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Matt Hawes
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Posted: 04 September 2019 at 12:40am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

A lawyer tackles the legal accuracy of a classic episode of "The Simpsons."




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I got as far as him claiming Itchy and Scratchy are a clear stand-in for Disney...
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I got as far as him claiming Itchy and Scratchy are a clear stand-in for Disney...

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You mean "Steamboat Itchy" and "Itchy the Lucky Mouse" aren't references to "Steamboat Willie" and "Oswald the Lucky Rabbit"? 


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There's even a frozen head joke with regard to Itchy and Scratchy's creator in that same episode, as well as numerous Walt Disney and Disneyland gags in the Itchy and Scratchy Land episode, including a Sorcerer's Apprentice parody.
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Oh yeah, something from season 4. Clearly they were always meant to be a stand in for Disney and are therefore nothing like Tom and Jerry.
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Oh yeah, something from season 4. Clearly they were always meant to be a stand in for Disney and are therefore nothing like Tom and Jerry.

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Peter, the episode being discussed involved Bart meeting a homeless man who claims to be the creator of Itchy and Scratchy and shows him a film "Itchy the Lucky Mouse", which predates the first Itchy and Scratchy cartoon, "Steamboat Itchy". Itchy and Scratchy were celebrating their 75th anniversary in that episode, which puts it more in line with Disney and Steamboat Willie in the 20s versus Tom and Jerry, which debuted in the 40s.

Itchy and Scratchy are a clear and obvious stand-in for Disney in the episode being discussed.

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You're right, I wish he had put it that way. Asking a bit too much to be so unambiguous though, I suppose; it's not like he's a lawyer.
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It is possible for the characters of Itchy and Scratchy to have been inspired by more than one source. In fact, as Michael points out, it's really a certainty. 
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