'The Simpsons' LEGO sets were only the first step in an ambitious cross-promotional campaign for new merchandising around the long-running FOX family, as May 4 will see Homer and the gang trading up to yellow block in the LEGO-animated episode "Brick Like Me." The actual episode itself remains something of a mystery, but what can we learn from the first LEGO photo of the new high-concept 'Simpsons' episode?
'The Simpsons' have been venturing further and further into one-off tribute the last few years, and with 'Mad Men' due to return for its final season this coming weekend, what better time to send a little love to Sterling-Cooper? Watch 'The Simpsons' take on 'Mad Men's infamously cryptic promos, using animated footage from prior episodes!
A few months ago we heard the monumental news that FXX had paid an astonishing $750 million for syndication and streaming rights to the entire library of 'The Simpsons,' not only an unprecedented deal in the history of TV rights, but also for making America's favorite animated family more accessible than ever before. Now, the network has announced its intent to kick things off with an impressive 12-day marathon of all 522 episodes this coming August.
Last week saw Dave Letterman shaking up the late-night landscape with the announcement of his imminent retirement, which as since led to all manner of speculation on a replacement, but the impact has already gone further down the pop culture rabbit hole. Watch 'The Simpsons' pay tribute to the retiring 'Late Show' leader with last night's couch gag from "Luca$"!
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!