[MG20] World War III

World War III                                          Written by Matt Groening
[$Id: mg20 1.1 92/03/10 22:49:26 raymond Exp Locker: raymond $]
> Didja notice...
    Voice credits:
        NANCY CARTWRIGHT as Bart

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

    The credits list the casting director as BONNIE PIETILA rather

    ... how Lisa gritted her teeth while she slammed the door shut?
        She also smiled broadly after the job was accomplished.

> Freeze Frame Fun
> Sleeping attire
  Homer: pink pajamas
  Marge: orange nightgown
  Bart:  green pajamas
  Lisa:  red nightgown
  Maggie: blue baggie

> Bart's room
  picture of a rocket on the wall
  On the floor:
    - pair of blue shoes
    - a baseball
    - a toy car

> The stairs to the basement
  Picture of Grampa (wearing glasses) on the wall

> The fallout shelter
  Canned Chicken Wings
> Assorted comments and observations
Brian Howard {bh} gives the timing for this short as 1:35, whereas the
syndication package contains only 1:33 of animation.

> Quotes and scene summary
% H = Homer, B = Bart, M = Marge
% A dark room.
% Homer bursts in and turns on the light.  We see that it's Bart's room.
% Bart is asleep.

H: Wake up, everybody!  It's World War Three!!!
B: Waaauuuuuuuuugh!!!!!

% The entire family rush down the hallway (Marge carries Maggie)...

H: Quick!  Down to the fallout shelter!  The bombs are dropping!

% Down the stairs.
% And into a room in the basement sealed off with a huge metal door.
% Homer shuts the door behind them, then pulls out a stopwatch.

H:  Eighteen seconds.  Hmm.

% Homer scolds the family by shaking his finger at them.

H: If this were really a nukeeler war we'd all be dead meat by now.

% A shot of the other members of the family, trembling.

H: Say, you're all shivering.  Are you cold, or what?

% [End of Act One.  Time: 0:23]
% Same as before.

H: Wake up, wake up!  It's World War Three!!

% Homer gets no reaction from Bart, who remains asleep.

H: I mean it this time!  No kidding around!

% Bart angrily gets up.
% Once again, the family head down the hallway and down the stairs to the
% fallout shelter.  But this time, they have annoyed expressions.
% (Maggie glares at Homer the entire trip.)  Once again, Homer slams
% the door shut.

H: Ah, here we are.

% He pulls out a stopwatch.

H: Hmm.  Once again your timing's off.

% A shot of the other members of the family, not pleased one bit.
% Everyone (Maggie included) has their arms folded across their chest
% and are gritting their teeth.  (Except Maggie, who glowers while
% sucking on her pacifier.)

H: Yeesh.  What a bunch of grumps.

% [End of Act Two.  Time: 0:52]
% If at first you don't succeed...

H: Wake up, wake up!  It's the end of the world!
B: Aw, come on, man!

% Homer shows the stopwatch.

H: I'm timing you.  If we're all fast enough, this will be our last
   nukyooler war drill.
B: If we're quick enough, you'll let us sleep?
H: Let's go-go-go!

% Once more unto the breach.  Down the hall.  Down the stairs.  Into
% the fallout shelter.  (Faster this time.)  Homer checks his stopwatch.

H: All right everybody, back upstairs and into bed!
B: [annoyed] Did we beat the clock?
H: Heh heh.  No, but you were pretty darn close.

% Homer checks his watch.

H: Next drill in three hours.

% A shot of the other members of the family, drowsily angry.  Maggie gives
% a feeble suck on her pacifier.
% [End of Act Three.  Time: 1:21]
% Trading places.  Bart wakes Homer by shouting through a makeshift megaphone.
% (You can see the cellophane tape.)

B: Wake up, Dad!  It's World War Three!  This is not a test!
H: [waving his arms in panic]  Yaaaaaaaaargh!!!

% Homer rushes down the hall.  Down the stairs.  Into the shelter.
% Homer pulls the door shut.  Marge and Lisa help from the outside.
% Maggie padlocks the door.  Bart leaps into frame, alighting on the
% next-to-bottom step of the stairs.

B: Are you sure this is okay, Mom?
M: [angrily] We'll let him out in the morning.

% [End of Act Four.  Time: 1:33]
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