Banksy does opening credits for The Simpsons
October 14, 2010
Wow this is incredible. Banksy the world renowned street artist, was just given the creative freedom to create an opening scene sequence for the classic tv show The Simpsons. The Simpsons definitely have had prior funny opening sequences, but this one is a dope one with a message. I like how Banksy shows the ugly machine side of the industry & used different elements to express that. To people like myself who grew up watching The Simpsons its classic, apart of my childhood, & means something. To the suits who are behind the network its just another avenue that they can milk & make money off of. Banksy takes the viewer behind the scenes of the process of animation, marketing, and promotion of an animated series.
Check out the video & see Banksy’s messaging within the scene. The man is a genius. Below the video of the opening credits & a piece of an interview (via Hypebeast) The New York Times did with The Simpson’s Al Jean, regarding how they tracked down Banksy & repercussions involving The Simpsons’ network, Fox.
N.Y.T -How did you find Banksy to do this, and now that it’s done, how much trouble are you in?
Al Jean: Well, I haven’t been fired yet, so that’s a good sign. I saw the film Banksy directed, “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” and I thought, oh, we should see if he would do a main title for the show, a couch gag. So I asked Bonnie Pietila, our casting director, if she could locate him, because she had previously located people like Thomas Pynchon. And she did it through the producers of that film. We didn’t have any agenda. We said, “We’d like to see if you would do a couch gag.” So he sent back boards for pretty much what you saw.
For full interview with Al Jean, check Hypbeast for entire story: Here