Banksy Does The Simpsons Doh!
Graffiti Artist Banksy (aka Robert Banks) has created an opening sequence for the American cartoon The Simpsons.
The episode, called ‘MoneyBart’, was aired on TV in the US on Sunday night and will be shown in the UK later this month.
Producers approached Banksy to design one of the "couch gags" that open each episode, but Banksy claims his elaborate plans led to delays, wrangles with broadcast standards and a threatened walk-out by the animation department.
The show begins with the usual scenes showing the Simpsons on their sofa, but there are also Banksy tags scrawled across the fictional town of Springfield.
Bart is shown writing "I must not write all over the walls" across the walls of his classroom.
The controversial intro then shows dozens of sweatshop workers in a filthy warehouse painting cartoon scenes and making Simpsons merchandise. Created by the street artist and activist Banksy, the sequence began with the sight of hometown Springfield covered with graffiti and tagged by Banksy himself.
Then, when the Simpson family gathers on their living room couch, that image becomes a reference shot for legions of workers in the grim industrial complex where they paint cartoon cells and churn out Simpsons merchandise.
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