The Simpsons Meet The 1980s Simpsons This Halloween

The Simpsons Meet The 1980s Simpsons This Halloween

The Simpsons Tracey Ullman Simpsons Crossover

The modern-day Simpsons will meet their Tracey Ullman Show counter-parts in October's "Treehouse of Horror".

The Simpsons is involved in all kinds of crossovers these days, whether meeting the crew from Futurama or making appearances in Family Guy. But this October, the Simpsons are going to meet another television family: The original Simpsons. As part of the annual "Treehouse of Horror" Halloween event, the modern-day characters will meet the 1987 family that first appeared way back in The Tracey Ullman Show.

For those who weren't aware, before The Simpsons became the long-running juggernaut we're familiar with, it was a series of animated shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show. The original art style was largely scrapped as Simpsons transitioned into its own series, but long-time viewers have seen the classic characters appear from time to time, even as dead bodies in past Halloween specials.

This time however, the crossover is going to be far more explicit. Inspired by the horror film The Others, the modern-day Simpsons are haunted by ghostly presences which are eventually revealed as their crudely-drawn former selves. The Simpsons cast, including Dan Castellaneta and Nancy Cartwright, will even readopt the characters' classic speech patterns, which were noticeably different back in the day.

"People remember Dan's, but Nancy's is different too," executive producer Al Jean explained. "It was lower-register, and you can see in the difference in this segment. It was really funny to get the interplay [between the two versions of the Simpsons] and for the actors to see the voice evolution. The great thing is we didn't have to ask-we already had the cast hired for the Tracey Ullman Simpsons."

This year's "Treehouse of Horror" airs on Oct. 19, and if it's anything like past specials it'll be cartoonishly gory. "We've implied that [the classic family] were murdered and buried under the house, so this is expanding that thought," Jean said. "If people want a real Halloween bloodbath, they get it."

Source: Entertainment Weekly, via IGN

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This is a great idea. I hope it's good.

Also, why haven't the TU shorts been put on DVD yet?

Okay, now I'm curious. I actually want to see how this all shakes out...

CrazyGirl17:
Okay, now I'm curious. I actually want to see how this all shakes out...

That's the great thing about the Simpsons Halloween shows they have no issues with character death so anything can happen. Space Dandy is a great one that does that occasionally too... And it's from the creator of cowboy bebop and samurai champloo. Almost like hitchhiker's guide, though I'd say less python-esque.

We all know this will end with them "going out for some Frosty Chocolate Milkshakes."

It make me think why didn't they do this sooner?

RaikuFA:
This is a great idea. I hope it's good.

Also, why haven't the TU shorts been put on DVD yet?

I'm with you on this. There's enough Treehouse tales to fill a DVD by now, right, Groening? I'd buy.

OT: *Waits for the Tom Baker expy from the episode of The Collector to come in and deal with this paradox*

nomaner:
We all know this will end with them "going out for some Frosty Chocolate Milkshakes."

Very true

 

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