Lisa says that Michael Jackson and Dustin Hoffman were voice actors in The Itchy & Scratchy Movie, and that "they didn't use their real names, but you could tell it was them". This was reference to the fact that Jackson and Hoffman have contributed to Simpsons episodes under the respective pseudonyms of John Jay Smith and Sam Etic which led to a policy stating that celebrities appearing in the show must now use their real names instead of a pseudonym.
In the scene of forty years into the future, the picture of Bart and caption "DO NOT SELL TO THIS BOY" are still posted in the box office at the Aztec Theater.
Strangely, Bart never saw the movie until forty years later, meaning the movie was not released on home video, or that Bart wanted to assure his dad he would complete the punishment properly and never bought it. However, he would later watch it with his family in 3D at the drive-in movies in "Adventures in Baby-Getting".
This episode aired on a Tuesday, instead of a Thursday unlike the other episodes of Season 4.
Oddly, Ralph's parents (Sarah Wiggum and Chief Wiggum) are not seen in Lisa's classroom during the parent teacher conference. Although Chief Wiggum may have been absent due to his job as police officer.
At the start of the episode, an announcer says that the movie is "coming for Christmas", but this episode is not set in the Christmas season.
Abraham Simpson can be seen in the long line waiting for the movie, despite the fact that in a few episodes later, he hates Itchy and Scratchy. It is possible though, that he may just have been there playing chess, or he did see the movie but forgot about it later.
Another cartoon is Itchy and Scratchy (Tom and Jerry version) in army background.
In a flashback, young Homer is heard singing "Yummy Yummy Yummy" by The Ohio Express.
The 50-year old Bart Simpson; Chief Justice of The Supreme Court, and the 76-year old Homer Simpson; senior citizen coming into the theater sitting down in the shadows for the movie to begin is an homage to Mystery Science Theater 3000 as Mike Reiss has mentioned on the DVD audio commentary. Thank you for your idea, Joel Hodgson!
Itchy and Scratchy: The Movie is the parody of Tom and Jerry: The Movie.
Homer's remark about Soylent Green 40 years in the future (which would have been 2032) is a direct reference to the sci-fi thriller "Soylent Green", which is about a mysterious new addictive food-like substance. The film is famous for its twist ending, in which one character remarks "Soylent Green is PEOPLE!".