This time there is oil stain, and Homer arrives home first. This new HD sequence opens with the show's title zooming in on the camera while moving forwards through cumulus clouds. This version sounds slightly similar to the first season music, and is louder and more bombastic than the other versions, with the school band sounding slightly distorted. In the original version, she hurries home with a pile of books and her sax in back. On some episodes, starting with "Bart Gets a Z", the HDTV showing the opening credits stands there for a couple of seconds (does not fall off as if it wasn't hung on the wall) before the episode immediately begins. All Rights Reserved. As the camera swoops over Springfield, we see the power plant, welcome sign, and Springfield Prison behind the plant. It cuts from Bart exiting the classroom to Marge's view of Homer running away from her car and into the house. We swoop over the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant and the Springfield Tire Yard, fading into a street in Downtown Springfield afterwards. From February 2009, The Simpsons is aired in High Definition and widescreen. The Opening Sequence. The full opening even became absent after "Homer Scissorhands". Since this version of the intro, Marge's car is her orange-colored station wagon instead of her red sedan. Since mid-Season 20, the title sequence format has changed, and each episode has a Title Screen Gag, Billboard Gag, and Lisa playing a different musical instrument rather than her saxophone. The opening sequence of The Simpsons is one of the most famous in television history and is packed with hilarious moments. Marge and Maggie's supermarket and car sequence have unfortunately been cut. Log in. It then goes to the Grocery store, where Marge is reading the "Mom Monthly" magazine. The new (and current) opening sequence in The Simpsons shows Maggie doubling the price of Marge’s groceries from $243.26 to $486.52. Marge looks mildly concerned but smiles as Maggie pops out of the bag. During Lisa's sax solo, more "common" characters are shown in the orchestra. At the opening sequence the Simpsons appear out of clouds, and then it shows us Homer in the Nuclear Power Plant and after that throws the little piece of fuel out of the car on his way home. This may have been intended to show the poor quality of the plant. During all of this, the full version of the theme song plays. The camera rapidly pans outside of the bus and zooms into Moe's Tavern, where Sam (barfly) is fighting a random man, Larry (barfly) is fighting Barney, and Lenny and Carl are strangling each other. Instead of regular grocery items, Marge's segment has as part of her checkout line a Super Mario Bros. Mushroom, a Chaos Emerald, and a bit coin alongside Maggie. In the classroom, the portrait on the wall is of Homer as an astronaut instead of George Washington. In the classroom, Bart writes "The Simpsons Halloween Special IX." "), until Marge pulls in. Title; Springfield Swoop; Chalkboard Gag; Homer Leaves Work; Grocery Check-Out; Lisa's Sax Solo; Homer Driving; Bart Skateboarding; Marge Driving; Lisa On Her Bike; Pan Across Springfield; Driveway; Couch Gag; Credits. Bart comes by on skateboard, with pursed lips in a half grin. Lisa races in on her bike and slams into Bart's battered body. Second promotional picture featuring the billboard gag in which Bart writes all the walls, The Simpsons S17 E15. The camera then zooms through the window where Bart is writing lines for detention ("I will not illegally download this movie") before finishing with Green Day who are hosting a concert at Lake Springfield, playing their version of the theme song and using a teleprompter to get its "lyrics" right. The camera goes through the "P" to the classroom as usual, but the speed of the text zooming in is somewhat slower. And Homer’s car is a 1963 Dodge Dart instead of a Pink Sedan. This time, however, Barney gets irritated and breaks Bart's skateboard, to Bart's dejection. As the other students look on, she dances her way out of the classroom as she continues playing. Homer's "D'oh!" All four opening sequences of The Simpsons. Fox has released a new The Simpsons video called The Extremesons, featuring the beloved titular family in a completely different animation style as they do some extreme sports together including skydiving, snowboarding, and surfing. In "My Fare Lady", the opening is conducted in an 8-Bit synthesizer, while the animation was reminiscent to a sixteen-bit video game. Upon entering their house, the couch gag follows. The screen showing "The Simpsons", also read "500th episode", and below that "The most meaningless milestone of all!". As the theme song ends, the camera cuts to the Simpsons' television set that displays the first two opening credits in a wiggly yellow font similar to the "THE SIMPSONS" text from the beginning (Created by Matt Groening; Developed by James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon). As the car approaches another road, Maggie steers again, and the car makes another turn. Singers intone "The Simpsons..." (NOTE: Season One's theme music was a bit cruder, and more... staccato [for lack of a more descriptive term] than the version used later.) FXX reruns (that are part of FXX's weekly Simpsons block and not part of FXX's Simpsons marathons) also have edited season 1 openings, though they are also edited versions of the longer opening. There is a clock showing 3:00 PM, and a wastebasket stands to Bart's right. Homer is first seen, driving down the street while leaving work, and uncomfortably discovering the rod in his back. The walls are now dark-green, there is a clock showing 4:00 PM, and a wastebasket is seen near to Bart's right side. In this abbreviated version of the opening, the camera goes directly from the "P" to the driveway scene, followed by the couch gag. The zip-pan to the Simpson house includes, from left to right: The highway, kids playing in a yard, Milhouse playing baseball with Lewis and Richard, Nelson and the Weasels bullying a kid in a trashcan, Jimbo and Kearney threatening Martin, Mr. Winfield and Mrs. Sylvia Winfield in rocking chairs, Patty and Selma suntanning in bathing suits with cone-shaped bikini tops, Kent Brockman reporting, a cameraman filming Kent, Sherri and Terri holding hands, Herman, Grampa holding a book, Jasper, the Springfield Retirement Castle, man reading the retirement castle's sign, old folks walking out (like those that Marge sees holding hands in "Life on the Fast Lane"), a man giving a thumbs up, Lou and Eddie behind a barricade, Marvin Monroe writing while holding a clipboard, Wendell with his head out of the bus ready to puke, Dr. Hibbert comparing notes with Monroe, White-Haired Girl, Girl with glasses, Otto chilling next to his broken school bus, unnamed white-haired girl with blue dress, the same buck-toothed boy from the band, an unknown mountain in the background, 744 Evergreen Terrace, Maude (looking at a bluebird), Todd, Ned (with another bluebird on his hand), and 742 Evergreen Terrace. On "Homer's Paternity Coot", the opening shortens the car sequence. The second season of the animated sitcom The Simpsons originally aired on the Fox network between October 11, 1990, and July 11, 1991, and contained 22 episodes, beginning with "Bart Gets an "F"".Another episode, "Blood Feud", aired during the summer after the official season finale.The executive producers for the second production season were Matt Groening, James … It was eventually added, starting with "Bart Gets Hit by a Car". And how, after all that mockery, have the producers behind that Fox animated series been able to retain their jobs? It goes to Comic Book Guy who sings, "DJ, turn my speakers up" while holding a hot dog that is stolen by Santa's Little Helper before he can eat it. Edna Krabappel comes in to the shot when Willie starts to walk into the school, and sings "Cause when I leave for the night, I ain't coming back," pulling Willie into one of the classrooms. Another fall afternoon at Springfield Elementary finds Bart Simpson engaged in his after-school punishment. Mr. Largo stops the band and points Lisa out of the door, due to her non-conforming playing. He steps back out and screams as Marge's car approaches. A couch gag is a running visual joke in the Opening Sequence of The Simpsons. Also, the main change is that instead of running away from Marge's car and screaming, Homer is hit with the car and flattened on the hood; instead of running through the door, he is hurled grunting through it by inertia, leaving a Homer-shaped hole. There is an Elfman version of the cut and condensed theme, but only in FXX reruns of "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?". He passes by Bleeding Gums Murphy, who's standing on the street with his sax around his shoulder. Back at school, Dewey Largo conducts the students playing "Jingle Bells" but is interrupted by Lisa playing her sax loudly, so Largo silently orders her to leave, and when Lisa briefly opens the door to play her sax again, the snow above her falls on her. The toys are then placed into a cart pulled by a panda which is driven by a man with a whip. The quitting whistle blows, much to Homer's glee as he hears it, so he gleefully removes his hazmat suit helmet, puts down the tongs and leaves the building, not noticing the carbon rod that accidentally bounced into his back. Instead, the camera very quickly pans over a static landscape shot of various Springfield locales and a mix of both familiar and relatively unknown characters. Then Maggie is seen actually driving the car while Marge is asleep in the back seat, causing Marge to, when waking up and realizing what is going on, try to take back the wheel only to drive off a cliff road. 1 & 2" and later re-aired in "The Burns and the Bees". In the living room, the rabbit ears are more sophisticated and the painting is a crooked sailboat pic. He quickly dodges Lisa on her bike and yells, "D'oh!" Additionally, this opening (with the Clausen arrangement) often replaces longer openings in syndication and reruns (including regular non-marathon FXX reruns) for extra commercial time. Again, a widescreen set, with four unmarked buttons on the right, speakers below. ), Beethoven's bust on cabinet, After the bell rings and Bart runs out of the classroom, the scene cuts to Homer at the power plant, thus skipping Bart skating out of the front doors of the school. The new sequence was unveiled when the show made the switch to HDTV on US network Fox this week. Marge looks mildly concerned but smiles well as Maggie pops out of the bag. On the small screen!!" The living room is mostly the same, but the TV is now a widescreen HD model, with the bent rabbit-ears still on top. At the Kwik-E-Mart, Marge is placing groceries to be gift-wrapped and accidentally places Maggie, who gets gift-wrapped as well. However, this short version used in both said episodes is completely different than the Season 2-present short version where it goes from the "P" to the driveway. This is a great improvement thanks to the HD. The pre-sequence scene is displayed in a 16:9 television aspect ratio, with black matte bars at either end of the screen. Bart, then passes Clancy Wiggum standing on the corner, who yells and shakes his baton at Bart. It eventually made a comeback in "A Test Before Trying". The video currently has over 118,000 views on YouTube. "), Russ Cargill, and the Medicine Woman, who waves her hand in a similar manner to Chief Wiggum and shouts "Why you...". The first six notes are played with a couple of horns instead of xylophone dings, then the seventh note is drawn out, with a drum roll leading to a quick repeat of that note, and the start of the episode. A large group of tired and sickly artists draw animation cels (even though we no longer use cels for today's animation) amongst piles of human bones and toxic waste, and a female artist hands a barefoot child employee an animation cel, which he washes in a vat of biohazardous fluid. The camera zooms in on the town, with several major landmarks popping-up. This also appeared on many FXX reruns of episodes like Blood Feud. TV screens with Krusty appear in the window. The detail in the Springfield overview. This part may be of variable length, and a split second longer than the previous opening. This marks the second time that The Simpsons has changed its opening sequence.Here's the original (sorta) opening from Season One. Sherri and Terri are now texting on their phones instead of playing their flutes. We see the power plant, welcome sign, and Springfield Prison behind the plant. The opening sequence is parodied in several episodes of The Simpsons: 1. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Bart skateboards in with a big grin, passing by a store with an "Open" sign as he turns into a corner. The opening sequence is the Guillermo del Toro parody from the episode, "Treehouse of Horror XXIV". This time, there is an oil stain on the driveway, and Homer arrives home first. The rod Homer discards on the way home makes direct contact with Bart, which powers him up and gives him 100 points, whereas in the original opening, it does not actually touch Bart at all. Maggie is inadvertently scanned too, which doubles the register total to $486.52, and she is mistakenly packaged with the groceries. as she rides her bike up to the front door. Meanwhile, in the Simpson living room Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees wait vainly for the family to arrive. (NOTE: The shot of Homer running away from Marge's car and into the house is directly ripped from the Season One intro). 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