Watch: 'The Simpsons' Tribute to Animator Hayao Miyazaki & His Films
"I am ruined by whimsy!" Nice one, Apu. With legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki announcing his retirement last year, the animation community has started working in tributes to his work. The latest comes from The Simpsons, where an entire scene featured in the middle of an upcoming episode pays tribute to Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's films. It's actually a very charming, adorable tribute that intertwines perfectly with the crude humor of the show itself. Aside from obvious references like the Catbus and Howl's Moving Castle, there's tons of other nods involving many of the Simpsons characters. See the video below.
Here's "The Simpsons" tribute to Hayao Miyazaki, and anime, from Fox (found via SlashFilm):
The video seems to be featured as a teaser for an upcoming episode, but I can't find out which exact episode it's from. (Will update when I found out more information.) The references in this video include nods to Ghibli's Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, Porco Rosso and a few others. "The Simpsons", now in its 25th season on Fox, has been working in various tributes to filmmakers and cinematic styles over the last few years. Most recently we featured The Hobbit-themed opening sequence, as well as the Guillermo del Toto-inspired opening last year. I'm actually very fond of these kind of tributes especially when they're this well done. Nice work, Simpsons animators.