5. It’s The Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse
In this parody of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Milhouse summons a demon pumpkin, who goes berserk when he discovers that humans carve his brethren into jack-o-lanterns as Halloween tradition.
Not only do you get a ton of really solid laughs but the animation is absolutely beautiful, looking so much like what The Simpsons would look like in the Peanuts universe, which is funny when you realize that The Peanuts Movie was released by Fox.
4. The Shinning
A parody of the film The Shining, in which Homer tries to kill the rest of the family after Mr. Burns cuts off the beer supply and cable TV in his winter home.
A great parody of Stanley Kubrick’s classic movie with some of the great memorable Treehouse Of Horror moments ever created.
3. Dial ‘Z’ For Zombies
Bart discovers an occult book and tries to use one of the spells to bring back the family cat, but instead, he accidentally summons a horde of zombies.
Dial “Z” for Zombie has one of the best lines in the entire history of the series with this classic:
That line gets me every time.
2. The Raven
A retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven” with the narration of James Earl Jones.
With The Raven, there’s not a whole lot of creepiness up until the very end and especially when it cuts back to the kids in the treehouse and Homer scared shitless by the end of the entire show, we’re right there with him, we’re scared by what we’ve just sat through.
and the #1 best Treehouse Of Horror episode of all time is…
While finding a hiding place while preparing for an upcoming visit from Patty and Selma, Homer steps into a portal behind a bookcase that takes him into a three-dimensional world.
This short features some pretty impressive early computer animation techniques. Keep in mind, this episode debuted one month before Toy Story, the first fully computer animated film, was released so this was a very big deal at the time:
Really, whenever you hear about Treehouse Of Horror VI, this is what everybody usually remembers about it and really…it’s not just a technological achievement for the series and the beginning influence of what we’ve come to expect but it’s just a fun and enjoyable short. The 3D is still very impressive even by today’s standards and the end where Homer ends up in the real world is also nicely handled too.
If I was to pick the best Treehouse Of Horror short that’s ever been done, Homer 3 would definitely be my top pick.
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