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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