Following the success of The LEGO Movie, you would think that the recent episode of “The Simpsons” that takes Homer into the world of the building bricks was just a gimmick meant to cash in on the popularity of the film. But you’d be wrong.
Entertainment Weekly spoke with executive producer Matt Selman before the episode aired and he revealed:
“We didn’t know about the movie [when this episode started developing]. For the record, we still don’t know about the movie. [Laughs] Brian and I had been dreaming of doing a Simpsons Lego episode for as long as we could remember, and in early 2012 we started seriously talking about making it happen. Then we found out that Lego was into doing a Simpsons couch gag. So it was a magical coming-together of pretend yellow people.”
However, the episode does feature an amusing nod to the film, especially since the plot is rather similar to the Warner Bros. animated box office hit. For those who may have stopped watching “The Simpsons” years ago (like me), you’ll be happy to know that this is an exceptional episode, and it almost calls back to the creativity of when Homer ended up in a computer animated world for one of the traditional “Treehouse of Horror” episodes from many years ago. If you missed it, check out the episode titled “Brick Like Me” in full right here (via Hulu):
In addition, for fans looking for more fun with “The Simpsons,” there’s a crossover episode happening with “Family Guy” for the 26th season premiere of the former animated Fox series. Here’s the first two images revealed at Fox’s upfronts presentation this week:
And if you need to know what will be going down in the episode, here’s the synopsis:
Peter (Seth MacFarlane) and the Griffins get out of dodge and end up in Springfield, where they are greeted by a friendly stranger named Homer Simpson (guest voice Dan Castellaneta), who welcomes his new “albino” friends with open arms. The families get along famously: Stewie (MacFarlane) becomes obsessed with Bart (guest voice Nancy Cartwright) and his old-fashioned pranks; Lisa (guest voice Yeardley Smith) takes Meg (Mila Kunis) under her wing and is determined to find something – anything – at which she excels; Marge (guest voice Julie Kavner) and Lois (Alex Borstein) ditch housework for a little bonding; and Peter and Homer fight over the best beer in town – Pawtucket vs Duff.
This will be an hour-long season premiere for both “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy,” and while this is certainly a gimmick, it absolutely sounds fun. Here’s hoping there’s some kind of “Simpsons did it first” reference as all the naysayers of “Family Guy” have said countless times in their best Comic Book Guy voice.
Are you interested in the “Family Guy” and “The Simpsons” crossover episode coming this fall?
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