Watch: 'The Simpsons' and 'Akira' Combine in First 'Bartkira' Trailer
"This year's most controversial video has arrived!" We've seen "The Simpsons" redo the opening sequence inspired by everyone from Hayao Miyazaki to Guillermo del Toro, but how about a semi-official mash-up of "The Simpsons" and a seminal anime? We present: Bartkira, a mash-up of "The Simpsons" and Akira, made back in the "early 90s" but only found recently. Thanks to a tip from The Verge, we took a look at this, our jaw dropped to the floor and we had to go tell everyone about it. The trailer is perfectly animated like the original Akira trailer (which we've also embedded below), but with all The Simpsons characters and it's amazing. "It is in no way officially associated with Fox Animation, Toho, or any other legal properties that own the rights to The Simpsons and Akira. We are a bunch of fans who did this for free and are profiting in no way off of this other than having a larf." There's an entire set of manga and art here to go with it. Enjoy!
Original trailer for Akira that this was replicated from. From Vimeo: In the days of old, deep in the dredges of the 'Do the Bartman' VHS, there was a trailer. In partnership with Chicken Tonight, Butterfinger, and CC Lemon, the early 90s execs of Fox and Toho made an animated short. An attempt to appeal to American consumers without having to spend a lot of money. Until a changing of the guard decided the kids needed more Poochie and it was lost…until today. Bartkira is an animated parody mash-up of The Simpsons and Akira. Based on an idea by Ryan Humphrey articulated through comics, the concept was expanded with the Bartkira project, a comic collaboration of Simpsons fans, curated by James Harvey. In association with the comic, Moon Animate Make-Up producer Kaitlin Sullivan pitched the idea of an animated trailer to match and with the work of over fifty artists, produced the Bartkira animated trailer. Visit: bartkira.com.