Together they write and perform a song for her called "Happy Birthday Lisa". The song thrills Lisa, who declares it the best present ever. He explains that he had been filled with anger most of his life, but found solace when talking in Jackson's voice because it made people happy.
Leon bids farewell to the Simpsons, singing Lisa's birthday song to himself in his normal voice. He also requested a scene in which he and Bart write a song together  and asked that a joke about Prince be changed to one about Elvis Presley.
According to Jean, Jackson would not commit to the episode until after a read-through of the script. Jean recalls that "no one said a word, we just sat there waiting". Lennon recorded his lines at the same time as Jackson, who found the impersonations humorous. After "Stark Raving Dad", the producers decided that guest stars would have to agree to be credited.
Jackson was a fan of Bart,  and wanted to give Bart a number one single. He co-wrote the song " Do the Bartman ", which was released as a single around the same time the episode was produced. Jackson could not take credit for his work on the The Gloved One - Michael Jackson - This Is It (DVD) due to contractual reasons. To mark the change, the producers commissioned the show's in-house music composer Alf Clausenwho was originally hired after providing all the music for the first annual " Treehouse of Horror ", to arrange a re-recorded version of the theme song for The Gloved One - Michael Jackson - This Is It (DVD) opening sequence.
This version of the theme has remained in the opening sequence since. The January 30,rerun of the episode featured a brief alternate opening, which was written in response to a comment made by the then President of the United States George H. Bush three days earlier. The show had previously had a "feud" with the President's wife Barbara Bush when, in the October 1,edition of Peopleshe called The Simpsons "the dumbest thing [she had] ever seen".
Bush immediately sent a reply in which she apologized. Later, on January 27,George Bush made a speech during his re-election campaign which included the statement: "We are going to keep on trying to strengthen the American family, to make American families a lot more like the Waltons and a lot less like the Simpsons. The writers wanted to respond quickly as Barbara Bush had to them.
As each episode of The Simpsons takes more than six months to produce, it is difficult for the show to comment on current events. The scene, from the episode " Simpson and Delilah ", begins in the Simpsons' living room where the family is watching Bush's speech. Bart replies: "Hey, we're just like the Waltons. We're praying for an end to the depressiontoo.
A year after "Stark Raving Dad" aired, the writers planned a sequel in which Kompowsky returns, this time claiming to be the pop star Prince. Prince agreed to voice Kompowsky and sent notes about what his character would wear, but the writers discovered that Prince was referring to a script that had been written by his chauffeur.
Like all episodes of The Simpsons"Stark Raving Dad" features a variety of references to popular culture. Several of the characters at the institution are based on those in the film, such as Chief. Many The Gloved One - Michael Jackson - This Is It (DVD) of Jackson's career are referenced in the episode. Kompowsky also says he was upset when "his" album Off the Wall received only one Grammy Award nomination; the writers had read that the real Jackson was genuinely upset. In its original airing on the Fox network, "Stark Raving Dad" acquired a It was viewed in approximately It reminds me of the show's best days when it delivered that perfect blend of bizarre humor, social commentary and unexpected sweetness.
The episode has been generally well received, being praised by many critics for its writing. The show's scripters came up with a plot device far more ingenious than simply dropping the singer into Springfield. On the day it first aired, she wrote that "This episode is vintage Simpsonscrammed with divinely vulgar visual oddities.
And Michael Jackson, of course, is just so weird anyway that he fits right in. He praised it for being heartful and said that what "prevents the episode from seeming artificial or manipulative is that the writing in the episode earns the earnest moments", elaborating that while "strong emotions might be the hallmark of 'Stark Raving Dad', it would be a sincere mistake to ignore how funny it is. He was really nice, he was a great sport. InDVD Movie Guide's Colin Jacobson commented that the episode was a good start to season three, but it "gets sappy on more than a few occasions, and it lacks the acerbic bite of the series' best shows.
Nonetheless, it tosses out some good laughs, and the guest appearance by Jackson—under a pseudonym—works well; Michael shows an ability to mock himself that still surprises me. Some clever references are made to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nestbut the second half of the episode is not especially funny. The jokes seem forced and there is too much of an effort to sentimentalize the relationship between Bart and Lisa, causing the show to lose its narrative drive. The Gloved One - Michael Jackson - This Is It (DVD) a article for TV SquadMike Moody said the episode's "sweetest moment" is at the end when Kompowsky and Bart perform the birthday song for Lisa.
Ben Rayner called it a "crap tune",  and Chris Selley of Maclean's magazine wrote that "Stark Raving Dad" is "an unbearably sappy episode, and that birthday song for Lisa is just In Marchfollowing the release of the documentary film Leaving Neverlandwhich details allegations against Jackson of child sexual assault, "Stark Raving Dad" was pulled from circulation.
There are a lot of great memories we have wrapped up in that one, and this certainly doesn't allow them to remain. I'm against book-burning of any kind. But this is our book, and we're allowed to take out a chapter. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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