In the words of Professor Farnsworth, “Good news, everyone!”
Weeks before the airing of the highly anticipated Family Guy/The Simpsons crossover episode, “The Simpsons Guy,” creator Matt Groening revealed the first teaser image over the weekend of the Season 26 episode “Simpsorama,” a special episode of The Simpsons that crosses over with Futurama.
The science fiction animated sitcom, also created by Groening and David X. Cohen, premiered on FOX in Spring 1999 and lasted 4 seasons before being cancelled in 2003 due to low ratings. The popularity of the show in syndication resulted in the production of 4 straight-to-DVD movies that eventually aired on Comedy Central between 2008-2009. The success of the DVDs resulted in FOX announcing new episodes to air on Comedy Central. From 2010-2013, 52 new episodes of Futurama were produced before the announcement the of the series to end after Season 7.
Fans have wondered about a crossover between Futurama and The Simpsons for years. Both shows have had numerous references to each other throughout their runs but the idea of a crossover never seemed like a reality. To satisfy the fans, a limited two-comic miniseries called Futurama/Simpsons Infinitely Secret Crossover Crisis was published in 2002, followed by a sequel in 2003 called The Simpsons/Futurama Crossover Crisis II. Both miniseries were collected into a hardcover format in 2010. At Comic-Con 2013, Groening announced the crossover episode, but it was unsure if the episode would air as the Season 25 finale or air in Season 26.
Groening discussed the process behind the crossover with Entertainment Weekly:
“That was a really tough one to negotiate, because I had to talk to myself,” says Matt Groening, creator of, well, both shows.“Simpsorama” is taglined in the opening credits as “a show out of ideas teams up with a show out of episodes,” and the second half of that joke is one reason for this installment. “They were going off the air, so I thought people would really love it if we had one more chance to see those characters,” says Simpsons exec producer Al Jean, adding, “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.”
“Simpsorama” will feature a Terminator-inspired story in which Bart blows his nose on a sandwich that he places inside a time capsule. Mixed with a rabbit’s foot placed by Milhouse and radioactive ooze, it creates a nightmarish monster for the 31st Century. Bender goes back in time to kill Bart. The Planet Express crew is expected to be shown in the episode as well.
The special crossover episode between Futurama and The Simpsons will air November 9th on FOX.
Are you excited for this crossover episode?