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 10-11-2010, 03:51 PM         #21
YOUNGZERO 
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Damn FOX took that sh*t down quick... hahaha
 7 years ago '04        #22
slapaho 2 heat pts
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the simpson have really stepped it up recently.. part of me wants to a.ssume the great show i grew up watchin was busy workin on tha simpson movie and didnt really focus on the show over the last 8-10 years,but the a**hole show i love is back s**ttin on everyone.
 7 years ago '05        #23
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that was best opening ever
 7 years ago '05        #24
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Who says The Simpsons isn’t as subversive as it used to be? Last night, the animated Fox series raised eyebrows—and corners of mouths—with a daring, bleak opening credits sequence that was masterminded by Banksy, the mysterious British graffiti artist. Viewers were taken on a surreal journey into an Asian sweatshop where kittens were used as stuffing for Simpsons dolls, and a shackled, defeated unicorn was used to make holes in Simpsons DVDs. Shudder. EW.com rang up Simpsons executive producer Al Jean to get the behind-the-scenes story on the Banksy gag.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did this collaboration with Banksy come about?
AL JEAN: I saw that movie Exit Through the Gift Shop, and I asked our casting director Bonnie Pietila, who’s had good luck getting people like Thomas Pynchon, if she could track Banksy down. She worked through the producers of the movie, and we just said, “Would you like to do a couch gag for the show?” He submitted boards, which were more or less what you saw last night. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about it a little bit, but I showed it to [series creator] Matt Groening and he said, “We should really try to do these as close as possible to what he wants.” We all thought it was really funny. There were some small things we went through with Broadcast Standards for taste, but I was impressed—for an American TV show we did this really satiric thing, and it was 95 percent of what he wanted.

EW:What were the small things that got edited out?
AJ:I wouldn’t go into them, but it was just a little sadder. [laughs] I don’t know if the unicorn made it in the original draft.

EW:And you guys gave him no instruction about what to create?
AJ:Nope. He’s an artist. I just said, “It has to be in this format, and it comes off the beginning of the show.” And we did want to make sure that people knew—we have several clues, we tagged his name twice at the beginning and gave him a credit at the end just so it was clear what was going on.

EW: What were your first thoughts when you saw what he wanted to do?
AJ: Well, my first thought was, “Well, it’s really funny.” And my second thought was, “I hope I keep my job if I do it.” [laughs] So far I still have. But I turned to a higher power, which in this case was Matt, and showed it to him. And we all think Banksy is a brilliant artist. I thought this was a funny idea, and the show to Fox’s credit has been able to do very subversive things right from the beginning, and I think that’s made The Simpsons what it is.

EW: You said Fox execs had some small issues, but what was their overall reaction?
AJ: I showed it to Broadcast Standards in the animatic stage. Certainly this is animated by Fox—paid for by Fox— so this is not something I can just slide in without anybody seeing, nor would I want to. So they’ve been aware of it for several months and we wanted to keep it a secret just because I thought you’d get maximum impact this morning, which I think we did.

EW: Were you surprised that they were cool with it?
AJ: I think Fox is great. There never would have been a Simpsons if there wasn’t a Fox. And there never would have been the style of humor and what other shows have done on Fox if it wasn’t for people who were looking for something that was edgy and funny.

EW: Were you worried that this gag did not paint the show in the best light?
AJ: I can tell you as a fact there are no unicorns working in our DVD production plant. It’s a fantasy—none of it is true. That being said, it’s funny.

EW: Were you looking to make some sort of political statement or respond to criticism of outsourcing [the show is animated in South Korea]?
AJ: Honestly, there was no agenda except I thought it would be great to get this guy. The concept in my mind was, “What if this graffiti artist came in and tagged our main titles?” And we got what I think is the coolest, most technically proficient graffiti artist today. I’d never seen that—a graffiti artist actually graffiti’ing the opening credits of a television show. So when you’re asking for that you’re not really telling him what to do. We’re a show where people are used to seeing edgy things in regards to Itchy & Scratchy or satirizations of society, so I thought it was in line with our past and part of what’s made the Simpsons great.

EW: A BBC News story says that Banksy’s storyboard caused delays, disputes with Broadcast Standards and a threatened walk-out by the animation department?
AJ: All the things that we do are delayed, and we have to deal with Broadcast Standards because it takes us a long time. I would say compared to what the original boards were, I think about 95 percent of it [stayed] true, and it really wasn’t unusual relative to the other stuff that we do, in terms of the length of time or the problems with it…. [The animation department] didn’t walk out. Obviously they didn’t. We’ve depicted the conditions in a fanciful light before.

EW: What kind of feedback are you getting this morning?
AJ: The first word I would use is enormous. Other than showing Katy Perry’s cleavage, I can’t think of anything that’s gotten this much attention. And I would say by my barometer, about 90 percent think it’s really funny and 10 percent don’t like the taste of it, which I would say has been the ratio of the great things we’ve done in the past.

EW: Did you learn more about the identity of Banksy?
AJ: I never met him. Even my emails back and forth to him, I would email Bonnie, who would email his producer, who would email him. I’m pretty sure it’s really him because if it wasn’t him, the real Banksy would have said something.

EW: Are there other things up your sleeve right now?
AJ: There are always are, and the only way to find them out is to watch every episode


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 10-11-2010, 04:11 PM         #25
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Simpsons got boring for a few years, but the past few seasons show that they realize they can push the envelope a little more. I missed this and cleveland show cuz of 2k11
 7 years ago '06        #26
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 macadon83 said:
Simpsons got boring for a few years, but the past few seasons show that they realize they can push the envelope a little more. I missed this and cleveland show cuz of 2k11


2k can make u just miss life fa real. I played a couple games with my player and hours went by without me noticing
 10-11-2010, 04:22 PM         #27
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I liked it
 7 years ago '04        #28
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that was dope I fux with the chinese! ... shout out to lil_miss_riot & hittz!

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 10-11-2010, 04:46 PM         #29
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It's only controversial because nobody wants to have to think about this. People would rather plug their ears and cover their eyes instead of acknowledging a problem.

Kudos to Banksy for doing something useful with the intro.

lol @ the "What are you looking at" tag.
 7 years ago '06        #30
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 SpittN4Cash said:
that was dope I fux with the chinese! ... shout out to lil_miss_riot & hittz!

:cash:



..but seriously, I've seen the Simpsons touch bases on sweatshops a bunch of times on the show...but that opening was on a whole 'nother level.
 7 years ago '10        #31
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Family Guy could never have pulled that off, its like every country respects the simpsons enough to not have a problem with them
 7 years ago '08        #32
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at the end of the day its art...no issues ova here....then again imma artist
 7 years ago '05        #33
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 ThaNostalgic1 said:
x10...dude was using a dolphins tongue to seal boxes:aloofandbored10:
HELL YEA!
 7 years ago '04        #34
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that s**t was a thing of beauty
 7 years ago '05        #35
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Original post updated with a Hulu video link...
 7 years ago '04        #36
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Damn they pretty much said f**k you to fox
 7 years ago '04        #37
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!Wow! Thought provoking to say the least.
 10-11-2010, 08:05 PM         #38
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There's a lot of symbolism here going over people's heads just like it'll go over most American's heads. Anyone ever heard of the "COVE"??? I don't think BANKSY wanted this to be funny. Through art he's becoming a voice to those without voices..... that's what real tagggging is supposed to be about not about turf wars and bulls**t, right now he's a living LEGEND.
 10-11-2010, 08:19 PM         #39
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That's why Simpsons > Family Guy

Simpsons have always been this deep.
 10-11-2010, 08:20 PM         #40
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 YOUNGZERO said:
There's a lot of symbolism here going over people's heads just like it'll go over most American's heads. Anyone ever heard of the "COVE"??? I don't think BANKSY wanted this to be funny. Through art he's becoming a voice to those without voices..... that's what real tagggging is supposed to be about not about turf wars and bulls**t, right now he's a living LEGEND.
I didn't find it very funny at all. I thought it was brilliant.
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