Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!
Over the weekend, Saturday to be exact, the Simpsons officially became part of the Disney Family, as they had their first panel on D23, Disney’s annual “fan fest expo”.
This one is a little more limited than Comic-Con, as in Disney is more strict about allowing cameras to record panels during D23, but we do have some insight as to what went on. So for those who missed it I’ve put together a round-up of news and highlights as the Simpsons took on Disney…
First, there is 1 video that I could find. It’s a highlight video…not a ton of info out of it, but still some nonetheless…
Some of the highlights, as laid out by this D23 article…
-Matt Groening’s Dad was a cartoonist, and growing up Matt really wanted his father to work for Disney. Also, his father told Matt not to get into animation.
-As revealed by Matt Groening, the couch gag scene was inspired by the original Mickey Mouse Club show in the 50s. Donald would bang a gong at the end of each episode, and the “gong scene” would change each time. Matt thought that was so cool that he decided if he ever created a show he would do something similar, and the couch gag was born!
-The designs of the Simpsons family are inspired by the simple elegance of Mickey Mouse.
-This year’s THOH is one they’re all VERY excited about, especially since it’s episode 666. Matt Selman revealed during the panel:
“We have a fantastic treehouse this year,” he said. “It’s episode 666… considering that the real world is so scary sometimes, some of the frights and thrills spill over into Thanksgiving. So this year, we’ll have a Thanksgiving of Horror!”
Hopefully, we’ll get a fun TSTO tie-in with it!
In this article from Variety, even more, details were discussed…
-Potential Spin-off series was discussed…Matt Selman and Al Jean talked about it during the panel.
-They also have discussed a potential second Simpsons movie with Disney.
-Matt Groening, during the panel, committed to keeping Apu as part of The Simpsons world:
“Yes. We love Apu. We’re proud of Apu.”
And finally, after the panel, Yeardley Smith did a little Simpsons Trivia! That I did find a video of, which you can check out here…
And that’s it my friends! A little wrap up of The Simpsons at D23 for this Monday morning! Something to get you excited for the future of the show and our games!
Thoughts on D23? Were you there? Anything you’re excited about? Ready for THOH 2019? How do you think it’ll play into TSTO? Sound off below, you know we love hearing from you!