Moaning Lisa
Studio: Gracie Films Release Date : February 11, 1990 Series: Simpsons

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A depressed Lisa befriends jazz musician “Bleeding Gums” Murphy and is encouraged to play her saxophone to cope with the blues. Meanwhile, Bart continuously bests Homer at a boxing video game.


Homer Simpson
(Voice: Dan Castellaneta)
Marge Simpson
(Voice: Julie Kavner)
Bartholomew JoJo “Bart” Simpson
(Voice: Nancy Cartwright)
Lisa Simpson
(Voice: Yeardley Smith)
Maggie Simpson
Moe Szyslak
(Voice: Hank Azaria)
Oscar "Bleeding Gums" Murphy
(Voice: Ronald James "Ron" Taylor)
Ralph Wiggum
(Voice: Nancy Cartwright)
Mr. Dewey Largo
(Voice: Harry Shearer)


Fox (Original broadcast network)


Twentieth Century Fox Television

Clips Used In:

Lisa's Sax

Inside Jokes

  • The referee in "Video Boxing" is Akbar and Jeff from Matt Groening's Life In Hell comic strip.


  • One of the games in the arcade Homer visits is "Robert Goulet Destroyer". A sound bite of the game is heard of Goulet singing the 1968 song "I've Gotta Be Me" before exploding half-way through singing the title of the song.
  • "Video Boxing", the boxing game Bart and Homer play is a reference to the 1987 NES game "Punch-Out!!', albeit more bloody and violent. In the commentary, writers Al Jean and Mike Reiss mention this was a satirical take on violence in video games imagining what would happen if the squeaky-clean Nintendo games were more grotesque (not knowing games like Midway's Mortal Kombat would release doing that unironically).
  • Moaning Lisa Blues, sung by "Bleeding Gums" Murphy and Lisa, served as the basis for the December 1990 Geffen Records album, "The Simpsons Sing the Blues". Producer James L. Brooks was so enthusiastic over the song that he pitched the idea of a Simpsons blues record to Matt Groening.


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Technical Specifications

Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 4 : 3 (Television)
Color Type: Color
Negative Type: 35mm
Original Country: United States
Original Language: English
Print Type: Video (NTSC)
Sound Type: Stereo

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