The Falling Star from Space is the fourteenth Episode of The Simpsons fifth season. It originally aired on the Fox Network in the United States on February 17, 1994. In the Episode, a giant Meteor from Space lands on the Atlantic Ocean with a newly discovered Mineral called "Cricalite". Together with Tintin, Captain Haddock, Cuthbert Calculus, Thompson and Thomson, Sophocles Sarcophagus and many, many more, Homer, Lenny, Carl, Frink, Moe and all of his Friends and Family set out to find the Meteor while the Scrammer Brothers, Fat Tony, Sideshow Bob, the Bird Brothers, Ramon Bada, Alonso Perez, Mr. Bohlwinkel and Roberto Rastapopolous are out to destroy the Meteor.
The Episode was written by Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein, directed by Jeffery Lynch and guest animated and directed by D.B. Sweeney, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Kent Butterworth, Rich Moore and Wes Archer. The Episode is inspired by Herge's The Adventures of Tintin Comic Book The Shooting Star. The Episode guest stars John Candy as Rastapopolous, Martin Sheen, Martin Short, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Billy Crystal, Rich Moranis and Gilbert Gottfried as the Scrammer Brothers, Kelsey Grammer as Sideshow Bob, Cheech Marin as Ramon Bada, Tommy Chong as Alonso Perez, Charles Grodin as Max Bird, Wayne Knight as Gustav Bird, Albert Brooks as Dr. Muller, Matthew Broderick as Tintin, Robin Williams as Captain Haddock, Eric Idle and Terry Jones as Thompson and Thomson, Marty Feldman as Dr. Sarcophagus, Jim Carrey as Professor Calculus, Harvey Korman as Zloty, Kenneth Mars as Professor Topolino, Spike Milligan as Decimus Phostle, Phil Hartman as Lionel Hutz, Fred Newman as Troy McClure, John Travolta as Philippulus the Prophet, Kathleen Turner as Amanda Bobbie, Dom DeLuise as the Ship Captain, Kathy Bates as Bianca Castafiore, Jerry Seinfeld as Igor Wagner, Tracey Ullman as Irma, Steve Martin as Jolyon Wagg, Zero Mostel as Professor Tarragon, Jeff Bridges as Lionel Bippy, Bobcat Goldthwait as Captain Chester, Paul Reubens as Alfred Hamhock, Mike Nawrocki as Eric Bjorgenskold, Phil Vischer as Pedro Joas Dos Santos, Tim Hodge as Otto Schulze, David Schwimmer as Porfirio Belro y Calamares, Bernard Fox as Professor Paul Cantonneau, Michael McKean as Allan, Drew Carrey as Dr. Midge, Danny DeVito as Herb Powell, John Turturro as Professor Hardiman, Roger Bart as Professor Clarkson, Steve Carell as Professor Reedbuck, Sean Hayes as Professor Falconer, Andy Serkis as First Mate Robert, Jon Lovitz as Frank Wolff, Harvey Fierstein as Karl, Richard Dreyfuss as Coporal Diaz, Jackie Mason as Hyman, Michael Jeter as Officer Boomples, Christopher Guest as Dr. Vitti, Jason Alexander as Senhor Oliveira De Figueira, Ernie Sabella as Professor Euclide, Michael Douglas as Boris Jorgen, Dustin Hoffman as Mr. Bohlwinkel and Bill Irwin as Jackie.
Since airing, the Episode has recieved extremly positive reviews from Television Critics and Fans. It won two Emmys including Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program and Outstanding Voice-Over Performance.
Homer, Tintin, Lenny, Carl, Frink, Moe, Captain Haddock, Dr. Sarcophagus and Thompson and Thomson were having a walk at night when they saw a Star growing big.