When producers were beginning to make the episode was broadcast on a news report about children who had written the script for an episode of Tiny Toon Adventures. Steven Spielberg, the creator of the program, received a copy of the script and liked it so much I use the ideas, and even took the boys to Hollywood to continue contributing writers. Adam I. Lapidus saw the report and thought the idea would be great to meet Bart and Lisa.
Lapidus wrote a script and call Dave Davis for his opinion on it. A Davis liked the idea and the way to James L. Brooks, who also likes the idea and contacted the writers of The Simpsons, who agreed to hire Lapidus to write the episode entirely. This was the only episode he wrote, so there have been arguments between Fans of the series are debating whether Lapidus is a real writer. Lapidus found the mother-in-law of a debate on an Internet forum in which they discussed whether Lapidus really exist, as its name does not appear in another episode. This issue was also discussed on the main writer of the series, John Swartzwelder . Being a prisoner does not appear in social comments DVD, fans have made the theory that “John Swartzwelder is just a nickname that other writers use when they do not want to include their names in the scripts .
Initially, this episode was denasiado short, so the writers had to use any method that lasts the minimum allowed. Even after that spread widely in the original Lapidus and added a long couch gag of the episode was one minute shorter than usual. To fix this, the producers decided to try something different, adding a short section devoted to Ned Flanders at the end of the episode. Was done only to fill time and has no relation to the other events of the episode. Mike Reiss said, “As always, when trying to do something bold and new, the general reaction is’ What the hell was that” This scene was also a reference to the Archie comics, which are often used this technique to fill up the last page. The animation used in this scene is also a tribute to Archie comics. The short, later, inspired by Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein to produce the seventh season episode of the 22 Short Films About Springfield .
The censors had two complaints about the episode: the scene in which Bart says it sounds like a gun from Santa Claus, and another sequence that was lively, but not included in the final episode. Additional time was a journey that Roger Meyers gives to children in the study, which stopped at the art department. There, the artists are looking at a cat and are trying to design it, one of them puts a bar of dynamite into the mouth of the cat and the lights. As Meyers, Bart and Lisa continue down the corridor, while a cloud of smoke coming out of the room. The scene was edited because the censors objected to the abuse of animals involved .
In the scene in which he shows to all the writers of Itchy and Scratchy, each of the writers appearing are members of the cast who worked on The Simpsons at the time. The idea that self-reference was purely for the animators. In another scene, in which Meyers fired screenwriter andalusia Harvard, this is a caricature of Jon Vitti, another writer of the series .

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