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The Simpsons creative team brought two special sneak peeks of Season 32's "Treehouse of Horror XXXI" anthology to Comic-Con@Home. The first clip shows Homer (Dan Castellaneta) meeting versions of himself based on Yogi Bear and a singing Disney princess. Now that the Mouse House owns 20th Century Fox, The Simpsons can parody all Disney tropes and properties with abandon. The video ends with the princess having her tiara stolen by a three-eyed raven that's become synonymous with the yearly and spine-tingling special.
Set to Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee," the second clip is a time lapse of Homer bingeing on candy in a spooky-fied version of his office at the Springfield nuclear power plant. At one point, he's removed on a stretcher by a pair of paramedics, but he later returns to eat more candy, puke, and eat more candy. He follows up the sweets with an entire turkey and (you guessed it) more candy. Look at the packaging and you'll see copyright-averse names/visual gags based on actual confections like "Rhesus" and "n&n's."
"In the '50s, there were these comics called EC Comics that I remember, as a kid, you couldn't buy them because they were so scary and creepy," showrunner Al Jean said when asked about the origins of the annual "Treehouse of Horror" episodes. "They would have these three scary little comic episodes, and [creator Matt Groening] had the idea to turn that into an animated tradition with The Simpsons. We were so worried the first few times we aired, that Marge has a disclaimer warning people it's too scary, and that's because Maggie was carrying a knife or something. Now we kill like 20 people a minute, but we were really worried we were gonna terrify every kid in America."
During the Q&A portion of the panel, Jean let slip that Hannibal Buress (The Eric Andre Show), Olivia Colman (The Crown), David Harbour (Stranger Things), and Ben Platt (The Politician) — "among others" — will all be guest-starring in the new season. Producer Matt Selman also revealed that Sir Michael Palin is also going to appear on the show, although he didn't specify whether we'll see the Monty Python vet crop up in Season 32, which premieres Sunday, Sept. 27, at 9:00 p.m. EST.
Watch the full panel below:
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