I wanted to post some photos which apparently requires a new post about The Simpsons Breaking Bad Mashup.
That Simpsons opening makes me still love The Simpsons. Even though the opening wasn’t theirs, they still got it on air and, I am sure, had to flex considerable muscle to do so.
The opening was done by Banksy. His signature all over the billboards during the traditional opening is intentional. Have you seen Exit Through the Gift Shop? It’s good and an art piece in every sense. This episode was called Exit Through the Kwik-e-Mart and features Bart becoming a street artist, plastering Springfield with posters a la Shepard Fairey’s Obey but with Homer’s face instead of Andre the Giant and Dope instead of Obey, a nod to his Obama Hope posters I think.
I’m not terribly familiar with the others but they were Ron English and Kenny Scharf. And of course, Banksy who made an appearance via the opening sequence. Say what you will about The Simpsons, they still have street cred. I don’t think there’s anyone who wouldn’t be happy to be on the show and get Simpsonized. They still have integrity if not hilarity. I think this episode is a testament to that fact. Showrunner Al Jean joked, “this is what happens when you outsource” when asked about the opening. Like an aged warrior, a passionate liberal heart still beats and even if they don’t have the teeth themselves, they still have the juice to champion a message that does.