominated for two Emmy Awards in 1990, Outstanding Animated Program and "Outstanding Editing for a Miniseries or Special." Because "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" is considered to be a separate special, The Simpsons was nominated twice in the Animated Program category; the episode would lose to fellow The Simpsons episode "Life on the Fast Lane".[9] An Emmy Award. ... This is a list of the winners of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming less than One Hour). ... Life on the Fast Lane, also known as Jacques To Be Wild,[1] is the ninth episode of The Simpsons first season, which originally aired on March 18, 1990. ...


References

  1. ^ a b c "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" The Simpsons.com. Retrieved on February 5, 2007
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire BBC.co.uk. Retrieved on March 2, 2007
  3. ^ a b c d e f Groening, Matt. (2001). The Simpsons season 1 DVD commentary for the episode "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  4. ^ Richmond, Ray; Antonia Coffman (1997). The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to our Favorite Family. Harper Collins Publishers, p. 173. ISBN 0-00-638898-1. 
  5. ^ Martyn, Warren; Adrian Wood (2000). I Can't Believe It's a Bigger and Better Updated Unofficial Simpsons Guide. Virgin Books. ISBN 0-7535-0495-2. 
  6. ^ Brooks, James L.. (2001). The Simpsons season 1 DVD commentary for the episode "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  7. ^ Groening, Matt. (2001). The Simpsons season 1 DVD commentary for the episode "Some Enchanted Evening" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  8. ^ Silverman, David. (2001). The Simpsons season 1 DVD commentary for the episode "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  9. ^ Emmy Awards official site emmys.org. Retrieved on March 2, 2007

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