The Simpsons has had plenty of chances to experiment in its 27+ years, but will venture surprisingly modern (as in to the second) with an upcoming “live” segment animated by motion-capture. A first look at the new clip has arrived, but will The Simpsons ever stage an entirely live episode?
The Simpsons has visited just about every nook and cranny of pop culture in its near-30 years, though a long-abandoned episode concept saw the late Prince putting in a particularly meta appearance. Now, Simpsons boss Al Jean shares the tribute episode that might have been, as well what caused the revered artist to decline.
It’s been some time since we’ve had a noteworthy Simpsons couch gag, and like all animated greats, there’s room to borrow from the classics. If ever you wondered what Homer, Marge, Bart, Maggie and Lisa might have looked like as Disney cartoons, check out the latest gag from a revered Disney animator.
The Simpsons obliquely anticipating future events has become a common phenomenon, though never quite so regrettably as a 2000 episode that referenced “President Trump” in our future. Now, writer Dan Greaney looks back on the unfortunate premonition, noting the line was intended to envision an America that “went as bad as it possibly could.”
Whether imagining Donald Trump in the world of Westeros, or just the regular one, there’s little denying that the 2016 elections have been a nightmare to witness. The Simpsons have now made that literally true, with a standalone clip taking aim at any and all of the presidential candidates.
Twenty-seven seasons in, The Simpsons still needs to stay topical, an especially difficult feat given the animation process’ long lead time. Well, consider The Simpsons more relevant than ever, up to the moment even, as May will see the long-running FOX staple experimenting with a live segment.
Despite failing to outlive its progenitor, Futurama joined the ranks of Matt Groening’s iconic animated works to follow The Simpsons, and Netflix may have given both another sibling. Reports confirm Groening is readying a new animated series for Netflix, though the concept remains under lock and key.
Broadcast TV has seen some muted ups and downs in the 2015-2016 season, though no official cancellations have taken place. Still, change is all around for FOX in 2016, banishing Sleepy Hollow to Fridays, while slotting in premieres for DC’s Lucifer, New Girl, and American Idol’s final bow.
However many years The Simpsons endures into our future, its Season 27 Treehouse of Horror will try something the series has never (okay, rarely) attempted: the actual murder of Bart Simpson. See Sideshow Bob finally murder his arch-nemesis (repeatedly) in a new clip from Sunday’s latest!
Having survived its latest challenge to eternal status quo by way of Sunday’s Girls-y premiere, The Simpsons seem poised for fewer head-turning changes this fall. That is, until Waylon Smithers finally, and officially comes out of the closet to all, while an even bigger surprise may lie ahead beyond Season 30.