In case you didn’t notice, we’re going through something of a mini-renaissance for the Simpsons in pop culture. The show is about to get new life on demand thanks to FX, the Lego toys are super popular, its theme park presence is getting expanded, some people spend way too much time with their mobile game Tapped Out, and things just keep on rolling.
Building off that Lego popularity, last week’s episode was almost fully animated in the world of Lego and, next season, the premiere episode will be the long awaited crossover with Fox’s other popular animated comedy, Family Guy.
Below, you can watch the full Simpsons Lego episode and see the first images from the Simpsons Family Guy crossover. Read More »
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The couch gag opening for the May 11th 2014 episode of The Simpsons (titled “Pay Pal”) is an amazing tribute to the classic board game, The Game of Life. The opening sequence features peg versions of The Simpsons, riding along in a plastic board game component car around the board of The Game of Life. And of course, all things end with the couch. Anyone who grew up playing this game will surely get a kick out of this opening parody of the roll (or is it spin?) and move board game. Watch The Simpsons Game of Life couch gag embedded after the jump, along with a Polish animator’s take on the couch gag (the aired a few weeks ago and we’re just now getting around to sharing);
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The Lego Movie hit big, and The Simpsons just had the show’s lowest-rated episode ever. (Though low ratings for The Simpsons are still better than good ratings for many other shows.) So what better time (for the Simpsons, at least) to bring them together? This weekend’s episode, Brick Like Me, finds the familiar family rendered in minifig form, and living in their own world of blocks. Below, you can see the full-length The Simpsons Lego trailer. Read More »
I think a great many people who gave up on The Simpsons years ago might tune in on May 4. That’s when the long-in-development Lego episode of The Simpsons — called Brick Like Me — premieres. In the episode, Homer wakes up in a Springfield where everyone is Lego. He has to figure out what’s going on. The show creators have mixed multiple forms of animation and teamed with Lego to create a wholly unique look for the episode, filled with puns and references to the collectable building toy.
Below, check out 11 new images from The Simpsons Lego episode featuring the characters as regular animation, Lego animation, and a blend of the two. Read More »
The Simpsons Lego episode airs on May 4 and the first two images have been revealed. [Not that image above, which is of the actual Lego Simpsons toys.] Talking to Entertainment Weekly the two men primarily responsible for the episode, co-executive producer Brian Kelley and executive producer Matt Selman, also revealed the plot, the difficulties in the production, connections with The Lego Movie and more. Check out the images and read about The Simpsons Lego episode below. Read More »
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Universal Studios Hollywood is getting a major expansion culminating in the 2016 opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The movie-themed park announced this week not only the date for Potter land, but a significant expansion to The Simpsons area, a new Fast & Furious Supercharged ride on the studio tour, and more. Read the full press release for the Universal Studios Hollywood expansion and see tons of brand new concept art below. Read More »
The Simpsons and LEGO are total besties. Milhouse appeared in The LEGO Movie, the Simpsons residence is available as a large set and a LEGO-fied episode of The Simpsons airs in May. To tie all of that together at retail, LEGO will soon release a huge array of Simpsons minifigures. Sixteen characters will be available, all mystery packed, making them ultra-collectable. Below, check out images of all sixteen The Simpsons LEGO minifigures. Read More »
Possibly the best recent take on Homer Simpson is in The Simpsons couch gag, by Triplets of Belleville director Sylvain Chomet. Homer is the sort of guy who would probably turn up his nose at “snooty” French stuff, only to discover that escargots can be pretty delicious. So it’s pretty neat to see the French animation director, who also did The Illusionist, taking charge of latest couch gag for The Simpsons.
Chomet pushes the TV family into slightly new territory, but the underlying jokes are all pretty familiar: Homer is fat, Bart is impish, and Lisa likes animals. But it’s a pretty weird take on all that, and very much worth watching. Read More »
Austin-based artist Tim Doyle has been making posters of The Simpsons for years. Most of them are part of his three Unreal Estate exhibits. Today, he’s released what could potentially be his final look at the legendary show. He and Spoke Art have released “Springfield,” an 18 x 24 inch screenprint available either in either a regular or glow in the dark edition. It’s on sale now, but don’t rush. It’s an open edition. They’ll print them as long as people buy them. Check out all the images below. Read More »