The Simpsons boss Al Jean has shot down the suggestion the show will soon be coming to an end, following recent comments from music composer Danny Elfman. Danny – the man behind the iconic Simpsons theme tune – was recently asked by Joe whether he thought the show’s glory days were over, to which he suggested the upcoming series might well be its last.
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More “From what I’ve heard, it is coming to an end,” Danny said. “So, that argument will also come to an end. I don’t know for a fact, but I’ve heard that it will be in its last year.” Fortunately for the dozens of people still enjoying The Simpsons’ new episodes, it sounds like there might be some life in the 30-year-old animated sitcom yet. Showrunner Al Jean told Metro: “No disrespect to Mr. Elfman but we are producing season 32 starting next year and have no plans to end after that.” Al also shared a link to a news story reporting Danny Elfman’s comments on his Twitter page, noting: “ We are all thankful the following article is NOT TRUE.” Next month, The Simpsons will celebrate 30 years since its first episode – the festive Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire – debuted, with Danny admitting he never anticipated the show would achieve even a fraction of the success that it has. He told Joe: “ All I can say is that I’m so flabbergasted and amazed that it has lasted as long as it did. “So, you have to realise, when I scored The Simpsons, I wrote this crazy piece of music, and I expected no-one would hear it, because I really did not think the show had a chance in hell.” The Simpsons’ classic episodes could well be about to land a whole new generation of fans thanks to it debuting on the streaming service Disney+, which arrives in the UK in March 2020. Fans recently complained that the aspect ratio of the Simpsons episodes available to stream meant that certain visual gags had not been left intact, but Disney has since insisted that this is to be corrected.
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After suffering another embarrassing mishap, Homer was prescribed medical marijuana to help with his pain in the episode 'Weekend At Burnsie's'. Because of the explicit drug use, as well as scenes of Homer being attacked by animals, the episode was only aired in the UK after the 9pm watershed.
More Story continues 'The Regina Monologues'
'The Simpsons' came to Britain in the episode 'The Regina Monologues', featuring cameos from JK Rowling, Sir Ian McKellen and none other than then-Prime Minister Tony Blair. However, his appearance in the episode didn't go uncriticised, with some questioning whether the PM could have better uses for his time than appearing in cartoon form on 'The Simpsons'.
More 'The Simpsons Guy'
Last year, a much-awaited crossover between 'The Simpsons' and 'Family Guy' finally aired, though it ended up attracting attention for all the wrong reasons. As if the fact the episode was a load of old rubbish wasn't offensive enough, it also contained an ill-advised rape joke, which went down like a cup of cold sick with both viewers and critics.
The show's couch gags have become one of the signatures of 'The Simpsons', leading underground artist Banksy to design one for the episode 'MoneyBART', where he lampooned the way the show is animated in South Korea, as well as capitalism in general. However, it turned out the animators themselves weren't exactly thrilled with their portrayal, with the founder of animation company AKOM said he found it "excessive and offending", adding: "Most of the content was about degrading people from Korea, China, Mexico and Vietnam. If Banksy wants to criticise these things… I suggest that he learn more about it first."
More 'Homer's Phobia'
In one of Homer's more unpleasant moments, 'Homer's Phobia' shows him struggling to get to grips with the fact his new friend, voiced by John Waters, is openly gay. Later in the episode, in yet more uncomfortable scenes, Homer worries that John is having a negative influence on Bart, though he later learns to accept him (in the final scene, that is). While gay magazine The Advocate gave it a positive review at the time, years later it is looked on slightly less favourably, with one reviewer claiming it "leaves a bad taste in the mouth".
More 'There's Something About Marrying'
By the 16th season of 'The Simpsons', Homer had clearly changed his view of gay people, and in 'There's Something About Marrying', even became a minister so he could perform weddings for same-sex couples. The episode was praised by gay rights advocacy groups, though it was criticised by many right-wing and Christian organisations claiming it unbiased in favour of same-sex marriages.
More 'Bart vs Australia'
One of the show's earliest controversies came when the family took a trip Down Under, after Bart inadvertently manages to offend the entire of Australia with a prank he pulled. Unfortunately, life ended up imitating art when Australian people took offence over the portrayal of their country, and 'The Simpsons' even ended up being condemned by the Australian Parliament over the episode.
More 'Blame It On Lisa'
It seemed show bosses hadn't learned their lesson, and when 'The Simpsons' ended up taking a trip to Brazil, a similar controversy erupted, due to a storyline where Homer ends up kidnapped by a gang, and several inaccuracies about Brazilian heritage and culture. The tourist board of Rio de Janeiro even threatened to sue The Simpsons over the episode, claiming it undid millions of dollars worth of campaigning to get people to visit the city. President Fernando Henrique Cardoso branded it "a distorted view of Brazilian reality".
More 'That '90s Show'
'That '90s Show' rubbed viewers up the wrong way, not because of its unsuitable or offensive content, bit because it completely re-wrote the narrative of The Simpsons, with many outraged fans of the show lambasting writers for setting Homer and Marge's early romance in the 1990s, despite the fact the classic episode 'The Way We Was' - which first pairs them up as a couple - was actually set in the late 1970s.
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