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Lisa the Iconoclast 

Lisa may figure out what to do when she discovers that Springfield's founding father was actually a murderous thief while researching for an essay.

Director:

Mike B. Anderson (as Mikel B. Anderson)

Writers:

Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Man in Film #2 / Homer Simpson / Mayor Quimby / George Washington / Long John Silver's Representative / Barney Gumble / Groundskeeper Willie (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Boy in Film / Kearney (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Man in Film #3 / Chief Wiggum / Copy Shop Clerk / Comic Book Guy / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Moe Szyslak (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Film Narrator / Man in Film #1 / Principal Skinner / Ned Flanders / Jebediah Springfield / Reverend Lovejoy (voice)
Phil Hartman ... Troy McClure (voice)
Donald Sutherland ... Hollis Hurlbut (voice)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Jimbo Jones / Others (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Woman in Film / Betsy Ross / Mrs. Glick (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Miss Hoover / Helen Lovejoy (voice)
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Storyline

Whilst researching a history project,Lisa discovers that Jebediah Springfield,the town's founder,was actually a pirate who stole public funds to make a silver tongue for himself. Her findings are not popular with the township and so she asks that Springfield's body be exhumed for proof. The tongue is nowhere to be found but museum curator Hollis Hurlbut admits to Lisa that he stole it. So as not to disillusion the town's people Lisa and Hollis agree to keep this secret so that Jebediah will always be fondly remembered. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In this episode Edna Krabappel reveals that she was not originally from Springfield. See more »

Quotes

Jebidiah Springfield: A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.
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Referenced in The Flash: Honey, I Shrunk Team Flash (2018) See more »

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The Ballad of Jebediah Springfield
(uncredited)
Written by Jeff Martin
Performed by Rick Logan, Tommy Morgan, and Dick Wells
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Donald Sutherland -- the other Homer Simpson
11 March 2014 | by joel-mabusSee all my reviews

This is a dandy example of one of the better Simpsons episodes. I give it a ten.

Lisa takes the fore in this one, doing some Nancy Drew style detective work looking for clues to the history of Springfield.

A bit of trivia: Donald Sutherland, guest star of this episode, once portrayed a character named Homer Simpson. That Homer Simpson was a frustrated and doomed everyman in the film, The Day of the Locust (1975) based on the 1939 Nathaniel West novel of the same name.

No apparent relation to our cartoon dimwit, though only Matt Groening would know for sure. The Day of the Locust is considered a seminal American novel. According to Wikipedia, Groening says in a 1990 interview he got the name for his Homer from that book/film. But then again, Matt's own father was named "Homer" too.


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