Season 34 News: Comic-Con Panel Announcements

200px-Season_33_iTunes_logoNew information on Season 34 have been announced during the San Diego Comic-Con panel.

Yesterday, the announcement of one of the segments for “Treehouse of Horror XXXIII” being a parody of the anime Death Note was revealed but more surprises are on the way.

The segment is made by a Korean of animation. Selman reported “incredibly authentic ‘Simpsons’ anime. So I really think people were gonna freak out over that. We’re not trying to take on every single anime, it’s an unbelievably rich and diverse genre within itself. We’re not trying to do 20 shows and scoop it all into six minutes. It’s just one beloved thing, this show ‘Death Note’.”

For the other segments, Selman says they’re secret but hints that “in one of them, we break one of the rules we’ve never broken before. I’m gonna say this is a rule we’ve never broken. I’m 100% sure we’ve never broken it.”

Another episode that was announced to be a second Treehouse of Horror for this season is going to be “Not It“, a full length Treehouse of Horror-style parody of the movie It, starring Krusty the Clown as Pennywise, which has become a popular tatoo image. Contrary to the usual Treehouse of Horror episodes, it’ll feature one story for the entire lenght.

Selman reported “You’ll get one regular fantastic, scary, terrifying, chilling Treehouse of Horror, trilogy of terror extravscreamganza,. But we’re also doing a single chilling story, in the same Halloween universe of murder and mayhem and blood and being scared and human frailty and all that stuff. We’ve never done a single fantastical, bloody, scary, dark story, told over the scope of the the 20 minutes and 40 seconds that is an episode. I think the fans are going to be really excited. Certainly the tattoos already exist of Krusty as Pennywise. So we’re just writing towards the tattoos now. You want as many tattoo worthy moments in your episodes as you can.” The episode will “take advantage of the past and present and takes place in Kingfield, which is a spooky Maine version of Springfield.”

In “Step Brother from the Same Planet“, Melissa McCarthy is guest-starring, playing Homer’s rival for Grampa’s love in a “Step Brothers” scenario. Selman reported “We’re huge fans of her and it’s a big meaty, juicy part. And she’s really funny. To get a big comedy movie star at the height of their powers, it’s pretty cool.”

Regarding the rest of the episodes, in the premiere, “Habeus Tortoise“, Homer gets in online conspiracy groups, while in another, Krusty becomes a Ellen DeGeneres-like daytime host and learns how it’s harder to be an always cheery host. Selman reported “It’s much harder to make a nice TV show than it is to make a bad one”.

On other news, regarding a new movie Selman reported “These movies are not fun. The show is fun. Movies are hard. The show is also hard, but a movie requires a level of audience engagement in stakes, emotion, character, comedy. It is so relentless. It sort of stops becoming the kind of fun, silly thing that ‘The Simpsons’ is. Not that we didn’t do it once and we can’t do it again. It’s just a whole other kettle of fish.”

Al Jean then reported how they’re producing a new Disney+ short about Disney princes. Selman reported he’d like to see Disney+ turning the show in a streaming universe “We could do like a six-episode whatever,” he said. “Whatever character can sustain a six episode plot, or shorts or a movie about a side character. I would love to do all those kinds of creative, funny things. But right now, thinking of new episodes for the mid 700s is a lot of work. It’s a big ‘Simpsons’ world out there. And there’s so many people and so many directions we could go. It’s a crazy canvas for sure. For now, our main goal is, let’s just make every episode special and make every episode epic. Instead of announcing a movie, make every episode its own little movie in terms of the scope of its emotion and concept and idea. If every episode doesn’t have a movie-level poster, don’t do it as an episode.”

At the panel, Hirsch asked about the show predicting the future, to which Al Jean answered that after Trump become president, the show only plans to predict good stuff from now, and that in the episode that aired in the 2000, Johnny Depp was going to be president instead of Trump “And then Trump would have married Amber Heard.”

Source: Variety, EntertainmentWeekly

Stay tuned for more information and don’t forget to visit our pages on Season 34, as we always try to keep it up-to-date!

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