Posted on Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Germain Lussier
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.
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly for the below images, which are the first from the episode.
And here are some choice quotes from the executive producers revealing important info.
On the development:
Matt Selman: We didn’t know about the movie [when this episode started developing]. For the record, we still don’t know about the movie. [Laughs] Brian and I had been dreaming of doing a Simpsons Lego episode for as long as we could remember, and in early 2012 we started seriously talking about making it happen. Then we found out that Lego was into doing a Simpsons couch gag. So it was a magical coming-together of pretend yellow people.
The toughest part of the episode:
Brian Kelley: [The toughest part of the episode] was the front-loaded nature of the writing process. We had to get it right from the get-go, because it’s a very expensive animation process. There’s just a certain amount of time you need for the computers to churn out the rendering, and you can’t mess with it.
How does it look different from The Lego Movie:
Kelley: It is quite different. The Lego Movie looked very different than the Lego CGI cartoons. I would say our look is maybe between the two, where there’s realistic lighting. It was a really cool choice to make the movie look like stop-motion, and there’s focus in the camera so things in the background are out of focus…
On the plot:
Selman: We thought it was cool to start off in the world of Lego and have all the characters think that this was their normal life. Then through a series of bizarre flashbacks, Homer starts to suspect that the Lego world isn’t where he belongs. So he starts tearing away at the fabric of what he thinks is reality, which is never a great idea. At the end of the day, he has to choose between the world of plastic and the world of meat. … And there’s the best Advent Calendar joke I’ve ever seen in a half-hour show.
The stakes of the episode:
Selman: It could be argued that the plot of The Lego Movie is about a kid that wants to play with dad’s toys. So it could be argued that we are in fact a sequel to The Lego Movie, in that, what happens when the kid doesn’t want to play with dad’s toys any more but the dad was liking it? So I would say this is the official Warner Bros.-approved sequel to The Lego Movie. I’m pretty sure. [Laughter]
Could a second Simpsons movie be in Lego:
Kelley: I hope we’ve done every Simpsons-style joke you can make about Lego. I hope that well is dry and that it would be impossible for anyone to write one more joke. Having said that, I’m currently working on a young adult novel that features Lego and The Simpsons. I’m going to be rich.
Read much more at EW. The Simpsons Lego episode airs May 4.