Although we’re in the previous few weeks of 2017, a number of the greatest tales in leisure are simply displaying their heads, with Disney sitting front and center. Not solely is Star Wars: The Final Jedi earning much moolah, however the Home of Mouse dropped a good larger stack of money in buying out a lot of 20th Century Fox. The longtime Fox hit The Simpsons, which has poked a lot enjoyable at Disney up to now, now (kind of) belongs to the leisure juggernaut, and present co-creator James L. Brooks provided up an ideal Simpsons-y response to the information.
After nearly 30 years of delivering popular culture parodies and snarky riffs, The Simpsons has never actually pulled any punches, although its punches aren’t fairly as scathing as these of different satire-driven exhibits. In this case, we’re not coping with punches a lot as Homer’s signature chokehold, which is normally meant solely for Bart’s neck. However everyone knows that Homer’s aggression is at all times fleeting and by no means ends in everlasting harm, so it is most likely not too insulting to welcome Disney into the enjoyable by throttling Mickey Mouse’s throat. In all probability.
We’re as as anybody to see what big changes, if any, will probably be launched to 20th Century Fox’s at the moment airing TV library (in addition to all the things on FX, which Disney now owns). It looks as if one of many best changes to be made would come within the type of a memo to the Simpsons workplaces that merely states, “Do not joke disparagingly about Disney’s animation historical past or Marvel superheroes or Star Wars.” However is that the sort of factor that Disney execs would do? Hopefully not. Though if The Simpsons had predicted it would go that method, it could.
It wasn’t that way back when The Simpsons truly devoted a full prolonged sofa gag to completely different animation and music kinds from Disney’s traditional eras. To be honest, this was extra about displaying reverence to Disney than making enjoyable of the corporate, however nonetheless. You possibly can watch it under!
The Simpsons (and its large display screen enterprise) is not the one James L. Brooks venture that’s ostensibly altering arms with Disney’s Fox buyout. Brooks co-created one of many biggest sitcoms of all time, The Mary Tyler Moore Present, which is a part of the 20th Century Fox TV library, as is the Brooks-crafted spinoffs Rhoda and Lou Grant. And since 20th Century Fox’s movie aspect can be a part of the deal, Disney now controls Brooks’ wonderful 1987 comedy Broadcast Information. Sadly, that did not get an amusing tweet dedicated to it.
The Simpsons is at the moment in its winter hiatus, but it surely’ll be again on Fox on Sunday nights beginning on January 7 at eight:00 p.m. ET. To see when all the things else will probably be again within the new yr, head to our 2018 midseason premiere schedule.