“A Star Is Burns” – The Simpsons Season 6 episode review

I generally glance over episodes of The Simpsons when I talk about each season, but in the case of the season 6 episode “A Star Is Burns,” I feel that further study is warranted.  Springfield’s film festival has so much to offer! 


A General Grievance
One sorta interesting aspect of this episode is Matt Groening thought it was a shameless advertisement for The Critic and went as far as to air his grievances publicly.   I thought the episode handled the situation well with both dialogue:

[Bart is watching television]
Announcer: Coming up next, The Flintstones meet The Jetsons.
Bart: Uh oh. I smell another cheap cartoon crossover.
[Homer enters the room with Jay] Homer: Bart Simpson, meet Jay Sherman, the critic.
Jay: Hello.
Bart: Hey man, I really love your show. I think all kids should watch it! [turns away] Ew, I suddenly feel so dirty.

and adapting Jay Sherman’s design to The Simpsons’ look, but I guess that wasn’t enough for Groening.  Also, it’s just a well written episode.  The shorts are great!  And this episode also includes probably the most well-remembered of the many scenes in Mr. Burns office during which he’s maniacally planning – the scene even starts with “The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme).”  Senor Spielbergo is truly an inspiring joke.

Senor Spielbergo!

“Then get me his non-union Mexican equivalent!”

And who can forget Homer’s audition to play Mr. Burns:  “Exactly… d’oh!”  So many great jokes.

The Shorts:

Man Getting Hit By Football
Obviously, one can never forget this epic film.  Retitled “Football in the Groin” by Homer, it is obviously the very essence of its time.  (They do go to the trouble of mentioning America’s Funniest Home Videos, which was entirely composed of such dreck.)

Bright Lights, Beef Jerky
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon’s movie is just security camera footage from the Kwik-E-Mart, but it’s true to character.

Moe Better Booze
Moe Szyslak’s musical number is a little outside Moe’s comfort zone but rounds into form by the end and, of course, it’s just a commercial for his bar.

The Eternal Struggle
Oh Bart, will you ever stop making fun of your father’s weight problem?  Probably not.  This video is only Homer trying to squeeze into his trademarked blue pants, but it works.

Ned Flanders’ film about Moses
I can’t find the title for this one… it’s forgettable.  One of the kids is dressed up as baby Moses, I think he floats away…  This is easily the worst one.

Barney confronts the Girl Scouts about their alcoholism… an amazing short.  This film wins the festival and with good reason.

A Burns For All Seasons
On the other hand, when it comes to sheer entertainment value, you can’t get any better than A Burns For All Seasons.  I particularly like when Mr. Burns plays Jesus in the excerpt from Ben-Hur and Juda tells him, “You truly are the King of Kings” and Mr. Burns replies “Excellent.”  Everyone in the crowd hates the film, of course, which results in one of the most famous lines from the show’s history:

MOLEMAN:  I was saying “Boo-urns.”

For some reason, that is pure poetry.

This is an amazing episode.  If you haven’t seen it or haven’t seen it lately, definitely give “A Star Is Burns” a look.

About Jamie Insalaco

Jamie Insalaco is the author of CreativeJamie.com, BomberBanter.com and editor in chief of ComicBookClog.com

Posted on April 21, 2015, in tv review and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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