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The Simpsons: The Day the Violence Died

Bart meets Chester J. Lampwick, a homeless man who claims and successfully proves that he is the creator of Itchy from The Itchy & Scratchy Show, but had his idea stolen by Roger Meyers's father back in the 1920s. After suing I&S Studios for royalties, the studio files for bankruptcy and shuts down.

Episode Info
Episode number: 7x18
Production Number: 3F16
Airdate: Sunday March 17th, 1996

Guest Stars
Alex RoccoAlex Rocco
voiced Rodger Meyers Jr.
Pamela HaydenPamela Hayden
voiced Milhouse
Phil HartmanPhil Hartman
voiced Lionel Hutz
Tress MacNeilleTress MacNeille
voiced Various
Jack SheldonJack Sheldon
voiced Amendment
Kirk DouglasKirk Douglas
voiced Chester J. Lampwick
Suzanne SomersSuzanne Somers
voiced Herself
Main Cast
Dan CastellanetaDan Castellaneta
voiced Homer Simpson, Abraham Simpson, Krusty the Klown, Barney, Willy, Sideshow Mel, Mayor Quimby, Hans Moleman, Gil, Itchy, Various
Julie KavnerJulie Kavner
voiced Marjorie "Marge" Bouvier Simpson, Patty Bouvier, Selma Bouvier, Jacqueline Ingrid Bouvier, Various
Nancy CartwrightNancy Cartwright
voiced Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, Kearney, Various
Yeardley SmithYeardley Smith
voiced Lisa Simpson, Various
Hank AzariaHank Azaria
voiced Apu, Moe, Chief Wiggum, Carl, Comic Book Guy, Dr. Nick Riviera, Prof. Frink, Cletus, Sea Captain, Kirk Van Houten, Various
Harry ShearerHarry Shearer
voiced Mr. Burns, Smithers, Dr. Marvin Monroe, Ned Flanders, Seymour Skinner, Otto, Kent Brockman, Dr. Hibbert, Lenny, Rev. Lovejoy, Various
Episode Notes
Chalkboard: None

Couch: Repeat of the couch gag from "Lisa the Vegetarian" where The Simpsons are colored and detailed by mechanical arms.

Episode Quotes
Bart: Dad, can we have $183,000?
Homer: (Gets his wallet) What for?
Bart: Lisa and I want to finance a series of animated cartoons.
Homer: Oh. Forget it!

Myers: I hope you're happy, kid; the studio's bankrupt. You just killed Itchy & Scratchy. (closes the studio's gate, bearing a "Out of business" sign)
Bart: We killed Itchy & Scratchy?
Chester: Good riddance. Wanna go celebrate? I feel like liver and onions. (smacks his lips)

Lyrics to "Amendment To Be"

Boy: (spoken) Hey, who left all this garbage lying on the steps of Congress?
Amendment: (spoken) I'm not garbage.
(sung) I'm an amendment to be,
Yes, an amendment to be,
And I'm hoping that they'll ratify me,
There's a lot of flag burners,
Who have got too much freedom,
I wanna make it legal,
For policemen to beat 'em,
'Cause there's limits to our liberties.
'Least I hope and pray that there are,
'Cause those liberal freaks go too far.
Boy: (spoken) But why can't we just make a law against flag burning?
Amendment: (spoken) Because that law would be unconstitutional.
But if we changed the Constitution...
Boy: (spoken) Then we could make all sorts of crazy laws!
Amendment: (spoken) Now you're catching on!
(brief breakaway as Bart and Lisa comment on what they're seeing)
Bart: What the Hell is this?
Lisa: It's one of those campy '70s throwbacks that appeal to Generation-Xers.
Bart: We need another Vietnam to out their ranks a little.
back to show
Boy: (spoken) But what if they say you're not good enough to be in the Constitution?
Amendment: (sung) Then I'll destroy all opposition to me,
And I'll make Ted Kennedy pay,
If he fights back,
I'll say that he's gay!
Fat Senator: (running up) Good news, Amendment! They ratified 'ya. You're in the U.S. Constitution!
Amendment: (spoken, estatic) Oh, yeah! Door's open, boys!
(Many bills and amendments run in, behaving wildly and shooting guns; bombs fly everywhere. The crowd cheers enthusiastically as the Senator lifts the boy and the Amendment on his shoulders; both raise their hands triumphantly.)

Roger Meyers Jr: Okay, maybe my dad did steal Itchy, but so what?! Animation is built on plagiarism! If it weren't for someone plagiarizing The Honeymooners, we wouldn't have The Flintstones! If someone hadn't ripped off Sgt. Bilko, there'd be no Top Cat! Huckleberry Hound, Chief Wiggum, Yogi Bear… Andy Griffith, Edward G. Robinson, Art Carney! Your honor, if you take away our right to steal ideas, where are they gonna come from? (points to Marge) Her?
Marge: (thinks to herself) How about Ghost Mutt?

Cultural References
Itchy the Lucky Mouse is a reference to the character Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, created by Walt Disney. Readmore about the cartoon character in the wikipedia article.

Chester J. Lampwick's fued with Rodger Meyers is similar to the fued between Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks. Some say that Disney stole his famous character Mickey Mouse from Iwerks.

Lester and Eliza resemble the original Bart and Lisa drawings used in The Tracey Ullman Show.

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