Watch: 'The Simpsons' Tribute to Animator Hayao Miyazaki & His Films

January 10, 2014
Source: YouTube

Hayao Miyazaki Simpsons Tribute

"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.

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This made me very happy. I don't watch The Simpsons anymore, but if they keep referencing stuff I love in a great way, then I might just start to watch again. First time in oh... 8 years or so.

Kento on Jan 10, 2014


Should be coming out this weekend, Tapped out gave us a new character from the upcoming episode and its a Asian Teenager... so im guessing that we just saw her father in the clip above. Its this Sundays Episode

Sky on Jan 10, 2014


Super cool! It's been around 3 years since I last watched a film by Hayao Miyazaki but this brought back a lot of good memories.

Marc Callado on Jan 10, 2014


Good on them.

OfficialJab on Jan 10, 2014


Very cool, yes. But the video is named "anime" and the description is "A tribute to anime.". Is not a tribute to Anime, is a tribute for Ghibli and Miyasaki. Anime is noy onlt Miyasaki-san.

Miguel Garay Boszeta on Jan 11, 2014

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