Film & TV

Quenchmas Countdown: Day 14 – ‘Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire’

First aired in 1989, this was not only the first Simpsons Christmas special but The Simpsons‘ first episode ever. It sets up a typical Christmas in the life of the dysfunctional family and begins the trend of what would be a series of eventful Christmases. The story starts with Bart getting a tattoo, which causes Marge to spend all their money on its removal. What follows is a chaotic chain of events as Homer tries to earn money for the family’s Christmas presents.

Obviously, the animation is not as smooth as it is in today’s episodes, but it does carry a certain charm at the slower pace. In addition, the voices sound more natural and less dramatic, which gives the story a somewhat calm atmosphere, despite the hi-jinx that ensue. Most of the characters’ famous personality traits are established and an origin is provided for Santa’s Little Helper, the family dog. If you’re a fan of The Simpsons and are curious in checking out one of their defining episodes, this is an interesting watch. Or if the newer Christmas adventures of the Simpsons have become too crazy for you, it could be a refreshing breather.

By Meriel Dhanowa

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