[MG27] The Money Jar

The Money Jar                                          Written by Matt Groening
[$Id: mg27 1.1 92/04/05 12:40:24 raymond Exp Locker: raymond $]
> Didja notice...
    Voice credits:
        NANCY CARTWRIGHT as Bart
        YEARDLEY SMITH as Lisa

    Animation producer was Margot Pipkin.
    Animators were Wesley Archer and David Silverman.

    The credits list the casting director as BONNIE PIETILA rather

    ... Maggie falls twice?  Once while running for the money jar,
        and again after Bart scares her off.

> Freeze Frame Fun
>> The living room
   mouse hole behind the couch
   picture of Homer eating (or brushing his teeth?) on the wall
   TV on the coffee table, two feet from Bart

>> The hallway
    picture of a ridiculous close-up of someone's face (only the eye is in
        the frame)

> Assorted comments and observations
Brian Howard {bh} gives the timing for this short as 1:11, whereas the
syndication package contains only 1:10 of animation.

> Quotes and scene summary
% B = Bart, L = Lisa, M = Marge
% The TV room.  Bart drinks a soda while watching television.  Lisa plays
% with a rabbit doll.  Maggie plays with a rattle.  Marge is ready to go out.

L: Hey, Mom, can we have an advance on our allowances?
M: [snapping on green gloves] No, you can't.
B: Aw, come on, Mom.  We're dead broke.
M: I said no!  And while I'm out shopping, don't get any funny ideas about
   filching cash from the money jar in the kitchen.

% Bart gets funny ideas about filching cash from the money jar in the kitchen.

B: [to himself] Oh yeah, the money jar!
M: Promise me you'll be honest.
L: I promise.
B: [stands and raises his right hand]  I hereby solemnly swear...
M: Okay, bye, be good.  [leaves]

% Bart's eyes ring up dollar signs.  So does Lisa's.  Maggie looks at them
% both, then her eyes also ring up.
% [End of Act One.  Time: 0:27]
% Lisa peeks into the kitchen.  The money jar twinkles.  Lisa's eye view as
% she approaches.  Lisa puts her hand on the jar, then stops.

L: I wonder if this is wrong.

% A Devil-Lisa appears by her right shoulder.

Devil-Lisa:  Go on, Lisa.  Get the money.

% Lisa reaches for the lid.  An Angel-Lisa appears atop the jar.

Angel-Lisa:  Remember your promise, Lisa.

% (*suck*)  Lisa turns around to see Maggie standing in the archway,
% stroking her finger in the ``naughty, naughty'' gesture, and humming
% a matching sound.  Embarrassed, Lisa leaves.
% Maggie hops atop a stool and reaches for the jar.  A Devil-Maggie
% and Angel-Maggie appear.  Both have pacifiers.  Devil-Maggie nods,
% but Angel-Maggie shakes her head.  Before Maggie can decide, Bart
% appears.

B: [scolding] Maggie!

% Maggie leaves.  Bart reaches for the jar.  A Devil-Bart appears.

Devil-Bart: Go for it, dude.  Get the moolah!

% Bart reaches for the lid, but an Angel-Bart appears on the lid.

Angel-Bart: That's right, Bart.  Steal the bread, man.

% Bart gleefully opens the lid.  View from inside the jar, as Bart
% and his two alger egos peer inside.

Devil-Bart: What!?
Angel-Bart: That's it!?  A measly buck?

% Bart angrily replaces the lid.

B: [annoyed] Can't even trust your own mother.

% [End of Act Two.  Time: 1:10]
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