Fans of adult-oriented animation have all sorts of options these days, such as Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, Archer, the new Netflix series Bojack Horseman and everything on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming. It could be argued that if not for Fox’s iconic series The Simpsons, none of this would be possible.
Now closing in on its 26th (!) season, we’re already looking forward to the upcoming episode which will see The Simpsons host friendly rival Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy characters the Griffins in a crossover event, but it appears the show also has a similar treat up its sleeve.
EW brings us details and a first image (below) of a planned crossover between The Simpsons and the frequently-cancelled fan-favorite Futurama, another creation of Matt Groening. The episode, called ‘Simpsorama,’ is tagged in its opening credits as “a show out of ideas teams up with a show out of episodes.”
And according to Groening:
“That was a really tough one to negotiate, because I had to talk to myself.”
Al Jean, executive producer of The Simpsons, commented that since Futurama was going off the air, pairing it with its cousin series just made sense. Jean also said:
“We’re always looking for things that are compatible with us, and I thought, ‘Well, what’s more compatible?’ We do a joke, actually, about how similar Bender and Homer look. Like, they just erased Homer’s hair.”
The crossover episode will include essentially every core member of the Futurama cast: Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Lauren Tom, Phil LaMarr, Tress MacNeille, and Maurice LaMarch. As for the episode’s epic-sounding plot, the story is described as:
…a complex, ‘Terminator’-esque story that involves Bart blowing his nose on a sandwich that he places in a time capsule. When that mixes with Milhouse’s rabbit’s foot and some radioactive ooze, it creates a global catastrophe in the future, prompting Bender to travel back in time to kill Bart and prevent this mega-mess.
If that weren’t enough to excite fans, Al Jean added that the episode will, as expected, be full of Easter eggs and references to both shows, for instance: “There’s a thing in ‘Futurama’ code where if you solve it, it says, ‘Congratulations! You’re a nerd.’ ”
While such a crossover is catnip to dedicated fans of both shows, this is technically not the first time the shows have merged. A 2010 comic book crossover by Groening called The Simpsons/Futurama Crossover Crisis exists, but it seems to have been created as a kind of “official” version of fan-fiction. The ‘Simpsorama’ episode is arguably a better fit – and may prove more purely entertaining – than ‘The Simpsons Guy.’ We’ll find out for sure this fall.
What about you, Screen Ranters? Are you excited to see The Simpsons and Futurama join forces in the name of weirdness?
The Simpsons/Futurama crossover episode ‘Simpsorama’ airs November 9, 2014 on FOX.