Get Spirited Away With The Simpsons
♦The Simpsons aren’t what they were these days in terms of animated comedy but sometimes they still hit the right target. Two years ago, the programme makers created their own tribute to animation master Hayao Miyazaki and it is so brilliantly done that we had to share it with people here in case they missed it. Happy New Year to everyone…
Our friends over at Slate explained all the nods in the clip back in 2014
The show pays tribute to the anime master with a scene bringing together some of his most famous films. There’s Catbus (embodied here by Otto, of course) from My Neighbor Totoro, the scarecrow Turnip-Head (Moe) and the castle (the Kwik-E-Mart) from Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki the witch from Kiki’s Delivery Service (doubled, by Patty and Selma), and, if you look closely, the tree spirits from Princess Mononoke (Martin Prince and his fellow nerds, hiding in a bonsai).
Above all, though, there’s Spirited Away: the frog workers (Smithers), the dragon Haku (Jimbo Jones and his cronies), the giant baby (played by Maggie’s unibrowed nemesis, Gerald Samson), and a few characters who aren’t changed at all—most notably, the lonesome spirit No-Face.