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The Simpsons episode
Simpsorama
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A promotional picture for the episode, featuring Fry, Bender, and Leela with Homer Simpson. [1]
Written byJ. Stewart Burns [2]
First air date9 November 2014 [3]
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"Simpsorama" is an upcoming episode of The Simpsons the story of which features the characters of Futurama. It was announced on 20 July 2013, at Comic-Con, by Simpsons executive producer Al Jean.

The episode was written by Futurama-and-Simpsons writer J. Stewart Burns. It was initially scheduled to be recorded in August 2013, [2] but it appears to have actually been recorded in September. [4] It will air on Fox, on 9 November 2014. [3]

Plot[edit]

The crossover will unspool 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. [3]

Production[edit]

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A promotional picture for the episode, featuring Bender and Homer Simpson in Professor Frink's laboratory, released by Entertainment Weekly, on 4 September 2014. [3]

Al Jean said of the episode:

Futurama is such an easy fit. (...) It's really funny, and their show lends itself to any variety of plot lines. By having them on, we have a little freedom... The biggest thrill for me is that we don't have to adjust the animation style. [2]

On 19 September 2013, John DiMaggio posted a picture of the episode's production script on his Twitter page, [5] revealing the episode's title.

On 17 December, an interview with David X. Cohen revealed that the episode was being animated. [6]

On 4 March, an interview with Jean revealed that the episode would air in the fall. [7] At the time, the episode was expected to air in May, as the season-25 finale. [2] [8] It was also revealed that Maurice LaMarche, who often guest-stars on The Simpsons, would be in the episode.

On 21 May, Jean revealed through Twitter that the episode was "scheduled to be the first episode [to air] in November", [9] suggesting an air date of 2 November.

On 1 June, Jean revealed through Twitter that, besides Bender, the episode would feature "Leela, Fry, Farnsworth, Zoidberg, Hermes, Amy, Hypnotoad, Nibbler and more". [10]

On 20 July, Entertainment Weekly published an online article in which the episode's air date was first confirmed. [11]

On 26 July, Instagram user "steelesaunders" uploaded a short clip of the opening titles to the episode, shot at The Simpsons's 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International panel. [12]

On 4 September, Entertainment Weekly published an online article revealing the first official image of the episode and also provided more information on the episode's plot. [3]

On 6 September, Jean confirmed through Twitter that the Futurama characters would retain their normal skin tones in the crossover instead of being coloured yellow like the characters in The Simpsons. [13]

On 9 September, Lisa Simpsons's voice actor, Yeardley Smith, spoke about the interaction between Lisa and Bender during the crossover in an interview with Nuke the Fridge. She said: "Lisa just questions the validity of Bender being one of the most advanced robots that we have ever created. She's like, "Really? I don't think so." But that episode really focuses on Bender and Homer's friendship and relationship, and the similarities, a dubious distinction if I do say so." [14]

On 26 September, David X. Cohen, Al Jean, and British author Simon Singh discussed Singh's book The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets at the London Science Museum, where a clip of Bender and Homer playing "tether boy" was shown. [15] The next day, Singh tweeted a photo of them watching the aforementioned clip. [16]

Additional information[edit]

Trivia[edit]

Allusions[edit]

A picture of the episode's production script, posted by John DiMaggio on his Twitter page. [5] It is signed by, among others, Billy West, Tress MacNeille, Lauren Tom, and Matt Groening.

Alien-language sightings[edit]

    Time: TBA
    Location: TBA
    Language: TBA
    Translation: CONGRATULATIONS! YOU'RE A NERD. [3]

Appearances[edit]

(In alphabetic order)

Characters[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Box Incorporated (19 October 2014). Futurama: DEFINITELY the last Futurama News Thread ever...maybe... [Warning: SPOILERS] - Page 20. (Planet Express Employee Lounge.) Retrieved on 19 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e Dan Snierson (20 July 2013). 'The Simpsons' to join forces with 'Futurama' for crossover episode. (Entertainment Weekly.) Retrieved on 24 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Dan Snierson (04 September 2014). See the first image from the 'Futurama'-'Simpsons' crossover episode. (Entertainment Weekly.) Retrieved on 04 September 2014.
  4. ^ John DiMaggio (19 September 2013). TheJohnDiMaggio. (Twitter.) Retrieved on 19 September 2013.
  5. ^ a b John DiMaggio (19 September 2013). TheJohnDiMaggio. (Twitter.) Retrieved on 19 September 2013.
  6. ^ Kyle Anderson (17 December 2013). David X. Cohen Reflects on the End of FUTURAMA. (Nerdist.com.) Retrieved on 18 December 2013.
  7. ^ Marisa Roffman (04 March 2014). THE SIMPSONS: Al Jean Previews the Upcoming LEGO Episode, the Return of Sideshow Bob, Guest Spots by Daniel Radcliffe, Zach Galifianakis, and More. (Give Me My Remote.) Retrieved on 05 April 2014.
  8. ^ Dan Snierson (11 October 2013). 'Simpsons' producer on mystery death: Even the actor doesn't know yet | Inside TV. (Entertainment Weekly.) Retrieved on 12 November 2013.
  9. ^ Al Jean (21 May 2014). AlJean. (Twitter.) Retrieved on 22 June 2014.
  10. ^ Al Jean (01 June 2014). AlJean. (Twitter.) Retrieved on 22 June 2014.
  11. ^ Dan Snierson (20 July 2014). 'Simpsons' character will die in season 26 premiere; 'Futurama' crossover to air in November. (Entertainment Weekly.) Retrieved on 05 September 2014.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p steelesaunders (26 July 2014). steelesaunders' Instagram post. (Instagram.) Retrieved on 26 July 2014.
  13. ^ Al Jean (06 September 2014). Al Jean. (Twitter.) Retrieved on 06 September 2014.
  14. ^ a b Fred Topel (09 September 2014). “The Simpsons” Exclusive: Yeardley Smith on Lisa vs. Family Guy’s Meg Griffin and Futurama’s Bender!. (nukethefridge.com.) Retrieved on 23 September 2014.
  15. ^ @gotfuturama (27 September 2014). CGEF / Got Futurama. (Twitter.) Retrieved on 27 September 2014.
  16. ^ Simon Singh (27 September 2014). Simon Singh. (Twitter.) Retrieved on 29 September 2014.
  17. ^ Dan Snierson (18 July 2013). 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode. (Entertainment Weekly.) Retrieved on 24 July 2013.

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