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Short summary

The Simpsons go to a market sale and receive a severed monkey's paw which can grant five wishes. Bart has magic powers so he can turn people into anything he wants if they be naughty to him and he turns Homer into a Jack-in-the-box. Mr Burns' puts Homer's brain into a robot.

Al Jean pitched the idea of having "scary names" in the opening credits, inspired by old issues of EC Comics..

The Monkey's Paw segment is based on a short story written by W.W. Jacobs at the start of the 20th century.

The segment involving Bart as a boy with the power to make anything happen just by using his mind is based off The Twilight Zone: It's a Good Life (1961), itself based off the 1953 short story of the same name by Jerome Bixby.

This was the first Treehouse of Horror episode to have actually been broadcast on Halloween. This would not happen again until Simpsonid: Treehouse of Horror X (1999) in Season 11.

Mr. Burns hums a little of "If I Only Had a Brain" while removing Homer's brain.

In production order, this was the first Simpsonid (1989) episode to be animated by Anivision, which was the first non-AKOM overseas studio to work on the show.

Bart's Nightmare, the second segment, was based on The Twilight Zone: It's a Good Life (1961). That episode was remade and used as a segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983). That segment starred Nancy Cartwright, who is the voice of Bart

One of the writers who created the Davy Crockett joke thought it was so funny that he actually mimicked the actions of Mr. Burns putting on Homer's brain in the writing room; the producers thought that it was hilarious, so they decided to add it into the episode.

When Kang and Kodos's ship lands on the Statue of Jebediah Springfield, the statue's head falls off as the rest of the statue falls over, as a reference to Simpsonid: The Telltale Head (1990).

There was a debate about whether to include Kang and Kodos in all Halloween specials after the episode; eventually, the writers agreed to make it a tradition.

While writing "The Monkey's Paw", Sam Simon, one of the writers, wanted the fingers to go down in such an order so they would eventually have the middle finger sticking up. Once the animation would have been complete, however, they could not have gone through; Fox would have refused to air the episode. They had considered the alternative of deliberately blurring the middle finger themselves, but decided that Fox would have also refused.

When the Moroccan salesman tries to warn Homer Simpson, saying "You'll be sorry", the animators forgot to move his lips. They only realized their error after the broadcast, so they decided not to change it.

For this episode, there were a lot of loop lines; for instance, the ending to "The Monkey's Paw" was added to the last second. As a result of the loop, they still retained Flanders's old house next to his newly created castle. In order to make the episode fill the time needed, the animators often extended the laughing time for Kang and Kodos.

According to George Meyer, the animation for when Bart sits up, screaming, was extremely tough, especially to make the mouthlines natural.

During the beginning of the segment "The Monkey's Paw", Hank Azaria faked some Arabic.

Though it took a long time, the design of the monster version of Snowball II by John Rice was greatly enjoyed by the producers, who thought it looked "just hideous, just right".

Bart's prank call to Moe was thought of by John Swartzwelder, one of the writers; however, Hank Azaria detested the line.

When Burns and Smithers go to the lab, the animators decided to make the animation a bit more impressive, and decided to do the concave and convex images of Burns and Smithers. Even though it was tough and took up more time, the producers felt that it was a necessary tour-de-force.

Originally, Homer's robotic voice was done post-animation in order to avoid stress on Dan Castellaneta.

The scene where Marge gives her warning to the audience is similar to the her warning in Simpsonid: Treehouse of Horror (1990), but with different dialogue.

This is the only Treehouse of Horror episode where titles of the segments don't appear in.

According to Jim Reardon, the ending to "The Monkey's Paw", where Flanders got a castle, was a last minute edition.

So far the only Treehouse of Horror episode with no deaths (unless one counts Mr. Burns's head being separated and placed onto Homer's head as a death).

At the end of the credits the Gracie Films logo in a Halloween special does not have the scream, but have the organ.

The credits and font is the same as Simpsonid: Treehouse of Horror (1990), but have different notices.

In the opening a group of trick or treaters walk by wearing sheets. They are all dressed in the same costumes the Peanuts characters wear in "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown".

User reviews

  • comment
    • Author: TheSuspect
    The Simpson Halloween specials / Treehouses of Horror usually function as spoofs on different types of horror movies / TV programs. The opening features Marge Simpson on an Opera / theater stage platform "warning" the audience about the show's content, much in the fashion of the original 1931 Frankenstein. Which is the same way she opened the first Simpsons' Treehouse of horror.

    The plot centers around Halloween night of that year, where Bart, Lisa, and potentially Maggie bring home a whopper of a Halloween candy haul. Bart, Lisa, and Homer start to pig out while Marge advises them to eat only one piece each. She warns them that eating too much candy will give them nightmares. Well, the power of suggestion proves to be a truly influential thing, because they each have a nightmare.

    Starting with Lisa, who is still chowing down on candy in her bed with piles on either side of her when she falls asleep. Suddenly her family is on vacation in Morocco and seeing the sights. Homer checks out a little Moroccan gift stand and purchases a "cursed" item from a little old man with a raspy voice (Hellraiser, 1987) called a Monkey's Paw. Which grants wishes to it's owner(s) but which promise grave misfortunes as often the wishes bring horrible luck. Or is this just the power of suggestion working against them? Because some wishes indeed turn out to be really bad ideas, but others work without a hitch. Is it really Homer's usual luck at work? Or is this just Lisa's nightmare showing her everything that comes along with world peace?

    Lisa is so scared that she can't sleep and asks Bart if she can crawl into his bed with him, in exchange for a candy necklace. Bart appears to have been wiser than Lisa for he is not sleeping with his load of candy but is sleeping very soundly all the same. His nightmare turns out to be his greatest dream come true - he now has the power to make anything he wants happen just by thinking of it (Twilight Zone / Twilight Zone: The Movie, 1983). But he finds that his unquestioned control over everyone's mind has it's drawbacks. He can't get Homer to stop disobeying him, so he turns him into a Jack in the Box. This prompts Marge to get them to seek family counseling. This ends in a prescription for Homer and Bart to spend more time together and it brings them closer together as a father and son. But... is this what Bart really wants? Or is it actually a nightmare in disguise?

    Lisa and Bart are so scared that they can't sleep and ask Marge and Homer if they can sleep in their bed. Homer is startled awake and looks distressingly at the clock. Just a couple of hours before work... At work, the next day, he is fired by his boss and has to find other employment. He soon gets another job digging at the cemetery, working for Groundskeeper Willie. But he picks the wrong time to take a dirt nap because later that night, while Homer is still snoozing, his boss Mr. Burns and his assistant Mr. Smithers are trolling the cemetery, looking for a Brain for their monster (Frankenstein) robot and think Homer's will do quite nicely. After the brain is in and the robot activated, things don't go as planned. Suddenly, they have to return Homer's brain to his body. But Mr. Burns' body is damaged in a lab accident and the only way to save his brain is to attach it to Homer's body (The Thing with Two Heads, 1972 / The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant, 1971). Homer wakes up screaming - but with Mr. Burns' head still on his shoulders. It's just a nightmare. Isn't it?

    Since all of these tales have a basically science fiction plot, this is easily my least favorite of the Simpsons Halloween episodes I've seen. As for humor, this is also "a little dry" as well for a Simpsons' Halloween episode. The 3rd tale is the funniest. The 2nd is the most interesting. The 1st is probably the smartest. "End of monster."
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    • Author: Vertokini
    I am STILL looking for the name of the music score that was featured in other Simpsons episodes, but primarily in the "Treehouse of Horror II" episode during "The Bart Zone"... in which Bart and Homer (now changed into a Jack-in-the-Box) heeded the advice of Dr. Marvin Monroe, and proceeded to just have fun and enjoy each other's company. During this time, a musical score was playing in the background. I have heard this music in other places... especially in some REALLY OLD TV commercials from the late 60's and early 70's. The music features a vibraphone as the lead instrument, and it would seem to be in what is called "5/4 TIME", which is the same time signature of the original song "Take Five" by Dave Brubeck. Does ANYONE know the name and/or location of this score, possibly by Alf Clausen, and how of where I can obtain it?
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    • Author: Ariurin
    This Halloween start with Marge coming out telling the us the viewers again that Halloween is even more scary then last year and tells the people to put there kids to bed

    Homer watching horror movie and two older kids come to knock on the door and Homer gives them candy, so they won't egg the house, but they still do anyway.

    Then Bart and Lisa come with of sweets and Bart, Homer and Lisa don''t waist no time and then Marge tells them if you eat to much candy to have nightmares.

    Later that night all 3 have nightmares. Lisa as nightmare, when family have go on Holiday, where Homer buys Monkey paw that grant 4 wishes as Lisa wish peach in world then Aliens are back again.

    This absolutely hilarious, I could stop laughing in this story as Lisa wish Peace, Homer says Lisa that very selfish of you" classic line. Great story.

    After the nightmare Lisa goes to sleep with Bart who also end up having a nightmare.

    This Bart as magic powers and can do anything wants and everyone knows about it and scared of him and until it turns homer in Jack in Box and then come really friends and give homer is body back.

    One best Hallowen story ever told, i loved it really funny.

    They both end up in bed with Marge and Homer, then Homer as dream that Mr Burns fires him and then he get a gravedigger job, while is resting and Mr burns looking for brain and then Homer and takes him and cut in brain open and insert in the robot which turns out to be just like Homer then give brain back homer, then kick the robot only for it to fall on to Mr Burns and is get stuck underneath and Smithers has to thing to do is stick Mr Burns is head on to Homer, Homer wakes find it all a dream or was it?

    This was great spoof of Frankenstein and was was really funny.

    Halloween Episode not to be missed 10 out 10
  • comment
    • Author: Alsalar
    Treehouse of Horror II is The Simpsons' second Halloween episode, indicating the THOHs would become an annual event, and thankfully they did. The first THOH was great but this one tops it. This review is part of a series of my user comments on Halloween and horror-themed shows throughout this October.

    THOH II's three stories are presented as nightmares the Simpsons family have after a night of trick or treating; presumably the non-nightmare segments of the story are canon. Some famous stories have been adapted here, starting with the legend of the paw that grants wishes. When Bart wishes the family is rich and famous, a common wish among the lower class, it allows for a commentary of the show's fame in real life. Later, Lisa's wish for world peace makes the planet vulnerable to the aliens, the same octopus men from the original THOH. They, too, became an annual tradition, although they were often not as important to the story as they were in THOH and THOH II. The next segment gives Bart special powers to read minds and transform people into monsters. It's funny to see everyone afraid of Bart, ironically trying to be pleasant about the horrors. Unusually, Bart now likes school. Bart and Homer also bond, which along with the parts of the episode where the Simpsons sleep together after having nightmares, shows the family can be closer than given credit for.

    The final segment is a Frankenstein spoof. Mr. Burns is the show's evil villain, so it makes sense he'd have a lot of potential as a THOH character; nevertheless he was left out of the original. However, they soon remedy that- he's Dr. Frankenstein here, in THOH III he's Denham in a King Kong spoof, in THOH IV he's Dracula, and in THOH V he's the owner of the haunted building in a Shining spoof. In this segment, Homer being fired is actually realistic and funny, but the episode turns to horror when he's kidnapped by Burns and Smithers so that his brain can be put in a robot. Burns is amusingly rough with Homer, but later finds his experiment a tragic failure- sad Halloweenish music plays when he's crying about it and again at the end of the episode. It's fitting.

    Happy Halloween.
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    • Author: Umdwyn
    This is the seventh episode of the third season of the Simpsons and while it's still a strong episode, it could have been a stronger Halloween-central episode, just like Season 2's. But nonetheless despite the lack of scares, it was pretty funny. I liked Marge's introduction the best and the music used in the episode was pretty creepy.

    In this episode, "Treehouse Of Horror 2," Homer, Lisa, and Bart eat too much Halloween candy which results in each of them having nightmares. Lisa has a nightmare involving a hand which grants wishes, Bart dreams about turning his father into a jack-in-the-box, and Homer dreams about Mr. Burns creating a robot.

    Overall, this is a solid episode for the most part. I wanted to be scared a little bit more, but it does make up for it with the laughs and each segment was strong. I liked the hand episode the best since it seemed to have somewhat of a mystical feel. I rate this episode 8/10.
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    • Author: olgasmile
    Treehouse of Horror II is a terrific Simpsons episode with a very well written storyline and loads of very funny scenes. It's where the annual Treehouse of Horror episode kicks off, sure it began in season two, but this is when the correct tone and rhythm of these shows are set up properly, and thankfully it hasn't changed much since, it starts off with a fun story about the Simpsons being given a monkey's paw, it even pokes fun at how big the series was becoming, which has me in stitches every time. Sadly the episode ends on the weakest story, it had a lot more potential, it could have worked as a sort of Frankenstein's Monster parody, but the story simply felt rushed, although the interaction between Smithers and Burns is hilarious in it and it's even more pleasing to know they're voiced by the same person. My favourite story is certainly in the middle, I loved seeing the world bow down to Bart, it's quite creepy at times and I've certainly never been more afraid of Bart, it's no surprise it's based on a Twilight Zone episode, the dynamics between Bart and Homer are vastly entertaining as we see them struggling to improve their relationship. A fun, imaginative three stories, Treehouse of Horror II still stands as one of the greatest Halloween specials.

    After eating too much Halloween candy, Homer, Bart and Lisa all have nightmares, such as finding a monkey's paw, Bart gaining magical powers and Homer gets transformed in to a robot.
  • Episode cast overview:
    Dan Castellaneta Dan Castellaneta - Homer Simpson / Barney Gumble / Krusty the Klown / Groundskeeper Willie / Mayor Quimby / Kodos / Others (voice) (as Diabolical Dan Castellaneta)
    Julie Kavner Julie Kavner - Marge Simpson (voice) (as Ghoulie Julie Kavner)
    Nancy Cartwright Nancy Cartwright - Bart Simpson / Kearney / Others (voice) (as Nefarious Nancy Cartwright)
    Yeardley Smith Yeardley Smith - Lisa Simpson (voice) (as Yowling Yeardley Smith)
    Hank Azaria Hank Azaria - Moe Szyslak / Apu / Lou / Others (voice) (as Hellacious Hank Azaria)
    Harry Shearer Harry Shearer - Montgomery Burns / Waylon Smithers / Ned Flanders / Kent Brockman / Principal Skinner / Otto / Kang / Jasper / Eddie / Dr. Marvin Monroe / Others (voice) (as Howlific Harry Shearer)
    Maggie Roswell Maggie Roswell - Helen Lovejoy / Others (voice) (as Mummified Maggie Roswell)
    Marcia Wallace Marcia Wallace - Edna Krabappel / Others (voice) (as Macabre Marcia Wallace)
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