Elusive street artist storyboarded cartoon’s sinister opening credits
Last night, Springfield got tagged.
Banksy, the famously elusive street and graffiti artist, storyboarded the opening credits of “The Simpsons” on Sunday.
The result was dark, brilliantly creepy satire of the cartoon’s ubiquitous global brand — and News Corp.’s capitalization of it.
The family’s traditional run-to-the-couch was followed by a sinister sequence, revealing sweatshop labor beneath the fictional town producing “Simpsons” products: Albino cats tossed into a wood-chipper to produce stuffing for Bart dolls; Asian factory workers animating the show in a toxic basement; DVDs cut using the horn of a chained-up unicorn.
It was the first time an outside artist has been invited to storyboard the opening of the show, according to the Guardian. But just how Banksy's scathing critique of Fox — real or imagined — was aired remains as mysterious as the artist himself. Banksy's involvement was reportedly met with several delays and, acccording to TV Squad, included "disputes over broadcast standards and a threatened walk out by the animation department."
"This is what you get when you outsource," executive producer Al Jean joked to the paper.