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AT THE MOVIES

The first Simpsons movie is just hitting theaters, but in 18 seasons on TV, the show has parodied numerous films. Here are a few:

"A Streetcar Named Marge" (Season Four): Marge takes the role of Blanche in a musical version of A Streetcar Named Desire and finds more than a few parallels to her own life.

"Cape Feare" (Season Five): After Sideshow Bob is released from prison, the Simpsons enter the witness protection program. But Bob follows and terrorizes the family as he once again tries to kill Bart.

"Two Dozen and One Greyhounds" (Season Six): This parody of 101 Dalmatians includes Mr. Burns' ode to his wardrobe, See My Vest (sung to the tune of Be Our Guest from Beauty and the Beast).

"Bart of Darkness" (Season Six): Bart breaks his leg and starts watching the neighbors through his telescope only to see what he believes is something sinister next door. Think Rear Window with a 10-year-old.

"Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious" (Season Eight): The Simpsons welcome a singing nanny, conveniently named Shary Bobbins, to help with the kids.

"My Fair Laddy" (Season 17): Lisa turns Groundskeeper Willy into a proper gentleman, a la Eliza Doolittle. Musical numbers ensue.

"Yokel Chords" (Season 18): When Lisa tutors Cletus' kids, I Have Eight Teeth Going on Seven Teeth is just one of the musical homages to The Sound of Music.

The annual "Treehouse of Horror" Halloween episodes have also been fertile ground for movie parodies. Among the films they've tackled:

- The Dead Zone, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Blob, The Shining, King Kong, The Fly, I Know What You Did Last Summer

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