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"The Simpson's Christmas" is a story about how Homer doesn't get his Christmas bonus, and so he looks for creative options to buy presents and a tree. He tries to be a Christmas Santa only to be paid a measly wage. How will he get his family Christmas presents?
Homer is shown as a caring father, wanting to do the right thing no matter what the cost. Although he isn't the smartest, classiest guy in Springfield, he does his best.
"The Simpson's Christmas" (officially called "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire") was made in the series' infancy. It shows. It is not as tightly written as today's shows. The voices of Homer, Barney and Mr. Burns aren't the same as today. The animation is weak, and the facial expressions are sometimes overdone, almost hackneyed. None of that diminishes the need to seen this episode.
As a point of history, it is intriguing to see this video and realize the evolution of the series. It isn't fair to compare then and now, but so much has improved since the beginning. The Simpson's started as a great toon, and now is a great series. Episode by episode, it keeps getting better and better.
You will want to find this on DVD for archiving purposes. Some mournful day, Fox will cancel the series and eventually, shows like this will be hard to find.
I fully recommend "The Simpson's Christmas."
Anthony Trendl
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on December 26, 2001
I originally reviewed this tape on February, 12th 1999, as you can see below somewhere. That was my first time eviewing on Amazon. Anyways, I love this tape. This episode really gets me in the x-mas mood. It is so cool, esspecially since it is the first episode, it is a good thing to own on tape. I watched this tape about 15 times, between this x-mas and last x-mas. It is so funny. I reccomend this tape to any other Simpsons lovers out there.
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on December 22, 2001
I loved this, the Simpsons has to be the funniest cartoon family and this is a great Christmas episode, I love the part at the school's Christmas pageant when Bart wrecks Jingle Bells with the silly and slightly rude Batman version and I love how they explained how they first got Santa's Little Helper. I very highly recommend this video to any Simpsons fan who also loves Christmas cartoons!
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on November 23, 2001
Homer's desperate efforts go to raise last-minute Christmas money to go to awry, but Santa's Little Helper saves the day. Early series episode provides belly laughs to those who are seeking irrevent cheer.
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on February 19, 2001
I have been watch simpsons for twelve years now. This episode of The Simpsons has a Christmasy feel to it. I don't know why I like The Simpsons so much, maybe it's because I have been watching it since I was just a little boy. I remember staying at my grandpa's house on cold, snowy Christmas Eve nights and watching Christmas specials we have bought throughout the years, this included because there always was something great about this episode of The Simpsons. It is a cherished Christmas classic
that started the whole series which is now the longest running primetime series on Earth. This episode is heartwarming, classic, and highly amusing and I hope this series will keep on creating laughs for years to come.
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on November 22, 2000
As one of the first ever Simpsons ever, "The Simpsons' Christmas Special" is one of the funniest Christmas tales to ever air on television. Originally airing in 1989, this Christmas special features the Simpson clan trying to make the best of the holiday after Homer learns that he is not going to be receiving a Christmas bonus from his boss, Mr. Burns.
The special, which opens up at Springfield Elementary's annual Christmas pageant features a hilarious performance by Lisa as Towanga, the Santa Claus of the South Pacific, and Bart's version of "Jingle Bells" which gets him in trouble with Principal Skinner.
After Marge spends every last cent of the Christmas fund she has saved up for the entire year to remove a tattoo from Bart's arm, Homer tries to salvage the holiday by taking a job as a Santa Claus at a local store. His hilarious encounters with Marge's sisters, Patty and Selma, who dislike their brother-in-law, as well as Bart's pranks will make me you laugh, and the ending which is somewhat warm, caps the special.
In the tradition of "It's A Wonderful Life," "The Simpsons' Christmas Special" should be watched during the holidays. While there is always a need to see holiday classics, there is also room for comedy. Overall, another great Simpsons' classic!
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on November 5, 2000
Hello you might think youve seen this episode your sayin to yourself its on tv wrong it contains scenes that never showed on tv its called syndication they remove scenes to leave room for commercials i will pinpoint the scenes the school christmas pageant is extended by 1 min and 10 seconds and there is a scene where the marges sisters say to marge where is homer and they have a talk about how come he is gone so long it is 50 seconds so it extends the episode by 2 min.Buy it youll love the deleted scenes
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on November 25, 1999
This episode started it all. The very first, 24 minute episode of The Simpsons. In it Bart gets a tattoo and Marge spends all of their Christmas money to get it removed. Then, Mr. Burns says there will be no Christmas bonus, but Homer can't tell Marge. So, to make some money Homer takes a job working as Santa. In the end, Santa's Little Helper comes to the rescue.
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on February 12, 1999
This Episode was a Really nice Episode To watch during The holiday season. not only is it the first episode but it iis the best episode! I was 3 years old when first watched it and now I am 12 years old an I still Remember it.My family and I watch it every year and we like it even more each time we watch it!
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on January 11, 1999
Most people dont like this episode of the Simpsons, but they probably dont know that this is the first ever episode. The drawings may be a little crude, but the episode itself is a very funny and entertaining one!
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