Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special V
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Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XXIV

Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XXIV

The Guillermo del Toro-directed opening to The Simpsons Halloween Special XXIV brings us the classiest, cleverest intro sequence ever. Riffing on the traditional Simpsons title sequence, del Toro weaves together a gleeful tour of a Springfield populated by horror cinema icons and garnished with gleefully indulgent references to his own work. It’s so packed with ..

Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XXVIII

Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XXVIII

The Simpsons Halloween Special XXVIII sees the series finally succumb to structural anarchy. Having dabbled with ever-increasing-in-length intro sequences, it finally gives in and provides four distinct Treehouse Of Horror tales. Also on show: a bigger and more ambitiously spent animation budget. The Sweets Hereafter “No-one ever wants the apple. They must be afraid there’s ..

Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XXI

Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XXI

There are a plethora of openings to choose from in 2010’s Simpsons Halloween Special XXI but rather than previous year’s throw-everything-at-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks approach, the problem this year seems to be too many good ideas to cram in. The spitefully violent fight between Homer and Bart is the least of the introductory gags, with Professor Frink’s parody ..

Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XXXI

Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XXXI

Once again, for The Simpsons Halloween Special XXXI, the series makes an ill-advised foray into political comedy and this time it’s a particularly toothless swipe at the incumbent. This latest Treehouse of Horror seems oddly unwilling to actually name names this time, curious behaviour indeed for a series which previously namechecked him at every conceivable ..

Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XIII

Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XIII

We open the season, and the episode, with a seance to summon the dearly departed spirit of Maud Flanders. After a pranking by Bart, the real ghost of Maud turns up and ghoulishly asks the assembled Simpsons whether they’re ‘ready for tales that will shatter your spine and boild your blood?’ to which Lisa ansers ..

Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XXX

Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XXX

The 2019 Special – the Simpsons Halloween Special XXX – opens in a Halloween maternity ward where Marge gives birth to her third child – a boy. Eager to avoid more Bart-style mayhem, Homer agrees to swap him for a baby girl who’s just been born. It’s a fun homage to “The Omen” and ties ..

Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XII
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Thanksgiving Re:Animated – The Simpsons Thanksgiving Of Horror Special

Thanksgiving Re:Animated – The Simpsons Thanksgiving Of Horror Special

We’re back in front of the old red curtain as Marge introduces “The Simpsons Thanksgiving Of Horror”, a spill-over horror special and the eighth episode of Season 31. It’s here, she says, ‘because the world is so dark and scary, what with the grim spectre of…everything, there was too much horror to contain in one ..

Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special IX
Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XXVII

Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XXVII

Another Treehouse Of Horror, another milestone as Simpsons Halloween Special XXVII coincides with episode 600 of the series overall. Homer takes the family out Christmas tree shopping during Halloween but the Christmas Tree lot turns out to be a trap set by Sideshow Bob, Kang, the Leprechaun from Halloween Special XII and, of course, still-never-funny ..

Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XIX

Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XIX

It’s another leadenly ‘topical’ opening for this Simpsons Halloween Special as Homer attempts to vote in a hilariously rigged satirical version of the 2008 Presidential Election. Ah, nothing like looking back at complacent comedy from the vantage point of 12 years later. Untitled Robot Parody “Now that we are not fighting each other, we can ..

Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XXIII

Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XXIII

The Simpsons Halloween Special XXIII opens with another attempt at topical humour but this time it’s not a dated political reference (although there’s a lame Obama gag thrown in) but a joke that’s been millennia in the making. We’re in Mayan times, prophesying the end of the world at the close of the thirteenth baktun. ..

Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XVI

Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XVI

We open with Kodos and Kang watching a boring baseball match and deciding to speed up time to avoid delaying the Simpsons Halloween Special. Unfortunately, it runs out of control , destroying the totality of existence. It’s fine though, they leave a note. B. I. Bartificial Intelligence “This stinks. I have stubby little robot legs ..

Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XXII

Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XXII

It’s another long-form ‘short intro’ for 2011’s Simpsons Halloween Special XXII beginning with the kids coming back from trick or treating to be met by Marge’s latest wheeze: the Switch Witch who takes candy and swaps it for healthy items. Lying to Marge that he will donate the confiscated candy, Homer drives to a remote ..

Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special
Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XXV

Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XXV

The Simpsons Halloween Special XXV sees the series in celebratory and self-congratulatory mood . The titles are announced over a gallery of clips from previous (and as yet unaired Halloween scenes) while a galaxy of announced celebrity guest stars are dismembered to spell out the name of the show. School Is Hell “I want to ..

Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XIV
Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special VIII
Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XXIX

Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XXIX

After a surprising and largely unsuccessful revival of the traditional tombstone gags, The Simpsons Halloween special XXIX invokes the spirit of the Great Old Ones to introduce 2018’s trilogy of terror. It’s Homer who ends up answering the call of Cthulu only to challenge the Priest of the Old Ones to an eating contest. It ..

Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XX

Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XX

2009’s Simpsons Halloween special opens in classic Horror fashion as the Universal Monsters coming to life for Halloween. It’s funny that they’re seen as old hat so they need to get themselves some modern costumes, and funnier still when their various brides turn up to ruin the party. Dial “M” For Murder Or Press “#” ..

Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special VI
Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XXVI

Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XXVI

The Simpsons Halloween Special XXVI opens with another guest-artist couch gag. This time it’s “Ren & Stimpy” creator John Kricfalusi who digs up one-and-unfortunately-not-done character Frank Grimes (although without the tombstone to tell you his name you’d never know to look at him) to prey upon the trick-or-treating Simpsons children. If Kricfalusi’s house style is ..

Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special II
Halloween Re:Animated – The Simpsons Halloween Special XI