The Simpsons Christmas 2 With season 5 of the cartoon masterpiece recently released on DVD too, finding only this Christmas bonus (or as stingy Mr. Burns would say, "Christmas… The Simpsons Christmas 2 With season 5 of the cartoon masterpiece recently released on DVD too, finding only this Christmas bonus (or as stingy Mr. Burns would say, "Christmas…
Movie on DVD Review

The Simpsons Christmas 2 (2004)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Nov 02, 2004; DVD Release Date: Nov 02, 2004; With: Dan Castellaneta and Julie Kavner

With season 5 of the cartoon masterpiece recently released on DVD too, finding only this Christmas bonus (or as stingy Mr. Burns would say, ''Christmas boni'') in your stocking might be a disappointment. Not only are there just four episodes in The Simpsons Christmas 2 (plus an animation feature) but just one, '''Tis the 15th Season,'' qualifies as a real Christmas show. The others are charmingly Simpsonian, but digging up eps with genuine Christmas cheer was clearly a struggle for the creators. In ''Homer vs. Dignity,'' Mr. Burns hires Homer as his personal ''prank monkey'' until Homer finally finds his backbone during the Thanksgiving Day parade. The snowed-in students of Springfield watch a ''classic mirthmaking'' Christmas film in ''Skinner's Sense of Snow,'' and in ''Dude, Where's My Ranch?,'' Homer's frustrated attempt to pen a Christmas carol yields a chart-topping anti-Flanders anthem, covered by William Shatner. Halloween, as any Simpsons fan can attest, is the show's favorite holiday, and this DVD feels more trick than treat.

Originally posted Dec 20, 2004 Published in issue #798 Dec 24, 2004 Order article reprints