From their prototype form as animated shorts that were included in “The Tracey Ullman Show” back in 1987, “The Simpsons,” created by Matt Groening, would premiere as an animated sitcom on their own in 1989. They would then become a successful franchise for Fox TV and a major component of American TV programming for the following decades, with 30 seasons to its name. One of the iconic elements of “The Simpsons” was its occasional spoofing of pop culture, usually seen it its intro sequence “couch gag” and even as episode plots. That is what fans will expect to see for the show’s 30th Halloween special.
Comic Book Resources reports that Fox has revealed a promo poster for the annual Halloween episode of “The Simpsons,” with the title “Treehouse of Horror XXX.” But if one has watched both award-winning films and popular shows on Netflix, they can tell that Fox TV has done another epic parody that hints at a funny episode for Halloween, while the production works on Season 31. Even better, the total episode numbering for this special is just so thematically appropriate for the kind of horror hijinks that “Treehouse of Horror XXX” looks to accomplish Halloween 2019.
The poster itself is divided into two sections by the episode title in stylized font. The upper part is a sendup to “The Shape of Water,” the 2017 dark fantasy film directed by Guillermo Del Toro for Fox Searchlight Pictures, Best Picture Winner at the 90th Academy Awards. Maggie takes the part of Elisa (portrayed by Sally Hawkins) while Kodos plays the part of the Amphibian Man. On the bottom half is the more easily recognizable “Stranger Things” parody with some choice role assignments for the Springfield kids. Having Lisa with cropped (non-spiky) hair in the role of Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) is inspired “casting.”
That is all well and good. But “The Simpsons” goes the extra mile with “Treehouse of Horror XXX” being their 666th episode total (series designation “YABF18”). Series producer Al Jean had earlier joked last year, when season 30 was new, that they would time the Halloween “Treehouse of Horror” special for that very episode. The poster even points that out on its tagline at top. “Simpsons” fans can look forward to the Halloween airing on October 20 to see if any element teased on the poster pans out for real.
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