It is the dream animation crossover to end all dream animation crossovers. Two of the most iconic animated families in television history are set to collide this weekend in what is sure to be the greatest thing ever created. And no, we’re not talking about the Jetsons meeting the Flintstones. All misplaced hyperbole aside, the yellow-tinged Simpsons are going on a road trip to visit the talking-baby-and-dog-owning Griffins this Sunday, marking a true television event between the two long and longer running animated shows on the Fox network.
The crossover is officially the 13th season premiere of Family Guy called, interestingly enough, “The Simpsons Guy.” The crossover came about thanks to the work of Family Guy show runner Richard Appel, who also wrote for The Simpsons for four seasons. As reported by Entertainment Weekly, Appel was able to soothe over script objections between Simpsons creator Matt Groening’s side and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s writing staff, on top of myriad other issues that cropped up. The end result could be, and by all accounts should be, animated comedy gold. Here is a fan made trailer.
Not to be outdone, The Simpsons season premiere will air on the same night, an hour earlier and promises the death of a popular reoccurring character. Did someone say “stunt night” at the old Fox Animation Domination TV block? The Simpsons pulling double duty on Sunday comes after the late summer renaissance of the property brought about by the FXX network’s 12 day, 552 episode ‘Every. Simpsons. Ever’ marathon. For almost two whole weeks, The Simpsons took over an entire cable network in an unprecedented airing of every season of the longest running scripted TV series in history. Oh, and FXX showed the 2007 The Simpsons Movie in chronological order to the episodes as well. It was a marvelous time for Simpsons fans.
The Simpsons stunts are only just beginning for the 2014-15 television season. As reported previously in The Inquisitr, the annual Halloween themed episode, called the “Treehouse of Horror,” plans to have the modern versions of Homer, Marge, Lisa, Maggie and Bart meet their original versions from 1987’s The Tracy Ullman Show shorts. And shortly after that, another animated crossover is happening, this time with Futurama on November 9th. This crossover is all Groening and in-house, as Groening created or co-created both shows.
The Simpsons have arguably never been hotter than they are right now, and Fox is definitely striking while the iron is hot. The 26th season of The Simpsons premieres this Sunday, and the Simpsons will invade Quahog, Rhode Island (or actually, the Griffins go to Springfield) an hour later when they guest star on the season premiere of Family Guy.