Watch The Simpsons' tribute to Studio Ghibli

Viral Video Ryan Lambie 10 Jan 2014 - 06:40

The Simpsons pays tribute to animator Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli in its next episode. Take a look at the preview video within...

When Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement last month, it was a sad month for the film industry and animation as an artform. But the animation house he co-founded with Isao Takahata, Studio Ghibli, lives on, and in the UK, we still have Miyazaki's final movie to look forward to - the period drama The Wind Rises.

The makers of The Simpsons pays a warm tribute to the Miyazaki's work in the next episode, which airs this Sunday in America. The context of the scene, which you can watch below, isn't exactly clear - Homer's drunk as usual, but who's the chap with him? - but that hardly matters. The fun's in spotting all the references to Studio Ghibli's classic movies.

The nod to Howl's Moving Castle is our favourite, while the blink-and-you'll-miss-it treatment of Ralph Wiggum runs a close second. See how many you can spot.


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I counted two nods to Howl's, what with Turniphead/Mo jumping aside for the broomsticks.
It also took me two viewings to spot the Princess Mononoke tree spirits on the other side of the doorway from him.
Nice piano work too! :D What a great tribute.

Darn, now I've just got to watch the Ghibli ouvre again to match all the references. Tough life...

While this is wonderful, it's a shame that the couch gags are the most inventive part of The Simpsons now, while the episodes are simply sub par.

That didn't look like a couch gag.
They still have some good episodes as well - the last one, all about movie piracy, was really solid I thought.

Couch gag/extended titles.

Recent episodes I've seen have been dire. Still reasonably clever, but not funny enough for my liking.

Can someone explain me why Studio Ghibli has such a huge fanbase? So far I've only seen Princess Mononoke and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. And I liked both well enough. Expecially the first one. But when I compare them to some other animé films such as Perfect Blue, Ghost in the Shell and Jin Roh I can't help but feel that they really lacked the subtlety of the above mentioned titles. And curious enough those are generally less well received then Miyazaki's films. It's all a matter of taste really. I mean I've since become a huge fan of Mamoru Oshii even though not all of his films are masterpieces. But I can't really see the brilliance in the Studio Ghibli films. Or have I just been watching the wrong movies? It's not a complaint. I'm just wondering.

You should try "Spirited Away", "My neighbor Totoro", "Howl's moving castle", "Kiki's delivery service", "Porco Rosso" . They're all Miyazaki's films. And take other directors' film for instance, you should try "Grave of Fireflies" (the most heart-breaking film ever created) and "Whisper of the heart". Sorry for my bad English :(

Your English is quite alright really. (though admittedlly I'm a foreigner too so I can't actully comment) Thanks for the recommendations. I'll give them a go. Grave of the Fireflies was on my list anyway but I'll try the rest as well.

Watch more of their films and this question will answer itself.

Any attempt to be relevant with pop culture. Every month a new one surfaces in the news, as if The Simpsons isn't in a terribly unfunny wretched state. Breaking Bad, The Hobbit, Guillermo del Toro, Harlem Shake, etc. It's sad really.

I don't think you know the meaning of pop culture.

Especially Spirited Away. My all-time favourite, that one.

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