This fall, lovers of adult-themed animated comedies will bear witness to one of the most anticipated events in the history of the genre: the Griffins are headed to Springfield.
The big Simpsons/Family Guy crossover event is set to take place on Sunday, September 28th, 2014 and will air as the one-hour season 13 premiere of Family Guy. As part of FOX’s SDCC festivities, the network has released a five-minute long preview of scenes from the heavily hyped episode.
Dubbed The Simpsons Guy, the crossover episode will feature The Griffins embarking on a road trip and getting in an accident that strands them in Springfield. As you might expect, Homer and Peter become fast friends, Stewie grows enamored of Bart’s wide assortment of pranks, Lisa and Meg set out to improve their collective self-esteem, and Marge and Lois swap stories about their insane families. What Maggie and Brian will be doing hasn’t really been elaborated on, although both have proven themselves equally likely to shoot someone.
While many have been quick to dub this crossover attempt “too little too late,” it’s hard to imagine that fans of both shows won’t find something to laugh out loud at in the above preview. One of the best sequences features Peter trying to get Homer to cue one of Family Guy’s patented cutaway gags, and when the sequence finally does happen, rather vicious swipes are taken at fellow FOX animated properties. Another great bit involves Bart resurrecting his long-dormant prank calls to Moe’s, only for Stewie’s attempt at a call to go horribly wrong.
Of course, the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover will all build to what many fans would consider the clear main event: Homer Simpson Vs. Peter Griffin. The two cartoon dads may bond for a while over donuts and shared family problems, but it seems that their inability to agree on beer will prevent a lasting friendship.
In the final sequence of the preview, Homer is offered a swig of Peter’s favorite Quahog brew. Unfortunately, its taste is identical to Duff, leading Homer to accuse Pawtucket brand of being a cheap Duff rip-off. This serves as an obvious metaphor for the way Family Guy is often accused of ripping off The Simpsons, and triggers a no holds barred brawl between the animated patriarchs that literally leaves the Earth at one point.
No matter the level of internet snarkery the initial announcement drew, FOX is clearly banking on The Simpsons and Family Guy to start the network’s new fall season off with a bang. Expectations are already high from the general public, and will continue to grow as more and more promotional materials are released. Here’s hoping both of these time-tested franchises still have what it takes to deliver.
Who do you think will win the epic battle, Screen Rant readers? Homer or Peter?
The Simpsons/Family Guy crossover episode airs Sunday, September 28th, 2014 @8pm on FOX.