Bart Simpson is in court, and it appears he’s in trouble … deep, deep trouble.
Fans of the Fox animated series wouldn’t be surprised to hear this news, but, in this case, the Bart Simpson is a real flesh and blood person. He’s a man from Eccleshall, England, who just happens to have the same name as the yellow, spiky-haired troublemaker.
This Bart Simpson was in court for bringing a handgun to an airport in Birmingham last year.
As if that wasn’t odd enough, the judge who oversaw Bart Simpson’s case in court? Recorder Burns. Or Mr. Burns, if you will.
“It’s a bizarre coincidence that Bart Simpson is actually on trial in front of Mr Burns but it’ll proceed as any other criminal case would,” a court worker said. “There were some eyebrows raised when the court list was published.”
For those not familiar, Bart Simpson is the protagonist on the long-running Fox animated sitcom The Simpsons. Mr. Burns, or C. Montgomery Burns, is the very old and very wealthy owner of the local power plant where Bart’s father Homer works (or at least where he used to work in earlier seasons).
It might be interesting for Simpsons fans to see Bart in court, but there’s one place they won’t be seeing him anytime soon — the movie theater. The show’s creator Matt Gorening recently said that making a sequel toThe Simpsons Movie of 2007 isn’t a priority right now. Despite the fact that the movie grossed $500 million at the box office. Groening said making the movie was too much of a drain on the show’s writers and animators.
“It took us four years (to make) and it killed us. (The movie) stole animators from the show and drained resources.”
Back in England, Bart Simpson pleaded not guilty before Mr. Burns. There’s no word on whether he’ll face charges for prank calls to Moe’s Tavern as well.