[MG28] Zoo Story

Zoo Story                                              Written by Matt Groening
[$Id: mg28 1.1 92/04/05 12:41:24 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.

    ... Maggie falls once?  As the family walk through the zoo.
        Notice that at the beginning of Act Two, Marge is holding
        Maggie's hand.
    ... Maggie has teeth in this short?

> Freeze Frame Fun
>> Zoo signs
    Do not feed or tease the monkeys
    Do not feed or tease
    Monkey garden

>> The monkey family
Homer-monkey sits and pouts.
Marge-monkey eats a banana.
Bart-monkey just stands there.
Lisa-monkey just stands there.
Maggie-monkey sucks on an orange.

> Animation goofs
During Lisa's ``They don't like it, Dad'', the animators forgot to color
her eyelid.

> Assorted comments and observations
Brian Howard {bh} gives the timing for this short as 1:07, whereas the
syndication package contains only 1:04 of animation.

This is the third time Homer has said, ``That's the last time I ever take
you kids to...''  The first two were the funeral [MG14] and the art
museum [MG29].

> Quotes and scene summary
% H = Homer, M = Marge, B = Bart, L = Lisa
% Homer leads the family through the zoo.   Homer brandishes a bag of
% peanuts.  Marge carrues a red purse.  Lisa holds a soda.  Bart wears
% a red hat with the word `Zoo' on it.  Maggie falls.

H: This way to the monkey house, everybody.
B: Can I have a peanut, Dad?
H: Shut up and pay attention.
B: All I asked for was a measly peanut.
M: Don't sass your father, Bart.
L: Yeah, Bart.

% They pass by a sign that reads, ``Do not feed or tease feed the monkeys''.

H: Now, over here, we have the typical monkey family.
   Just look at their stupid antics.

% The monkeys look astonishingly like the Simpsons.  Homer-monkey wallops
% Bart-monkey totally without provocation.  The family laugh, except for
% Bart.  Bart approaches the cage.

B: Hey, man, I know just how you feel.

% Bart-monkey hands Bart a peanut.
% [End of Act One.  Time: 0:22]
% Marge holds Maggie's hand.  Homer waves his bag of peanuts.

H: Here, monkey-monkey-monkey-monkey...

% A purple arm reaches out from the cage.

H: Whooooooooo!!!!

% Homer yanks the bag just out of reach.

H: Heh heh heh heh heh.
B: [bored] Dad, don't tease the monkeys.
H: Oh, I'm just funning with them.  Hey monkey... Want some peanuts?

% Homer shakes the bag.  A purple arm reaches out, Homer (with a ``Whoooo!''
% and a chuckle) yanks the bag out of reach.

L: They don't like it, Dad.
M: She's right, Homer.
H: Aw, come on.  Where's your sense of humor?
   [shakes the bag]  Oooooooh...
   [pulls the bag out of reach]  Whoooooo!!  Heh heh heh...

% Homer receives a handful of mud in his face.

B: Right on, dudes.

% [End of Act Two.  Time: 0:44]
% Driving home, Homer still has mud splotches on his head and shirt.

H: That's the last time I ever take you kids to the zoo.
M: Calm down, Homer.
H: I've had it with them wild monkeys.

% An ``Oo oo'' comes from the back seat.

H: What was that...

% Homer turns his head.

H: Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!!!!!!

% Instead of Bart, it's Bart-monkey, wearing Bart's clothes and hat.

M: Well... Then where's Bart?

% Cut back to the zoo.  A naked Bart lies in Marge-monkey's arms as
% the rest of the monkey-family look on.  (Monkey-Lisa plays with
% Bart's hair.)

B: I love you guys, but really, I'm stuffed.  Thanks anyway.
   I couldn't eat another...

% Monkey-Homer shoves a banana into Bart's mouth.
% [End of Act Three.  Time: 1:03]
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