Last Sunday, 90’s animation fans viewing Fox’s Animated Domination block might’ve noticed that their brains were on fire. I wouldn’t know. I’m so goddamned cool, I haven’t watched a new episode of The Simpsons in years…
Of course I’ve watched The Simpsons recently! I wrote up the Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire Christmas special just last year and had my mind blown all over again. But this… this is an entirely different mindgasm.
I don’t know why I’ve always thought of Ren & Stimpy and The Simpsons as “feuding,” because the only battle they were ever really ever embroiled in was the fight for my attention and devotion 20 years ago. But I’m a one man demographic, so I doubt anyone noticed. Whatever the case, it was nice to see the two toon titans of my formal years lay down arms (even in my own brain) as John Kricfalusi directed The Simpsons’ opening “couch gag” and it’s one of the coolest things I’ve seen the show do in years. Yes, even cooler than Banksy’s heavy-handed opening.
Christ… I love the fact that The Simpsons has become such an unshakable empire, it seems to have no qualms allowing competitors a chance to put their stamp on Homer and Bart. Jesus… this officially opens up the floodgates for a plethora of synergistic relationships with other animators. I personally recommend they reach out to the dudes from Superjail. Those dude aren’t just animation badasses, they’re practically cartoon terrorists!
Cartoon Brew has more on the piece, including notes from John K himself, along with kickass concept art from this 40 second piece of pure bliss.