We've seen 'The Simpsons' pay tribute to late voice actress Marcia Wallace on multiple occasions, but its latest is the most heartfelt and lovingly crafted yet. Last night's installment, "The Man Who Grew Too Much," officially put Ms. Krabappel to rest with a closing tag that saw Ned Flanders missing his second wife and her iconic laugh.
When last we checked in on 'The Simpsons' famous couch gags, the long-running animated series paid tribute to the animated works of Hayao Miyazaki, before that turning in gags from the likes of Guillermo del Toro, and Peter Jackson. Next up, watch America's favorite cartoon family animated in the style of French 'Triplets of Belleville' creator Sylvain Chomet!
The recent buzz of toy news brought confirmation that 'The Simpsons' would be going LEGO for an upcoming installment, though few details of the topical concept episode were known. Now, we've learned exactly when "Brick Like Me" will premiere, along with the bizarre twist that leads to Homer finding both himself and the rest of Springfield made entirely of LEGO!
Further evidence for their total domination over our childhoods, LEGO had previously been rumored to assemble it's very own 'Simpsons' episode to accompany its playset of the titular family's iconic home. Now, FOX has confirmed that we'll see 'The Simpsons' done up in LEGO as soon as this coming May, with plenty of other 'Simpsons' tie-in toys on the way, from matchbox cars to a Homer potato head!
Apart from any behind-the-scene sadness, 'The Simpsons' still aims to kill off one of its most iconic characters at some point in the coming year, just like Maude Flanders and Fat Tony (briefly) before. Producers have been rather tight-lipped about which Springfieldian might face the axe, but iconic voice actor and star Hank Azaria isn't shy about crossing a few names from the death pool.
'The Simpsons' has made countless headlines over the last year with its tributes to famed artists, LEGO tie-ins and memorial content, but the biggest story won't hit until late 2014. Following the massive syndication deal struck with FX, all 530 episodes across 24 seasons of the long-running FOX comedy will be made available to stream via FXNow!
We've seen plenty of incredible 'Simpsons' tributes in the couch gags from recent years, but this Sunday, the animation staff behind FOX's long-running hit will spirit away to a much higher level. See the famous animated works of director Hayao Miyazaki paid tribute in a new clip from this Sunday's latest episode of 'The Simpsons'!
For 25 years, 'The Simpsons' has been an inescapable part of American culture, an omnipresent mirror of our world that reflects all of our greatest hopes, fears and idiosyncrasies. Naturally, something as prominent and marketable as that has managed to worm its way into every kind of merchandising opportunity available, but everyone's favorite yellow family has crossed into the final frontier.
Yep, Simpsons LEGOs are on the way.
Earlier this year, the passing of 'Simpsons' icon and Ms. Krabappel voice Marcia Wallace led to a few improvised tributes to the fallen actress, but the FOX animation staple may have saved the best for last in 2013. Find out how this past Sunday's couch gag for "White Christmas Blues" paid homage to both Wallace and late writer Don Payne right here!
FX's spinoff network FXX has proven something of a challenge for the company in its initial months, recently forcing 'Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell' into an early grave, but it seems the cable network offshoot will finally start turning some major heads. 'The Simpsons' has licensed their first 24 seasons to FXX in a major syndication deal that will also see America's favorite animated family available on demand for the very first time.