Simpsons opening directed by Banksy

Posted: October 11, 2010 in Art, News
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I’ll admit, it wasn’t the first place I’d expect Banksy to show up. It makes sense in a way since he often uses pop culture in his works, in places where it’ll be seen by many. On the other hand it does make me raise an eyebrow, because while he obviously wanted to bring awareness to the working conditions that Korean animators have (Simpsons ships a lot of the animation work to South Korea), he’s indirectly benefiting from doing this, due to the attention his “brand” gets. I guess it isn’t easy to successfully make a living out of art criticizing capitalism without coming across as a bit of a hypocrite. Whatever, I still like him and I think his segment was good.

Edited to add a snippet from Wooster:

In what has to be one of the most closely guarded secrets in TV history, the “couch gag” opening of tonight’s episode of The Simpsons was storyboarded and directed by none other than Banksy. It’s the first time an artist has been invited to storyboard part of the show and when you see it, you’ll be shocked that it made it past the network executives.

Amazing, quite dark, and incredibly complex.



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