Matthew Highton, a self-proclaimed "comedian, filmmaker, and weirdo", put quite a spin on the iconic intro.
Over thirty years, the introduction to The Simpsons has been somewhat, let's say, legendary. The entire opening of the show has been the subject of some of the most creative sequences in television history. Fans would often be keen to say what lines Bart Simpson will write on the chalkboard, and what the next "couch gag" will be. Every episode that aired often had a unique opening gag. One fan has also decided to join in and share their version of the iconic opening of the show. How? By using only stock footage!
Spent the end of work trying to cram in as many Simpsons references as I could in 250 words. Incredibly proud that I managed to turn someone's achievement into a personal challenge.https://t.co/VIoG0lGaAD— Danny Richardson (@peeping_pigeon) February 3, 2021
Twitter user Matthew Highton took a day to create and reimagine the introduction to the beloved animated series. Using only stock images, the editing has resulted in a surprisingly accurate video with scenes playing side by side to the original. Well, obviously not every stock image could fall exactly into place with the scenes of the Simspon characters, but it sure is a pretty good attempt! Have a look below.
The self-proclaimed "comedian, filmmaker and weirdo" has also created similar videos tweeting: Thank you. There's a load of others in this thread as well as other stuff I've made. Obviously follow for future ones and other stuff as well as my ego. This includes stock footage intros for shows like Buffy The Vampire Slayer and The O.C.
It nearly killed me, but here it is: The intro to Buffy the Vampire Slayer recreated using only stock footage. pic.twitter.com/E8ilqTOmIm— Matthew Highton (@MattHighton) May 19, 2020
Back to The Simpsons and their iconic opening gags, many times the show has had crossovers with other shows as well. According to Looper, this includes cartoons like Futurama, Adventure Time, Robot Chicken, Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show. We particularly loved the crossover with Rick and Morty. Some of the other TV shows and movies that have creatively appeared in the famous opening sequence include The Flintstones, Dragnet, The Brady Bunch, Breaking Bad, The Powers of Ten, The Honeymooners, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Cheers, Avatar, Succession, The Hobbit, and Cats. We also love the Game of Thrones couch gag from "Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart" which is apparently a fan-favorite, complete with the show's iconic music.
The long-running Fox animated comedy was created by Matt Groening over three decades ago. In a 2007 interview, Groening spoke about the broad and enduring appeal of the comedy series which helped make the Fox network. "I love the style that we stumbled into, this high-velocity pacing that allowed us to do every kind of comedy we could think of, from the most highfalutin literary references to sub-Three Stooges physical abuse." Not only a fan-favorite, the show is also a recipient of over 34 Emmys, according to USA Today. Groening has also said that “At the heart of our show is a churchgoing family who eats dinner together every night and is very traditional. They drive each other crazy, but they do love each other.” Perhaps that's the charm to the show that's lasted so many years!