THE CHARACTER CREATED BY HAYAO MIYAZAKI RECEIVED A STRANGE REFERENCE IN THE MATT GROENING SERIES
It’s no wonder The Simpsons parodies just about anything. Superheroes, artists, politicians, athletes and much more have been “victims” of the sarcastic humor of this animated series, in the more than 30 years that it has been in existence.
Matt Groening’s work is one of the most popular in the world, so it is common for them to take up current themes to make fun of them, pay a well-deserved tribute, or both.
Such is the case of Hayao Miyazaki, the father of Studio Ghibli and one of the leading exponents of Japanese animation, who was referenced again in the most recent episode of The Simpsons.
Episode 11 of season 32, entitled ‘The Dad Feelings-Limited’, had a cameo by one of Miyazaki’s most iconic characters, My Neighbor Totoro, who is also the official Ghibli mascot. Although the representation in The Simpsons was quite strange.
IT IS NOT THE FIRST TIME THAT MIYAZAKI’S WORKS APPEAR IN THE SIMPSON
The recent chapter, aired last Sunday, made a brief reference to Totoro, during a scene in which the owner of the comic book store appears with his wife Kumiko, while they watch a movie marathon from Studios Ghibli.
Of course, this is not the first time that Hayao Miyazaki’s characters appear in the Matt Groening series, as the 2014 episode ‘Married to the Blob’ had a long sequence with multiple references to Ghibli works.
From the Faceless of Chijiro’s Journey, to Otto in the form of My Neighbor Totoro’s Catbus, or Apu’s Kwik-E-Mart as Howl’s Moving Castle, there were several films that received a tribute in this segment of Los Simpson.
And although the version of Totoro in The Simpsons looks chilling, there is no doubt that Miyazaki and Ghibli have great relevance for the global animation industry.