[MG19] Grandpa & the Kids

Grandpa & the Kids                                     Written by Matt Groening
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> Didja notice...
    Voice credits:
        NANCY CARTWRIGHT as Bart
        YEARDLEY SMITH as Lisa

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

    The credits list the casting director as BONNIE PIETILA rather

    ... the mouse hole in the corner of the room?

> Freeze Frame Fun
>> The room
   Mouse hole in the corner
   Picture of Marge on the wall
   Picture of a plummeting propeller plane on another wall

> Assorted comments and observations
Brian Howard {bh} gives the timing for this short as 1:41, whereas the
syndication package contains only 1:38 of animation.  My guesses at
the cuts:  1/2 second from Bart's ``Aw'', 3/4 second from the end
of act one, and 3/4 second from the end of act three.

> Quotes and scene summary
% B = Bart, L = Lisa, G = Grampa, H = Homer
% {curly braces} enclose text that might've been cut from the original
% airing.
% The three kids stand in a doorway (from left to right, Bart, Lisa and
% Maggie).  Behind them stands Homer.

H: Meet your Grandpa.  Now get in there and talk to him.

% Homer shoves the kids into the room.
% In the room sits Grampa in a rocker.

G: Gather 'round, kids.  And I'll tell you about the good ol' days.

% The kids hop into his lap.

B: {Aw,} man!

% Through Grampa's story, Bart has one of those, ``I've heard this before''
% expressions.  Lisa and Maggie are entertained.

G: You know, when I was your age, I had to walk twenty miles just to get
   to school.  And back then, we didn't have pacifiers.  We had to suck on
   pieces of wood.  And in my day, we didn't have TV sets.  We used to sit
   on our grandpa's lap all evening and listen politely to his entertaining
B: Was your grandpa a liar too?
G: No, but his lap was awful slippery!

% Grampa playfully pushes Bart off his lap.  Bart lands with a thud.
% [End of Act One.  Time: 0:32]
% The girls are in Grampa's lap.  Bart bounces a red ball.

G: Once upon a time, there was a happy little elf.
B: [annoyed] Can't something bad happen to the elf?
G: The happy little elf hummed a happy little tune.
B: Aw, come on, man!
G: But suddenly, the happy little elf STOPPED!

% Bart is startled, and the ball crashes through the window.

L: Why did the happy little elf stop?
G: Because he realized... he was actually a clumsy little elf.

% Bart hangs his head.
% [End of Act Two.  Time: 0:55]
% Things are pretty much as we left them.  The girls are in Grampa's
% lap.  The window is still broken.

B: Come on, Gramps.  Tell us a <scary> story.
G: You want it scary, eh?
B: That's right, old timer.
G: This is a story... of a very...   Wauugh!

% Grampa's eyes go haywire, and he throws his arms wide, tossing the
% girls to the floor.  He then slumps in his chair.
% The girls stand next to Bart.

L: You killed Grandpa.
B: [panicking]  No way, man!  Society killed Grandpa!
L: Face it Bart... You're doomed.
B: Uh oh.

% Zoom in on Grampa's face.  He opens one eye and smiles.  Then closes it
% and pretends to be dead.
% [End of Act Three.  Time: 1:19]
% Bart faces away from Grampa.

L: Which do you prefer, Bart?  The gas chamber? ... Or the electric chair?

% Bart's eyes go weird.  Grampa chuckles.

G: I was just pullin' yer leg.

% Lisa throws open her arms.

L: Hallelujah!  He's alive!

% Lisa starts dancing with Maggie in celebration.  Bart starts to lose
% his balance.
% Homer appears in the doorway.

H: That's what I like to see.  Everybody having a good time.

% Homer sees Lisa and Maggie dancing joyfully, Grampa rocking in his chair,
% and Bart losing his balance.

H: Bart?

% Bart falls flat onto his back.
% [End of Act Four.  Time: 1:39]
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