As many of you probably already know, The Simpsons originated in 1987 as animated shorts on The Tracy Ullman Show and was eventually made into it’s own television series in the 1990s.
Set to air on October 19, the Simpsons/Simspsons crossover episode will see the modern day Simpsons family coming in contact with their counterparts from the Tracy Ullman days. According to Entertainment Weekly, it will all go down on this year’s “Treehouse of Horror” episode in which “the Simpsons are haunted by another ghostly family living in the house. These ghosts turn out to be none other than their crudely drawn former selves.”
Executive producer Al Jean spoke with EW about just how the show plans on bringing the two incarnations of the Simpson family together, saying, “We’ve implied that they were murdered and buried under the house, so this is expanding that thought. If people want a real Halloween bloodbath, they get it.”
The Simpsons’ cast members, including Dan Castellaneta (Homer), Nancy Cartwright (Bart), Yeardley Smith (Lisa), and Julie Kavner (Marge) will all be tapping into the voices of the original characters, which are noticeably different when compared with today’s episodes.
“People remember Dan’s, but Nancy’s is different too,” Jean said. “It was lower-register, and you can see in the difference in this segment. It was really funny to get the interplay [between the two versions of the Simpsons]and for the actors to see the voice evolution. The great thing is we didn’t have to ask—we already had the cast hired for the Tracey Ullman Simpsons.”
This isn’t the only crossover episode that The Simpsons has planned for this month. Watch the famous Springfield family cross paths with Griffin’s during Family Guy’s season 13 premiere on September 28.
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