Short #16: World War III
There was still a fear of the Soviets when this short of The Simpsons debuted in November 1987. It's not one that is funny until the very end as the family reluctantly does Homer's drills. Another thing I would say is that it's weird seeing Homer in charge. If today's version did this, he would injure himself. It's more of a short to look at in a retrospective sense. Back then, countries were fearing the worst when everybody had nuclear weapons. The only other bright spots include better looking and improved parts of the house, as well as small improvements in the character modeling on a few of the Simpson clan.
Score: 6 out of 10
Short #17 The Perfect Crime
Who doesn't want a cookie? Marge bakes up some chocolate chip ones and Bart finds the opportunity to eat them with no one noticing other than Maggie. It's such a mundane concept, but it works so well. This is a great short that showcases the kind of troublemaking Bart does and the attempts at eating the cookies. Lots of laughs all around, there's not a silent moment for this one. A really great short with improvements on the kitchen compared to its first season efforts.
Score: 8 out of 10
Next week's reviews include scary stories and the first appearance of Grampa Abe Simpson.
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