KABF16 Written by Matt Warburton
Probably one of the weaker Treehouses of recent memory, though it had its moments. The opening was one of the best bits of political humor the show’s done in a while. “Untitled Robot Parody” was probably the weakest of the three segments- it was basically one joke (how many things can transform?) and didn’t really do much. “How To Get Ahead in Dead-vertising” was a little bit better, but the premise made absolutely no sense- although the bit with Krusty and the daycare was no doubt inspired by the real case where Disney forced a Florida daycare to remove unauthorized depicitions of their characters, a celebrity would not be free to use if they were dead- in most cases, you would have to go through their estate, a corporation that owned their likeness, or a rights clearinghouse such as CMG Worldwide. But I did enjoy the ad with John Wayne with various clips strung together (including one apparently recorded after his death) and Edward G. Robinson killing Chief Wiggum.
It’s surprising it took the show 20 years to do a Peanuts parody, and “It’s The Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse” was the best of the three segments, giving a typical Simpsons twist to the strangeness of the Great Pumpkin (which was originally intended as a satire of the Santa Claus myth). James L. Brooks’s credit pretty much sums up the moral of this segment.
“Finally, a Boxing Day that lives up to its name!”
“All pumpkins are racist- the difference is, I admit it!”