[MG09] Making Faces

Making Faces                                           Written by Matt Groening
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> Didja notice...
    Voice credits:
        JULIE KAVNER as Mrs. Simpson
        YEARDLEY SMITH as Lisa & Maggie
        NANCY CARTWRIGHT as Bart

    Animators were Wes Archer, Bill Kopp, and David Silverman.

    BONITA PIETILA's name has returned to normal.

    ... the obligatory mouse holes?  One in the corner of the room the
        kids were making faces in.  Another in the hallway.

> Assorted comments and observations
Brian Howard {bh} gives the timing for this short as 1:35, whereas the
syndication package contains only 1:13 of animation.

> Quotes and scene summary
% B = Bart, L = Lisa, M = Marge, A = Maggie
% The usual set-up.  Bart, Lisa, and Maggie are in a room.  Maggie sits in the
% corner, sucking away on her pacifier.  Bart at stage left, Lisa at stage
% right.  Door in stage left wall.  On the wall is a picture of Homer
% holding a pitchfork.  (?)

B: Watch this ugly face.

% Bart makes an ugly face.

L: That's nothing.  Check this out.

% Lisa makes an ugly face.
% Maggie removes her pacifier and speaks, sort of.

A: Hah hee heh.  Heh hee how.

% Maggie makes her own ugly face.

B: That's nothing, man.  Check this...

% Marge steps in.

M: Are you kids making ugly faces?
B: Maybe.
M: Well, you know.  If you keep making those faces, you'll freeze that way.
   You'll be stuck with a horrible face forever.

% Marge leaves.

L: Do you think Mom was telling the truth?
B: Mom wouldn't lie.

% The kids consider this for a few seconds.

B+L+A: All right!

% [End of Act One.  Time: 0:30]
% [Act Two cut in syndication.  They continue making faces, and Marge
% returns to tell them to knock it off.  When she leaves, Bart and Lisa
% try to imitate her scowl; their attempts pale next to Maggie's
% recreation (``Look at this!'').]
% Same as before.

B: Watch this scary face.

% Bart makes a scary face.

L: Oh yeah?  That's not scary.

% Lisa makes a scary face.

B: Oh yeah?  That's not scary.

% Bart makes another scary face.

L: Oh yeah?  That's not...

% The door creaks open.  It's Marge, with a very scary angry face.

B+L: Waaauugh!  Scary!!

% [End of Act Three.  Time: 0:46]

L: I call this face, ``The Howler Monkey''.

% Lisa does a pretty good semblance.

B: I call this face, ``Dad''.

% Bart does a very good job.
% Marge bursts in.

M: All right.  I told you, if you kept making those horrible faces,
   they'd freeze that way.  And now they have.
L: They have!?
B: Our faces are frozen?
M: Yes, they are.  Go look in the mirror and see for yourselves.

% The kids rush out into the hallway, where there is a tiny table over which
% is mounted a large oval mirror.  Lisa leads the way, followed by Bart,
% then Maggie.  Lisa trips and falls flat on her face.  Bart does the same,
% landing on Lisa.  Maggie trips and lands on her two elder siblings.
% The kids get up and look into the mirror.  Their reflections are
% perfectly normal.

B+L+A: Waaauuuugh!  We're doomed!

% [End of Act Four.  Time: 1:13]
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