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The Simpsons Christmas Special [VHS] (1989)

Neil Affleck , Bob Anderson (VIII)  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Neil Affleck, Bob Anderson (VIII), Mikel B. Anderson, Wesley Archer, Carlos Baeza
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Language: Albanian, Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • VHS Release Date: October 16, 2001
  • Run Time: 23 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302208645
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,239 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews


It's Christmas at the Simpsons' household but no one is jolly. Homer doesn't have the heart to tell Marge that Scroogey boss Mr. Burns isn't giving out Christmas bonuses this year. Marge, on the other hand, is counting on the bonus because she's spent all the Christmas money getting a tattoo removed from Bart's arm. So Homer has to go to work as a department-store Santa. An early episode with less sophisticated humor and animation, it still offers a number of laughs, plus the story of where the Simpsons got their dog, Santa's Little Helper. --Marshall Fine

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According to Bart Simpson, "If TV taught me anything , it's that miracles always happen to poor kids at Christmas. It Happened to Tiny Tim, it happened to the Smurfs, and it's going to happen to us." But it better happen fast. The Simpsons are in a Yuletide jam-there's no money for presents, and they may have to cancel Christmas! Before the crisis ends, Homer gets a job as a part-time Santa, Bart gets a tattoo, and the whole family- even Grandpa and Marge's nasty sisters- gets into the holiday spirit when they discover the true meaning of Christmas.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Twisted Christmas Special December 15, 2001
Every episode of The Simpsons is well-written, with a wry but definitely twisted sense of humor that makes the show so unique. Certain programs go far beyond the usual high standard set, but the Christmas Special, from way back in 1989, is not one of these blockbusters. Although it is worth watching, it stands out for the topic more than the content, unlike, for example, A Charlie Brown Christmas, probably the most heartwarming animated Christmas special ever made. Although they are both "losers", Bart's humor is born in more painful circumstances--Charlie Brown's dad never lost the Christmas money gambling at the dog track on Christmas Eve! In fact, the adults in Charlie Brown are never comprehensible; his world is strictly a child's world. The Simpsons is more wide-ranging, even post-modern in its humor. My favorite bit in the Christmas Special is when Bart comments that "If there's one thing TV has taught me, it's that miracles always happen to poor kids at Christmas."--and he even mentions Charlie Brown. [Matt Groening has said he was inspired to be a cartoonist by Charles Schultz.] As this is an early episode, fans familiar only with the recent series may be a bit disappointed in the drawings and the stiff animation; and some of the voice characterisations (especially Homer) have changed over the years.
I have to qualify my recommendation of this--it's good, and Simpson lovers won't be disappointed. But I'm afraid I don't think it is great; maybe it's just me. If you love this, I'd recommend getting the book Holidays On Ice by David Sedaris; they share the same irreverent Christmas tone. {My 11 year old daughter just wandered in and said she thought it was only 3 stars; my 17 year old son opined between 3 and 4 stars....and these are kids that love the Simpsons and seldom miss an episode.}
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heart warming, classic, and funny Simpsons Christmas. February 19, 2001
I have been watch simpsons for twelve years now. This episode of The Simpsons has a Christmasy feel to it. I don't know why I like The Simpsons so much, maybe it's because I have been watching it since I was just a little boy. I remember staying at my grandpa's house on cold, snowy Christmas Eve nights and watching Christmas specials we have bought throughout the years, this included because there always was something great about this episode of The Simpsons. It is a cherished Christmas classic
that started the whole series which is now the longest running primetime series on Earth. This episode is heartwarming, classic, and highly amusing and I hope this series will keep on creating laughs for years to come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Very Good! December 22, 2001
By A Customer
I loved this, the Simpsons has to be the funniest cartoon family and this is a great Christmas episode, I love the part at the school's Christmas pageant when Bart wrecks Jingle Bells with the silly and slightly rude Batman version and I love how they explained how they first got Santa's Little Helper. I very highly recommend this video to any Simpsons fan who also loves Christmas cartoons!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Cheer and Hijinks November 22, 2000
As one of the first ever Simpsons ever, "The Simpsons' Christmas Special" is one of the funniest Christmas tales to ever air on television. Originally airing in 1989, this Christmas special features the Simpson clan trying to make the best of the holiday after Homer learns that he is not going to be receiving a Christmas bonus from his boss, Mr. Burns.
The special, which opens up at Springfield Elementary's annual Christmas pageant features a hilarious performance by Lisa as Towanga, the Santa Claus of the South Pacific, and Bart's version of "Jingle Bells" which gets him in trouble with Principal Skinner.
After Marge spends every last cent of the Christmas fund she has saved up for the entire year to remove a tattoo from Bart's arm, Homer tries to salvage the holiday by taking a job as a Santa Claus at a local store. His hilarious encounters with Marge's sisters, Patty and Selma, who dislike their brother-in-law, as well as Bart's pranks will make me you laugh, and the ending which is somewhat warm, caps the special.
In the tradition of "It's A Wonderful Life," "The Simpsons' Christmas Special" should be watched during the holidays. While there is always a need to see holiday classics, there is also room for comedy. Overall, another great Simpsons' classic!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great episode November 5, 2000
A Kid's Review
Hello you might think youve seen this episode your sayin to yourself its on tv wrong it contains scenes that never showed on tv its called syndication they remove scenes to leave room for commercials i will pinpoint the scenes the school christmas pageant is extended by 1 min and 10 seconds and there is a scene where the marges sisters say to marge where is homer and they have a talk about how come he is gone so long it is 50 seconds so it extends the episode by 2 min.Buy it youll love the deleted scenes
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the Beginning, There Was Homer January 6, 2004
"The Simpson's Christmas" is a story about how Homer doesn't get his Christmas bonus, and so he looks for creative options to buy presents and a tree. He tries to be a Christmas Santa only to be paid a measly wage. How will he get his family Christmas presents?

Homer is shown as a caring father, wanting to do the right thing no matter what the cost. Although he isn't the smartest, classiest guy in Springfield, he does his best.

"The Simpson's Christmas" (officially called "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire") was made in the series' infancy. It shows. It is not as tightly written as today's shows. The voices of Homer, Barney and Mr. Burns aren't the same as today. The animation is weak, and the facial expressions are sometimes overdone, almost hackneyed. None of that diminishes the need to seen this episode.

As a point of history, it is intriguing to see this video and realize the evolution of the series. It isn't fair to compare then and now, but so much has improved since the beginning. The Simpson's started as a great toon, and now is a great series. Episode by episode, it keeps getting better and better.

You will want to find this on DVD for archiving purposes. Some mournful day, Fox will cancel the series and eventually, shows like this will be hard to find.

I fully recommend "The Simpson's Christmas."

Anthony Trendl
editor, HungarianBookstore.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Simpsons Christmas Special
I bought this for a friend and he loves it. The Simpsons are the best show on TV bar none.
Published 15 months ago by Randall Thomasson
5.0 out of 5 stars This Movie Is So Outstanding.
This Movie Is So Outstanding. I Watched It On Tv And It Was So Cool. The Movie Starts Off As Homer, Marge, And Cute Little Baby Maggie Drive To The School To See Bart And Lisa's... Read more
Published on May 31, 2006 by An_Old_WCW_Fan_06
5.0 out of 5 stars Touchy.
This Simpsons special really spoke out to me...and it was touchy!

I have to admit this was the best episode out of all 17 seasons! Read more
Published on July 13, 2005 by Budd
5.0 out of 5 stars RUDOLPH GET YOUR NOSE OVER HERE!!!!!
Published on September 17, 2004 by A. R SCOTT
3.0 out of 5 stars "The Simpsons" beginning
As most people know, this was the very first episode of The Simpsons. Originally airing on December 17, 1989, there would be 12 more episodes in the shows first season. Read more
Published on March 23, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST!!
I originally reviewed this tape on February, 12th 1999, as you can see below somewhere. That was my first time eviewing on Amazon. Anyways, I love this tape. Read more
Published on December 26, 2001 by ANDROIDtyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Just Got Better
This episode started it all. The very first, 24 minute episode of The Simpsons. In it Bart gets a tattoo and Marge spends all of their Christmas money to get it removed. Then, Mr. Read more
Published on November 25, 1999 by Derek
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