Kings of Animation (TV) The Simpsons

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“The Simpsons”

Season Two: Episode One

Bart Gets an F

Air Date: October 11th, 1990

Director: David Silverman (The Simpsons Movie 2008) Animated Pink Panther Movie-TBA

Voice Cast: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardly Smith, Julie Kavner, Harry Shearer, Marcia Wallace- Edna Krabappel (1990-2014) May she rest in peace.

Bart Simpson, ever the underachiever finds himself in a position of repeating the fourth grade.  Something he personally does not want. He will try whatever means necessary to avoid it (trekking through some usual pitfalls in the process).  There will be no shortcuts, no gimmicks. Can Bart muster up enough or will he be doomed to repeat?

What I Liked

This episode is a good one for a variety of reasons.  It gives us perhaps the best look at the inner struggles of Bart Simpson.  That he is still a prankster and a layabout intellectually. However, he has his limits, goals, and fears. He represents many young people in similar situations. The struggle, the frustration, the rebellion.

This episode also expands the Simpsons universe. There is a winter like scene which showcases how in one season, the Simpsons had created a whole town of characters. Everyone on display. It is so vibrant and action-packed.

There are tender moments in this episode as well. Between Marge/Homer and Bart. Between Krabappel and Bart.

This episode shows me everything that made me fall in love with  “The Simpsons” and how I came to defend it. (At least the earlier seasons.)

The Ladder:

Simpsons Roasting Over and Open Fire-  Favorite

The Call of the Simpsons

Life On the Fast Lane

Krusty Gets Busted

Bart Get an F

Bart the General

Moaning Lisa

Homer’s Night Out

The Telltale Head

There’s is No Disgrace Like Home

Homer’s Odyssey

Bart the Genius

The Crepes of Wrath

Some Enchanted Evening. – Least Favorite

 

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