[3] "Treehouse of Horror" was the first time an alternate version of the theme that airs over the end credits was used. Afterwards, Lisa discovers the source of the haunting - a Native American burial ground hidden in the basement. The Raven: Probably the most literate stance the show has taken, it's brilliantly performed with James Earl Jones as the narrator (a great actor in himself, of course.) [4] The entire segment was a parody of the opening of the 1931 film Frankenstein. [55] Several video games based on The Simpsons include levels with a Halloween theme, including The Simpsons: Hit & Run and The Simpsons Game. The segment was based on Edgar Allan Poe's 1845 narrative poem "The Raven". [12] Although every episode is entitled Treehouse of Horror, the first was the only episode that actually used the treehouse motif. "[2], The Treehouse of Horror episodes are difficult for both the writers and the animators. "Treehouse of Horror" is the third episode of The Simpsons' second season. However, the animators did not mind the work, leading to the drooling staying in the script. [13] Marge's warnings quickly became a burden to write, particularly because - as she herself noted - they were mostly ignored, so after "Treehouse of Horror V", they were dropped. There has been a variety of merchandise based on the Treehouse of Horror episodes, including books, action figures, comic books, video games, DVDs and a "Treehouse of Horror" version of Hasbro's board game Monopoly. The house thinks it over, and finally opts to destroy itself rather than live with the Simpsons. [76] In 1998, "Treehouse of Horror VIII" won a Golden Reel Award for "Best Sound Editing – Television Animated Specials"; the recipients were Robert Mackston, Travis Powers, Norm MacLeod, and Terry Greene. [3] The idea of Kang and Kodos came from Kogen and Wolodarsky. [2], From "Treehouse of Horror" to "Treehouse of Horror XIII", all three segments were written by different writers. At an early age, he started to take dramatic lessons to calm himself down. [3] Kang and Kodos's names are derived from two Star Trek characters. Marge unlike the others however, is instead using her knife to spread mayonnaise on a sandwich and intervenes, breaking the trance. The camera then cuts to a shot of the fireplace with Christmas decorations, and festive Christmas music plays over the opening credits. The IGN reviewers singled out the How to Cook for Forty Humans section of the segment as its funniest moment. The plot revolves around three scary stories told by the Simpson children in the family's treehouse. The opening disclaimer and a panning shot through a cemetery with humorous tombstones were features that were used sporadically in the Treehouse of Horror series and eventually dropped. [10], Other Treehouse of Horror episodes have opened with parodies; for example, "Treehouse of Horror III" had Homer introduce the episode in a manner similar to Alfred Hitchcock in Alfred Hitchcock Presents,[15] "Treehouse of Horror IV" had Bart introduce the episode and segments in a manner similar to Night Gallery, and "Treehouse of Horror V" featured a parody of The Outer Limits. [18] However, after two decades, this gag made a brief comeback in Treehouse of Horror XXIX at the very beginning, this time appearing before the main opening sequence and title. Unlike a typical Simpsons episode, "Treehouse of Horror" is divided into three segments. It is the first Treehouse of Horror episode. only for Homer to reply, "He was a zombie? Jean revealed that 2019's Treehouse of Horror will be the 666th episode of the series. "[74] "King Homer" of "Treehouse of Horror III" is one of Matt Groening's favorite segments. Michael Stailey of DVD Verdict described the three Treehouse of Horror segments as "brilliantly crafted tales capturing the best elements of The Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, injecting them into the Simpsons' universe". The third segment is an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's 1845 poem "The Raven". [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. [12] The entire segment was a parody of the opening of the 1931 film Frankenstein. The segment was executive producer Bill Oakley's idea and included live action directed by David Mirkin. [47] In 1996, "Treehouse of Horror VI" was submitted for the Primetime Emmy Award in the "Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming less than One Hour)" category because it had a 3D animation sequence, which the staff felt would have given it the edge. James Earl Jones voices minor characters and narrates "The Raven". The first segment involves a haunted house that is based on various haunted house films, primarily The Amityville Horror (1979) and Poltergeist (1982). The first, second, and fifth Treehouse of Horror episodes open with Marge standing on a stage and warning parents about the content of the episode, advising them to put their children to bed. [23] Four different playsets have been made by Playmates Toys and released as Toys "R" Us exclusives. [47][80], This article is about the series. [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". The script originally called for Kodos and Kang to look over the smoking ruins of Springfield and say "This sure is a lot like Iraq will be." and Kodos replies "Who's still thinking about Halloween? In 1998, TV Guide listed it in its list of top twelve Simpsons episodes. [68] "Treehouse of Horror V" is considered the best episode by several critics: it finished ninth on Entertainment Weekly's top 25 The Simpsons episode list,[69] fifth on AskMen.com's "Top 10: Simpsons Episodes" list,[70] and was named best episode of the sixth season by IGN.com. In 2001, Fox Interactive and THQ released The Simpsons: Night of the Living Treehouse of Horror on Game Boy Color. However, like The Simpsons itself, critics have noted a decline in the quality of the later episodes. [13] Although originally designed to constantly drool, Groening suggested that they not drool all the time to make the animation process easier. 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