I see dead cartoon characters. Wait, that’s from the wrong movie, but the phrase is still relevant here. FOX announced today that their annual “Treehouse of Horror” Halloween special will leave audiences seeing dead people, or at least old poorly drawn people. Simpsons’ creators have a long tradition of using their Halloween specials to spoof movies that are traditionally, and infamously, terrifying. With the help of America’s most loved dysfunctional family, all of us get a chance to laugh at the things that go bump in the night. This year will be no different, except audiences are now promised double the Simpsons in a segment set to parody yet another horror movie that forced us to question everything.
This year, when the episode airs on October 19, Fox is parodying The Others by bringing back the Simpsons of the past. The original 1987 Simpsons family, first debuted on the Ulman-Show as an animated short, will be back to haunt the Simpsons of today.
Conveniently for Fox the show has had little to no turn over in the last 27 years so Dan Castellaneta (Homer), Nancy Cartwright (Bart), Yeardley Smith (Lisa), and Julie Kavner (Marge) are still around to do their past voices and the voices of today.
Executive producer Al Jean told EW
“People remember Dan’s, but Nancy’s is different too, it was lower-register, and you can see in the difference in this segment. It was really funny to get the interplay [between the two versions of the Simpsons] and for the actors to see the voice evolution.”
This quote makes me slightly nervous about this episode, though. Of all the things that Al could have told us about it, he decided to tell us he thinks the interplay between one person doing two voices is “really funny.” If the segment peaks with funny voices, I’m not sure it is going to be all it can be.
What do you guys think? Excited to watch the old Simpsons take on the new Simpsons? Do any of you still watch the Simpsons? Anyone excited to listen for inflection differences? Which family would you bet on in a death match?