[[caption-width-right:250:"Good news, gentlemen. I've grown that extra inch you wanted, plus several feet more."]]
Episode - 2F17\\
First Aired - 9/24/1995

Bart and Milhouse are poring over the latest issues of ''Radioactive Man'' at the Android's Dungeon when Comic Book Guy lets them know that the character's about to go Hollywood with a big-budget movie adaptation starring Rainier Wolfcastle in the title role. Already the nerds of the online world (including eccentric 1980s pop singer Music/{{Prince}}) are scrounging up rumors about the production, with eyes and ears extending to the boardroom of the movie studio behind the project, who want to make a ''Radioactive Man'' movie that won't be like the campy 1970s TV version [[note]](an episode of which included Creator/PaulLynde as an effeminate scoutmaster villain, Radioactive Man and Fallout Boy fighting Boy Scout mooks, and everyone dancing to 1960s go-go music at the end)[[/note]]. They need a location to shoot in, and decide on Springfield -- based on its tiny, misspelled ''Variety'' ad, it's obviously a town that doesn't need to toot its own horn.

Springfield's businesses jack up their prices in anticipation of the moneyed film crew, while the kids at Springfield Elementary are given new reason for excitement -- auditions for the key role of sidekick Fallout Boy will be held at the school. At first, Bart appears to be a lock for the part, but he's slightly shorter than what the filmmakers want, and by the time he's managed to at least ''appear'' taller, they've decided to go with Milhouse instead.

Production commences. Homer allows the crew to use the Simpson house as a filmmaking location and gets to slack off with Teamsters, horses are painted to look like cows, and Wolfcastle's elocution lessons prove to have limited success. But it's Bart who learns that Milhouse is miserable with the day-to-day grind of filmmaking. From there Milhouse literally runs away from the production, ruining the shooting of a key, one-take-only action sequence.

As the filmmakers attempt to salvage the production, Bart realizes Milhouse is hiding in the former's treehouse and tries to convince him to go back -- as does Mickey Rooney, who's been sent by the studio to give him a pep talk on child stardom. Milhouse's decision is final, though. And while it would be logical to recast Bart as Fallout Boy, the filmmakers briefly attempt to go forward with ''Rooney'' instead. In the end, the matter proves moot; thanks to Springfield's gouging, the production has run out of money. The filmmakers return to Hollywood to regroup, and are warmly welcomed by a town that treats people right.

!! This episode contains examples of:

* AccidentalMisnaming:
--> '''Principal Skinner:''' Students, I have an announcement. One of your favorite comic book heroes, Radio Man --\\
'''Nelson:''' Radio''active'' Man, stupid!\\
'''Principal Skinner:''' Strange, I shouldn't have been able to hear that.
** Made even funnier when the official comics reveal that Radioactive Man was once called Radio Man.
* ArtShift: The first episode to use digital paint techniques, to wildly varying degrees of success. See OffModel below.
* AsYouKnow: A stage hand helpfully points out that Moe had just killed the ''original'' Alfalfa, for the sake of anyone from the future listening into the incident via flashback.
* BaitAndSwitchComment: Anything that misleads Bart into thinking he'll be Fallout Boy.
* {{Beatnik}}: The ''Radioactive Man'' crew is greeted by one upon arriving back at Hollywood at the end.
* BrickJoke: At the beginning of the episode, Bart explains to Milhouse that "Radioactive Man has his famous catch phrase, 'Up and at 'em,' with 'at 'em' spelled A-T-O-M in a delicious {{pun}}". Later on, we see that Wolfcastle is completely unable to say the phrase as a pun.
* CallBack
** Two of the sound effect cards in the '70s Radioactive Man scene are "SNUH!" and "BORT!" SNUH was the name of the anti-cartoon violence organization Marge started in [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E9ItchyAndScratchyAndMarge Itchy & Scratchy & Marge]]. Bort was the unexpectedly popular souvenir license plate in [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E4ItchyAndScratchyLand Itchy & Scratchy Land]].
** That the original actor for Radioactive Man is dead was first established in [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E21ThreeMenAndAComicBook Three Men And A Comic Book]].
* CelebrityIsOverrated: Milhouse experiences this big time, to the point that he didn't really want to be Fallout Boy in the first place and simply got forced into it. As the episode goes on, Milhouse is just further and further disillusioned no matter how much Bart or anyone else tries to spin being a celebrity to him.
* ChekhovsGun: Any time someone's wearing a hat in this episode, it's to facilitate the RunningGag.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Moe got kicked out of Hollywood for killing the original Alfalfa from "Little Rascals". He's still broken up about it.
* DancePartyEnding: The flashback to the '70s Radioactive Man movie ends with all the characters dancing alongside scantily clad women.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Main headline: "Who will be Fallout Boy?" Secondary headline: "Who will be Fallout Boy?"
* DidNotThinkThisThrough: Wiggum sends out a pack of angry police dogs to find Milhouse, and only realizes afterward there's a good chance they'll kill him when they do.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Moe reveals he was a child actor. His love of acting would be explored further in season 11's [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E16Pygmoelian Pygmoelian]].
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: As Moe goes into his childhood flashback, Barney keeps trying to get his attention.
* TheGogglesDoNothing: This episode is the trope namer. Wolfcastle ''is'' wearing them when the acid sequence is filmed, but it's real acid being used, so: "My eyes! The goggles do nothing!"
** MemeticMutation: One of the most often-quoted lines of the show that isn't a catchphrase. It's also a common source of BeamMeUpScotty.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Radioactive Man treats Fallout Boy's CatchPhrase "Jiminy Jilikers!" as a curse word.
* HorribleHollywood: Inverted in the final scene -- the filmmakers are happy to return to Hollywood after their miserable experience in Springfield, and the city is presented as a warm fuzzy place with a rainbow arcing over it.
* InformedAbility: We never actually see Milhouse act outside of a few very brief clips, but we're told he's Van Johnson good.
* InsaneTrollLogic: The director thinks Springfield must be a great place to film because it doesn't have a fancy ad or correct spelling.[[note]]The ad is simply a small box that says "Flim Springfield."[[/note]]
* LastSecondWordSwap: Lionel Hutz introduces himself to Milhouse as his agent, lawyer, unauthorized biographer and ''drug-dealer''... [[BlatantLies keeper-away-er]].
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: The horribly toxic acid does not kill Rainier Wolfcastle, but it does melt his costume down to the underpants.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The Scoutmaster from the 1960s Radioactive Man is modeled after Creator/PaulLynde.
* OldShame: In-universe: The director of the ''Radioactive Man'' movie does not want the movie to be like the campy 1970s version (which is a lot like the campy 1960s version of ''Batman'' starring Adam West and Burt Ward).
* OffModel: This was the first episode to be done in digital ink and paint (back when 90% of animation was still done with cels and traditional ink and paint), so a lot of the color and character designs will look off for those who aren't used to seeing it this way (it was one of the reasons this episode was despised on simpsonsarchive.com).
* ParentalNeglect: Milhouse's parents ignore what he wants and force him to be an actor against his will and then buy incredibly expensive stuff that they intend to have Milhouse pay for.
* TheRealHeroes: Brought up by Milhouse as a point for his belief that CelebrityIsOverrated, but it is openly mocked by Bart, who says that the "real heroes" are ''losers'' because the "Real World" issues just keep on coming, and if you want ''real'' results (read: bad guys dying and such), you should call on the Stallones, the Schwarzeneggers and ([[TakeThat in a lesser measure]]) the Van Dammes.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Mickey Rooney gives one to Springfield after the movie's budget runs out. Even though Quimby was moved by it and feels guilty, he refused to give them their money back.
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: The "Flim Springfield" ad the filmmakers find.
* RunningGag: Hats getting sucked up by malfunctioning fans.
* SerialNumbersFiledOff: ''Radiation Dude'' is an {{In-Universe}} example, whose catch phrase is, "Up and let's go!"
* ShoutOut: When Milhouse goes missing, a special effects technician proposes using existing footage of Milhouse to finish his role in the movie. This technique had been fairly recently used in ''Film/TheCrow'' when Brandon Lee died during filming.
** The scene from the old ''Radioactive Man'' movie is of course modeled after the Adam West ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series, right down to having a SpecialGuest as the villain.[[note]]In this case, Creator/PaulLynde as The Scoutmaster.[[/note]]
** Moe was apparently a child actor on ''Film/TheLittleRascals''.
** Rainier Wolfcastle's difficulty in saying "Up and at 'em!" is similar to Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger having trouble saying "I'll be back," for ''Film/TheTerminator''.
** The sound effects used for the wire-tap of Bart's tree-house phone are the bridge noises from ''Series/StarTrek''. This was done at the behest of showrunner David Mirkin.
** One establishing shot in the movie is a blatant take from ''Film/{{Waterworld}}''.
* SpecialGuest: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mickey_Rooney Mickey Rooney]] AsHimself
* SpinningPaper: "Who will be Fallout Boy?"
** "Spinning Newspaper Injures Printer"
* StageMom: Kirk and Luanne make Milhouse follow through with being Fallout Boy for the sake of how much money he'll make, regardless of how he feels.
* StealthInsult: When Mickey Rooney appears, he states he was the number one box office draw from "1939-1940". Bart immediately declares this spans two decades. Apparently Rooney never caught on to that one.
* StockFootageFailure: {{Invoked|Trope}} with the aforementioned attempt to finish the movie with stock footage of Milhouse as Fallout Boy.
* TakeThat: Mickey Rooney states that the only thing hollow in entertainment is the music industry.
* TemptingFate: When the producers decide to leave Springfield, one of them comments that they only have one thousand dollars left, and then, Quimby suddenly shows up and informs them the town-leaving tax is one thousand dollars.
* TroubledProduction: InUniverse; filming for the Radioactive Man movie ends up being disastrous, leading to the plug getting pulled on it.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: "Get me two plane tickets to the state that Springfield is in." Of course, the viewer never finds out where, because they cut to the next scene and it's never mentioned again.
* YankTheDogsChain: Constantly happens to Bart throughout this episode.