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America's first family of dysfunction, the Simpsons, appear in all their depraved glory in this wonderful DVD compilation of their show's premiere season. Fans accustomed to the slick appearance of the later episodes will be delighted by the rougher nature of these earlier episodes, when the characters weren't as well defined (Homer isn't quite as dumb as he is in later seasons) and the animation was still evolving. This only adds to the charm of these 13 episodes, which begin with "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire," the December 1989 Christmas special in which a down-and-out Simpson family adopt Santa's Little Helper. Throughout the season, familiar faces are introduced, as we catch first glimpses of Smithers, Mr. Burns, the Flanderses, and Patty and Selma. Highlights of the season include "The Crepes of Wrath," in which Bart is sent to France as an exchange student ("Don't mess up France the way you messed up your room"); "Bart the Genius," in which Bart ends up in a school for the gifted; and "Krusty Gets Busted," in which Bart's lifelong animosity with Sideshow Bob begins.--Jenny Brown
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Genre:  Animation
Studio:  20th Century Fox
CastNancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Harry Shearer, Julie Kavner, Dan Castellaneta
DVD Release Date:  September 25, 2001
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review by . April 14, 2003
Compared to anything else available out there, I'd give this set 4 stars. But in comparison to all the upcoming seasons of the Simpsons, I can only give it 4 (unless I could give the others six or seven!).The animation is so crude compared to what we see on this show today. The voices are weird. And the plots are a bit cruder, the characters still rough-edged. The show hadn't quite figured out how to make Homer a loveable lug or Bart a loveable scamp. You can almost see why some parents objected …
review by . November 24, 2001
Just recently got this, and it is fantastic.Why do I love this DVD set?#1 Is price. Compare the price for a 3 DVD set, containing the entire, un-cut, un-edited first season of the Simpsons! With the price for the special VHS releases they did awhile back, such as the "Political Simpsons Set," and the "Halloween Simpsons Set," and you will see which is the better deal (even now).#2 DVD quality. ( I have no idea what the other reviewers are talking about - I have a high definition TV, and I am using …
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