The enigmatic British graffiti artist Banksy has created a controversial title sequence for an episode of The Simpsons. The artist, famed for his insightful and often scathing artwork, has brought his own irreverent style to one of the most famous intro sequences in television history.
The intro starts with the 'clouds' parting as usual, but the crow that flies across the screen is seen holding one of the artist's trademark 'mice'. Next, the camera zooms in on the Spring Elementary School as normal, but viewers will notice that 'Banksy' is written on a giant billboard advertising Krusty the Clown's funeral service. As Bart scrawls his 'punishment lines' on the school blackboard, the entire room is revealed to have the phrase 'I must not write all over the walls' written all over it.
The sequence continues as usual until the family find their place on the sofa, and the intro suddenly switches to a number of Asian sweatshops, with workers seen producing animations and making 'Simpsons' merchandise in warehouses. Kittens, a panda, a dolphin, and a unicorn are all shown being mistreated in order to produce the goods. BBC News report that this specific section of the intro is inspired by news that the show outsources the bulk of its animation to a company in South Korea. The Simpsons' executive producer 'Al Jean' said, "This is what you get when you outsource". The episode, entitled 'MoneyBart' was broadcast in American last night (10th October 2010) and will be shown in the UK on October 21st 2010.