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"'''The Day the Violence Died'''" is the eighteenth episode of The Simpsons' seventh season and originally aired on March 17, 1996. It was written by [[John Swartzwelder]] and directed by [[Wesley Archer]]. [[Kirk Douglas]] guest stars as [[Chester J. Lampwick]], [[Alex Rocco]] as [[Roger Meyers Jr.]], [[Jack Sheldon]] as an anthropomorphic constitutional amendment, [[Suzanne Somers]] as herself, and [[Phil Hartman]] as [[Lionel Hutz]]. The end of the episode features [[Lester]] and [[Eliza]], versions of [[Bart]] and [[Lisa Simpson]] that appeared in [[The Tracey Ullman Show]] in the 1980s.
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{{Quote|He didn't create [[Itchy]]: I did.|[[Chester Lampwick]]}}
   
In the episode, Bart meets Chester J. Lampwick, who claims and successfully proves that he is the creator of [[Itchy]] from [[The Itchy & Scratchy Show]]. Lampwick sues Itchy and Scratchy Studios, the owner of the Itchy and Scratchy characters, which he claims stole his idea. After the studio awards Lampwick a US$ 800 billion settlement, it is forced into bankruptcy and shuts down. When the The Itchy & Scratchy Show is replaced by a parody of Schoolhouse Rock!'s "I'm Just a Bill" segment, Bart and Lisa try to bring the show back. They find a legal precedent that could help their cause, but before they can contact the studio, Lester and Eliza save the day instead.
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"'''The Day the Violence Died'''" is the eighteenth episode of [[Season 7]].
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==Synopsis==
   
The episode finished 47th in ratings for the week of March 11–17, 1996 with a 9.2 Nielsen rating. It was the highest-rated show on the Fox network that week. The episode received a generally positive reception from television critics. DVD Movie Guide and the Los Angeles Daily News enjoyed the episode's focus on The Itchy & Scratchy Show. Criticism of the episode focused on its observations of generic television shows.
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With the help of [[Lionel Hutz]], [[Bart Simpson|Bart]] unwittingly bankrupts the studio that produces Itchy & Scratchy when he and Hutz successfully prove the idea for Itchy was stolen some 70–80 years earlier.
== Plot ==
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== Full Story ==
It's the 75th Anniversary of [[Itchy and Scratchy]] and [[Bart]], [[Lisa]] and [[Homer]] go to the Itchy and Scratchy Parade. Bart follows it to "Bum Town", where he meets a homeless man named [[Chester]], who claims that he created [[Itchy]] of the Itchy & Scratchy cartoons, and cartoon violence. As proof, Chester shows Bart and [[Milhouse]] an animated short that he made, in which Itchy is the star, and goes about his usual violent tendencies. Bart now believes Chester, but the nitrate print of the film catches fire, eliminating their only proof.
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It's the 75th Anniversary of [[Itchy and Scratchy]] and [[Bart]], [[Lisa]] and [[Homer]] go to the Itchy and Scratchy Parade. Bart follows it to "Bum Town", where he meets a homeless man named [[Chester Lampwick]], who claims that he created [[Itchy]] of the Itchy & Scratchy cartoons, and cartoon violence. As proof, Chester shows Bart and [[Milhouse]] an animated short that he made, in which Itchy is the star, and goes about his usual violent tendencies. Bart now believes Chester, but the nitrate print of the film catches fire, eliminating their only proof.
   
Even so, Bart decides to help Chester. Chester moves in but things turn bad when Chester and [[Abe Simpson|Grampa]] get into a fist-fight which lasts a third of the episode. When Bart and Chester try to prove that Chester created the cartoon to the C.E.O of Itchy and Scratchy, [[Roger Meyers Jr.]], they are thrown out by security. They decide to take it to court. During the trial, [[Krusty]] and Chester get into a fist-fight. The Itchy and Scratchy company have much better lawyers (obviously) than the children and Chester. The case seems to be over, due to the fact that Chester has not presented any evidence. However, thanks to Homer lending him $750 which he conveniantly has in his wallet, Bart quickly runs to the local comic shop, and returns with a framed image of Itchy, which he recognized from Lampwick's cartoon. When Bart removes the image from the frame, an autograph is evident, in which Lampwick dedicated the image to [[Roger Meyers Sr.]], encouraging him to keep drawing. The date on the signature also predates Itchy's first appearance in '[[Steamboat Itchy]]'.
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Even so, Bart chooses to help Chester. Chester moves in but things turn bad when Chester and [[Abe Simpson|Grampa]] get into a fist-fight which lasts a third of the episode. When Bart and Chester try to prove that Chester created the cartoon to the C.E.O of Itchy and Scratchy, [[Roger Meyers, Jr.]], they are thrown out by security. They agree to take it to court. During the trial, [[Krusty]] and Chester get into a fist-fight. The Itchy and Scratchy company have much better lawyers (obviously) than the children and Chester. The case seems to be over, due to the fact that Chester has not presented any evidence. However, thanks to Homer lending him $750, Bart quickly runs to the local comic shop, and returns with a framed image of Itchy, which he recognized from Lampwick's cartoon. When Bart removes the image from the frame, an autograph is evident, in which Lampwick dedicated the image to [[Roger Meyers, Sr.]], encouraging him to keep drawing. The date on the signature also predates Itchy's first appearance in '[[Steamboat Itchy]]'.
   
With the revelation that his father stole Itchy, along with any every other cartoon the studio owned, Even though Meyers Jr tries to make a last ditch plea that all cartoons borrow from other sources ("If it wasn't for ''[[wikipedia:The Honeymooners|The Honeymooners]]'', we never would have had ''[[wikipedia:The Flintstones|The Flintstones]]''. If someone hadn't made ''[[wikipedia:The Phil Silvers Show|Sergeant Bilko]]'', there'd be no ''[[wikipedia:Top Cat|Top Cat]]''!") Chester wins the case, and the Itchy and Scratchy company pays him his requested sum of $800 million. Bart is happy for Chester, but becomes saddened when he realizes that by helping Chester, he has bankrupted and shut down the production company for Itchy & Scratchy. He and Lisa try to solve the problem, but are shocked when they find out the problem has already been solved, along with other problems, by two other (similar-looking) kids; [[Lester]] and [[Eliza]].
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With the revelation that his father stole Itchy, along with any every other cartoon the studio owned, even though Meyers Jr tries to make a last ditch plea that all cartoons borrow from other sources, Chester wins the case, and the Itchy and Scratchy company pays him his requested sum of $800 billion. Bart is happy for Chester, but becomes saddened when he realizes that by helping Chester, he has bankrupted and shut down the production company for Itchy & Scratchy. He and Lisa try to solve the problem, but are surprised when they find out the problem has already been solved, along with other problems, by two other (similar-looking) kids; [[Lester]] and [[Eliza]].
   
==Production==
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As Marge tries to console her kids, Bart looks outside the window and takes notice of Lester skateboarding by his house with rage in his eyes. It is then revealed that Lester obviously blames Bart for his involvement in helping Lampwick that lead to Itchy and Scratchy's cancellation.
During their tenure as executive producers of The Simpsons, Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein tried to include one episode related to The Itchy & Scratchy Show in every season. "The Day the Violence Died", written by John Swartzwelder and directed by Wes Archer, was The Itchy & Scratcy Show-related episode for the seventh season, and became a vehicle for jokes about animation. After completing the episode, Oakley commented, "This episode is one of the craziest episodes ever, I would dare say. It is so packed with references and inside jokes and the ending is so bizarre that a lot of people didn't understand it." The episode was considered polarizing. In one of its jokes, Bart asks Homer for a large sum of money and Homer immediately pulls out his wallet. Oakley described the scene as "very controversial" among the show's producers; Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons, in particular did not like it.
 
   
In Swartzwelder's original script, the "Amendment to Be" segment was a cartoon that was consciously a parody of the humor style of The Simpsons, but the producers felt that it was not funny. As a result, it was replaced by the "Amendment to Be" cartoon, which is a parody of the "I'm Just a Bill" segment of the educational television series Schoolhouse Rock. Worried about potential lawsuits, the lawyer of The Simpsons made the animators change the design of the senator in the segment. The end of the episode features Lester and Eliza, different versions of Bart and Lisa, who save Itchy & Scratchy Studios. Bart and Lisa typically solve problems in the show, but the writers decided to try something different and have a new pair of characters take their positions. Lester's design is a slightly altered version of Bart's design in The Tracey Ullman Show and is voiced by Tress MacNeille, who normally voices Bart on temporary tracks.
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== Production ==
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American actor Kirk Douglas guest stars in the episode as Chester J. Lampwick. William Hickey, not Douglas, was the producers' first choice for the role, who they described as "famous for being a grouchy, mean old man". Oakley and Weinstein, who often search for "the absolutely perfect voice" when looking for guest stars rather than simply using celebrities, felt that Hickey's gruff raspy voice would be perfect for the role, but he turned them down. In Nancy Cartwright's autobiography My Life as a 10-Year-Old Boy, she comments that the episode's script was a "gem" and recalls that Kirk Douglas' recording session, directed by Josh Weinstein, was fraught with interruptions. He refused to wear the earphones supplied to him in the recording studio, saying they hurt his ears, so he was unable to hear Weinstein from his booth. Cartwright directed Douglas, who was in a hurry and said that he would do two takes per line at the most. However, despite reading his lines all at once, he only had trouble with one scene; the scene in which Lampwick tells Bart he created Itchy & Scratchy required three takes, as Douglas continuously misread the line "I changed all that" as "I charged all that". Cartwright managed to get him to do a third reading of the line by pretending to sneeze during his second take.
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In his script, Swartzwelder randomly paired David Brinkley and Suzanne Somers together as the parade commentators. The producers were unable to get Brinkley to play his part, so he was instead voiced by Dan Castellaneta. However, they were successful in getting Somers to voice herself. Alex Rocco returned to voice Roger Meyers, Jr. He had previously voiced the character in the episode "Itchy & Scratchy & Marge", and while the character had reappeared in several episodes, in those instances he was voiced by Hank Azaria. The episode also stars Pamela Hayden and Tress MacNeille, and Phil Hartman as lawyer Lionel Hutz.
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==Reception==
 
In its original American broadcast, "The Day the Violence Died" finished 47th in the ratings for the week of March 11–17, 1996, with a Nielsen rating of 9.2. The episode was the highest rated show on the Fox network that week. "The Day the Violence Died" received generally positive reviews from television critics. DVD Movie Guide's Colin Jacobson enjoyed the episode and called it a "hoot", praising Harry Shearer's impression of David Brinkley. "It’s hard to top the original Itchy cartoon – where else can you see a cartoon mouse kill both an Irishman and Teddy Roosevelt?" said Jacobson, further complimenting the episode's twist ending: "For once, when Bart and Lisa team up to do the right thing, it backfires badly." He also applauded the casting of Kirk Douglas as a guest star, and ended the review by calling the episode a "winner". Total Film's Nathan Ditum named Douglas the 18th best guest star on The Simpsons.
 
 
DVD Movie Guide claimed that any show focused on The Itchy & Scratchy Show is "hard to beat" and the Los Angeles Daily News considered this a "cause for joy". Jennifer Malkowski of DVD Verdict said that the best part of the episode is during The Itchy & Scratchy Show copyright trial, when lawyer "Lionel Hutz stalls for time by calling all of his surprise witnesses again: a ventriloquist and his dummy, Santa Claus with a broken leg, a Barney-looking stranger, Ralph Wiggum, and the fattest twins in The Guinness Book of World Records." Malkowski concluded her review by giving the episode a grade of B-. The episode was considered a classic by The Rockford Register Star, which enjoyed the "perfect parody of the old 'Schoolhouse Rock' cartoon, 'I'm Just a Bill.'" DVD Movie Guide "loved" the first The Itchy & Scratchy Show cartoon, "Itchy & Scratchy Meet Fritz the Cat". In the book I Can't Believe It's a Bigger and Better Unofficial "Simpsons" Guide by Warren Martyn and Adrian Wood, they comment that "The Day the Violence Died" is "a great episode, with some clever observations on ideas and copyright, and a superb – and sinister – twist ending featuring the return of both Bart and Lisa from their days on The Tracey Ullman Show."
 
 
Criticism of the episode stemmed from its observations of generic television shows. Dave Foster of DVD Times commented that it features "clever inside jokes, a few astute gags at the expense of the often ridiculous situations found in sitcoms as well as some keen insights on the oft-debated TV violence issue" but that "its played-out observations on how generic shows can be are often too adept making this one tough to fully appreciate with the same affection as the other well-realised scripts found in this season." Columbia University offered a course that analyzed The Simpsons during the September 2005 school term. In one of the classes, entitled "The Simpsons' Self-Referentiality", students viewed "The Day the Violence Died", and later considered one of the episode's most memorable quotes to be: "Bart: 'Lisa, if I ever stop loving violence, I want you to shoot me.' Lisa: 'Will do.'"
 
 
 
 
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"The Day the Violence Died" is the eighteenth episode of Season 7.

Synopsis

With the help of Lionel Hutz, Bart unwittingly bankrupts the studio that produces Itchy & Scratchy when he and Hutz successfully prove the idea for Itchy was stolen some 70–80 years earlier.

Full Story

It's the 75th Anniversary of Itchy and Scratchy and Bart, Lisa and Homer go to the Itchy and Scratchy Parade. Bart follows it to "Bum Town", where he meets a homeless man named Chester Lampwick, who claims that he created Itchy of the Itchy & Scratchy cartoons, and cartoon violence. As proof, Chester shows Bart and Milhouse an animated short that he made, in which Itchy is the star, and goes about his usual violent tendencies. Bart now believes Chester, but the nitrate print of the film catches fire, eliminating their only proof.

Even so, Bart chooses to help Chester. Chester moves in but things turn bad when Chester and Grampa get into a fist-fight which lasts a third of the episode. When Bart and Chester try to prove that Chester created the cartoon to the C.E.O of Itchy and Scratchy, Roger Meyers, Jr., they are thrown out by security. They agree to take it to court. During the trial, Krusty and Chester get into a fist-fight. The Itchy and Scratchy company have much better lawyers (obviously) than the children and Chester. The case seems to be over, due to the fact that Chester has not presented any evidence. However, thanks to Homer lending him $750, Bart quickly runs to the local comic shop, and returns with a framed image of Itchy, which he recognized from Lampwick's cartoon. When Bart removes the image from the frame, an autograph is evident, in which Lampwick dedicated the image to Roger Meyers, Sr., encouraging him to keep drawing. The date on the signature also predates Itchy's first appearance in 'Steamboat Itchy'.

With the revelation that his father stole Itchy, along with any every other cartoon the studio owned, even though Meyers Jr tries to make a last ditch plea that all cartoons borrow from other sources, Chester wins the case, and the Itchy and Scratchy company pays him his requested sum of $800 billion. Bart is happy for Chester, but becomes saddened when he realizes that by helping Chester, he has bankrupted and shut down the production company for Itchy & Scratchy. He and Lisa try to solve the problem, but are surprised when they find out the problem has already been solved, along with other problems, by two other (similar-looking) kids; Lester and Eliza.

As Marge tries to console her kids, Bart looks outside the window and takes notice of Lester skateboarding by his house with rage in his eyes. It is then revealed that Lester obviously blames Bart for his involvement in helping Lampwick that lead to Itchy and Scratchy's cancellation.

Production

Citations

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