The Simpsons will soon air their thirty-first Treehouse of Horror special, but why are the Halloween outings known by this moniker? DVD reviewer Doug Pratt described "The Raven" as a "perfect adaptation". . I love to read it aloud–it’s so over-the-top that makes me laugh. (Pluto was the god of the Underworld. I hate it when they say creepy stuff like that, especially when they do their Vincent Price impression… : (, Great stuff, Judy. This made the whole thing more enjoyable and allowed viewers to actually see that action. This is our Halloween 2009 setup with the Simpsons version of 'The Raven' with James Earl Jones narrating.Thank you for all of the great comments. You’re such a super storyteller, Judy. Bart and Lisa are telling scary stories in the treehouse, unaware that Homer is just outside listening in. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! The narrator (Homer) is interrupted by “someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.” At first, he tries to dismiss his fears by saying, “Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door. Yarr-harr-harr! What does the narrator find when he opens the door? What does the narrator find most surprising about the Raven? He shrieks at the bird, telling Bart to get back to the Night’s Plutonium Shore. Hope you’re having a great weekend. After thirty long years on the air, The Simpsons has left a lot of questions unanswered. Later, Homer is scared by the story and thinks he sees the Raven … , That is exactly why there’s a big No Ravens Allowed sign on my birdfeeder. THOH – "Treehouse of Horror" THOH – "Treehouse of Horror XXX" archival footage Treehouse of Horror Evil House • Lenore Kang … Take thy beak from out my heart, and take the form from off my door!”, The raven stares down at the desolate Homer who lies in the raven’s shadow on the floor. This adaptation brought in few new techniques such as having slower scenes with Homers worried face. Comparing. Then, the raven perches above the chamber door. Create your own unique website with customizable templates. You decide. “And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor, Shall be lifted – nevermore!”. The raven is Bart, and Marge becomes Lenore. Those lines are from Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale of horror, “The Raven.” In it, the narrator mourns the death of his lovely Lenore. C edited English subtitles for The Simpsons - Edgar Allan Poe: The Raven: Mckaden Beck edited English subtitles for The Simpsons - Edgar Allan Poe: The Raven: NDavid edited English subtitles for The Simpsons - Edgar Allan Poe: The Raven: Kristy Good edited English subtitles for The Simpsons - Edgar Allan Poe: The Raven When the narrator opens the shutter, what does he find? The raven is Bart, and Marge becomes Lenore. You have me curious, Suzy. Treehouse of Horror, also known as The Simpsons Halloween Specials, is a series of Halloween-themed episodes of the animated sitcom The Simpsons, each consisting of three separate, self-contained segments.These segments usually involve the Simpson family in some horror, science fiction, or supernatural setting. I love Vincent Price, too – excellent voice and drama. I can’t imagine teaching 30 years. Many episodes of Fox Network’s TV series, The Simpsons, are parodies of classical and contemporary literary works – from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series going through Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven.After reading the original texts, we can compare and contrast each of them to a specific episode of the TV series. Who can measure up to that rendition? “But the silence was unbroken, and the darkness gave no token. Awesome? There is a sense of foreboding. . The Raven in The Simpsons - Representation in Media. I love The Simpsons (the first 10 years) and I really enjoyed their take on “The Raven.” I’m glad I’m not the only one. The poem continues to fascinate me. She was the fifth and final prize to be won in the event's Act 2. Poe's life held so much unhappiness that is it … Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog's author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Each time, the narrator tries to find an answer, the raven only answers, “Nevermore.”, Unfortunately, the Simpsons’ version leaves out some great lines. Countless parodies have been written, and the poem has been referenced in everything from The Simpsons to the NFL team the Baltimore Ravens (their mascot is even named "Poe"). It does give a new perspective. Your posts would make even Mr. Poe smile. The Raven Narrator is the unnamed narrator of Edgar Allan Poe'sThe Raven. I think the animation of “The Simpsons” and Bart’s asides do make “The Raven” more memorable. But I do appreciate your vote of confidence, Tracy. Voiced by. "The Simpsons" "The Simpsons" is different from "The Raven" because it is framed differently,in the poem the story just starts,but in the film it starts with Bart teasing Lisa.It is also different because it has added words like "Eat my shorts" & the raven flying around his head repeating the word "Nevermore I don’t watch The Simpsons but I was impressed with what I read above. Very convincing. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. Judy Berman and earthrider, 2011-16. Hope you watch both videos for a compare and contrast. You can find specific show content by clicking the menu system at the top of t Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to (Judy Berman) and (earthrider, earth-rider.com, or earthriderdotcom) with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. Vincent Price gives the poem’s narrator just the right touch of despair and madness. Which of the following does the narrator not want the Raven to do? But after Vincent Price, I’ll probably never be able to read it aloud again. My students love this poem even though the language is initially foreign to them. When Homer hears the tale, he imagines Bart as the Raven. The only poems I remember memorizing that’s stuck with me all these years are Longfellow’s, “Paul Revere’s Ride.” That was in the 5th grade …and, much later, Marlowe’s “The Passionate Shepherd.”, Poe’s poem is wonderfully dark. And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, “Lenore.”. Thank you for the compliment, timethief. A further testament to the death grip of all things Poe on popular culture is that no English-language poet, with the exception of Shakespeare, has been depicted in television and cinema more often than Poe.Searching the Internet Movie Database reveals that The Raven is approximately the 54th movie or television show to feature the character of Poe, which itself pales in comparison … This it is, and nothing more.”. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to (Judy Berman) and (earthrider, earth-rider.com, or earthriderdotcom) with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. W.W. Jacob’s “The Monkey’s Paw” and the Simpsons version of “The Monkey’s Paw” The . Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Well… maybe. He presses the raven for more information, asking: “Is there balm in Gilead?” (This is an Old Testament reference to divine deliverance, God. I stole the idea for using The Simpsons telling “The Raven” from another teacher. Glad you liked it, Island Traveler. Review - The Raven vs. Simpsons Adaptaion, Review - The Tell Tale Heart vs. How much more scary can you get than that – he does it so well!! “The Raven” Questions 1. Love Vincent Price. Have a great weekend. You’re a great pirate. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. 5. Here are 10 of The Simpsons’ best Treehouse of Horror references, along with a bit about the original. : ). Video: link to The Simpsons/Bart The Raven on Teacher Tube  http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=251203, Main Photo:The Raven flying in the open window. . Both the poem and the Simpsons adaptation were fun to look at but overall I believe that the Simpsons version was more enjoyable as it made me feel as though the story was better paced and gave off a better sense of suspense and excitement than the poem. Thanks, Mark. Hopefully your post will help get me athinkin”. Happy Halloween-ing. Thank you, Deb. I still know a large part of the poem, all these years later, just from having listened to him practice. The Raven,” illustration by Édouard Manet (1875)  http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/34/Le_Corbeau_-_Manet%2C_Ex_Libris.jpg, Photo:The Raven’s shadow over the narrator. By the tale’s conclusion, the kids have trotted off to bed and fall right to sleep. It was amazing to hear those rhythmic and eloquent lines coming out of his mouth. I heard someone reading “The Raven” on the radio on Friday. In "Treehouse of Horror", Homerhears the tale and imagines himself as the narrator. Thanks for the compliment, Paprika. As Bart and Lisa points out, the poem – by today’s standards – is pretty tame. I would have loved that experience of team teaching with you, Marilyn. Now, I’d be raving about that. Nancy Cartwright. Even The Simpsons, on their first ever 'Treehouse of Horror' episode, provides us with their version of 'The Raven,' complete with a lovesick Homer and Bart-headed raven. Pattern 2: Block by block Let me start with this: Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” is the greatest work of literature ever written. The story was practically the same as the original poem but the Narrator, the Raven and Lenore are played out by the Simpsons characters, Homer, Bart and Marge. Carl … I can’t wait to see what you come up with. I love the creativity and brainstorming that can make a good lesson great. And I wonder; did it make Poe laugh at his own cleverness? Warped? Overall humour made the Simpsons version stand out. Vincent Price, the incomparable voice of Michael Jackson’s “The Thriller,” is unparalleled. What helps them is viewing this poem told by Lisa Simpson. You’re as clever a teacher as Poe was a writer, in my opinion. Edgar Allan Poe gave me great material to work with. This past two years it seems there’s even more demands for paperwork and attending meetings. Judy, we would have made GREAT team teachers! Have a nice afternoon, Judy! We bring you a comprehensive and up to date spoiler service on all the major US TV shows and Movies. 1 About 2 Jobs 2.1 Regular Jobs 3 Trivia 4 Gallery Edwina was a former lover of Abraham Simpson, whom she met in England during World War II. I know it is supposed to be “lowbrow” because it is on TV but it did give me a new reason to look at the poem again. Did that catch your attention? COPYRIGHT NOTICE: Judy Berman and earthrider, 2011-15. This version gave comedic variant to the original poem and made it a little more appealing to today's audiences. They take place outside the show's normal continuity and … Probably another two or three dozen, … I love The Raven. In an essay, describe the comparison the speaker makes, citing details from the poem your point. He is a counterpart of Bart. Edgar? I think it’s great that you found a way to bring young people to the poem, through the Simpsons. Now I have to watch that video. Kurt M. Koenigsberger said in his book Leaving Springfield that The Simpsons, while "not strictly a literary form ... is certainly the literate of all situation comedies". – quit the bust above my door! Pattern 1: Point by point. This version gave comedic variant to the original poem and made it a little more appealing to today's audiences. Major Themes in "The Raven" From The Raven summary, we know it's definitely a melancholy poem, and most of its themes revolve around grim topics. 3. Comparing Poe's 'The Raven' to 'The Simpsons' episode inspired by the original story They did seem to enjoy it and it actually helped them understand the poem. The raven is warned to go and not leave any of his black feathers behind. This is my 10th year teaching. And it has referenced Edgar Allan Poe in both title ( “The Tell-Tale Head” from the first season) and in passing (in “Lisa’s Rival” from 1994, the title character builds a diorama based on the same Poe tale.) Thanks, Tom. Edwina is a limited-time character that was released on December 18, 2019, as part of Act 2 of Abe's in Toyland 2019 Event. I love the way you tell a story, And no one can tell a story better of someone telling a story better than you! Like all teachers, I’m a goniff (thief). Poe’s reference is to the world of the dead, where the narrator suspects the Raven came from.). Glad you liked the post. But there is one thing for sure, it’s quite scary, especially when read by Vincent Price. The grief-stricken narrator had been “dreaming dreams, no mortal ever dared to dream.” He is torn between wanting to remember and trying to forget his lovely Lenore. It takes an awesome teacher to be willing to bring the Simpson’s version of The Raven into class and compare it to the original. I hope so, because I really think I’m going to prove it to you. But it’s easy to see how the raven (Bart) taunted and tormented the grieving narrator. Lisa reads “The Raven.” As she reads, Homer morphs into the narrator. , My grandson and I are chuckling over your comment. Vincent Price was one of a kind. Where does the narrator believe the Raven has learned to speak? I confess, Amy. I don’t miss grading all the essays, attending all the staff meetings or listening to parents complain that their children deserved A grades in spirt of cutting class and failing exams. The fire is casting strange shadows on the floor. I liked the poem before The Simpson’s but I liked it more after. I hadn’t heard of Kate Bush before. The story was practically the same as the original poem but the Narrator, the Raven and Lenore are played out by the Simpsons characters, Homer, Bart and Marge. comment from earthrider to Photography Journal: A collection of English ESL worksheets for home learning, online practice, distance learning and English classes to teach about simpsons, simpsons Their relationship was good and eventually … I love your illustrations and your delightful twists on reality. Wonderful post. Nope, don’t miss any of that at all. Through a process of comparison… What the narrator is asking is whether there is a heaven. 30 years was enough! Cartoon Version. Answer: In the first seasons of The Simpsons, Lisa is an omnivore like the rest of her family, but, after an interaction with an adorable lamb at a local petting zoo during the show’s seventh season, she decides to forgo meat, a character development that she maintains throughout the … And it’s interesting to see that poem read in a episode of the Simpson’s, I’m amazed that would be enough to draw young peoples interest – just shows the power of television, and animation too! Let me continue with this: Yes, if we want to have a really good conversation, we’ll have to involve other names like Shakespeare and Chaucer and Hemmingway and Joyce. Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” and the Simpsons version of “The Raven” or. Thanks for a great post, Judy. I’ll try to check her out. comment from earthrider to Tracy Lee Karner: This is "Bart The Raven" by WSFL-TV on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them. It, along with the Bad Dream House returned on October 3, 2018 during the Treehouse of Horror XXIX Event as a possible prize in the THOH Mystery Box . Hope you and your family are having a great weekend. The story irresistibly draws the reader wanting for more. I remember my older brother memorizing and reciting “The Raven,” probably for school. Smiling? ... Treehouse of Horror I: The Raven View now on Disney Plus. . Poe’s The Raven still thrills. 4. It’s odd how one person can get their mind engaged in one direction and not in another! Video: Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven,” read by Vincent Price http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuGZ_wp_i9w, “Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Homer, however, will sleep fitfully – if at all – with the lights on. In the original poem, the raven’s one-word response angers the narrator. You’re not a thief. . I did the same thing with my sophomore English classes, and I also showed the Simpson scene on our classroom TV AND played recordings of famous readers of “The Raven” regaling us with their wonderful voices. 2. “Leave my loneliness unbroken! Illustration by Édouard Manet for a French translation by Stéphane Mallarmé of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.” (1875)  http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/ed/Raven_Manet_C1.tif/lossy-page1-456px-Raven_Manet_C1.tif.jpg, Photo: The Raven flying, “Le Corbeau, The Raven, poeme by Edgar Poe. But it’s easy to see how the raven (Bart) taunted and tormented the grieving narrator. The Raven is a character from Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven who torments the narrator, representing his insanity for his deceased wife, Lenore. Charles, I can see how your older brother got into it. the main contrast to me is how sarcastic Homer sounds, compared to the narrator from the original "take thy BEAK from OUT my HEART... why you little..!" That’s draining and stressful. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuGZ_wp_i9w, http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=251203, http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/ed/Raven_Manet_C1.tif/lossy-page1-456px-Raven_Manet_C1.tif.jpg, http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/34/Le_Corbeau_-_Manet%2C_Ex_Libris.jpg, http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c9/Raven_Manet_D1.tif/lossy-page1-398px-Raven_Manet_D1.tif.jpg, https://www.vocabulary.com/lists/34221#view=notes. Many episodes of Fox Network’s TV series, The Simpsons, are parodies of classical and contemporary literary works – from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet to J.K. 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