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The Simpsons: this parody of a work from Studio Ghibli has been abandoned

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar May20,2024

You won't be surprised if we tell you that in pop culture, The Simpsons and Studio Ghibli are iconic figures. importantments. Matt Groening's series exists throughout the world. American television for 35 seasons and Hayao Miyazaki's studio has offered the public masterful works. Today, we learn that the American series had intended to pay homage to a cult work by the Japanese director before finally abandoning the idea.

The Simpsons: this parody of a work from Studio Ghibli has been abandoned

The Simpsons and Studio Ghibli, two monuments of pop culture

It was in 1989 that the public discovered The Simpsons for the first time , an animated series designed by Matt Groening which features a middle-class American family to serve as a satire of the way of life in the United States >. The series broadcast on Fox and available on Disney+ is a hit and currently, there are 35 seasons on offer. The Simpsons found very quickly their place in popular cultureand surf on current events. both cultural, sporting and political.

The Simpsons: this parody of a work from Studio Ghibli has been abandoned

On the other side, Studio Ghibli and the works of the Japanese Hayao Miyazaki have also established themselves in pop culture. The Japanese studio delighted in the public of exceptional animated works such as Howl's Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki the Little Witch, … So when a cult American television program decides to pay homage to a work produced by Studio Ghibli, we can only applaud the initiative. Except that the production of The Simpsons has abandoned the idea.

The Simpsons: this parody of a work from Studio Ghibli has been abandoned

A different approach for the tribute to Hayao Miyazaki

Recently, Matt Salmen, showrunner of the satirical anime series, explained that The Simpsons had planned to offer a parody of an emblematic work by Miyazaki: Spirited Away. The idea was toinclude this parody in a Halloween episode. But ultimately, the idea was decided. abandoned.

On the other hand, The Simpsons still paid homage to the Japanese animation studio. As Matt Salmen recalls, the series has “adopted another approach in our love letter to Miyazaki“. Indeed, it's in the season 25 with episode 10 entitled Married to the Blod broadcast; in 2014 that The Simpsonspaid tribute to Hayao Miyazaki. The episode offered references to the Japanese filmmaker's productions and the musical style adopted by the Japanese filmmaker. was reminiscent of that of Joe Hisaishi, composer of Miyazaki's films. This tribute had been decided à following the announcement of the retirement of the Japanese animation master at the end of 2013.

The Simpsons: this parody of a work from the studio Ghibli was abandoned

Recently, artificial intelligence had imagined the main characters of the series The Simpsons if studio Ghibli had produced it. We'll let you discover the result here.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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