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"The Simpsons Guy," the highly anticipated crossover episode between animated staples The Simpsons and Family Guy, hit airwaves on Sunday night. The hour-long Family Guy premiere found the Griffin crew stranded in Springfield after their car is stolen; Homer bumps into the family at the Kwik E Mart and offers to let them stay at the Simpson home. Chaos, naturally, ensues: Peter and Homer employ a number of insane tactics to track down the missing vehicle, holding a "Stolen Car Wash" and guzzling gasoline in order to "think like a car. »
After more than a year of hype, the first families of Fox finally came together on Sunday’s Family Guy season premiere. So, did the Simpsons crossover meet your expectations?
It certainly met mine. I found the Griffins’ visit to Springfield to be a bizarre-yet-perfect marriage, one that taught us all a valuable lesson: Despite their inherent similarities, it’s Ok to love both shows for (very) different reasons.
So, without further Apu, here are 10 moments that stuck out to me — for better or worse — from the premiere: »
As the much anticipated crossover featuring The Simpsons and Family Guy characters is set to air Sunday, one scene is already causing a furor. The scene, released in advance of the episode, involves Bart Simpson showing Family Guy's Stewie and Brian how to make one of his signature prank calls to Moe's Tavern. Bart's call is mischievous but tame — causing Moe embarrassment related to his backside — but Stewie's effort involves a rape joke. "Hello, Moe — your sister's being raped," Stewie tells Moe. Parents Television Council president Tim Winter found the joke troubling and contacted Simpsons creator Matt Groening and Family Guy honcho Seth MacFarlane, requesting that the
- Ryan Gajewski
They are two of the most famous creators in the universe. Their work is quoted almost as often as Scripture. They have turned their pens into ATMs, making them richer than the creator of the universe. They have given rise to—and remain the symbolic deities of—two sides of a pop culture debate that is being fervidly argued out on some message board as you read this. But on this toasty summer afternoon in L.A., dressed in white shirts, jeans, and sneakers, Matt Groening, the 60-year-old creator/exec producer of The Simpsons (and Futurama), and Seth MacFarlane, the »
- Dan Snierson
The Simpsons enters its 26th season Sept. 28. Pause and try to absorb that information. Good? Okay. Now think about how recognizable and familiar the style of The Simpsons actually is: Can you think of another animated series from the past quarter-decade of American animation that's quite as iconic? Family Guy comes close, but it's still far off. Which is what's so cool about this collection of art from DeviantArt user Adn-z. It takes the familiar Simpsons aesthetic and applies it to other popular TV shows, like Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones. (Adn-z runs the Draw The Simpsons Tumblr, so he's something of an expert. »
Among the many gratifying aspects of Fxx's recent Every "Simpsons" Ever marathon was the way that it helped shift the overall critical narrative about the series ever-so-slightly away from the conventional wisdom that the series is a shell of its former self — that "The Simpsons" should have gone away after season 9, and that its legacy is forever tarnished because it kept on going and going and going. I've written before of my strong disagreement with that idea — that if the show isn't as consistently great as it was in, say, seasons 4 or 5, that it's still capable of greatness a few times a season, and still one of the more satisfying comedies on television even outside its best recent outings — and was pleased to see so many critics and fans continue watching the marathon in its later days and admitting that, hey, "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind" or "500 Keys" or »
- Alan Sepinwall
It's Simpsons Week here at Vulture, and we're paying homage to the longest-running animated sitcom on TV. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Fox's subversive family of five has wreaked havoc in Springfield for 552 episodes. This week, we'll take a look back at the show's success and throw in our own two cents here and there. Below, we've sifted through the archives to see how Matt Groening's proponents and detractors responded to the show in the late 1980s and early 1990s.From the Los Angeles Times, December 16, 1989 ["TV Reviews : 'The Simpsons' Get a Show of Their Own for Christmas"]: They're a bickering family of five, lovable mutants with yellow skin, golf-ball eyes and absolutely no resemblance to "The Brady Bunch." ... Weird ... but wonderful. From the Chicago Tribune, December 17, 1989 ["Sam Kinison Drops Into a Noel-fashioned Nightmare at the Bundy Household"]: What the Bundys are to the Cleavers, the »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
It’s finally time for Homer Simpson and Peter Griffin to bro down and drink up. On Sept. 28, from 9 p.m. all the way to 10 p.m., the animated worlds of Fox’s The Simpsons and Family Guy will collide colossally when Family Guy’s season premiere features the Griffins breaking bread/donuts with the Simpsons. Friendships are formed between the two families before Homer and Peter get in a massive fight over their respective beer of choice.
Dying to know how this crossover came to life? Wondering what to expect when the Quahog crew cruises over to Springfield? Still »
- Dan Snierson
There's no point of reviewing Sunday (September 14) night's The Simpsons Take The Bowl show from The Hollywood Bowl, at least not in a traditional way. Sunday's presentation was the third and final night for The Simpsons Take The Bowl and, alas, if you didn't catch one of the shows... That's it. Sorry. Timed to loosely synchronize with the classic comedy's 25th anniversary, the show's recent syndicated move to Fxx and Sunday, September 28 premiere for the new season, The Simpsons Take The Bowl was a terrific two hours of live music, singing and dancing, culminating in fireworks. The event featured an assortment of new animation tailored around the venue, but also included classic "Simpsons" bits including Homer's plummet down the Springfield Gorge, Homer's gambol through The Land of Chocolate and the transition from the Ajax Steel Mill into The Anvil. I'm not sure that all of my favorite "Simpsons" musical moments were acknowledged. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Even the creators of The Simpsons know we love the old stuff. Specifically, the first 10 to 12 seasons. That’s the period in which Matt Groening‘s iconic yellow family took the world by storm and became a television institution. Since then many fans have fallen off the show, citing a decline in quality, and maybe […]
The post Videos From ‘The Simpsons Take The Bowl’ Musical Event appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
In even more depressing news that I'm getting old, "The Simpsons" turns 25 this year - and to mark the occasion, Matt Groening and friends have been entertaining their asses off at L.A.'s iconic Hollywood Bowl all weekend. Didn't get to go? Sucks for you! Below are 8 YouTube clips that will make you wish you'd been there to "Do the Bartman" with awkward abandon. The opening sketch Oh boy, this must have been really exciting live. Boy. Conan O'Brien sings "The Monorail Song" But not before taking digs at the Bowl's season ticket holders. "Weird" Al Yankovic performs "The Ballad of Homer and Marge" Oh my god, he's famous again. Yeardley Smith and Nancy Cartwright perform "Minimum Wage Nanny" Still the definitive Mary Poppins parody. Nancy Cartwright sings "Do the Bartman" You knew it was coming! 1990 was awesome. The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles performs "Spider Pig" Only in America. »
- Chris Eggertsen
For a show entering its 26th season, "The Simpsons" has been generating a lot of fresh news lately. There was last month's Fxx Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, in which all 552 episodes and the movie were aired in sequence, single-handedly transforming Fxx from a cable curiosity into a destination. For lucky residents of Los Angeles, there's this weekend's The Simpsons Take The Bowl three night event. Starting on Friday, September 12, Hank Azaria will host a trio of live shows at the Hollywood Bowl featuring the likes of Conan O'Brien, Nancy Cartwright, Beverly D'Angelo, Jon Lovitz, Yeardley Smith, "Weird Al" Yankovic, series creator Matt Groening and more, with musical performances accompanied by clips. [Timed around the Bowl show is Thursday night's "Simpsons" music-themed marathon on Fxx, which runs from 8 p.m. to midnight.] And then for everybody, "The Simpsons" returns to Fox on Sunday, September 28 with a fall of new episodes that include a major character death and a "Futurama" crossover and that's not even mentioning the "Family Guy" premiere, which features a much-discussed visit to Springfield. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Not content with crossovers with fellow Matt Groening show Futurama and rival Fox animated series Family Guy, it has now been announced that The Simpsons will be meeting up with their original counterparts from The Tracey Ullman Show shorts as part of the annual ‘Treehouse of Horror’ Halloween special…
According to Entertainment Weekly, the October 19th ‘Treehouse of Horror’ will feature “a segment that parodies The Others, in which the Simpsons are haunted by another ghostly family living in the house. These ghosts turn out to be none other than their crudely drawn former selves.”
The Simpsons of course made their debut back in 1987 as the stars of a series of 48 animated shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show, before the launch of the actual show in 1989. It returns for its 25th season on September 29th.
- Gary Collinson
There’s only one way to close out The Simpsons binge-fest of all 552 episodes on Fxx last month, and that would be with a visit to the Hollywood Bowl from Sept. 12-14 for The Simpsons Take the Hollywood Bowl. The three-night extravaganza, hosted by Hank Azaria as well as guest stars Conan O'Brien, Yeardley Smith, Nancy Cartwright, Weird Al Yankovic, Beverly D'Angelo, Jon Lovitz, the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles and Matt Groening, will feature clips accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra topped off with a fireworks finale. “There’ll be some live performance and a combination
- Jordan Riefe
Just as America is recovering from Fxx’s recent 12-day marathon of every episode of the “The Simpsons,” the cabler has set an eight-episode, music-themed marathon of the cartoon, beginning at 8 p.m. on Sept. 11.
The marathon is tied to “‘The Simpsons’ Take the Bowl!” at the Hollywood Bowl, which will run from Sept. 12-14. The episodes, including “Marge vs. The Monorail,” “Two Dozen and One Greyhounds” and “Who Shot Mr. Burns? Part 2,” all feature a song that will showcased during the live show at the Hollywood Bowl.
“‘The Simpsons’ Take the Bowl!” will be hosted by “Simpsons” voice actor Hank Azaria, and will feature clips of the Fox animated show accompanied by live performances from the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Voice actors Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith will perform with guest appearances including Beverly D’Angelo, Jon Lovitz, “Weird Al” Yankovic and more. Series co-creator Matt Groening will share behind-the-scenes stories from the show. »
- Kevin Noonan
The first photo and details are out from "Simpsorama," an upcoming episode of "The Simpsons" featuring the various characters from creator Matt Groening's other famous and now finished animated series "Futurama".
"Simpsons" executive producer Al Jean tells EW: "We're always looking for things that are compatible with us, and I thought, ‘Well, what's more compatible?' We do a joke, actually, about how similar Bender and Homer look. Like, they just erased Homer's hair."
The crossover episode will include all the core members of the "Futurama" cast: Billy West, John Dimaggio, Katey Sagal, Lauren Tom, Phil Lamarr, Tress MacNeille, and Maurice Lamarch. There's also a storyline:
"A complex, ‘Terminator'-esque story that involves Bart blowing his nose on a sandwich that he places in a time capsule. When that mixes with Milhouse's rabbit's foot and some radioactive ooze, it creates a global catastrophe in the future, prompting Bender to travel »
- Garth Franklin
Fans of adult-oriented animation have all sorts of options these days, such as Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, Archer, the new Netflix series Bojack Horseman and everything on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming. It could be argued that if not for Fox’s iconic series The Simpsons, none of this would be possible.
Now closing in on its 26th (!) season, we’re already looking forward to the upcoming episode which will see The Simpsons host friendly rival Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy characters the Griffins in a crossover event, but it appears the show also has a similar treat up its sleeve.
EW brings us details and a first image (below) of a planned crossover between The Simpsons and the frequently-cancelled fan-favorite Futurama, another creation of Matt Groening. The episode, called ‘Simpsorama,’ is tagged in ...
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- Anthony Vieira
During last year's Comic-Con, it was revealed that "The Simpsons" will do a cross-over episode with "Futurama." That episode will air on November 9th, and thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we now have our first look at that episode. Check it out below. Matt Groening created both shows, which is why "The Simpsons" and "Futurama" referenced each other all the time. Here's what we know about the cross-over episode: * The opening credits will feature a tagline: "a show out of ideas teams up with a show out of episodes" * The episode will bring back "Futurama" voice actors Billy West, John Dimaggio, Katey Sagal, Lauren Tom, Phil Lamarr, Tress MacNeille, and Maurice Lamarche * The plot will be a Terminator-esque story that involves Bart blowing his nose on a sandwich that he places in a time capsule. When that mixes with Milhouse's rabbit's foot and some radioactive ooze, it creates a global catastrophe in the future, »
Ahead of the historic crossover between The Simpsons and Family Guy later this month with the Family Guy season premiere ‘The Simpsons Guy’, Entertainment Weekly caught up with Matt Groening and Seth MacFarlane to delve inside the mash-up between the two long-running Fox shows. As part of the magazine feature, the two creators also put pen to paper to draw each other in their own signature style. Here’s what they came up with…
- Gary Collinson
Unless you’ve been living under a Jebediah Springfield statue, you probably know that the season premiere of Family Guy will transport viewers out of Quahog and into Springfield, as the Griffins meet up with the Simpsons. This week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly takes you inside this much-anticipated crossover episode and features a Q&A with the two men who gave life to these characters, Simpsons creator/executive producer Matt Groening and Family Guy creator/executive producer Seth MacFarlane.
In addition, EW asked the two animation dominators to take pen to paper and draw each other in any way they saw fit, »
- Dan Snierson
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