Matt Groening, creator of both The Simpsons and Futurama, has revealed that the long-running yellow family will be receiving a visit from the future dwellers soon. Both shows have seen high levels of success with their individual styles of comedy and wide cast of characters. These two properties are no strangers to one another and have crossed over in other mediums before, but this will mark their first episode-long encounter on television. This will mark the second crossover episode Springfield will invite this year with the first coming this month and involving another, similarly dysfunctional family.
Both properties from the mind of Matt Groening will be flying to a Springfield venue, bringing the Planet Express crew into conflict outside of the 31 century. “That was a tough one to negotiate,” Groening says of this particular crossover, “because I had to talk to myself.” The show itself, entitled “Simpsorama,” will have a line that appears ahead of the opening credits, reading, “a show out of ideas teams up with the show out of episodes.” He goes on to say that the third cancellation of Futurama was one of the reasons behind this combined episode as it would give fans one more look at the characters. Executive producer Al Jean even laughs at the similarities between Bender and Homer, saying the robot just looks like “Homer with his hair erased.”
Some details of The Simpsons and Futurama crossover episode have begun to come alive across the internet. All of the original voice actors, such as Billy West for Fry and John DiMaggio as Bender, will reprise their roles in a tale of time travel and butterfly effects. In a Terminator-like move, Bart blowing his nose into a sandwich that is then mixed with a rabbit foot from Milhouse and radioactive goop—all sealed within a time capsule—brings an apocalypse in the future. That source is discovered around the year 3000 by Bender and crew, and he is sent back to kill Bart and stop the catastrophe at its source. In a recent image released by Fox, Bender is shown attacking Homer with a huge array of weapons with the patriarch looking especially helpless.
Previously, fans of either show would have to travel to a comic book stand to see both character sets mashed onto a page. Their combined line of comics, independent from their individual issues, currently has the Crossover Crisis mini-series that contains two parts and a sequel simply called Crossover Crisis II. Various hijinks ensue as Homer and family visit the future and vice-versa, and enemies such as the flying brains making matters worse. There was also an appearance of Bender and Dr. Zoidberg in one of the most recent Simpson video games as boss characters.
The Simpsons and Futurama crossover episode will not be the only one for fans to enjoy this fall. Seth Macfarlane ‘s Family Guy is also joining forces with Springfield patrons to bring laughter and offensive jokes into an environment that MacFarlane himself says is an inspiration for all future cartoon makers. The Futurama crossover will be coming Nov. 9 while the Family Guy edition of The Simpsons will blow into town on Sept. 28.
By Myles Gann