Monday, October 11, 2010

Banksy + The Simpsons

Graffiti artist Banksy directed and storyboarded the opening credits sequence on last night's episode of The Simpsons.  It's without a doubt one of the most interesting things the show has done in ages and is rumored to be a response to claims that Groening and company were outsourcing the show's animation.  While the lead in through Springfield is tagged and clever, shit gets real during the couch gag, when we're pulled through a dismal sweat shop filled with surreal horrors.   Note to the public: putting aside the Ke$ha opening a while back, it appears The Simpsons is still perfectly capable of pulling off the meta, daringly subversive social commentary thing.  Entertainment Weekly has as interesting interview with the show's executive producer, Al Jean, that sheds some light on the back story.  Check that out here.

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