That Time The Simpsons Predicted Disney Would Purchase 20th Century Fox

Time and time once more, The Simpsons has confirmed itself almost frighteningly impressive in relation to making left-field predictions concerning the future, from Donald Trump’s presidency to Nobel Prize winners. The animated hit can now give itself a four-fingered pat on the again for having foreseen Disney’s mega-billions takeover of 20th Century Fox. What’s extra, The Simpsons known as it again in 1998, nearly 20 years in the past.

This newest instance of Simpsons prophecy comes from the beautiful wonderful Season 10 episode “When You Dish Upon a Star,” which featured such visitor stars as Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger and Ron Howard. After the Hollywood stars befriended Homer (who crash-landed of their secret residence in a most unbefriendable approach), he shortly misplaced their belief after spreading the information about the place Baldwin and Basinger have been staying. All of it escalated to ridiculous heights, after all, with Homer getting a courtroom order to remain 500 miles away from any and all celebrities; not that he stayed devoted to that. In any case, it was the stinger on the finish of the episode that warrants our consideration in the present day:

How about that? The joke could look like one of many craziest leisure predictions that The Simpsons may have made, nevertheless it wasn’t all that unusual on the time. It was in 1995 that Disney introduced it was shopping for up ABC for $19 billion, and since Simpsons episodes are written far prematurely of their airdates — what with the animation course of and all — that big acquisition was most likely nonetheless pretty newsworthy when that visible joke was first conceived. And on the time, the clean-image Disney shopping for out 20th Century Fox most likely gave the impression of a really ludicrous concept. Little did they know…

Inside the episode, the Disney gag units up an epilogue scene the place Ron Howard is pitching a film concept to his producer accomplice Brian Grazer. However when his first concept falls by means of, Howard goes again to an idea that Homer had introduced up earlier within the episode, involving a robotic driving teacher who goes again in time for some motive, with a speaking pie serving because the robotic’s finest buddy. So possibly do not be so shocked if the primary Disney and Fox collaboration put into improvement is a film a couple of time-traveling robotic driving teacher and his crust-covered finest buddy.

As a enjoyable reality, the blackboard gag in “When You Dish Upon a Star” had Bart writing “butt.butt shouldn’t be my e-mail deal with,” after the unique “” needed to be eliminated when it was found that was a reliable web site. So in a way, The Simpsons additionally quasi-predicted the onset of personalized domains. (Right now, “butt.butt” shouldn’t be a working web site.)

The Simpsons is at present on winter hiatus, so it is at present unable to foretell issues that’ll occur in 2037. But it surely’ll be again on Fox on Sunday, January 7, at eight:00 p.m. ET. Take a look at a few of Bart Simpson’s other most prophetic blackboard gags, in addition to what predictions showrunner Al Jean wishes would come true, after which head to our 2018 midseason premiere schedule to see what else is hitting the small display screen quickly.

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